Friday 13 June 2014

The Nigerian Pro-Life Anthem thrills me with its directness and innocence

The Nigerian Pro-Life Anthem which my SPUC colleagues and I heard performed last week in Abuja, at the Nigerian Catholic Bishops' Pro-Life and Family Conference, is truly inspiring. It was performed in tribal dress from all over Nigeria.

It covers abortion, euthanasia, embryo research and the homosexual lifestyle. It is a loving affirmation of life and the family and the truth about human sexuality. Its directness and innocence (innocence of the fundamental undermining of authentic human and moral values) may be lost on many people in the West today.

The words of the song are printed below - and you can sing along. In Cardinal John Henry Newman's famous expression: "Heart speaks unto heart": The Nigerian Pro-Life Anthem, in its powerful simplicity and truth, thrilled me.

People in the West need also to reflect deeply on the teaching of Pope St John Paul II. In Evangelium Vitae paragraph 97, he taught 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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