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)

  • editor

    Wendy,

    Disgraceful. Canon Law #915 states unambiguously that such public support for abortion results in not being able to present for Holy Communion, yet the priests don’t enforce that. Disgraceful.

    March 3, 2018 at 10:40 am
  • St Miguel

    Those two articles finish it for me folks…Shriver famous for being married in to the Kennedy clan and wife of Arnie whatever his name (can’t spell it, don’t care) who is Hollywood Rambo character…Malta Times running oxymorons. Catholic church does NOTHING…zippo to these people. Novus Ordo church is now fully protestantised’….I have ATHEIST friends who revile the idea of abortion. Modern catholics are tacitly accepting abortion and churchmen will do absolutely nothing, say nothing etc…..which makes me wonder WHY they keep their mouths shut….looks to me that ‘leverage” is and has always been applied.BUT don’t cough up the readies in Germany and your feet won’t touch the deck.

    March 3, 2018 at 3:35 pm
  • St Miguel

    When I was at primary school, we got taught comprehension in English..we dissected and discussed sentences and EXACTLY what was being conveyed to the reader. The expression ‘interruption’ in pregnancy is an example. Interruption means a hiatus, a pause. The Cambridge dictionary defines this :- an occasion when someone or something stops something from happening FOR A SHORT PERIOD’…..I am sick of sloppy journalism, sophistry and all the trade tricks. The BBC for example allows so called educated people to use terms like ‘ I was sat opposite, I was sat in my chair……it was A hotel, instead of AN Hotel and finally….BBC presenter gave the score the other day and described Greenock as Grenock as in Greenwich meantime.

    However my point is that we are being DE educated these days and it is deliberate and it is a new phenomena called Neural Linguistic Programming.

    Imagine a Medical Consultant, with the post nominals MB Chb FROCG using the expression ‘Interruption of pregnancy’ and NOT knowing that phrase is a downright LIE.

    March 4, 2018 at 2:53 pm
  • Theresa Rose

    On the left hand side of this picture, is the Mayan building where people were sacrificed to pagan gods. The right hand side is the planned parenthood building, noticeable built in similar style. Sad to say that planned parenthood have a much higher rate of killing. To whom do they sacrifice those innocent unborn children to?

    https://gloria.tv/photo/9jjxYYAvxEZc1R9f7NkTWmi3m

    March 4, 2018 at 3:03 pm
  • St Miguel

    In amongst that link is this one as well. Which I think is pertinent. Here is a fawning Cardinal Dolan who spouts a fog of words and does NOTHING to stand up for the unborn……unlike Billy Graham. As in Northern Ireland it is the NON-Catholics who stand in the way of abortion NOT the Catholics….the UK won’t call the DUP out either, as they technically can sink the Tories any time and play a hard game.Funny Old Game as they say.

    https://gloria.tv/video/YfNhimjkfaX22nGPqwHdmm4M9

    March 4, 2018 at 3:31 pm
  • wendywalker95

    http://www.sundaytimes.lk/180304/sunday-times-2/a-case-for-legalising-abortion-in-sri-lanka-284253.html

    Please write to the Author details at the bottom of the article ..madness thank you

    March 5, 2018 at 9:16 am
  • wendy walker

    Bishop Conference attacks Texas Right to Life
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    The world has gone insane!

    Texas Conference of Catholic Bishops Launches Political Attack Against Texas Right-to-Life

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    By Charlie Johnston

    February 26, 2018

    (There are a lot of links in this article that cover some technical issues in detail. The article stands on its own, but to develop a sure feel for the serious issues involved here, the links will help enormously.-CJ)

    I was shocked Friday to hear that the Texas Catholic Conference of Bishops (TCCB) had issued an advisory to all the parishes in the state banning Texas Right to Life (TRTL) from using parish sites for programs and urging Catholics NOT to participate in any TRTL activities or programs. It stunned me because I have spent a lifetime working with right-to-life groups – and TRTL is the best, most effective I have ever seen. In fact, if it were two groups, each half as good as it is, it would be the two best right-to-life groups I ever saw. I figured there must be some serious issue for the TCCB to issue such an edict against the best such group in the country.

    When I read the Bishops’ statement, I was even more stunned. They listed three reasons, every one of them political rather than related to faith and morals. They did cite some matters of faith and morals to try to bolster the credibility of the political decision they had made, but they deftly misled readers about Catholic teaching. In each case their anger seems to stem from the reality that TRTL lives greater fidelity to actual Catholic teaching than the Bishops do. Let us take a look at each of the three reasons TCCB cited, along with a little history and context.

    1) The Bishops attack TRTL for being too pro-life on matters of abortion. TRTL has often criticized the TCCB for failing to support effective measures to protect unborn children, measures that TRTL HAS gotten mass support for and sometimes passed, despite the lack of support from Texas Bishops. In support of this attack, TCCB quotes St. John Paul’s Encyclical, Evangelium Vitae, which explicitly allowed pro-life Catholics to take an incremental approach when it was the only one that could improve existing law. I was working in the vineyards of the pro-life movement and statewide politics in Illinois when this came out. It was welcome, for we often had to make common cause with officials and candidates who had exceptions to abortion bans in order to get any progress at all. The Pope recognized and “baptized” our sincere efforts to re-build a culture of life with imperfect tools. What Pope John Paul the Great most emphatically did NOT do in this Encyclical was endorse “incrementalism” as a means of watering down pro-life legislation that had substantial support and could pass. That remained forbidden, within the context of sincere prudential judgment. The TCCB seems to treat “incrementalism” as a mandate. I think they are sincere on this – as their reflex position has been to support watered down life legislation. But it is a perversion of what St. John Paul wrote. In this case, then, the TCCB is condemning TRTL for failing to treat a perverse mutilation of St. John Paul’s Encyclical as Holy Writ. Even if TCCB’s interpretation of Evangelium Vitae was legitimate (and it is not), the disagreement with TRTL would be a political one, not a matter of faith and morals. It would be a matter of faith and morals only if TRTL was attacking the Catholic Church’s Magisterial position on life, itself. The Texas Bishops are apparently embarrassed that TRTL does a better, more effective, more consistent job of advancing the Church’s position on life than they do. Fine. Get more effective or keep quiet: do NOT launch a transparent political attack on the people who are doing the job you won’t do.

    2) The Texas Bishops attack TRTL for upholding Catholic teaching on end-of-life issues in hospitals. Texas has a bizarre law which allows a hospital to decide, unilaterally to remove ordinary care from a patient to let them die. They can do this even over the objections of the patient and his family. This is not confined to extraordinary forms of care, such as chemotherapy, but to basic nutrition and hydration. You read that right: Texas hospitals can decide to starve a patient to death. Even more astonishingly, the TCCB has been a consistent supporter of that law, in direct contradiction of Catholic teaching. You will notice that they studiously did NOT cite St. John Paul in this particular, because St. John Paul was adamant that ordinary nutrition and hydration may NOT be withheld from a patient. The only appeal a patient has, once a doctor has made this determination, is to the hospital’s ‘ethics panel.’ In order to get the appeal heard, a doctor must sign off with the patient on the appeal. Once upon a time, people behaved ethically and there was no need for ethics panels. Now, we have ethics panels to give a secular imprimatur to the unethical things we do corporately. It certainly stung the Texas Bishops to hear these panels frequently referred to as “death panels.” But what else would you call a panel that has unappealable life and death power over its patients regardless of the patients’ wishes? And if the TCCB wants to quit being charged with supporting such death panels in contradiction to Catholic teaching, they could have adopted the more rational option of ceasing to support them rather than condemning the premier organization in Texas that upholds actual Catholic teaching. I was involved with such a case when I took up the cause of young Joseph Cronin, who went into a coma following an asthma attack. He was prematurely diagnosed as brain-dead and scheduled to be starved to death. Fortunately, several groups took to work very vigorously to save the boy. Foremost among them was Texas Right-to-Life. The only Bishop in Texas who worked to prevent this tragedy was retired Corpus Christi Bishop Emeritus Rene Gracida. Bishop Gracida was key to caring for the boy and his family and supporting his right-to-life. Readers at my old website flooded the hospital with calls, buying time for the boy to get a better diagnosis and win transfer to a new hospital not determined to kill him. The TCCB maintained what I presume they think was a prudent silence. The boy was rescued and transferred to safety in New Jersey. Tragically, he died a few months later, not because of the coma, but because a nurse bungled a routine feeding tube change which she was not supposed to do without someone else present. He drowned in his own blood. More recently, a Texas hospital decided it was tired of messing with a man named Chris Dunn and that it was time to starve him to death. They had an ethics panel and all sign off on it. Once again, it was Bishop Gracida and Texas Right-to-Life who rallied to the man’s aid. Once again, the Texas Bishops Conference was not interested in objecting to this execution of the policy they support. Sadly, in this case, the hospital prevailed and the man was euthanized. The Texas Bishops own language betrays them in this charge they make against TRTL. They condemn TRTL for advocating for the routine life support of nutrition and hydration while citing the “long-standing Church teaching requiring a balance of patient autonomy and the physician conscience protection.” This is just mealy-mouthed double-speak. The Church does NOT teach that basic hydration and nutrition can be withheld from a patient against his will and that hospitals have arbitrary sovereign control over life and death. In this case, the TCCB is clearly condemning TRTL for upholding Catholic teaching that this conference opposes. It is a rank betrayal.

    3) The TCCB objects to TRTL basing its voter-guides on the actual voting history of candidates rather than a “fair analysis” (read arbitrary assessment) of the legislator. This is downright incoherent. Almost every interest group – and certainly every credible interest group – bases their voter guides on actual voting records, answers to questionnaires, and a candidate’s past history. Otherwise, the interest group could just endorse their cronies, regardless of those cronies actual positions – and the interest group would quickly lose credibility. Even if the Texas Bishops had a reasonable objection (which they don’t), this would be political, rather than spiritual, grounds. It is unseemly and deeply offensive that Bishops who blanch at the idea of refusing communion to radically pro-abortion politicians will, in thundering tones, denounce the most effective right-to-life organization in the country insisting that the candidates they endorse actually act to protect life.

    So what brought all this on? Well, it is a week and a half before the Texas primary elections. For years, the primary obstacle to effective pro-life legislation in Texas has been establishment Republican Joe Strauss, who was Speaker of the Texas House. Strauss and his allies killed most pro-life legislation before it could ever reach the floor. Understanding the problem, TRTL took the lead in identifying Republican legislators who talked pro-life, but worked to prevent pro-life legislation from being passed. That effort was so successful that Strauss chose to leave the House, rather than risk losing re-election. After a very successful session, TRTL took the lead again in working to ensure that the Republican contingent for the general election would be people who walk the pro-life walk rather than just talk – and so targeted a bunch of Strauss’ old allies in strangling pro-life legislation in the crib, before it ever hit the floor. Recent polling data had suggested that the Republican roster of candidates for the Texas statehouse would be the most reliably pro-life in recent history – and that many of the Strauss allies were headed for involuntary retirement. Ah, but the TCCB has a long history of alliance with the Strauss wing of the party. If Strauss’ influence is shot, then the TCCB must re-build their political influence from the ground up – and with people they have taken pains to alienate. So they brought their big gun to bear: ostracization a week and a half before the election, once again seeking to give political cover to their allies who are mealy-mouthed, at best, in defense of life.

    I do not suggest that the TCCB is not pro-life (although, in the case of the end-of-life directives, it is near impossible to study the evidence and conclude that they are), but that their principles have become forfeit in a web of establishment alliances. Call it Crony Catholicism. Now, in a great test over which they value most, their principles or their alliances, they have made a frantic last-ditch effort to protect their alliances.

    They have made a terrible long-term mistake in launching this entirely political attack on TRTL. Having taken a purely political approach, they open themselves up to a political scrutiny that religious organizations are not usually subject to. State governments have a lot of contracts and plums to offer. I once had a Lieutenant Governor try to recruit me to head a state agency in which I had no knowledge or experience. The selling points were that it only met four times a year and the pay was $200,000 a year. Mighty attractive, but it was clear that it was my conservative street cred the Lt. Gov. was after, not my expertise on the subject. Whatever my flaws, my principles are not for sale, so I declined…repeatedly. After this nasty broadside, the TCCB should not be surprised to find itself being subjected to a forensic examination of all its state contracts – and all such plums held by it and its Diocese’s staff members.

    Ah well, the Texas Republican Party was in need of reform. The TCCB is in need of the same – and this political attack increases the odds dramatically that it will get some reform. So everybody will come out a winner. It would be a great blessing to have an unabashedly strong pro-life Texas Republican Party and an unambiguously strong, pro-life TCCB.

    https://asignofhope442992340.wordpress.com/2018/02/26/texas-conference-of-catholic-bishops-launches-political-attack-against-texas-right-to-life/

    March 6, 2018 at 9:40 am
    • St Miguel

      Wendy they are a shower…also remember the current Pontiff and the Belgian nun caper (quoting Paul VI) and then USING THAT SO CALLED WORKED EXAMPLE TO UNDERPIN the Zika virus hoax, advocating the use of abortifacient enabling drugs (gotta get to the Olympics)….amazing how quickly that caper has been forgotten about by the Catholic media.

      As I have said a few times…I have atheist friends who have more humanity in their big toe than any of these puffed up over dressed, banquet attending effete excuses of ‘Princes of the Church’

      March 6, 2018 at 11:44 am
  • wendywalker95 March 9, 2018 at 11:09 am
    • gabriel syme

      What a despicable attention seeker Mary McAleese is.

      She obviously does not hold the Catholic faith and clearly hates the Church so why not have a bit of integrity, Mary, and leave?

      Or would the loss of your favoured hobby horse – attacking the faith you claim to adhere to – also mean a loss of your celebrity?

      March 11, 2018 at 11:26 pm
      • St Miguel

        Now would a churchman be bold enough to refuse her Communion..that is the acid test?

        March 12, 2018 at 8:49 am
  • gabriel syme

    I see the Irish supreme court has ruled that unborn children would have no rights at all, if Ireland votes to repeal to 8th amendment.

    Hopefully this fact might wake some people up and boost the pro-life cause.

    That said, (as with everywhere) there seems to be many Irish people today who would happily jump off a cliff, if the Church had said not to.

    March 11, 2018 at 11:27 pm
    • St Miguel

      Sick sick and sicker….these prelates are all TOO SCARED to say anything and I wonder why that could be??

      I am convinced that all these events are indicative of tacit consent to this heinous crime.

      I will NEVER forget the ‘stop obsessing about abortion’, ‘who am I to judge’ quips from the current ‘pontiff’, couple with the ‘breeding like rabbits’ off the cuff on the Aircraft Magisterium rostrum.

      March 14, 2018 at 6:18 pm
    • Fidelis

      Wendy Walker,

      That’s absolutely unthinkable that so many women are having multiple abortions so young. It’s bound to be bad for their health, apart from the immorality of ending the life of the baby.

      March 16, 2018 at 7:11 pm
    • St Miguel

      When, oh when, oh when, will this Pope produce a once and for ENCYCLICAL EX CATHEDRA which says NO ABORTION is ever allowable, anyone involved is damned for all eternity. ALL pro abort politicians EXCOMMUNICATED..end of?

      In the same vein as CLIMATE CHANGE which is being rammed down our throats.Funny how that is the media friendly topic these days.

      The answer is simple, the irrefutable evidence I see before me is that the RC Church cares not a jot any more…NO bishops, cardinals (I used small case as they rightly deserve, as a supine bunch of cowards) will do a SINGLE thing these days.

      March 18, 2018 at 1:19 pm
      • Eileenanne

        No Pope will ever say that anyone involved in abortion is damned for all eternity because it simply isn’t true. We believe in God’s loving mercy and the possibility of repentance and forgiveness right up till a person draws his or her last breath.

        March 19, 2018 at 4:29 pm
      • Lily

        St Miguel,

        That’s OTT – we can never say that anyone is in Hell, damned, because there is always a chance of repentance, even on someone’s death-bed.

        You’re also making the mistake of conflating “The Church” with “members”, whether bishops or priests. As I’ve seen pointed out here loads of times, The Church and Christ are one and the same thing. It’s people who are causing the crisis in the Church, not Jesus.

        March 19, 2018 at 4:38 pm
  • wendywalker95

    https://www.ilivedonparkerave.com/

    Please watch and share this amazing video ……thank you

    March 18, 2018 at 9:50 am
    • St Miguel

      Yep, Pat. Here we go again and so it goes on an on. We have to now apologise for the privilege of actually being born. The Pope and the ‘breeding like rabbits’ quip and so it goes on. Wonder if Attenborough thinks he is a blight on mankind.

      Meanwhile back at the ranch in France, pensioners going to town after being referred to as ‘Gilden pensioners living off the young’!

      March 18, 2018 at 1:25 pm
  • St Miguel

    There is more to this malarkey and it is now a full blown attack on the elderly. Macron: France’s latest swipe on ‘Gilded Pensioners’, cleverly massaged polls now suggest that it was the over 55’s who were responsible for Brexit, ditto spoiled the Scottish Yes Vote…bus passes, winter fuel etc. The phrase used to be Senior Citizens, one of the first PC attempts to remove degrading language…now it back to OLD AGE PENSIONERS….pensioners with the dreaded ‘Triple Lock’…hammering the social services and hospitals…living longer than the median age of 68,(never mind parts of Glasgow having a lower male life expectancy than central Baghdad.State), Pensions now cleverly being called ‘benefits’ and in Neuro Linguistic Programming lingo, using word association, benefits = scroungers.

    The idea that if you are unproductive, paying little or no tax/NI and God Forbid you are dipping in to negative equity wrt the ‘Government’ by drawing back some of your contributions to society then somehow in coded language you are a blight on the rest of the younger hard working members of that same society.

    So by degrees we are now marginalising a group in society, so much for equality and diversity eh?

    Basically it comes round to ‘blame the victim’.

    March 18, 2018 at 3:23 pm
  • Pat McKay

    Hitler called them ‘useless eaters’. He had a plan for them, too!

    March 18, 2018 at 4:05 pm
    • St Miguel

      Yep, untermensch was the phrase. Euthanasia is coming, firstly as a right, then morphs to ‘a duty to society’, lest we be a burden and finally, it will be decided on a ‘cost/benefit’ analysis by a so called ‘senior social worker’, using a prescribed algorithm….and it’s ‘goodnight Vienna’……I am not joking either.

      NO diversity or equality there or tolerance of the weak and vulnerable.

      March 18, 2018 at 4:46 pm
  • Pat McKay

    Latest briefing from HLI’s Fr Shenan Boquet, re Irish abortion Referendum:-

    https://www.hli.org/2018/03/will-ireland-rise-up/?utm_source=spiritandlife&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=sl20180319

    As we know, the Irish Prime Minister makes no secret about his ‘sexual preferences’. I am reminded here of a publication by Dr Scott Lively, of Abiding Truth Ministries, titled ‘Why And How To Defeat The “Gay” Movement’. I quote from it…. ‘Dr. Judith Reisman argues that all pornography is essentially homosexual because it is in fact created by men for the sexual gratification of other men. On a more practical level, the existence of a thriving pornography industry serves the “gay” cause by morally corrupting the men who use it, making them less likely to oppose homosexuality on moral grounds and more likely to support public policies which legitimize sexual hedonism.

    Exposure to pornography, especially at a young age, can also be a gateway into the “gay” lifestyle itself.

    In the same manner, the cause of sexual license is advanced by a successful abortion industry. The choice to kill their unborn children morally compromises both men and women (making them unwilling to criticize the choice to engage in other forms of immoral behavior), and ensures that the outcome of an unwanted child will not be a lasting deterrent to those who have chosen sexual “freedom” over family.

    This explains why homosexuals, who by definition cannot bear children together, are among the most militant advocates of abortion on demand’.

    Join the dots, anyone?

    March 19, 2018 at 2:39 pm
    • editor

      Pat,

      I’d say, without sounding uppity, one hopes, that here at Catholic Truth we joined the dots a long time ago! The “dots” to which you refer and other “dots”…

      March 19, 2018 at 4:04 pm

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