Thursday, 7 June 2012

Must-read pro-life news-stories, Thu 7 June

Tim Montgomerie
Top stories:

Top Tory says PM's backing for gay marriage is "big factor in a slump in Tory membership"
A prominent activist and commentator within the British Conservative party has said the backing given to same-sex marriage by David Cameron, the Conservative prime minister, has resulted in many resignations by party members. Tim Montgomerie of Conservative Home wrote: "The Conservative Party has damaged relations with many of the country's churchgoers by promising to introduce gay marriage. Many of the more than half-a-million signatories to the Coalition for marriage petition are churchgoers. It's also been a big factor in a slump in Tory membership. MPs tell me that the issue is a top reason for why members are resigning." [Conservative Home, 7 June] Nonetheless Mr Montgomerie, one of the founders of the Conservative Christian Fellowship and the pro-family Centre for Social Justice, has endorsed same-sex marriage.

Unborn babies could be tested for 3,500 genetic anomalies
US scientists claim to have predicted the entire genetic code of an unborn child. The Telegraph newspaper says that it could lead to tests for 3,5000 genetic anomalies. [Telegraph, 6 June] Tests on unborn children often lead to decisions to perform abortions. Anthony Ozimic of SPUC commented: "The science-fiction scenario of the film Gattaca, in which babies are graded at birth according to predictions of future health, is becoming fact. Society can reverse this nightmare scenario by resolving to put human beings above so-called scientific progress."

Other stories:

Abortion
  • Pro-life groups rally against Spain's abortion law [CNA, 5 June]
  • Abortion can kick-start ‘vicious cycle’ of repeat pregnancies, abortions: UK expert [LifeSiteNews.com, 4 June]
  • Rite of blessing for the unborn child approved by Catholic bishops of England and Wales [John Smeaton, 4 June]
  • Bishop of London says moral decline has hit 'epidemic' levels, including abortion [Independent, 2 June]
  • Book now to hear Linda Couri, former pro-abort turned pro-lifer, 8 June, Westminster [John Smeaton, 1 June]
Embryology
  • Higher risk of complications in IVF pregnancies, say experts [BBC, 6 June]
  • UK prime minister backs controversial IVF plan to create children with 3 parents [Mail, 3 June]
Euthanasia
  • I'm scared of dying badly, admits Alzheimer's sufferer Terry Pratchett [Mail, 7 June]
Population
  • Chinese couple pay £130,000 to have a second child to avoid one-child policy [Telegraph, 1 June]
Sexual ethics
  • US Democrats leave party over marriage, religious freedom concerns [CNA, 7 June]
  • The European Parliament was bounced into voting for the radical homosexual agenda [John Smeaton, 6 June]
  • World Congress of Families signs declaration upholding natural family [LifeSiteNews.com, 5 June]
  • Minister attacks Channel 4's 'shocking' sex education film aimed at five-year-olds [Mail, 3 June]
  • English Catholic bishop accuses government of one of history's greatest acts of social engineering [John Smeaton, 3 June]
  • State must recognise specific identity of family founded upon marriage, says Pope [VIS, 3 June]
  • Why are Catholic schools in Tower Hamlets using sexually-explicit teaching materials? [John Smeaton, 2 June]
General
  • Abortion and euthanasia to dominate ethics agenda at BMA annual meeting [Peter Saunders, 6 June]
  • Vatican condemns US nun's book for sexual ethics errors [VIS, 4 June]
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Wednesday, 6 June 2012

The European Parliament was bounced into voting for the radical homosexual agenda

Following the European Parliament's vote on Thursday 24 May in favour of a radical homosexual rights resolution (see my blog-alert prior to the vote), our colleagues at European Dignity Watch have revealed how the parliament was bounced into passing the resolution. In short, the resolution was tabled at the last minute, bypassing the usual procedures meant to give MEPs sufficient advance notice of the resolution and proper opportunities to consider it, table amendments to it, discuss it with colleagues and voters, etc.

This outrageous impropriety, added to the fact that issues such as same-sex marriage are outside the remit of the European Union, shows us that we can never be complacent about the democratic process during this present era of the culture of death.

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Monday, 4 June 2012

Rite of blessing for the unborn child approved by Catholic bishops of England and Wales

I am told that the Rite of Blessing of a Child in the Womb is approved for use by the Catholic Bishops' Conference of England and Wales.

I understand that Blessing forms part of the (US) Book of Blessings which is approved for interim use in England and Wales - thus the Rite of Blessing of a Child in the Womb may be used here.
According to the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) website, Archbishop Gregory M. Aymond, chairman of the Committee on Divine Worship of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) says:
“We hope the use of this blessing will provide not only support and God’s blessing for expectant parents and their child in the womb, but also another effective witness to the sanctity of human life from the first moment of conception”.
The blessing can be offered within the context of the Mass as well as outside of Mass.

The text can be downloaded at www.usccb.org/about/pro-life-activities/prayers/pro-life-blessings.cfm. The blessing may be ordered through USCCB Publishing as a 43-page bi-lingual booklet at www.usccbpublishing.org/productdetails.cfm?sku=7-316.

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Sunday, 3 June 2012

English Catholic bishop accuses government of one of history's greatest acts of social engineering

Bishop Mark Davies, the Roman Catholic bishop of Shrewsbury, has responded sharply to Nick Clegg, the UK's deputy prime minister, who said he could not understand why people of faith regarded the legalization of homosexual "marriage" as a matter of conscience.

Bishop Davies was speaking in Walsingham, the Marian Shrine, at the annual pilgrimage of the National Association of Catholic Families (NACF). Walsingham has been a Marian shrine for almost a thousand years and was one of the greatest shrines in medieval Christendom. Mrs Maria Hayne is pictured above introducing Bishop Davies at a previous NACF Walsingham.

Bishop Davies said in his address at Walsingham today:
“The Deputy Prime Minister was recently reported as saying he could not understand why Christians and other people of faith saw a legal redefinition of marriage as a matter of conscience: it would not, he claimed, impinge on religious freedoms. Experience, of course, might make us cautious of such assurances, even those given by a Deputy Prime Minister, that this agenda will not threaten religious freedom.

“However, our concern is not only with religious freedom but also the enormous good which marriage represents as foundational to family-life. Today we see a government, without mandate, disposing of any credible consultation, seeking to impose one of the greatest acts of ‘social engineering’ in our history in uprooting the legal definition of marriage. Marriage lies at the very foundation of the family.

“For all generations to come one generation of politicians sets out to demolish in the name of an ‘equality agenda’ the understanding of marriage that has served as the timeless foundation for the family. The Government is seeking to do this at the very moment when marriage as an institution has been more weakened than ever before. Yet it asks: why are people of faith concerned?”
Bishop Davies added:
“So far from weakening and confusing the foundation of the family we invite our political leaders to give back to the institution of marriage and the family the recognition and confidence it deserves.”
The NACF is an association of Catholic families who give one another mutual moral, spiritual and social support in today's culture which is so threatening to our Catholic family values.

SPUC's concern regarding the government's plan to legalize homosexual "marriage" is to protect real marriage because real marriage, as the life-long exclusive union of a husband and wife, protects unborn children and helps families to flourish. Marriage is not owned by the state – it belongs to mankind.

SPUC has launched a briefing document to help supporters make submissions to the government's consultation on same-sex marriage. The document can be read and downloaded at http://www.spuc.org.uk/campaigns/ssm_consult The deadline for submissions to the consultation is 14 June.

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