Catholics MUST Be Pro-Life – Action!

Catholics MUST Be Pro-Life – Action!

This thread is dedicated to sharing news about pro-life issues. 

Where possible, we suggest that bloggers make and respond to calls to action in defence of the unborn child – whether that entails emailing MPs or supporting various vigils etc.  

Try not to simply post a link to news – publish an extract and/or make a suggestion about possible action, that will encourage readers to click your  link. 

Among all the crimes which can be committed against life, procured abortion has characteristics making it particularly serious and deplorable. The Second Vatican Council defines abortion, together with infanticide, as an “unspeakable crime”.54

But today, in many people’s consciences, the perception of its gravity has become progressively obscured. The acceptance of abortion in the popular mind, in behaviour and even in law itself, is a telling sign of an extremely dangerous crisis of the moral sense, which is becoming more and more incapable of distinguishing between good and evil, even when the fundamental right to life is at stake. Given such a grave situation, we need now more than ever to have the courage to look the truth in the eye and to call things by their proper name, without yielding to convenient compromises or to the temptation of self-deception. In this regard the reproach of the Prophet is extremely straightforward: “Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness” (Is 5:20). Especially in the case of abortion there is a widespread use of ambiguous terminology, such as “interruption of pregnancy”, which tends to hide abortion’s true nature and to attenuate its seriousness in public opinion. Perhaps this linguistic phenomenon is itself a symptom of an uneasiness of conscience. But no word has the power to change the reality of things: procured abortion is the deliberate and direct killing, by whatever means it is carried out, of a human being in the initial phase of his or her existence, extending from conception to birth.

The moral gravity of procured abortion is apparent in all its truth if we recognize that we are dealing with murder... Pope John Paul II: Evangelium Vitae –  on the Value and Inviolability, of Human Life #58  [Emphasis added]
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Comments (592)

  • Eileenanne

    Sorry if I have missed it, but I can’t see any mention of Forty Days for Life which is now in its last week. This prayer vigil has been taking place since Ash Wednesday every day from 8am to 8pm opposite the Hardgate Rd entrance to QEUH Glasgow, and elsewhere in the UK and across the world. The Glasgow vigil ends with an hours of silence in candlelight on Saturday 24th March from 7pm. Please come for as long or short a time as you can this week or for that last hour. (Try to arrive a little earlier please to give time to have candles lit and everyone in place by seven.) The closing rally will be in George Square on Sunday (25th) at 3pm. All welcome.

    March 19, 2018 at 4:35 pm
    • editor

      Eileenanne,

      Thank you for that reminder about the 40 Days for Life. Some of us do support the event, when possible, although I am not impressed with the choice of hospital. We stand a fair bit away from the hospital, road with few pedestrians and noisy traffic passing – a strange choice, in my opinion, for what it’s worth. Anyway, as I say, thank you for that reminder.

      Perhaps you would notify your pro-life friends at 40 Days for Life of our forthcoming Public Angelus and Rosary, to be held outside the Irish Consulate in Edinburgh on Saturday, 12 May, at noon, in reparation for the calling of an abortion referendum in Ireland, and to pray for great graces for the Irish voters as they prepare to go to the polls, probably at the end of May. Details:

      The Consulate General of Ireland
      16 Randolph Crescent
      Edinburgh,
      EH3 7TT.

      Any bus (except the 29) going along Princes Street will go near. A detailed list of buses / directions is available on request for anyone who wishes to email me at editor@catholictruthscotland.com

      There is a notice in the April newsletter to this effect, which is at the printers right now, and when it goes out in the post and online, I’ll be posting the notice here as a thread for discussion and a reminder to us all to make the trip to Edinburgh on that day, which is the eve of the first Fatima apparition, if we possibly can. Happily, we already have a couple of families, parents and children, signed up to attend along with the Catholic Truth team and assorted readers, but the more the merrier.

      Your help in spreading the word would be much appreciated. Thank you.

      March 19, 2018 at 9:49 pm
  • wendywalker95 March 20, 2018 at 12:46 pm
    • editor

      Wendy,

      Thank you for that – I’ve posted a comment, as follows: it’s first up so I hope others will follow – there is no moderation, so your comment goes online right away…

      “I am always puzzled at the complaints about pro-lifers praying outside abortion facilities. If there’s nothing wrong with abortion (and it has been legalised in the UK) I can’t see why it bothers those in favour of it. If that were my own view (which it’s not – I believe abortion is murder) then I would write off these vigil groups as a few eccentrics and go on my merry way rejoicing that I’m more enlightened that those poor folks.

      The fact that there are so many people who get angry and want to ban the vigils, makes me wonder if those who approve of abortions actually have something of a conscience problem, despite their “pro-choice” mantra.

      Just sayin….”

      March 20, 2018 at 1:45 pm
  • editor

    Since this pro-life thread has gone well over the 500 mark (at which point we try to close threads) and is just short of 600, I’ll close it now. The second pro-life thread is now open, so click here to comment.

    Thank you to all who commented here – with a special word of gratitude to Wendy who works very hard to keep us all informed on pro-life news.

    March 20, 2018 at 2:05 pm

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