"A renewed focus on lay apostolate will help to clarify the roles of clergy and laity and so give strong impetus to the task of evangelizing society. That task requires a readiness to grapple firmly with the challenges presented by the increasing tide of secularism in your country. Support for euthanasia strikes at the very heart of the Christian understanding of the dignity of human life. Recent developments in medical ethics and some of the practices advocated in the field of embryology give cause for great concern. If the Church’s teaching is compromised, even slightly, in one such area, then it becomes hard to defend the fullness of Catholic doctrine in an integral manner. Pastors of the Church, therefore, must continually call the faithful to complete fidelity to the Church’s Magisterium, while at the same time upholding and defending the Church’s right to live freely in society according to her beliefs." [my emphasis]
- the Catholic Education Service (CES) for England and Wales' general support for the government's plans to force all state schools to teach sex education
- the Diversity and Equality Guidelines, issued in 2005 by the Catholic Bishops Conference of England and Wales, which I have called upon the bishops to repudiate
- the undermining of Humanae Vitae by Kieran Conry, bishop of Arundel and Brighton, by The Tablet and by Cardinal Turkson of Ghana
- the demands by Tony Blair and in this weekend's Tablet that the Catholic Church changes its teaching on homosexuality*
- invitations by Catholic universities and charities to Cherie Blair, despite her open dissent from Catholic pro-life/pro-family teaching
- the approval by Cardinal Cormac Murphy O’Connor, the then-archbishop of Westminster, of an ethical code at St John and St Elizabeth’s Hospital, London, which failed to ban abortion referrals.
*In this connection, we must never forget the teaching of Pope John Paul II in Evangelium Vitae, paragraph 97. He said 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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