Friday, 31 January 2014

Bishops everywhere should follow the Nigerian bishops' lead in defence of families

Archbishop Ignatius Kaigama
The Catholic bishops of Nigeria have thanked Goodluck Jonathan, Nigeria's president, for signing into law the Same Sex Marriage (Prohibition) Bill, 2011, which prohibits same-sex marriages, civil partnerships, and the promotion of homosexuality. The media statement from the Catholic Bishops' Conference of Nigeria describes the new law as:
"as a right step in the right direction for the protection of the dignity of the human person".
Archbishop Ignatius Kaigama, president of the bishops' conference, commended President Jonathan for his:
"decision...not to bow to international pressure in the promotion of unethical and immoral practices of same sex union and other related vices"
and spoke of:
"the conspiracy of the developed world to make our country and continent, the dumping ground for the promotion of all immoral practices, that have continued to debase the purpose of God for man in the area of creation and morality, in their own countries."
As a pro-life leader, as a parent and as a Catholic, I am very grateful for the Nigerian Catholic bishops' defence of families. Standing up against the worldwide homosexual agenda is crucial for the protection of children. SPUC has produced a paper about the impact that same-sex marriage will have on schools. Sadly many Catholic schools are also likely to be open to the homosexual agenda. Bishops around the world should follow the Nigerian bishops' lead and speak out for strong policies against the subversion of the truth and meaning of human sexuality.

May I urge readers to email Nigeria's Catholic bishops to thank them for their witness? Please email His Grace Archbishop Ignatius Kaigama, President, Catholic Bishops' Conference of Nigeria, via the Catholic Secretariat of Nigeria csnabuja@cbcn.org

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Russian health ministry plans to set up pregnancy centres to lower abortion rate

Elena Baibarina
Top story:

Russian health ministry plans to set up pregnancy centres to lower abortion rate
Russia's health ministry is planning to set crisis pregnancy centres to help lower the country's high abortion rate. Elena Baibarina, the head of the Health Ministry's Department for Health Care for Children and Obstetric Aid, said: "We think that this is the most promising and humane way of reducing the number of abortions." The Russian government has also put forth a number of other proposals to reverse the legacy of Russia's Communist-era abortion culture. [LifeSiteNews.com, 29 January]

Other stories:

Abortion
Embryology and stem cell research
Euthanasia
Population
Sexual ethics
General
  • 14 babies die on NHS maternity wards every day: Women are failed over care, say MPs [Mail, 30 January]
  • Middle class mothers deserting workplace to care for children, Government study shows [Telegraph, 30 January]
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Monday, 27 January 2014

Lunacek report alert now in several languages

SPUC's alert to lobby MEPs about the dangerous Lunacek report is now available in French, German, Italian, Polish, Portuguese and Spanish. Please send these translations to friends, family and colleagues in Europe, asking them to lobby their MEPs to stop the Lunacek report. The European Parliament is due to vote on the report next week. See our alert (in English) of 6 January for more information.

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Amnesty International considers supporting decriminalising prostitution

Top story:

Amnesty International considers supporting decriminalising prostitution
Amnesty International, the human rights organisation, is considering supporting the decriminalisation of prostitution. The proposal is to be put before Amnesty members and voted on at its annual general meeting in April. [Mail, 24 January]  In recent years, Amnesty has moved to campaigning for legal abortion and for homosexual rights.

Other stories:

Abortion
Euthanasia
Embryology
Population
Sexual ethics
  • Number of married couples with children in UK reaches record low, suggests official figures [Mail, 23 January]
  • Urge that Fr Timothy Radcliffe is cancelled by Dublin's Divine Mercy Conference [John Smeaton, 23 January]
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