The bishop of Little Rock has taken a strong pro-life stand – one that includes not only being anti-abortion, but also anti-death penalty.

Many of the people writing for this blog have written about the importance of being broadly pro-life.  I am one such person who finds that being pro-life means having deep concern about our whole culture of death, including abortion and euthanasia, as well as our treatment of death-row inmates, our perception of just war, and our use of the environment in which we live.

My source for this from Catholic tradition is from Saint Pope John Paul II’s Evangelium Vitae. In paragraph 27, for example, he writes about signs of hope – such as the non-violent activists against abortion but also

Among the signs of hope we should also count the spread, at many levels of public opinion, of a new sensitivity ever more opposed to war as an instrument for the resolution of conflicts between peoples, and increasingly oriented to finding effective but “non-violent” means to counter the armed aggressor.

Or in paragraph 42, in a meditation on Genesis 1:28 and the commandment to be fruitful and multiply:

It is the ecological question-ranging from the preservation of the natural habitats of the different species of animals and of other forms of life to “human ecology” properly speaking 28 – which finds in the Bible clear and strong ethical direction, leading to a solution which respects the great good of life, of every life.

Bishop Taylor is following in these footsteps. I think that Catholics might show support especially by attending the masses mentioned in the article.