Office of Respect Life


The Catholic Church proclaims that human life is sacred from conception to natural death 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 Catholic social teaching. 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. To respect life means to honor life as sacred from the moment of conception until natural death - whether a human person's body consists of only two cells, whether it is sick and suffering in old age, or if the person sits on death row awaiting state sanctioned execution. Respect Life programs within the Diocese of Boise carry this message forward with love and compassion. 

“Prayer is the foundation of all that we do in defense of human life. Our efforts—whether educational, pastoral, or legislative—will be less than fully fruitful if we do not change hearts and if we do not ourselves overcome our own spiritual blindness. Only with prayer—prayer that storms the heavens for justice and mercy, prayer that cleanses our hearts and our souls—will the culture of death that surrounds us today be replaced with a culture of life.”

— Excerpt from the Pastoral Plan for Pro-Life Activities, USCCB


For more information please contact

Michael DiTaranto
Coordinator, Office of Respect Life
(208) 342-1311



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