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Pope Francis’ latest comments on paedophilia, same-sex unions, abortion, the EU and more….


Pope Francis didn't just talk about Donald Trump's value as a Christian and contraception on his latest flight home to Rome.  There is so much more that the mainstream media has failed to cover.  So here it is....the stuff you probably haven't yet heard about:


Pope Francis on paedophilia in the Church and the part played by Pope Benedict XVI to eradicate it:

“First, a bishop who moves a priest to another parish when a case of pedophilia is discovered is a reckless [inconsciente] man and the best thing he can do is to present his resignation.

Refugee Crisis: We Have the Power and the Resources, Now All we need is the Will

A migrant crawls along a Spanish beach in front of holidaymakers
 
The most senior Catholic in England and Wales has urged the UK to be more “generous” in the way it deals with the current refugee crisis in Europe. Cardinal Vincent Nichols, speaking to ITV News said that the British public had told him “it was a disgrace that we were letting people die and seeing bodies on the beaches when together Europe is such a wealthy place.” 
 
 
The Cardinal continued: "It's people who are desperate for the sake of their families, their elderly, their youngsters, their children, and the more we see that the more the opportunity for a political response that's a bit more generous is growing.

German MEP urges 'Christian based' Europe to do more to help asylum seekers

Manfred Weber
 
Manfred Weber, a German MEP and Chairman of the European People's Party, has stated that Europe needs to do more to welcome asylum seekers to its shores; and he cites the continent's Christian roots as being a critical element.
 
 
Mr Weber, a Roman Catholic from Bavaria, said: "Europe must be open...nobody can say close the borders, don't accept them".  He then went on to say that "we have to be helpful as a Christian based continent".

First new church in a century to be built in Turkey

A new Syriac Orthodox Church is to be built on the outskirts of Istanbul.  It is the first new Christian church to be built in Turkey for a century.
 
 

Pope Francis calls on European Parliament to recognise the centrality of God and the human person

Picture: Reuters
 
Pope Francis has warned the European Parliament in Strasbourg that all of Europe needs to work together to build a Europe which revolves 'not around the economy, but around the sacredness of the human person, around inalienable values.' 
 
The Pope, in a clear criticism of euthanasia and abortion, said that 'men and women risk being reduced to mere cogs in a machine that treats them as items of consumption to be exploited, with the result that - as is so tragically apparent - whenever a human life no longer proves useful for that machine, it is discarded with few qualms, as in the case of the terminally ill, the elderly who are abandoned and uncared for, and children who are killed in the womb.

The EU 'Democracy' Scandal That Just Won't Go Away

 
If you regularly follow Scots Catholic you will know that the EU Commission recently used its power of veto over a pro-life petition to protect life from conception.  The petition had gathered the requisite 1 million signatories (it actually amassed a total of 2 million signatures) from at least seven member countries to guarantee a legislative debate on the matter, or at least that's what they thought.
 
The European Commission has a rather undemocratic power of veto over such matters and decided that no legislative debate on the protection of life would take place.

Pro-Life Campaign Appeals to the EU Court after EU Commission’s ‘Undemocratic’ Veto

 
The One of Us campaign has appealed to the EU Court after its petition - backed by a record 2 million EU citizens – was vetoed by the European Commission in May.
 
The petition, calling for an end to European funding of research that destroys human embryos, became the largest petition in European history and easily met the minimum EU criteria of 1 million signatures to allow it to be considered by the Commission.  However, the Commission rejected the petition by utilising its veto, something it had never before done with a petition of such magnitude.

Human Rights Court affirms marriage as between a man and a woman

 
The European Human Rights Court has affirmed the concept of traditional marriage, explaining that the European Convention on Human Rights “enshrines the traditional concept of marriage as between a man and a woman.”
 
Click here to read the full story at Catholic News Agency:

Don't make our mistake: A top dutch regulator and former supporter of euthanasia has warned the Westminster Parliament that assisted suicide leads to mass killing

Theo Boer
 
Dutchman Theo Boer, a European regulator of assisted suicide, has warned the UK not to go down the road of introducing it into law. 
 
Boer told MPs that assisted suicide is a slippery slope towards mass killing of the sick and he urged the UK not to do it, saying that 'once the genie is out of the bottle, it is not likely to ever go back in again.'
 
A bill, introduced by Labour peer Lord Falconer, is currently making its way through the UK Parliament and is scheduled to come back before the House of Lords next week.

Europe says ‘No’ to Abortion as a Human Right

MEP's appplaud the result
 
The controversial report put forward by Portuguese MEP Edite Estrela was rejected today in the European Parliament.
 
The report, titled ‘Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights’, was sent back to committee in October (read our report here) after it was narrowly defeated in Parliament.  The committee then returned the report to Parliament for another vote today where it was defeated by 334 votes to 327.  A small, but hugely significant, margin.
 
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