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North Dakota's Bishop Commends Personhood as "Suggested Reading"

Bishop David D. Kagan of Bismarch, ND released his "... and so man became a living being" as the title of his October 2013 pastoral letter to his flock. In the "Suggested Reading" section at the end of his pastoral encouragement dealing with the essential doctrine of Imago Dei he recommends Personhood: A Pragmatic Guide to Pro-life Victory by Daniel Becker. 

"I based my letter on two of the greatest papal documents of the last century: Humanae Vitae and Evangelium Vitae . . .

In the conclusion to my pastoral letter and using these two documents and many others I made three statements.

First, each person, from the first moment of conception to the last moment of life by natural death, possesses one, absolute and inviolable human right – the right to life.

Second, no person or group has any individual or inherent right to destroy or to mutilate innocent human life but has the binding duty to protect and defend innocent human life in all of its stages of development.

Third, no individual person, no group of persons or any political and social agency or government may change or re-define the person, the person’s human dignity, and the person’s singular status within creation."

The Most Reverend David D. Kagan

Bishop of Bismarck