Life and Dignity of the Human Person

Catholic Social Teaching

The Catholic Church proclaims that human life is sacred and that the dignity of the human person is the foundation of a moral vision for society. This belief is the foundation of all the principles of our social teaching. In our society, human life is under direct attack from abortion and euthanasia. The value of human life is being threatened by cloningembryonic stem cell research, and the use of the death penalty. The intentional targeting of civilians in war or terrorist attacks is always wrong. Catholic teaching also calls on us to work to avoid war. Nations must protect the right to life by finding increasingly effective ways to prevent conflicts and resolve them by peaceful means. We believe that every person is precious, that people are more important than things, and that the measure of every institution is whether it threatens or enhances the life and dignity of the human person.

At Catholic Charities of Central Florida, we provide adoption services for the birth parents and adoptive parents.  If your pregnant and in need of support Click here for a list of Crisis Pregnancy Centers within the Diocese of Orlando. (Español)

More on Life and Dignity of the Human Person.

Downloadable Culture of Life Series Brochures

Take Action

Beginning of Life

Bioethics and Stem Cell Research

  • Support Adult Stem Cell Research
  • Get Informed by visiting National Catholic Biothic Center website
  • Write to your legislators on the need for ethical research practices. Find your legislator here. 

Death Penalty


End of Life


  • Celebrate World Day of Peace January 1 with our fellow Catholics around the world.
  • Donate to the CRS Peace Building Program.   CRS justice and peacebuilding programs engage civil society and the public and private sectors to foster inclusion, equity and accountability. They focus on both peacebuilding and post-conflict recovery.
  • Advocate for public policies that promote Human Rights