To Teach as Jesus Did:
Catholic Education in the Archdiocese of Milwaukee
“Catholic Schools Choose Life”
On Sunday, January 22, we commemorate the 39th anniversary of the Supreme Court decision, Roe v. Wade, that legalized abortion in the United States. While most of us are unable to physically participate in the annual events taking place at the U.S. Capitol next week to protest the Court’s decision, we can be united in spirit—across our country and across our Archdiocese—with all who literally and symbolically “stand for life.”
This regrettable occasion provides a timely opportunity for our Catholic schools to focus on respect for life, from its beginning until its natural end. The Catechism of the Catholic Church reminds us that “human life is sacred because from its beginning it involves the creative action of God and…remains forever in a special relationship with the Creator, who is its sole end. God alone is the Lord of life from its beginning until its end.” (2258)
To address questions specifically about Roe v. Wade, the United States Catholic bishops (USCCB) have published a “Q and A” resource that would be of particular relevance to high schools.
In addition, the USCCB has published eight pamphlets, available in both English and Spanish, in a series entitled Life Matters. Each pamphlet presents support for the teachings of the Catholic Church and focuses on one of the following topics: abortion, the death penalty, human disabilities, embryonic research, reproductive technologies, contraception, love and marriage, and end-of-life issues.
As Catholic school communities, let’s take time, next week in particular, to renew our commitment to protect and honor life: in prayer, conversation, interacting, and teaching. May each day, next week and beyond, bring increasing awareness of all the ways in which life mysteriously but unfailingly makes visible our invisible God.
Kathleen A. Cepelka, Ph.D.
Superintendent of Catholic Schools