Saturday, 11 December 2010

Nigerian bishops give great example of resistance to abortion

The Good Shepherd Catholic newspaper from Abuja, the capital of Nigeria, has reported on the solid opposition of Nigeria's Catholic bishops to abortion. Their opposition to the African Union's pro-abortion Maputo Protocol was reiterated by John Onaiyekan, archbishop of Abuja, at a press conference.

The newspaper says that the bishops have described the protocol's paragraph 14; 2C, entitled "Health and Reproductive Rights", as
"a blank cheque for abortion to be committed saying it is completely unacceptable to all religious communities in Nigeria"
and as
"obnoxious"
adding that
“as Africans we must cherish our culture that respects life.”
Archbishop Onaiyekan urged Nigerians
"not to succumb to abortion in any guise"
calling it
"murder"
It is encouraging to see bishops in the developing world giving solid pro-life catechesis, especially at a time when a certain Vatican official in the developed world has misled the faithful about the absolute wrongness of all procured abortions.

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Friday, 10 December 2010

Please pray ahead of next Thursday's European court abortion judgment

Next Thursday 16 December, the European Court of Human Rights is to hand down its ruling in the case of three women seeking to overturn Ireland’s constitutional protection for unborn children. Please pray that the right to life of children continues to be protected in the Republic from conception.

Patrick Buckley, of European Life Network Ireland and of SPUC, told the media today:
“The importance of this case cannot be exaggerated. The Court must acknowledge the right to life of the weakest and most vulnerable members of the human family if it is to retain any credibility in defending the most fundamental right of all human beings.

“While no international treaty has ever recognised access to abortion as a human right, the European Court has in previous cases failed in its obligation to uphold the right to life of children before birth. This case was instigated by the international abortion lobby because it has failed to persuade the people of Ireland to legalise abortion. But success in the European Court would also be a stepping stone towards the creation of an internationally recognised human right to abortion on demand.

“The rule of law must be based on both justice and reason – and creating a right to kill children in the womb is irrational. If you can kill children before birth, why not after birth? Do children acquire the right to life only in the process of birth? That makes the right to life into a spell that is cast by the magic of the midwife. We call upon believers and non-believers alike to reject such mumbo-jumbo. In the days left before the court hands down its ruling, we call upon believers in particular to pray for the court and to pray that the our judges will not permit the killing of innocent unborn children in the name of human rights. We must pray that no matter what the court decides, unborn children who cannot defend themselves will be safe in Ireland.”
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Thursday, 9 December 2010

Child sexualisation review should cover lurid sex ed

SPUC has responded to the announcement by Sarah Teather (pictured), the children's minister, that she has commissioned an independent review into the commercialisation and sexualisation of childhood.

Paul Tully, SPUC's general secretary, told the media earlier today:
"Sarah Teather's review of the commercialisation and sexualisation of children addresses some of the deepest concerns that parents have today. But SPUC is concerned that the review should include a look at ways children are sexualised in schools - by explicit and lurid sex lessons for instance. This is more insidious than sexualisation in other spheres and it drives up the abortion rate, especially as secret abortions for girls (including minors) are now arranged through schools, despite the emotional and physical risks to the girls involved. The terms of reference of the review do not make any specific reference to schools.

"Children spend a great part of their lives in the school environment, and are taught to respect school as a moral authority. If schools teach children that under-age and pre-marital sex, STIs and abortion are the norm, they can do more harm than commercial operators promoting 'sexy' clothes or using sexualised images to sell goods.

"The government is right to emphasise the importance of supporting parents in protecting their children. Schools should be encouraged to sever ties with anti-life and anti-family groups, and to engage with parents to ensure that they have confidence to talk about sexual matters with their children."
The recent Jomeen/university of Hull report found that 13-16 year olds preferred parents as a source of useful information about sexual matters above teachers or any other adult.

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Kenya's Catholic bishops confirm that condom use "remains as always unacceptable"

Last week all the Catholic bishops of Kenya issued a strong statement, reaffirming Catholic teaching on condom use, in the wake of the manipulation of Pope Benedict's recent comments. The bishops say:
First we would like to clear the air and to clarify to all the people, and to the Catholics, regarding the position of the Church with regard to the use of condoms for the peace of mind and proper guidance.

We reiterate and reaffirm that the position of the Catholic Church as regards the use of condoms, both as a means of contraception and as a means of addressing the grave issue of HIV/AIDS infection has not changed and remains as always unacceptable.
Why is the Catholic Church's teaching on condom use (and dissent from that teaching) important for the pro-life movement? The late Pope John Paul II, the great pro-life champion, taught in paragraph 97 of his 1995 encyclical Evangelium Vitae that it is an illusion to think that we can build a true culture of human life if we do not offer adolescents and young adults an authentic education in sexuality, and in love, and the whole of life according to their true meaning and in their close interconnection.

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Wednesday, 8 December 2010

May the world copy the example of Chile's culture of life

Dan Zeidler, who is well-known within the international pro-life movement as an authority on the fight for unborn babies in central and south America, has sent me a great pro-life video about Chile's culture of life. The video links the recent world-famous rescue of 33 trapped miners, government advertisements promoting protection for unborn children and Chile's pro-life laws. Dan writes:
"Chile’s pro-life policies have helped make Chile the safest place in all of Latin America for a mother to give birth. Chile has the lowest maternal mortality rate in the whole continent.

Chile’s new president, Sebastián Piñera, expressed a strong position against abortion during his campaign, and during his May 21st presidential speech to the nation, he announced a new government program called “Committed to Life” to offer help to pregnant women to carry their babies to term.

The government of Chile has also made strong declarations at recent UN meetings explaining that Chile is a pro-life country, and will not accept abortion."
Do watch the video on YouTube or Vimeo


Chile, the Miners, and Respect for Life from Dan Zeidler on Vimeo.

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Tuesday, 7 December 2010

Parents will not stop protesting until Connexions is removed from schools

James Preece, the stalwart pro-life/pro-family Catholic blogger, has written a very important reminder about the presence of the anti-life/anti-family Connexions service in Catholic schools. James writes:
"Our local Catholic school has five full time Connexions advisors. An agreement is supposed to have been made that they won't promote contraception or refer for abortion while in the school, which is useless, because the whole point of Connexions is that they believe in doing these things confidentially. "
The Catholic bishops' conference of England and Wales, which employs the Catholic Education Service (CES), can be assured that the Catholic parents up and down the country will not quietly drop their protest against Connexions and the CES. We will never stop until Connexions and all other similar schemes are permanently barred from every Catholic school. And we will never stop our campaign for the CES to be radically reformed - starting with the appointment of Greg Pope, its deputy director - or abolished. In this work we will call down the strength of the Lord by praying with our Holy Father Pope Benedict his recently-composed prayer for the unborn:
Lord Jesus[,] Reawaken in us respect for every unborn life,
make us capable of seeing in the fruit of the maternal womb
the miraculous work of the Creator,
open our hearts to generously welcoming every child
that comes into life.

Bless all families,
sanctify the union of spouses,
render fruitful their love.

Accompany the choices of legislative assemblies
with the light of your Spirit,
so that peoples and nations may recognize and respect
the sacred nature of life, of every human life.

...

Together with Mary, Your Mother, the great believer,
in whose womb you took on our human nature,
we wait to receive from You, our Only True Good and Savior,
the strength to love and serve life,
in anticipation of living forever in You,
in communion with the Blessed Trinity. Amen
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Monday, 6 December 2010

Scottish euthanasia bill is defeated

2010 began with Margo MacDonald (pictured), a member of the Scottish parliament (MSP), launching a bill which would allow euthanasia.

The End of Life Assistance (Scotland) Bill attacked the first human right - the right to life - and was a threat to all people with illness or disability.

Praise God that the year is ending with the demise of that bill. The death of the bill was announced by the End of Life (Scotland) Bill parliamentary committee as follows:
Disbanding of the End of Life Assistance (Scotland) Bill Committee - Wednesday 1 December 2010

This is to inform you that, following the Stage 1 debate on the End of Life Assistance (Scotland) Bill on Wednesday 1 December 2010, the Scottish Parliament did not agree to the general principles of the Bill. The result of the vote on the motion to agree the Bill was, For: 16, Against: 85, Abstentions: 2. As a result of this decision, the Bill falls.

The motion which established the End of Life Assistance (Scotland) Bill on 10 February 2010 set the duration of the Committee as being "until the Bill has received Royal Assent, falls or is withdrawn".

As a result of this decision, the Committee has now completed its work and is disbanded.

The transcript of the Stage 1 debate on the Bill is available on the Parliament website at:

http://www.scottish.parliament.uk/business/officialReports/meetingsParliament/or-10/sor1201-02.htm#Col31042

Thank you for your interest in the work of the Committee.

End of Life Assistance (Scotland) Bill Committee

2 December 2010
SPUC Scotland, SPUC (UK), Care Not Killing (Scotland), the Catholic Church in Scotland, and others worked hard to defeat the bill. Congratulations to all.

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Sunday, 5 December 2010

Image of the pregnant Mother of God will be displayed next weekend at Westminster Cathedral

Catholics in London and the Home Counties may be interested to know that "a unique relic image of Our Lady of Guadalupe will be on display in Westminster Cathedral from 12 noon on Saturday 11th December to 11:30am on Monday 13th December", according to Catherine MacGillivray, of the pastoral affairs department of the archdiocese of Westminster.

In a message to priests she writes:
Our Lady of Guadalupe is especially invoked in prayer for the sanctity of life as she is depicted as pregnant, and the image has been touring England and Wales over the past 9 months as a focus for pro-life events, Masses and vigils, as well as for general intercession. A summary of the places visited and further information about our relic image, the history of the apparition and its significance can be found at http://www.rcdow.org.uk/pastoralaffairs/dignityoftheperson/
I will be praying for a big turn-out at Westminter Cathedral and hope to pay a visit  during the weekend. Supernatural help in combatting the evils we are fighting is urgently needed for our pro-life work to be successful, in my opinion.

From my experience of the Cathedral, it's open till about 7 p.m. on Saturday; from 7.00 a.m. till 7 p.m. on Sunday; and from 7 a.m. on Monday; but ... to be sure: contact edmundadamus@rcdow.org.uk or telephone 020 7798 9363

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