A new poll out today (Sunday 21 May) shows that most people
(60%) would like to see time limits for abortions reduced, among women the
figure is 70%. ComRes interviewed 2,008 British adults online between 12th and
14th May 2017. Data was weighted to be representative of all GB adults.
61% of Scottish respondents opposed any moves towards making
it mandatory for doctors to have to participate in abortion procedures against
their will, while 51% oppose moves to compel pharmacists to prescribe a pill
against their will, if they believe that pill will end the life of an unborn
In a pastoral letter which will be read at all 500
Catholic churches in Scotland this weekend (20/21 May) Scotland's Catholic
Bishops, will urge parishioners to participate in the 2017 General Election and
to be informed by the teachings of the Church.
The detailed statement will invite Catholic voters to consider a number of key issues ahead of casting their vote at the election on June 8th.
Commenting on the letter, the Director of the Catholic
Parliamentary Office, Anthony Horan said; “This General election provides an
opportunity for Catholics to take their beliefs into the polling station and
elect members of parliament who share their concerns.
Mike Pence at March for Life
TodayVice President Mike Pencespoke to hundreds of thousands of pro-life advocates gathered for the annual March for Life on the National Mall. He is the first Vice President to address the March in person. Counselor to the PresidentKellyanne Conwayalso spoke at today’s March.
Vice President Pence’sremarks reflected his deep roots in the pro-life movement and the Trump-Pence Administration’s commitments to the right to life cause:
“Today, because of all of you and the many thousands who stand with us in marches like this all across the nation, life is winning again in America.
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.
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 eight Catholic Bishops of Scotland
Statement of the Catholic Bishops of Scotland on nuclear weapons:
The Bishops of Scotland have for a long time pointed out the immorality of the use of strategic nuclear weapons due to the indiscriminate destruction of innocent human life that their use would cause.
The renewal of Trident is questioned not just by those concerned with the morality of nuclear weapons themselves but also by those concerned about the use of scarce financial resources.
Lives are being lost now because money that could be spent on the needy and the poor is tied up in nuclear arsenals.
If only there were more Dr Halliday Sutherlands today. Perhaps he would have the courage to stand up
for the rights of those who are under threat from the increasing prevalence of
assisted suicide in our world. Perhaps
he would have the courage to stand up for the rights of the preborn child under
threat of death by abortion.
Dr Halliday Sutherland, born in Glasgow in 1882, was a man
who stood up for the people society felt unworthy of life. He lived in a time when the middle and upper
classes of Britain fought for the legal right to sterilise the poor and the
Jo Cox in the House of Commons
The death of Labour MP Jo Cox has shocked not only the world
of politics in which she worked, but also the British nation as a whole. The horror of what happened in the town of Birstall
last Thursday will be a permanent scar for the MP’s family and is something
they will have to live with for the rest of their lives.
But what does it mean for the relationship between MPs and
the general public? Scottish Secretary
David Mundell, who has himself received death threats, lamented the influence
of social media in relations between the public and MPs, criticising the
“vitriol” that is often expressed towards politicians.
Archbishop of St Andrews
and Edinburgh Leo Cushley celebrates the 125 anniversary of Pope
Leo XIII’s landmark encyclical ‘Rerum Novarum’
Archbishop Leo Cushley has marked the 125
anniversary of the papal encyclical Rerum Novarum by re-proposing its social
teaching for the common good of Scottish society. The encyclical by Pope Leo XIII is arguably
the Church’s most important when it comes to social justice and the Archbishop
can clearly see positives in once again bringing it to the forefront of our
Nicola Sturgeon appreciating the beauty of new life
It is wonderful to hear Scotland’s First Minister Nicola
Sturgeon announce that, from Spring 2017, all pregnant women will receive free
vitamins in order to help give their children the best possible start in life.
In addition to making vitamins freely available the Scottish
Government will also be introducing the following initiatives:
- Every newborn baby to receive a ‘baby box’ of essential
- 500 more health visitors will be recruited to improve child
health and wellbeing