Florence Maloney, Founder and Chairwoman of the Joint Parish Respect Life Committee, receives a Respect Life Award, from Bishop Octavio Cisneros and Dr. Philip Franco, Office of Faith Formation, St. James Cathedral, October 4, 2009.
What is the JPRLC?
Formed in 2002, the Joint Parish Respect Life Committee (JPRLC) has members, over the years coming from 20 different parishes within the Diocese of Brooklyn. Its members meet monthly at St. Josaphat's Rectory Basement Conference Room, Bayside.
The purpose of the Committee is to respond to the cultural battles in which we find ourselves in order to defend the sanctity of Life, most particularly unborn life, and to protect the foundation of our society--the Family.
Members respond by themselves and with their parishes to highly controversial proposed legislation by publicizing the facts and by writing/phoning/visiting their district representatives. Such legislation, for example, would include taxpayer funding of human embryonic stem cell research, "reproductive health care for women," and legalization of same-sex "marriage."
Most recently, the Committee has expanded its works to include responding to the failure of the major media to provide truthful and accurate reporting on the current national administration's misleading reporting to the American people on Benghazi.
The Committee responded also to the positions of honor held by the NYS Governor and a NYS Senator in a local Catholic high school despite their public actions and statements which are in contradiction to Catholic Church teaching. The Committee is moving towards expanding its focus to include other select areas which directly impact Life, the Family, and the morality of the culture and society. It joins with other groups who have the same objective of reversing the cultural "downslide" in our nation. .