On the eve of the 2012 Summer Olympics, the Catholic bishops of the United Kingdom and Ireland called upon Catholics to use their bodies for the “glory of God” in a Day for Life message.
Citing the Olympics and Paralympics, which were to open in London July 27 and Aug. 29, respectively, and the importance of healthy living, the bishops announced that they had distributed more than 400,000 pamphlets that urge churchgoers to “live a healthier, more balanced and environmentally sensitive lifestyle.”
“This year’s Day for Life reminds us all of the importance of taking care of our bodies at every stage and in every condition. It’s a call ‘to use our bodies for the glory of God,'” said Archbishop Peter Smith of Southwark in England, chairman of the Department for Christian Responsibility and Citizenship of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales.
The Day for Life message has been criticized by some Catholics, however, for failing to focus on abortion and euthanasia.