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Bernardin-O'Connor Award For Pro-life Journalism

At the 2010 Catholic Press Association national convention, 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 2009: An Unlikely Friendship Humanizes Death-Row Inmate: Awarded to Denis Grasska at The Southern Cross, (Diocese of San Diego) - December 2009

Best Overall Pro-Life Feature for 2009: Freedom of Choice Act 101: Awarded to Maria Wiering at The Catholic Spirit, (Archdiocese of St Paul and Minneapolis) - January 13, 2009

Best Feature Analysis of a Pro-Life News Event 2009: '40 Days for Life' to begin in St. Cloud (PDF): Awarded to Sue Schulzetenberg at The St. Cloud Visitor (Diocese of St. Cloud, MN) - September 2009

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 every circumstance.

"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 existence"
--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 236695, Cocoa, FL 32923, Fax: (718) 980-6944, Email:


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