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Don't be afraid to speak up for the unborn

Why should we be afraid to speak up for this little one?
 
It was no surprise to see US President Barack Obama hogging the headlines yesterday in order to make his big pitch for a greener United States. This was, after all, the day on which the true evil of his great friend Planned Parenthood was debated in the Senate.
 
 
It was extremely sad, but at the same time fascinating, to watch the heated exchanges around the sale of baby body parts and the wider issue of abortion so passionately debated at this level for around three and a half hours.

Is there really no salvation outside the Catholic Church?

Is the Catholic Church the only way to eternal life?
 
Tim Staples, Director of Apologetics and Evangelisation at Catholic Answers, considers this most crucial question in his latest blog piece at catholic.com. 
 
In a thoroughly detailed and considered view on the matter, Tim comes to the following important conclusions:
 
1.No one who knowingly and deliberately rejects the truth will be saved. It doesn’t matter how good of a Muslim, Jew, Baptist, or anything else he may be. If anyone rejects the truth of Christ and his Church—even one definitive teaching—they will be lost.

Poll suggests that Brits and Americans are light years apart on the origins of life

 
A recent YouGov poll has unearthed an astonishing difference in attitudes between British people and American people when it comes to the origins of life. 
 
In answer to the question ‘How do you personally think life on Earth began originally?’ a paltry 15% of Brits polled said that life was created by God.  This is compared to a much more respectable 53% of Americans.
 
In another interesting statistic, 19% of the Britons polled said that life was brought to earth by an older, alien civilisation from elsewhere in the universe.

Religious Freedom Increasingly Under Threat According to New Report

 
Aid to the Church in Need has released a report which it claims is a 'comprehensive assessment on the threat to religious liberty today'.
 
The report, which can be accessed using the link below, states that the fundamental right to religious freedom 'is the most critical need in a divided world where, in some parts there is a religious revival, and in others, a trend towards religious indifference and atheism.'
 
Of the 196 countries in the world, a total of 81 (or 41%) were identified as places where religious freedom is impaired or in decline.

It's not just Christians who are pro-life

Secular pro-lifers
 
People often assume that to be pro-life you need to be Christian.  Indeed, many pro-abortion campaigners can often be heard claiming that pro-lifers are simply trying to 'impose' or 'force' their faith on others.  Such claims are however well wide of the mark when you consider the growing number of secularists and atheists taking up the pro-life cause.
 
In this fascinating article, Monica Snyder of Secular Pro-Life, talks about being pro-life in a secular setting and how she stands up for the pro-life cause using biological arguments.

STOP PRESS! Pope Francis accepts Evolution and Big Bang Theory!

Well okay, so the Catholic Church has never disputed the process of evolution (provided it is not based on a materialistic and atheistic foundation) and a Belgian Catholic priest by the name of Georges Lemaitre actually penned the Big Bang Theory.  But hey, why let the facts spoil a sensational headline that's just perfectly designed to get the secular juices flowing and make the Catholic Church look like it called it wrong?
 
Here is exactly what Pope Francis had to say on 'humanity in creation' (which was the proper title of his talk at the plenary session of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences):

Richard Dawkins: 'immoral' to allow Down's syndrome babies to be born

Picture: telegraph.co.uk
 
Richard Dawkins, the outspoken atheist/agnostic (we aren't quite sure), has sparked a furious reaction after he suggested that women pregnant with a Down's Syndrome baby should 'abort it and try again'.  He further suggested that it would be 'immoral to bring it [a baby with Down's Syndrome] into the world if you have the choice.'
 
This type of comment shouldn't come as a surprise to those who know Dawkins and know of his determined fight against any kind of religious influence on society.

Is atheism always a sin against the First Commandment?

Atheism is not a sin if a person has learned nothing about God or has examined the question about God’s existence conscientiously and cannot believe.
 
The line between being unable to believe and being unwilling to believe is not clear.  The attitude that simply dismisses faith as unimportant, without having examined it more closely, is often worse than well-considered atheism.
 

Court Allows Cross to Remain at Ground Zero Despite Atheist Lawsuit

 
The US Federal Appeals Court has rejected arguments from an atheist group claiming that the iconic cross at the Ground Zero site in New York offended and marginalised atheists.
 
The Court rejected the argument stating that “displaying the cross at Ground Zero to tell the story of how some people used faith to cope with the tragedy is genuine, and an objective observer would understand the purpose of the display to be secular.”
 
To find out more about this story, click this link (Catholic News Agency article):

Love of Christ is the Key to Conversion

 
Catholic convert Jennifer Fulwiler talks about her leap of faith away from atheism to a belief in God, citing the love of Christ as being key to her conversion.
 
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