Tuesday, 12 May 2015

Cardinal Pell and Cardinal Burke encourage pro-life and pro-family advocates

Whilst in Rome for Voice of the Family meetings and for Italy's March for Life, our Voice of the Family/SPUC team had the pleasure of meeting Cardinal Burke:

Cardinal Burke joins SPUC/Voice of the Family team
at Italy's March for Life in Rome last Sunday

His Eminence joined pro-life marchers on Sunday, giving great encouragement to us all by his presence.

Cardinal Burke also presided in the ancient rites of Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament and Benediction at Chiesa Di San Salvatore in Lauro, Rome, on the eve of the March for Life:


Earlier in the day, Cardinal Burke joined our Voice of the Family Rome Life Forum held in the Vatican and listened attentively to His Eminence George Cardinal Pell, who addressed our group of 120 pro-life leaders from around the world:


I had the honour of chairing the event and of introducing Cardinal Pell. He spoke on "Parents as the best educators". His comments in answer to questions on the forthcoming Ordinary Synod on the Family were typically robust and were founded on the constant, unchanging teaching of the Catholic Church. His words were re-echoed, I'm pleased to say, in news reports around the world, including The Washington Post which reported:
"Church teaching, he said, referencing papal documents such as those of St. John Paul II on marriage and family, can’t be “abdicated, (because) it’s based on the teachings of Christ.”

" ... When it comes to October’s Synod of Bishops on the Family, the cardinal said he expects “the synod will massively endorse the tradition” of the Church’s teachings on these issues.

"There is a great desire to help people and to be compassionate, and these are things everyone wants, he noted, saying he believes synod delegates “will recognize that the Christian tradition of St. John Paul the Great, Benedict, the Council of Trent, is well established … and I don’t anticipate any deviation of that.”
Earlier, during my own address to the Forum, I explained why the Synod on the Family is of fundamental significance for the pro-life movement. I told them why the Council of the Society for the Protection of Unborn Children had voted, without anyone opposing, to support marriage and to oppose same-sex marriage. I said:
"The Society for the Protection of Unborn Children (SPUC), as a pro-life organization, decided to fight against “same-sex marriage” legislation for two reasons. First, statistical evidence on abortion clearly shows that marriage as an institution protects children, both born and unborn.

"Secondly, “same-sex marriage” represents an attempt to redefine marriage, thus undermining marriage and family life, as a growing body of academic research clearly shows. It is this undermining that lessens the protection for unborn children that true marriage provides ...

" ... The destruction of traditional family structures has very grave consequences for all members of society, but it is children, born and unborn, who are especially vulnerable. Government statistics show that in Britain children conceived outside of marriage are 4 to 5 times more likely to be aborted than those conceived within marriage.

"Historically, our nations’ laws protected unborn children from being killed, and so, quite logically and rightly, pro-life movements worldwide have worked tirelessly to restore, or to uphold, such laws.

"By the same token, historically, families based on the indissoluble union in marriage of a man and a woman, have provided children, both born and unborn, with their best hope of life and fulfilment in life ... so, quite logically and rightly, pro-life movements worldwide must work tirelessly to defend marriage and the family.

"The pro-life movement cannot possibly succeed in its efforts to end abortion if the family based on marriage between a man and a woman is destroyed."
To find out how you can help the Catholic Church at this critical moment in history - to assist the Church in re-proposing to humanity her unchanging teachings on marriage and the family, please visit Voice of the Family which provides a commentary on Synod news including full account of the Extraordinary Synod and the disturbing reports published by the Synod authorities last year.

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Monday, 11 May 2015

Fears for women and unborn children freed from Boko Haram

Girls captured by Boko Haram
While rejoicing that women and children, held captive by Boko Haram, have been rescued, SPUC, which has an outreach to Africa, is concerned by the presence of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), which claims to be offering "counselling" to the freed women who are pregnant.

UNFPA is one of the leading international groups promoting abortion in the developing world. It is sending huge numbers of reproductive health kits to displacement camps in Nigeria where women rescued from Boko Haram have been taken.  The term "reproductive health" is used to cover a range of interventions including abortion. SPUC fears that these emotionally vulnerable, malnourished women will be pressured into aborting their babies.

Antonia Tully of SPUC told the media earlier today:
"Press stories have focused almost exclusively on the reported high number of pregnancies among the released women. It is extremely worrying that some of these women may undergo abortions, which could cause them further physical and emotional trauma in their already weakened state. The deaths of their unborn babies would add to the toll of lives lost in this tragic situation."
Antonia has recently returned from a major conference in Nigeria, at which Nigerians denounced Western agencies imposing abortion on their culture which values human life.

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Wednesday, 6 May 2015

Applications now open for SPUC internships 2015

SPUC's interns in 2011
Every year SPUC offers internship places at its headquarters in London to young people seeking work experience in the pro-life movement. This year, SPUC is offering two places to applicants aged 18-25. The internship programme covers all aspects of SPUC’s work, including a substantial amount of research, writing, and campaigning, along with some administrative tasks.

The internship will begin on 20 July and end on 28 August. Interns are paid the minimum wage and will be expected to work from 9am-5.30pm, five days a week. The internship will involve some evening and weekend work and travelling. To apply, please email a covering letter and CV to rhoslynthomas@spuc.org.uk or post them to: Rhoslyn Thomas, SPUC, 3 Whitacre Mews, Stannary Street, London, SE11 4AB. Applications close 20 June.

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