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PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – October is Respect for Life month, a time when all Catholics are encouraged to promote the culture of life.  To mark the beginning of this time of outreach, Archbishop Charles Chaput gave his first Respect for Life homily on Sunday.

The Archbishop gave a clear message to the hundreds who attended the mass at the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul on Sunday: “Abortion is always wrong. Destroying embryos for stem cells is always wrong. To neglect people with disabilities is always wrong. Capital punishment, in our country is always wrong.”

The Archbishop told the faithful that Catholics cannot pick and choose which of the church’s teachings to follow.

“We have a resistance to the judgment of God. We want to do it our way,” he said.

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The congregation listens to Archbishop Chaput's first Respect for Life homily. (Credit: Cherri Gregg)

Chaput advised Catholics that they must be strong and they must go out and promote life through education and advocacy even if the view is unpopular. The Respect for Life mass is held every year on the first Sunday in October.

Reported by Cherri Gregg, KYW Newsradio 1060

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