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Life Matters

Resources for Clergy


(Please click on topics below for resources to help you in your ministry)



Adverse Prenatal Diagnosis




Natural Family Planning (NFP)


Reproductive Technologies/Infertility

Stem Cell Research

Diocesan NFP Marriage Prep Requirement

Presentations available from the Respect Life Office Staff



*Please note that most of these sites are not affiliated with the Respect Life-NFP Office of the Diocese of Rockford. We provide this information solely for your information. We are not responsible for their policies, the views they express, the products and services they offer, or the content of their materials or websites.



Video of Embryo 8 weeks after conception

Easy or not, It is time to choose rightly and stand for the truth and against intrinsic evil By Bishop Doran, Observer, October 2008

Reflections on abortion and infanticide By Bishop Doran, Observer, November 2010

Can a Catholic Vote in Support of Abortion? by Bishop Robert W. Finn, Bishop of Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph

A Disciple's Vision for Life  Homily by Archbishop Alex J. Brunett, Archbishop Emeritus of Diocese of Seattle, WA

Abortion remains the central moral issue Homily By Bishop Michael Pfeifer, OMI, Bishop of Diocese of San Angelo, TX


 Adverse Prenatal Diagnosis

Be Not Afraid

Benotafraid.net is an online outreach to parents who have received a poor or difficult prenatal diagnosis. The benotafraid families were faced with the decision to terminate the pregnancy or continue on despite the poor diagnosis and chose not to terminate. By sharing their experiences, they hope to offer encouragement to those who are afraid to continue on.

Prenatal Partners for Life

Prenatal Partners for Life is dedicated to providing families expecting or families who have just had a special needs child, the support, information and encouragement they need to make informed decisions involving their pre-born or newborn child’s care. Their goal is to provide honest, practical information about parenting a special needs child by linking expectant parents or new parents to a special needs child with other parents who have had the same diagnosis. This support can be provided in person, over the phone, by email, or in written correspondence.

Haven Network

The Haven Network, Northern Illinois' perinatal hospice and bereavement center, provides companionship on the grief journey to families who are facing a terminal diagnosis of their pre-born or newborn baby



Parents are called to help children understand the dignity of their bodies

Homily by Most Rev. Samuel J. Aquila, D.D., Bishop Diocese of Fargo, SD (given on Feast of the Assumption of Mary)

Is Chastity Possible? - brochure by Fr. T.G. Morrow

Overcoming the Masturbation Habit

Modesty Resources

Modesty Guidelines

Fr. Dominic Mary MFVA on Modesty from televised Mass on EWTN



Homilies from Called to Give Life

Contraception, Sterilization, and Abortion – compilation of quotations from Church documents

Evangelium Vitae: On the Value and Inviolability of Human Life, Pope John Paul II, March 25, 1995 (En Español)

Humanae Vitae: On the Regulation of Births, Pope Paul VI, July 25, 1968 (En Español)

Looking back from a 40-Year perspective on the prophetic Humanae Vitae By Bishop Doran, Observer, July 2008

On the 40th Anniversary of Humanae Vitae, by Bishop Thomas G. Wenski

Statements by Pope John Paul II on Contraception from 1978-1996

Why Natural Family Planning Differs from Contraception – Pope John Paul II

Researchers Agree with Pope on Condoms & AIDS

Contraception and Abortion: The Underlying Link by Rev. Walter  Schu, L.C., 2005 (En Español)

Breast Cancer Risk from the Pill

Hormonal Birth Control and Hormone Replacement Therapy & Breast Cancer Risk

Factors Which Increase and Decrease Breast Cancer Risk

Does the birth control pill increase your risk of breast cancer?

The Reasons Hormonal Contraceptives and Induced Abortion Increase Breast-Cancer Risk  by Angela Lanfranchi, M.D.

If it's not OK for him to take steroids...why is it OK for her? – effects of birth control pills on teenage girls

Oral Contraceptive Use as a Risk Factor for Premenopausal Breast Cancer: A Meta-analysis – article from Mayo Clinic

The Birth Control Pill: Abortifacent and Contraceptive – by William F. Colliton, Jr., M.D., FACOG

Do Oral Contraceptives Cause Abortions – by Association of Prolife Physicians

How the Pill and Other Contraceptives Work – by Chris Kahlenborn, M.D.

Statement on the So-Called "Morning-After Pill", Pontifical Academy for Life, October 31, 2000

Greater Access to Contraception Does Not Reduce Abortions

If It Works, Don’t Fix It! – downloadable book on Post-Vasectomy Pain Syndrome

The Birth Control Pill Documentary

Video: How “The Pill” works as an Abortifacent

Why don't priests address contraception/sterilization from the pulpit? - NFP Outreach



Patients Rights Council Reliable information on end of life care, can provide advance directive materials

A Catholic Guide to End-of-Life Decisions Guide provided by National Catholic Bioethics Center

NCBC Consultation Services Information on the consultation services provided by the National Catholic Bioethics Center in regards to end of life care (free services for institutions and/or individuals)

Hospice Patients Alliance Provides information and materials to determine if local hospices are reliable and staying true to the intended purposes of hospice care

Respect for the Dignity of the Dying, Pontifical Academy for Life (2000)

Commentary on Provision of Nutrition and Hydration to Patients in a "Vegetative State", Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith

Salvific Dolores, On Salvific Suffering, Apostolic Letter from Pope John Paul II on the Christian meaning of human suffering (1984)

Nutrition, hydration and the ‘vegetative state’ Statement by Bishop Leo Higi, Bishop Emeritus of Lafayette, Indiana


 Natural Family Planning

Fertility Care Center-OSF Rockford Fertility care in line with Church teaching at OSF Hospital in Rockford

Answering Four Common Objections to Contraception and NFP – medical reasons for using contraception, NFP and contraception are morally the same, I must follow my conscience that doesn’t say contraception is wrong, I’ve used NFP and it doesn’t work

Why Natural Family Planning Differs from Contraception – Pope John Paul II

Diocese of Phoenix video of witness couples

Effectiveness Studiesen Español

Helps for Your NFP Homily - NFP Outreach

Homilies on Humanae Vitae

NaProTechnology: A Breakthrough in Women’s Health Care - article by Peter McFadden, President, Love and Responsibility Foundation

Frequently Asked Questions Packet: Humanae Vitae, Church teaching on marriage and children and NFP

Discerning Just and Serious Reasons for Postponing Pregnancy – from Jason T. Adams’ Called to Give Life

Responsible Parenthood – compilation of quotations from Church documents

NFP Couples Have Successful Marriages – short article from married MDs

Basic Information on NFP from the USCCB

Unitive and Procreative Nature of Intercourse – compilation of quotations from Church documents

Natural Family Planning – compilation of quotations from Church documents

Witness Couple Stories

Current Medical Research on Fertility and Family Planning

Why Use Natural Family Planning? – brochure from One More Soul   en Español

Confessional Cards - to give to penitents to whom you would like to give information on NFP - if you would like some cards, please contact the office to order     Horizontal/English        Vertical/English        Horizontal/Spanish         Vertical/Spanish

Responsible Parents Are Open to Life - article by Bishop Sartain

Respect Life Office Brochures:     Making good marriages great!     Myths and Reality    Haciendo un buen matrimonio magnificio!     Mitos y Realidad  



Pornography and Violence in the Communications Media: A Pastoral Response document from Pontifical Council for Social Communications

Renewing the Mind of the Media USCCB Statement on Overcoming the Exploitation of Sex and Violence in Communications from the U.S. Catholic Bishops

www.loveisfaithful.com/My House Mission from the Archdiocese of Kansas City in Kansas:  An initiative aimed at fostering the virtue of chastity by building awareness of the effects of pornography in society, offering support and healing for those harmed by it, and educating Catholics on what they can do to protect their families from its influence.           

~Click here to watch the My House video put together by the Colorado Spring diocese


 Reproductive technologies / Infertility

Fertility Care Center-OSF Rockford Fertility care in line with Church teaching at OSF Hospital in Rockford

Preaching Points on In Vitro Fertilization from the National Catholic Bioethics Center

List of what technologies compatible with and contrary to Church teaching from the USCCB

Infertility and IVF: A Teachable Moment

Reproductive Technologies – compilation of quotations from Church documents

Life-Giving Love in an Age of Technology

In Vitro Fertilization: The Human Cost fact sheet from USCCB

Assisted Reproductive Technologies are Anti-Woman by Marie Anderson, M.D., FACOG and John Bruchalski, M.D., 2004 (En Español)

Addressing Infertility with Compassion and Clarity en Español

Dignitas Personae

Embracing the Cross of Infertility: An Interview with Marie & Joseph Meaney

Embracing the Cross of Infertility – audio + transcript of talk by Dr. Marie Meaney

Apostolate of Hannah's Tears offers support to those bearing the cross of infertility

The Gift of Infertility

Begotten Not Made: A Catholic View of Reproductive Technology, by John Hass, Ph.D., S.T.L., 1998

Donum Vitae: Instruction on Respect for Human Life, Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, February 22, 1987 (En Español)

On Being Catholic and Infertile - article from the National Catholic Register

Local FertilityCare Center flowchart

OSF Saint Anthony FertilityCare Center


 Stem cell research

U.S. Bishops' Statement on Embryonic Stem Cell Research

Interview: Fr. Tadeusz Pacholczyk on bioethics

Declaration on the Production and the Scientific and Therapeutic use of Human Embryonic Stem Cells, Pontifical Academy for Life, August 25, 2000 (En Español)

Donum Vitae: Instruction on Respect for Human Life, Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, February 22, 1987 (En Español)

Stem Cell Research and Human Cloning: Questions and Answers 2008 Bulletin insert from USCCB (En Espanol)

Cardinal Rigali Criticizes Draft NIH Guidelines for Destructive Stem Cell Research

Embryonic Stem Cell Research and Vaccines using Fetal Tissue, August 2001, USCCB

The Ethics of Stem Cell Research, by Rev. Tadeusz Pacholczyk, Ph.D., 2006 (En Espanol)

Early trial shows adult stem cells healing hearts

"I Will Walk Again" – Adult Stem Cell Research success stories

Success stories with adult stem cell research

Amazing first: leukemia patient completely cured with cord blood stem cells

Cord blood stem cells used to help cure girl of brain cancer in Spain


 Diocesan NFP Marriage Prep Requirement

Marriage Preparation page of the website

NFP Instructors (with map)

Marriage Preparation bookmark - explains the NFP requirement options   English  Español  

Talking Points for discussion with couples after they attended an NFP Seminar