This talk by Cardinal Robert Sarah took place earlier this year at the National Prayer Breakfast in Washington DC.
It is essential reading for anyone trying to make sense of the ongoing assault on and subsequent destruction of the family in our so called 'progressive' world. Cardinal Sarah also considers what we, as Christians, can do to respond.
Here is the text of Cardinal Sarah's address:
Thank you for inviting me to this remarkable gathering, in the company of such a distinguished audience.
Baroness Liddell and Archbishop Philip Tartaglia
The Bishops’ Conference of Scotland has today announced that Baroness Helen Liddell will be the first ever Chair of the Independent Review Group (IRG) an autonomous body, which will function separately from the Church and which will review safeguarding standards and carry out independent audits.
Announcing the appointment, Archbishop Philip Tartaglia, President of the Bishops’ Conference said: “I am most grateful to Baroness Liddell for agreeing to become the first Chair of the Independent Review Group, which will review and audit the Catholic Church’s Safeguarding work.
From Sunday's Gospel:
“But before all this
happens, men will seize you and persecute you; they will hand you over to the
synagogues and to imprisonment, and bring you before kings and governors
because of my name – and that will be your opportunity to bear witness. Keep
this carefully in mind: you are not to prepare your defence, because I myself
shall give you an eloquence and a wisdom that none of your opponents will be
able to resist or contradict. You will be betrayed even by parents and
brothers, relations and friends; and some of you will be put to death.
Francis has spoken out against the theory of gender, something he has stated as
being the “great enemy of marriage today”. The pope, speaking to a group of religious men and women in Tbilisi,
Georgia, said: “Today, there is a global war trying to destroy marriage…they
don’t destroy it with weapons, but with ideas. It’s certain ideological ways of thinking that are destroying it…we have
to defend ourselves from ideological colonisation.”
pontiff has often spoken about ideological colonisation and gender theory and
the dangers they pose to society.
The Pill causes depression
New research involving one million people has found that women are at
higher risk of depression when taking the contraceptive pill. The research also confirms that adolescent
girls are particularly sensitive to hormonal contraception.
It is reported that around half of women of reproductive age use the
Pill, including more than a third of older teenagers. The Danish research team who carried out the
study found that an astonishing 23% of women taking the Pill were more likely
to suffer depression.
Pope Francis has spoken openly about his support for the
Mexican bishops who, along with millions of people, have taken to the streets to
protest against the legalisation of same-sex marriage and the serious threat
it poses to family life.
The pope said: “I am very happy to
associate myself with the bishops of Mexico, in supporting the commitment of
the Church and of civil society in favour of the family and of life, which in
this time require special pastoral and cultural attention in all the world.”
George Weigel, the Distinguished Senior Fellow of the
Ethics and Public Policy Center, has claimed that democracy is likely to become
brittle, crack and fail unless society consists of “men and women committed to
the dignity of the human person as the first principle of just governance and
dedicated to the pursuit of the common good.”
Weigel, in response to the assertion that those who
believe that truths about the human person and human community are essential to
democracy are actually on an authoritarian mission, says: “it is the radical
moral relativists for whom there is no “truth,” but only expressions of
personal preference and will, who are busily enforcing their judgments on
society in the name of “tolerance”.
The owl: undeniably beautiful, but not human
Walking through the centre of Edinburgh last week I was
struck by a large crowd gathered on the pavement. As I approached I noticed that the crowd,
made up mostly of tourists, were gawping at a rather large, impressive owl that
was perched on its keeper’s arm.
The crowd pointed, smiled, laughed and took a vast amount of
photographs with their mobile phones and state-of-the-art digital cameras. It was all very pleasing to the owl’s keeper
who must have been licking his lips at the prospect of a bumper pay day should
even a fraction of those gathered be brave enough to get up close and personal
with the beautiful feathered creature and let it sit on their arm.
The Archdiocese of Glasgow appears to be reaping the rewards of
a fresh new drive for vocations to the priesthood. The September edition of Flourish, the
Archdiocese’s journal, has highlighted the increasing popularity of monthly
evenings of discernment hosted by Father Ross Campbell, who is the Archdiocese’s
vocations director and Catholic chaplain to the University of Glasgow.
Six men have already signed up for the first evening of
discernment taking place on Friday 14October and it is hoped that
more will join.
We must aim for the narrow door
‘Through towns and
villages Jesus went teaching, making his way to Jerusalem. Someone said to him
“Sir, will there be only a few saved?” He said to them, “Try your best to enter
by the narrow door, because, I tell you, may will try to enter and will not succeed”’
This year the pass rate for Higher Grades in Scotland was
77.2%. The chances of winning the UK National Lottery is 1 in 45 million. As
humans, we love statistics and take comfort in them. They help us feel like we
know where we stand, what the likelihood is that we will succeed and fail.