The Bernardin-O'Connor Award for Pro-life Journalism
Each year at the Annual Convention of the
Catholic Press Association, Fr. Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests
for Life, announces the winners of the "Bernardin-O'Connor Award for Pro-life
The purpose of this award, instituted in 2002, 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
--Archbishop John J. O'Connor, Human Lives, Human
Rights, October 15, 1984.
The Bernardin-O'Connor Award for Pro-life Journalism is
given for outstanding contributions in three categories:
• Best Overall Pro-life Feature
• Best Human Interest Pro-life story
• Best Feature Analysis of a Pro-life news event
Deadline to receive submissions is March 1 of each year.
All submissions must be from accredited Catholic newspapers, and must have been
published between January 1and December 31 of the previous year.
Please send submissions to: Bernardin-O'Connor Award,
Priests for Life, PO Box 141172, Staten Island, NY 10314, Fax: (718) 980-6944,
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