Saturday, 23 June 2012

Knights of St Columba lead prayer for sanctity of marriage between a man and a woman

I am delighted to see that the Knights of St. Columba (KSC) has launched a nationwide "chain of prayer".

The KSC says:
"We call upon you our fellow brothers and sisters in Christ to join the Knights of St Columba in this chain of prayer. We will be praying that our politicians heed the message of faith to uphold human life from conception to the grave and defend the sanctity of marriage between a man and a woman"
The prayer chain was launched this month by Archbishop Mario Conti, the archbishop of Glasgow, at St. Columba's church in Glasgow. Forthcoming landmark events in the chain of prayer include Liverpool Cathedral on Saturday, 6th October - and the chain concludes at the Knights' Supreme Council meeting in Glasgow on 26th - 28th October.

There will be many events en route so Catholics in particular may like to look out for a prayer chain event in your local area.

In a clarion call to Christians, Ron Lynch, the recently elected Supreme Knight (pictured above), has said "Our Christian values are under attack ... "
" ... Our campaign will consist of each local Council of the Order, where possible, organising or joining the congregation of a local parish in celebrating at least one Mass for the above intention during the period from the feast of St Columba (9th June) until the opening Mass of our Supreme Council in October."
(The KSC is an "order of Catholic laymen dedicated to the Service of the Church and fellow man" and their noble aims include working diligently "in accordance with the Social Teachings of the Catholic Church ... for the moral and social welfare of our country and in particular to help young people develop in the likeness of Christ ...". I am a member of the Knights of St. Columba. In fact I'm a fourth generation Knight. My father, my grandfather and my great-grandfather all members of the same Council in Whitechapel, east London, in the early 1930s.)

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Friday, 22 June 2012

Disabled man 'redefines possible' for everyone

Consider this true story whenever you're tempted to think that something is not possible to achieve.

A boy is born with a genetic disorder which leads to his legs being amputated at age five.

Medical experts conclude that he'll never be a functioning member of society.

Three decades later, he climbs the world's highest freestanding mountain - on his hands:



Spencer West, 31, from Toronto, Canada, has defied all those misanthropes who believe that the lives of the disabled are not worth living and thus the disabled are better off dead. He has truly 'redefined possible':


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Thursday, 21 June 2012

URGENT: please vote NO in on-line euthanasia poll

The British Medical Association (BMA) is due to debate 'assisted dying' (assisted suicide and euthanasia) next week. Currently the BMA has a policy against legalising assisted suicide. The pro-euthanasia lobby want to change this to a netral policy.

The British Medical Journal (BMJ) now has an online poll - open to everyone, not just doctors - asking people to express support for doctors adopting a neutral position. Please show your opposition to assisted suicide and euthanasia by going to http://www.bmj.com/ (scroll down on the left) and voting 'no' in this poll.

Please do this today - time is very short.

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Wednesday, 20 June 2012

You can help Ireland prevent the legalisation of abortion

James Reilly
Ireland's pro-abortion minister for health
Under the simple title "pro-life alert" Pat Buckley has published one of the most important blogposts of its kind that I've read. I urge you to read it now if you can.

In brief:
  • You can help to prevent the legalisation of abortion in Ireland
  • Pat reminds us that Ireland is regarded by the pro-abortion lobby as the jewel in the crown of the pro-life movement
  • He explains the current threat of pro-abortion legislation in Ireland, not least in light of the Irish health minister's (pictured) public commitment to legislate in favour of abortion
  • Above all Pat calls upon his Catholic readers "to commit to an hour of Eucharistic Adoration every week specifically for the intention of protecting unborn life in Ireland" - and for such readers to let Pat Buckley know about their commitment by emailing him at patrick@europeanlifenetwork.org or by writing to him at the following address: Glenrue, Ballinclea Road, Killiney, Co Dublin, Ireland
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BREAKING NEWS: Pro-life success at Rio as abortion excluded from outcome document, report SPUC lobbyists

Rio de Janeiro
The Rio+20 United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development has witnessed a notable pro-life success, with abortion being excluded from the text of the conference's outcome document. SPUC, which has UN recognition as a non-governmental organisation (NGO), lobbied throughout the document's negotiations and in the conference's preparatory sessions.

Pat Buckley, one of SPUC's UN representatives, reports*:
"The outcome document (known as 'The Future We Want') has been a major battleground for months with attempts to insert anti-life measures including abortion and population control under the guise of so-called 'reproductive rights' or 'reproductive health services'. The finally-agreed text, to be signed by heads of state on Friday, has no reference to 'reproductive rights' and no mention of 'reproductive health services'.

"This pro-life success was won by a group of countries together with the Holy See, among others including Russia, Poland and several Latin American countries. Pro-abortion groups are furious at the result. The next phase of the Rio+20 meeting begins today with the high-level meeting of leaders who must vote on the text's adoption."
The pro-life success is particularly welcome considering last week's call by world science academies for the Rio conference to adopt a policy of world population control.

*With thanks to Marie Smith of the Parliamentary Network for Critical Issues (PCNI) www.pncius.org

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Tuesday, 19 June 2012

Academies' anti-human Rio statement shows hijacking of science

A statement by world science academies in favour of population control shows how public bodies are being hijacked increasingly by ideology,
The statement on population and consumption by the Inter Academies Panel (IAP), prior to this week's Rio+20 conference:
  • claims falsely that "Rapid population growth can be an obstacle to improving standards of living in poor countries"
  • looks forward to a world "where population growth comes to a halt"
  • encourages the "development strategies that help to reduce population growth"
  • calls for universal "access to comprehensive reproductive health and family planning programmes" - euphemisms for abortion on demand and population control
  • warns sinisterly that "The longer the delay, the more radical and difficult measures will be needed."
Anthony Ozimic, SPUC's communications manager, told the media this afternoon:
"The IAP's statement is based on the Royal Society's report in April called 'People and the Planet'. The working group for that report featured population control enthusiasts such as Malcom Potts the veteran abortion campaigner, as well as Jonathon Porritt and Professor Roger Short who have both praised China's brutal one-child policy.

What we are witnessing is a rising trend of organisations being hijacked by radical agendas which have nothing to do with those organisations' remits. For example, the BBC has an agreement with the International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF), the world's largest abortion provider, to spread pro-abortion propaganda among the world's youth. Multi-national companies such as Google and Starbucks now campaign for same-sex marriage. We should not be so naive as to believe that science academies are immune from such ideological bias.

The fact that the IAP's statement is based on the long-discredited ideas of Malthus suggests that the ideology of abortion rights has blinded the signatories to scientific reality. History shows that health and wealth improves as population rises, and declines when fertility rates fall below replacement level. In any case, the rate of world population growth peaked in 1970, and fertility in most countries has been dropping rapidly. Concerns about sustainability, pollution, etc will not be addressed if fewer potential future scientists, engineers, etc are born."
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Monday, 18 June 2012

Must-read pro-life news-stories, Mon 18 June

Better healthcare not abortion saves mothers
Top story:

Draft doctors' guidance undermines human rights
Draft guidance for doctors by the General Medical Council (GMC) undermines human rights. SPUC made the comments in its submission to the GMC's consultation on personal beliefs, which closed last week. (SPUC's submission http://www.spuc.org.uk/documents/papers/gmcsub201206 ) In its submission, SPUC said that the right to conscientious objection is a human right, which the GMC should recognise and protect far more fully. Patients need doctors of integrity who practise medicine in accordance with their conscience, including in regard to pregnant women and their unborn children. [SPUC, 15 June]

Other stories

Abortion
Embryology
  • Scientists urge MEPs not to cut funding for human embryo research [Guardian, 15 June]
Euthanasia
  • 'Locked-in' Tony Nicklinson petitioned by Twitter users encouraging him to live [Telegraph, 18 June]
Sexual ethics
  • Scottish survey supporting same-sex marriage branded 'flawed' by Catholic Church [BBC, 17 June]
  • Home Office Minister Nick Herbert: Churches should be allowed to marry gay couples [Pink News, 16 June]

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