The Consistent Life Ethic (CLE) is the underlying principle of our faith that urges us to affirm life from the moment of conception to natural death, in attitude as well as action. The Consistent Life Ethic calls us to protect life that is threatened by forces we oppose: abortion, the death penalty, economic injustice, euthanasia, violence and war.
The Consistent Life Ethic calls us to build a culture that affirms and defends life from conception to death through education, personal service and public advocacy. Roman Catholics are called to treat all people with dignity and respect because, as a gift from God, all life is sacred. We are called to defend all people, especially powerless and marginalized. Through many initiatives, the Church of Rochester is growing as a community of faithful disciples of Jesus Christ who hear Jesus’ call to love and act on it.
The Gospels express that call in the three love commands:
Love God and your neighbor as yourself
Love one another as I have loved you
Love your enemies.
Through strong parish leadership, we will nurture life in our own families and champion those threatened by personal, public and institutional neglect and by violence, prejudice or injustice. We will express our commitment to life in teaching and preaching and in individual and communal action. We will work to transform current social structures and behaviors into a more creative and imaginative Christ-centered society which affirms nonviolence, justice and the sacredness of all life.
As we pursue this goal with Christian Life Ethic Initiatives and advocacy on life issues, the Office of Life Issues will continue to be a resource and catalyst for protecting the sanctity of all human life.
The Consistent Life Ethic Grant Fund
Coordinated by Catholic Charities, supports and encourages life-affirming efforts across the 12 counties of the Diocese of Rochester. These efforts are carried on by parishes, schools, agencies and organizations that work for justice and for the elimination of violence in all its forms. This fund is provided by a grant from Fidelis Care, founded by the NYS Catholic Bishops. Fidelis Care is the New York State Catholic Health Plan, providing quality, affordable, New York State-sponsored health insurance coverage for people of all ages and at all stages of life.
DEFINITION: The Consistent Life Ethic is the underlying principle of our faith that urges us to affirm life from the moment of conception to natural death, in attitude as well as action. Most urgently, the Consistent Life Ethic calls us to protect life that is threatened by forces we oppose, including but not limited to abortion, economic injustice, assisted suicide, euthanasia, the death penalty, war, and any other form of violence.
APPLICANTS: A grant applicant can be a group or organization, established or newly formed (a pastoral council, social ministry committee, school, class, youth group, ad hoc group, community agency, organization, etc.). A grant applicant is not required to be involved in all Consistent Life Ethic issues, but must neither publicly challenge nor oppose life concerns that are not its own first priority.
PROJECTS: A project for which an applicant is seeking funds must demonstrate that the project holds the Consistent Life Ethic as its philosophy (see definition, above.) A project for which an applicant is seeking funds can be a completely new venture or a fully operational and existing effort.
- New Project funding is intended to support start-up of an effort that will address unmet need(s). • Existing Project funding is intended to help maintain or expand an established effort.
GRANTS: Grants are awarded from available resources, which vary from year to year. The average grant amount is $500. Please consider this information during grant request preparation. The amount awarded in any grant may differ from the amount requested. Having received Consistent Life Ethic funds in the past does not affect future funding.
Applications for grant funds must be received electronically or postmarked by November 20, 2015 Grants will be announced by December 31, 2015
Need more info? Contact Suzanne Stack, Diocesan Life Issues Coordinator: email@example.com or (585) 328-3210 ext. 1304