Saturday, 7 January 2012

Soho Mass organiser claims gay unions are already being blessed in Catholic churches

Martin Pendergast is a leading figure behind the Soho Masses organised by and for Catholics who dissent from the Church's teaching on homosexuality (see my blog-post of 25 Aug. 2010 for background information about Mr Pendergast; and my posts of 9 Sep. 2010 and 13 Dec. 2010 about the Soho Masses) * **. I've just been sent a video (below) of Mr Pendergast being interviewed outside one of the Masses, posted on YouTube in November, in which he says (at 3 minutes 55 seconds into the recording):
"A lot of us who are in civil unions have had services of blessings in Catholic churches afterwards, and here at these Masses [at Our Lady of the Assumption and St Gregory Catholic church, Soho] on every third Sunday, if we are asked by people, we pray for people who have entered civil partnerships or whose anniversaries happen at that time."


Mr Pendergast doesn't specify in which Catholic churches these services have been conducted, or give further details about the prayers at the Soho church. If, however, Mr Pendergast's claims are true - and they complement the publicly-available evidence of the general nature of the Soho Masses - what is Vincent Nichols, archbishop of Westminster, going to do about it? Bishops are ultimately responsible for the services and public prayers in Catholic churches and/or led by Catholic clergy of their dioceses. Will Archbishop Nichols finally oppose the homosexual agenda infiltrating the Catholic Church? Or will he once again give succour to that agenda - as Mr Pendergast has praised him for only this week:
"[S]ome good news from within communities of faith: ...a Catholic archbishop can publicly recognise the value of civil partnerships in building up the common good"
*SPUC's national council, which is SPUC's policy-making body, elected by its grassroots volunteers, last month passed the following resolution to defend marriage:
"That the Council of SPUC, noting the various proposals currently being made by the present Government and others in regard to the status and standing of marriage and its consequent effect upon family life; and further noting the higher proportionate incidence of abortion in unmarried women compared to married women, resolves to do its utmost to fight for the retention of the traditional understanding of marriage in the history, culture and law of the United Kingdom, namely the exclusive union of one man with one woman for life; and accordingly instructs its officers and executive committee to conduct a major campaign to this end, to co-operate with other persons and societies in so doing and specifically to target the Government's consultation period starting in March, 2012, in regard to (so-called) same sex marriage."
**Why is homosexuality (and sexual ethics generally) important specifically for the pro-life movement? The late Pope John Paul II, the great pro-life champion, taught in no. 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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Thursday, 5 January 2012

Today's must-read pro-life news-stories, Thu 5 Jan

Lord Falconer
Top stories:

Assisted suicide report from Falconer's stacked commission is worthless says SPUC
The report by Lord Falconer's self-styled commission on assisted suicide, funded by pro-death activists, amounts to a renewed attack on the legal status of disabled and elderly people. The commission has been widely discredited as stacked with supporters of assisted suicide. Paul Tully of SPUC Pro-Life said: "Lord Falconer's cooking-up of a dodgy dossier via a stacked panel shows the lengths to which the assisted suicide lobby will go. They seek to create a two-tier system: people who deserve a right to life, and those who maybe don't." [SPUC, 4 January]

SPUC launches campaign against gay marriage
SPUC has launched a campaign against the Westminster government's proposals for same-sex marriage. SPUC has published a position paper on same-sex marriage following a resolution by SPUC's Council last month. SPUC has also made available a background paper to be read in conjunction with the position paper and which provides some additional references and reflections. Same-sex marriage represents an attempt to redefine marriage, thus undermining marriage. This undermining lessens the protection for unborn children which true marriage provides. [SPUC, 3 January]

UK abortions to reduce multiple births on the rise
Abortions of twins in the UK have risen since 2006, official statistics show. In 2010, 85 women aborted at least one unborn child while going on give birth to another baby, up from 59 in 2006. [Telegraph, 28 December] Anthony Ozimic of SPUC commented: “There are a number of factors which may be responsible for this rise. There may be pressure from doctors on women to abort babies deemed as ‘surplus’, whether conceived through IVF or naturally following fertility treatment. Doctors may also be influencing women to abort with the reason that disability in a child or complications for the mother are more likely in multiple pregnancies than in single pregnancies. Another reason may be the practice of sex-selective abortion among some ethnic groups. Whatever the causes of the rise, it nonetheless reveals the reality of eugenics in modern British medicine, in which some innocent human beings are deemed too inconvenient to be allowed to live.”

Other stories:

Embryology
Euthanasia
Sexual ethics
General
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Wednesday, 4 January 2012

Assisted suicide report from Falconer's stacked commission is worthless

The report by Lord Falconer's self-styled commission on assisted suicide, funded by pro-death activists and due to be published in full tomorrow, amounts to a renewed attack on the legal status of disabled and elderly people. The report's conclusions were summarised earlier this week by Lord Falconer in the Telegraph newspaper.

The commission has been widely discredited as stacked with supporters of assisted suicide. Over 40 organisations, including the British Medical Association (BMA), refused to give evidence to Lord Falconer's "death-for-the-disabled" group.

Paul Tully, SPUC Pro-Life's general secretary, told the media earlier today:
"Predictably, Lord Falconer's report calls for Parliament to change the law to allow assisted suicide. His group was set up following Parliament's repeated rejections of attempts by Lord Falconer and his ilk to change the law. This is part of a thoroughly nasty strategy to convince the public that many disabled people want to die - and that they are sensible to want to die. Lord Falconer's cooking-up of a dodgy dossier via a stacked panel shows the lengths to which the assisted suicide lobby will go. They seek to create a two-tier system: people who deserve a right to life, and those who maybe don't. In fact, this shabby exercise was bankrolled by Sir Terry Pratchett, a patron of Dignity in Dying, formerly the Voluntary Euthanasia Society.

Disabled people are justifiably frightened when the protection the law gives them against pressure to end their lives is attacked like this. The moves to undermine their right to life are often accentuated by fawning, uncritical media coverage. The assisted suicide lobby represents a mentality of aversion to people who suffer, and it represents celebrities who have more money than sensitivity. We encourage people to show solidarity with disabled people by dismissing out-of-hand Lord Falconer's thinly-disguised propaganda."
SPUC Pro-Life has played a leading role in resisting the assisted suicide movement in the courts.

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Tuesday, 3 January 2012

SPUC launches campaign against gay marriage

SPUC has launched a campaign against the Westminster government's proposals for same-sex marriage. We have published today a position paper on same-sex marriage following a resolution by SPUC's Council last month. SPUC has also made available today a background paper to be read in conjunction with the position paper and which provides some additional references and reflections.

We state that:
  • Marriage - the permanent, exclusive union of one man and one woman - is the basis of the family, the fundamental group unit of society. Upholding marriage is therefore in everyone’s interests.
  • Marriage as an institution protects children, both born and unborn. Statistics show that unborn children are much safer within marriage than outside marriage.
  • Same-sex marriage lacks basic elements of true marriage e.g. the complementary sexual difference between spouses necessary for the procreation and healthy upbringing of children.
  • Same-sex marriage represents an attempt to redefine marriage, thus undermining marriage. This undermining lessens the protection for unborn children which true marriage provides.
We can't build a true culture of life if we don't defend the truths which connect sexuality to human life. Homosexual unions, whether the existing civil partnerships or the proposed gay marriages, are radically disconnected from those truths. SPUC's Council, elected by SPUC's grassroots volunteers, has therefore resolved to defend human life by defending marriage from the government's proposed redefinition to include homosexual couples.

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