Wednesday, 18 September 2013

Must-read pro-life news-stories, Wed 18 Sep

Top story:

Pope Francis: population that neglects elderly and children has no future
Pope Francis has sent a strong pro-life and pro-family message to the participants in the annual Social Week for Italian Catholics, held this past weekend in Turin on the theme of "The Family: Hope and Future for Italian Society”. He said: "A population that does not take care of the elderly and of children and the young has no future, because it abuses both its memory and its promise”.  He also said that the family based on opposite-sex marriage open to life is the basis of society. [John Smeaton, 16 September]

Other stories:

Abortion
Euthanasia
Population
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Monday, 16 September 2013

Must-read pro-life news-stories, Mon 16 September

Top stories:

Hillary Clinton should not have been honoured by St Andrews University
The University of St. Andrews has awarded former US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton an honorary doctorate for her (alleged) championing of "education, human rights, democracy, civil society and promoting opportunities for females around the world." [BBC, 13 September] However, Clinton is radically pro-abortion and works to promote abortion in the developing world. Abortion is contrary to human rights and opportunities for females, born and unborn. Hillary Clinton supports the killing of unborn children in the developing world. She should not have been awarded a doctorate by the University of St. Andrews. [John Smeaton, 13 September]

Local Authorities should tell primary schools: no more sex ed in science lessons, says Safe at School
Local Authorities should advise that primary schools will not be permitted to include sex education in Key Stage 1 and 2 science lessons under the new National Curriculum, said the Safe at School campaign, which supports parents facing unacceptable sex education in their child's school. Antonia Tully of SPUC's Safe at School campaign said: "Every parent should now feel confident that their primary-aged child will not be subjected to graphic information about sex in compulsory science lessons. Where local authorities advise schools of the requirements of the national curriculum, from 2014 they must stop advising both schools and parents that there is mandatory sex education in science lessons." [SPUC, 13 September]

Other stories:

Abortion
Euthanasia
  • UK health service patients 50% more likely to die of neglect than in US, suggests study [Mail, 12 September]
Population
Sexual ethics
General
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Pope Francis: family based on opposite-sex marriage open to life is the basis of society

Pope Francis has sent a strong pro-life and pro-family message to the participants in the annual Social Week for Italian Catholics, held this past weekend in Turin on the theme of "The Family: Hope and Future for Italian Society”. The Vatican Information Service (VIS) reports that he commended the participants for their choice of theme, and said that the family is a "path for generations through which faith, love and fundamental moral values are transmitted". He taught:
"A population that does not take care of the elderly and of children and the young has no future, because it abuses both its memory and its promise”.

“As the Church, we offer a concept of the family rooted in the Book of Genesis, of the unity in the difference between man and woman, and the fruitfulness of this complementarity, and we recognise it as an asset for all, as the first natural society. … The family understood in this way remains the first and principle building block of society and of an economy on a human scale. … The consequences, positive or negative, of decisions of a principally cultural or political nature in relation to the family touch upon the various areas of the life of a society and a country”.

"[We must remember the] simple, but beautiful and courageous witness given by many families, who experience matrimony and parenthood with joy..."
Pope Francis's message that the family is based on opposite-sex marriage open to life also appeared in his first encyclical Lumen Fidei - see my blog of 5 July. Also see my blogs about other pro-life and pro-family statements by Pope Francis:
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