Saturday, 18 February 2012

Please support the 100 Masses for life campaign

Pat Sammon, an SPUC activist, is promoting a "100 Masses for life" campaign. She writes:
"Dear friend in Christ,

Please would you consider having one Holy Mass offered during Lent (Feb 22nd-April 7th) for the following intention:-
FOR AN END TO THE ‘CULTURE OF DEATH’ AND THE CONVERSION OF HEARTS.
By any priest of your choice. Please request that the intention is publicly announced, not just as a ‘private intention’
In order to assess the success of this campaign, please confirm Mass and venue if possible:
Pat 07747698553. patriciamarysammon@btinternet.com "
I encourage my readers to please support this campaign. Congratulations to Pat on this excellent initiative.

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Friday, 17 February 2012

Episcopal failures to oppose the sexual revolution have global consequences

Michael Voris, the American Catholic apologist, has this week been visiting the Philippines. In a video recorded there, Michael said:
"Obama's attempt to ram birth control down the Church's throat [is] exactly what is happening here in the Philippines ... [I]n America, the Catholic hierarchy folded like a house of cards 40 years ago in the face of the sexual revolution ... Catholics in America need to keep Catholics in other countries in mind when casting their vote for US president. It isn't just the Church in America that Obama is attacking, but the Church all over the world."


An analogy can be made with the situation in the UK vis-a-vis the Cameron government's promotion of homosexual marriage at home and so-called gay rights abroad. British government policy can have a significant effect internationally. Policy changes in Britain have the capacity to influence policy change in the English-speaking world and in Europe. I pray that Archbishop Nichols and his fellow English and Welsh bishops will not "fold like a house of cards" in the face of the Cameron government's sexual revolution, abandoning Catholics in other countries to the homosexual agenda. It is encouraging to see Bishop Mark Davies of Shrewsbury taking a strong stand.

*SPUC's national council, which is SPUC's policy-making body, elected by its grassroots volunteers, last year 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, 16 February 2012

Must-read pro-life news-stories, Thu 16 Feb

Nikki Kenward, anti-euthanasia campaigner
Top stories:

UK IVF regulator making millions from fees
Britain's IVF regulator has made millions of pounds from fees levied on IVF centres. The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA) charges £75 per patient. [Independent, 16 February] Anthony Ozimic of SPUC commented: "This is yet more evidence indicating that IVF is mainly an industry run for the benefit of vested interests, rather than a medical answer for couples anxious to conceive."

Draft bill by UK gay lobby would abolish terms 'husband' and 'wife'
A bill drafted by Stonewall, the gay lobby group, to legalise gay marriage would abolish the terms 'husband' and 'wife' in English law. The bill would also allow civil partnerships to be re-named as marriages. The bill was drafted ahead of a government consultation on legalising gay marriage. [Peter Saunders, 15 February]

Other stories:

Abortion
Euthanasia
Sexual ethics
  • Listen to SPUC's Christine Hudson speak out against secret birth control implants for schoolgirls [John Smeaton, 16 February]
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Listen to SPUC's Christine Hudson speak out against secret birth control implants for schoolgirls

Christine Hudson, a parent and SPUC activist, was interviewed last week on the BBC's PM programme about secret birth control implants for schoolgirls. You can listen to Christine's excellent contribution on SPUC's YouTube channel or by clicking on the video box below. We apologise for the imperfect quality of the audio.



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Wednesday, 15 February 2012

Must-read pro-life news-stories, Wed 15 February

40 Days For Life banquet
Top stories:

Groundbreaking weekend for pro-lifers in London
The US founders of the 40 Days For Life initiative are visiting the UK. David Bereit and Shawn Carney have so far visited pro-lifers in London, Birmingham and Manchester. Almost 200 people attended the inaugural 40 Days For Life banquet in Westminster cathedral hall. [SPUC youth blog, 13 February]

UK doctors' union proposes radical changes to organ donation system 
The British Medical Association (BMA) has proposed radical changes to organ donation system.  The changes include presumed consent for organ removal as well as keeping patients alive solely to enable organ removal. [Telegraph, 13 February] In a separate move, two US bioethicists have argued for the abolition of the dead-donor organ removal rule. Anthony Ozimic of SPUC commented: “The authors of this obnoxious paper have forgotten the lessons of the 20th century of the consequences of making the right to life dependent upon the possession of abilities. The authors should read the famous 1941 sermon of Blessed Clemens Cardinal von Galen against the Nazi euthanasia programme, who said: ‘Once admit the right to kill unproductive persons . . . then none of us can be sure of his life.’”    [LifeSiteNews.com, 8 February]

Other stories:

Abortion
Embryology
Euthanasia
Population
Sexual ethics
Population
  • US university planned master race for post-war UK, suggests author [Mail, 13 February]
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