The Catholic Bishops of Scotland
The Catholic Bishops of both Scotland and Poland have been
busy making a case for the protection of the unborn this week. The Polish Bishops have been pushing for
legislative change to bring about a total ban on abortions and they, along with
the Polish government, appear to have mustered more than enough support to
ensure the law is passed.
Meanwhile, in Scotland, the Catholic Bishops have released
their traditional statement ahead of the May election for the Scottish
A parliamentary question in the House of Lords has revealed a
frightening statistic about late-term abortions in the UK. Labour peer Lord Moonie asked the government
how many babies had been aborted at 23 weeks or later in the UK in 2014. The government’s response was to confirm that
682 such abortions had been carried out.
That’s 13 babies every week.
While abortion at any stage is to be regarded as wrong as it
takes away the life of an unborn child, abortions at this late stage - when the
baby is fully formed in the womb - is nothing short of deplorable.
As we journey with Christ through his Passion and
Crucifixion it is worth bearing in mind some of the little things we as human
beings are drawn to but that are contrary to God’s desire for our lives.
The intolerable pain and suffering taken on by Jesus as he
was abused, spat upon, mocked, and beaten is something we must all think about
over these next few days. Having large
nails driven into your hands and feet and being attached to a cross is
something we simply can’t imagine.
Jesus’ suffering and crucifixion was not some kind of crazy
act designed to impress.
As we embark on another Holy Week we cast our hearts and minds back to Christ's persecution at the hands of his executioners. Jesus' Passion was a horrific and exhausting episode filled with hate, violence, abuse, blood and gore. All directed at one person.
The culmination of this hatred and violence was death on a cross. Left to hang in shame, to be gawped at by the very people he loved and was sent to save.
But thankfully, this death on a cross was not the end.
40 Days for Life is coming to Scotland
As we prepare to participate in 40 Days for Life for the
first time here in Glasgow it is important to bear in mind a few home truths. Some sections of the media and other groups
in favour of abortion have had their say on the event in recent days and, not surprisingly,
their view on 40 Days for Life is extremely negative.
I would be careful not to take too much note
of the negativity expressed by these groups and individuals. Remember that their interest in this matter is
the polar opposite of ours.
Do you think that preborn baby beavers are deserving of
greater protection than preborn baby humans?
I for one don’t, yet media headlines and public outcries suggest to me
that I am in an increasing minority.
Being a supporter of the right to life for all human beings,
including the youngest and most vulnerable among us, I was deeply disturbed to
see yet another public outcry by one of our mainstream media outlets seeking to
further protect the lives of a species other than Homo sapiens.
The campaign aims to tackle proposals to extend the abortion time limit
A group of organisations has launched a campaign aimed at
countering an increasing public call to make abortion more widely available in
Scotland. The campaign, led by SPUC
Scotland and supported by other groups including the Catholic Church and the Muslim
Council of Scotland, comes just weeks after the decision of the Westminster
Government to devolve the law relating to abortion to the Scottish Parliament.
The campaign, titled ‘Don’t Stop a Beating Heart’, argues
that abortion should not be made more widely available than the current 24-week
time limit, countering the argument that the time limit should be extended.
Pope Benedict at the University of Regensburg
When Pope Benedict started speaking at the University of Regensburg in 2006 there was little clue as to the controversy that was about to unfold. The pope would use the lecture to respond sternly to increasing instances of violence by Islamic extremists across the globe, a move that many westerners felt most uncomfortable with.
While I would not wish to delve into the intricacies of Pope Benedict’s lecture, his fundamental message with regard to Islam is that, unlike Christianity, Islam (or at least some of its members) does not appear to link God to reason.
The pope received several standing ovations in Congress
Pope Francis, in his historic address to US Congress, has urged the world to follow Christ’s Commandment of love. The pope used the opportunity to tackle critical issues such as the dignity of human life, the death penalty and the refugee crisis. He also addressed recent attacks on marriage and family life, and his concerns that the very basis of the family and marriage is being called into question.
Here are the main quotes from the pope’s address to USC ongress this afternoon:
We must take the narrow path to Christ
Today’s First Reading (1 Timothy 6:2-12):
‘This is what you are to teach the brothers to believe and persuade them to do. Anyone who teaches anything different, and does not keep to the sound teaching which is that of our Lord Jesus Christ, the doctrine which is in accordance with true religion, is simply ignorant and must be full of self-conceit – with a craze for questioning everything and arguing about words. All that can come of this is jealousy, contention, abuse and wicked mistrust of one another; and unending disputes by people who are neither rational nor informed and imagine that religion is a way of making a profit.