Thursday, 30 July 2015

The killing of a lion in Africa: Fr Fleming reflects

I am grateful to Fr Fleming for his reflection on the recent, widely-reported, killing of a lion in Africa:

An ancient proverb, attributed (wrongly?) to Euripides says this: “Those whom the gods wish to destroy, they first make mad.”

Nowhere is this madness more evident than among the self-appointed social and moral revolutionaries of our day. For these folks their new found morality (actually the old pagan immorality) is self-evidently true. They have no patience with those with whom they disagree. Rarely if ever do they look at their own moral inconsistencies. They either have not the wit nor the integrity or neither to allow themselves that kind of intellectual self-criticism.

So now a dentist kills a lion, a popular lion. The various celebrities (eg Ricky Gervais et al) have gone into emotional, psychological and moral meltdown. This wicked dentist is to be shunned, sent to prison, delicensed as a dentist, and otherwise publicly hounded and humiliated.

I don’t like what he did either.

But then I don’t like what other members of the medical profession do to children both born and unborn when they decide to kill them.

So let’s look for a moment at the lion killing. It seems that protesters have “placed animal toys outside Palmer’s River Duff dental practice in Bloomington, a suburb of Minneapolis. The practice was forced to close as protesters staged a recreation of the hunt involving cuddly toys and water pistols.”

Now what does the mass media report when accurate replicas or models of the unborn, routinely killed in abortion, are made available for people (including school students) to see? They report the emotional, psychological and moral meltdown of those who have had these things thrust before them. People are, apparently, traumatised by the mere sight of such replicas or models. Not so the animal toys!

And what happens when pro-lifers stage a peaceful demonstration outside an abortion clinic? They are condemned, harassed, even arrested. They are forbidden to go within a certain distance of abortion clinics. Not so for the protesters outside this dental clinic. They are able to stage a hunt with their “cuddly toys and water pistols”, and protest in such a way that the clinic is forced to close. Not that there is any lion killing going on in the dentist’s clinic in the way that there is human being killing going on in abortion clinics.

Ricky Gervais is a good example of the self-righteous contradictory atheistic moralisers of our day. “It's not for food. It's not the shooting, or tin cans would do. It must just be the thrill of killing. Mental.” he tweets. Or is it bleats? This from the same man who advocates the killings of human beings in abortion, and is a eugenicist to boot!

On the 3rd February Deacon Keith Fournier said this:
"Ricky Gervais is also a eugenicist. He promotes mandatory sterilization. This was evident in an interview he gave to the London Sunday Times over the weekend. He called for the mandatory sterilization of those whom he called 'irresponsible parents'.

"This was not an off handed comment by a controversialist comic. The interview makes that clear. He told the reporter there were “too many unwanted children, too many people who are poor and struggling…. If they all had a good quality of life, no one would complain. What there is, is too many useless people. Too many people who shouldn’t have children.”
Same old problem with the bien pensants: they love humanity in the general but hate it in the particular.

So lions are to be protected from predatory hunters (and I would agree with that), but the unborn, and children with severe disabilities are not be protected against predatory doctors and nurses.

No wonder then that filmed evidence of Planned Parenthood in the US selling foetal body parts for profit is simply not being reported in the mainstream liberal media. Silence rules, OK. Such is the power of the media taboo where uncomfortable truths are brought to them, truths which undermine their facile and stupendously irrational belief that abortion is a matter of choice for the woman and affects no one else.

And the bien pensants now want to slay the messenger. They want to go after the ones who brought this evidence to public notice and sue them into oblivion. PPF is not only not to be defunded by the State, it is to be applauded for making good use of the waste products of a simple surgical procedure (sic).

“Those whom the gods wish to destroy, they first make mad.” Ye gods and little fishes!

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New NHS guidance instructs hospitals not to deny water to the dying

New guidance say doctors and nurses must provide water to the dying. The National Institute of Health and Care Excellence (Nice) has drafted new guidance demanding that patients have access to fluids. The Liverpool Care Pathway which was withdrawn last year saw elderly and other vulnerable patients denied  food and fluids, often without their knowledge or consent, or that of their relatives. However such practices may still be going on, albeit under different names. Roger Goss from Patient Concern commented saying: “It is shocking that this has to be spelled out to doctors and nurses”. [Telegraph, 29 July] Antonia Tully of the Patients First Network said: “We are still seeing a lack of confidence among relatives about the way in which vulnerable patients are cared for. We are continuing to advise family and friends to maintain constant vigilance to make sure that those they love receive basic care, including food and water.”

To see a full news summary for 30 July 2015, click here.

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Tuesday, 28 July 2015

LBC Radio broadcasts apology to SPUC

Shortly after the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Act was passed, parents in Birmingham contacted SPUC's Safe at School about a programme called CHIPS (Challenging Homophobia in Primary Schools) which had been introduced in their children's primary schools. This teaching programme, for children aged 5-11, is blatant promotion of same sex "families" and transgender behaviour.

Safe at School was advising and supporting Birmingham parents in their efforts to protect their children. On two occasions SPUC's Safe at School was prevented from holding a public meeting in Birmingham to inform parents of the content and nature of CHIPS.

As is well known, primary schools in Birmingham have been the subject of the so-called "Trojan Horse" plot - an alleged bid by hard line Islamists to take over some Birmingham schools.
During the annual conference of the National Association of Headteachers (NAHT), 1-3 May 2015, a headteacher of a Birmingham primary school said that the problems of Trojan Horse had "not gone away". This headteacher, who had been featured in the national press because CHIPS is taught in her school, made claims that teachers in Birmingham had received death threats and dead cats and dogs had been hung on school railings and thrown into some school playgrounds.

On Monday 4 May, the claims about dead animals and death threats made at the NAHT conference, were discussed on LBC (Leading Britain's Conversation) radio. The show's host, Nick Ferrari, asked Rob Kelsall of the NAHT who he thought was behind the incidents with dead animals. Mr Kelsall replied: “There is a group called the Society for the Protection of the Unborn Child [sic] that has unfortunately been agitating parents in some parts of the communities in Birmingham.”

The meaning of Mr Kelsall's statement was clearly that SPUC was responsible for the activities described at the NAHT conference.

SPUC mounted a legal challenge to both LBC and the NAHT and an apology was broadcast on LBC on Friday 24 July as follows:
On my show on 4 May 2015 Rob Kelsall, an officer of the National Association of Head Teachers discussed the unlawful activities of some people in Birmingham opposed to the teaching of a local programme called “Challenging Homophobia in Primary Schools. In that context Mr Kelsall named The Society for the Protection of Unborn Children. Mr Kelsall wishes to clarify that he did not intend to imply that The Society for the Protection of Unborn Children was responsible for or in any way involved in any unlawful activity as he entirely accepts that this is not the case and through me he apologises to the Society.

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Friday, 24 July 2015

Bishop Afrifah-Agyekum is right to link marriage with sanctity of life

As I blogged earlier today, Bishop Afrifah-Agyekum, the Chairman of the health department of the Ghanaian Catholic Bishops' Conference and Bishop for Koforidua Diocese, said earlier this week:
“as the leadership of the Catholic Church in Ghana, we the Bishops recognize that a grave responsibility is imposed on us by our apostolic mandate to reiterate the Church’s true and beautiful teachings on the sanctity of life, the beauty of love, the purity of marriage and family life and the dignity of human sexuality”.
I am delighted that the Ghanaian Catholic bishops' conference are clearly linking marriage (the permanent exclusive union of one man and one woman) to the protection of human life. Earlier this year I spoke at Cleveland Right to Life's Convention "Bringing America Back to Life" and, if you have time, you can view my talk entitled "Why the Pro-Life Movement must embrace the defence of marriage and the family or face defeat".

I also made it clear in my talk that pro-life victory can only be won when church leaders who can reach out to millions of faithful worldwide are working together with the pro-life movement in the unambiguous proclamation of the pro-life, pro-marriage, pro-family message. That's why the forthcoming Family Synod in Rome is so critical. Please pray for its outcome.


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Ghana's bishops launch pro-life conference in context of Family Synod

Ghana's bishops launch pro-life conference
The Bishop in Charge of Health of the Ghana Catholic Bishops’ Conference (GCBC) on Wednesday, July 22, 2015 launched a Pro-Life Conference, which is aimed at leading Ghanaians to a deeper reflection of the Gospel of Life and appreciating of the sanctity of life, purity of marriage and the dignity of human sexuality.

The two-day Conference (in which I will have the honour to participate on behalf of SPUC) will be held at the Holy Spirit Cathedral in Accra from Saturday, August 7 to Sunday, August 8, 2015  on the theme: Promoting Life and Family Values in the Continuing Culture of Death.

In October 2014, the Holy Father, Pope Francis convoked an Extraordinary Synod on the family in Rome to enable the Church to reflect on the vocation and mission of the family in the contemporary world and to fashion a response to the very challenges that the family of today faces.

Bishops at the Synod observed that over the years, but most importantly in recent times, there had been an increasing encroachment of the proponents of the culture of death in almost every part of the world including Africa.

From African bishops the Synod discovered that the spread of the culture of death was evident in the persistent attempts by some international organisations, wealthy nations and philanthropists to limit, suppress and even destroy the source of human life among Africans.

Launching the Conference at the National Catholic Secretariat, Bishop Afrifah-Agyekum said that recognizing that Ghana is at the heart of the storm and struggle between the culture of life and culture of death in Africa necessitated the organisation of the Conference.

“Realizing the urgent need for the Church in Ghana to rise up and promote the Gospel of life in speaking against the emerging culture of death in Ghana,” was also one of the reasons for the conference, he added.

He noted that the Conference was to strengthen the witness of the faithful and other Christians to promote the dignity of life from conception to natural death; promote long cherished values of family life such as unity, indissolubility, openness to life and incorporating government, leaders and people in the project of building an authentic culture of life in Ghana.

He said that “The Catholic Church acknowledges the important role she has to play in concert with other like-minded Christian groups and Civil Society Organisations in renewing a pro-life mission in the world and calling on contemporary society to a deeper reflection of the Gospel of life.”

He said “as the leadership of the Catholic Church in Ghana, we the Bishops recognize that a grave responsibility is imposed on us by our apostolic mandate to reiterate the Church’s true and beautiful teachings on the sanctity of life, the beauty of love, the purity of marriage and family life and the dignity of human sexuality.”

Bishop Afrifah-Agyekum, said the Conference was aimed at teaching and training the faithful to understand the Gospel of life and to stand and defend the pro-life position of the Church.

In an interview after the launching, the Bishop said the unconditional respect for the right to life of every innocent person from the moment of conception to natural death is one of the pillars upon which every civil society stands and therefore the State has the primary duty to defend life.

To be actively pro-life is to contribute to the renewal of society through the promotion of family values and the common good, he added, stating that there can be no democracy without the recognition of every person’s dignity nor can there be a guarantee of true peace unless life is defended and promoted.

He lamented that the culture of death was emerging in Africa in a form of population control measures being proposed and propagated in African Nations by some multi-national organisations which had implanted themselves in Africa as a Family Planning Organisations.

He noted that in reality, these organisations were promoting unnatural and artificial means of birth control such as abortion, sterilization, vasectomies, the use of condoms over and above the natural family planning the Catholic Church upholds.

Activities lined-up for the two-day Conference include, a prayer campaign had been declared in all parishes, rectorates and stations from July 22, 2015, lectures by both local and international speakers on August 7, 2015; a pro-life/pro-family match from the from the Holy Spirit cathedral through some principal streets of Accra on August 8, 2015 and the issuing of a communiqué and the encouragement of the mass-media to take up the pro-life campaign throughout the country.

The press launch was attended by members of the Ghana Medical and Ethics Commission, Staff of the National Catholic Secretariat (NCS), and Diocesan Directors of Communications.


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