Mission Statement

The International Center on Law, Life, Faith and Family (ICOLF) was established with a view to producing, compiling and providing resources and materials for a number of interested parties working on “Law, life, faith and family” issues on the national, regional and international levels. Above all, it is a network made up of Catholic jurists who are committed to pooling efforts with a view to sharing information on the development of these issues as they interrelate in the International and Regional Human Rights Protection Systems.

This mission is inspired by the Holy See’s document The Charter of the Rights of the Family, which articulates fundamental principles, rights and duties knowable by right reasoned as illuminated by faith. Founded on a natural law perspective of human rights within the Catholic Intellectual Tradition, the Charter promotes and protects, in particular: a) the right to life, from the moment of conception until natural death; b) the rights and duties of the natural family, based on marriage between one man and one woman; and c) the rights and duties of parents to educate their child in accordance with their moral and religious beliefs.

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