Bernardin-O'Connor Award For
At the 2009 Catholic Press
Association national convention, Janet Morana, Executive Director of Priests for
Life, presented the
Bernardin-O'Connor Award for Pro-life Journalism to three papers for
articles on pro-life issues published last year.
The winners in each category were as follows:
Best Human Interest Pro-Life Story for 2008:
Stepping Out of the Darkness:
Awarded to Julie Carroll at The Catholic Spirit (Archdiocese of Saint
Paul and Minneapolis) - December 17, 2008
Best Pro-Life News Story for 2008: Euthanasia’s Misguided Appeal: Awarded to
Sabrina Arena Ferrisi at Legatus Magazine - April 2008
Best Overall Pro-Life Feature for 2008:
Flying High: Awarded to Kara
Hansen at The Leaven (Archdiocese of Kansas City in Kansas) - December
The purpose of this award is to recognize and promote
effective journalistic coverage of issues related to the sanctity of human life.
Named after Joseph Cardinal Bernardin and John Cardinal O'Connor, the award is
meant to highlight the fact that the Church embraces a
consistent ethic of life, and that
there is no basis for a dichotomy between "social justice" issues and "right to
life" issues. There can be no social justice if the right to life itself is not
secured, and there can be no effective safeguarding of the right to life if the
human person is not treated with dignity at every stage of development and in
"The fundamental human right is the right to life--from
the moment of conception until death. It is the source of all other rights... "
--Joseph Cardinal Bernardin,
The Consistent Ethic of Life and Health Care Systems, Foster McGaw Triennial
Conference, Loyola University of Chicago, May 8, 1985.
"Those who would seem to suggest... that the
"consistent ethic of life" approach so well articulated by my good and valued
friend, Joseph Cardinal Bernardin, Archbishop of Chicago, differs in what it has
to say about abortion from what some others of us are saying, including myself,
simply do not understand Cardinal Bernardin, or me, or our mutual unconditional
commitment to the life of the unborn and to life at every stage of its
--Archbishop John J. O'Connor,
Human Lives, Human Rights, October 15, 1984.
Articles are being accepted for next year's award. Please
send submissions to: Bernardin-O'Connor Award, Priests for Life, PO Box 141172,
Staten Island, NY 10314, Fax: (718) 980-6944, Email: