In his new exhortation,Amoris Laetitia (The Joy of Love), Pope Francis has expressed the need to view the family unit as an opportunity rather than a problem, and has encouraged the Church to be more understanding and compassionate towards those who experience difficulties in family life. There is a real sense of challenge in the document; a challenge to a deeper, less self-centred love towards all people, coupled with a deeper sense of humility.
The document, which runs to 264 pages, also speaks highly of the value of children and the need for married couples to be open to the prospect of new life.
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.
Comic Relief and its spin off Sport Relief certainly do get the nation’s
charitable juices flowing at this time of year.
It also causes much debate among Catholics as to whether or not we
should be contributing to such a charity and allowing our schools and children
to participate in the fund raising frenzy.
It seems that every year we face the same dilemma, yet the goalposts
haven’t moved for years. Comic Relief (and
Sport Relief) is a charity that gives great cause for concern when it comes to
As taxpayers we contribute to 91% of all abortions in the UK. Our money is used to assist in the killing of innocent children which in turn causes immeasurable pain and suffering to mothers.
We want our money better spent on helping both women and their babies to live.
Please sign the petition which can be accessed by clicking this link, and spread the word.
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.
in-flight interview, yet another media frenzy.
It seems that every time Pope Francis takes to the skies there is more
and more controversy, particularly from those who seem to have a strange
interest in changing Church teaching.
time one of the more interesting comments from the Holy Father was on the
subject of contraception. The pope was
asked a question about the Zika virus and whether abortion [as the lesser of
two evils] or avoiding pregnancy would be acceptable courses of action for women
N Ireland is more pro-life than the rest of the UK
The Northern Ireland Assembly has voted against the
relaxation of abortion law in the country.
Members voted 59-40 against the proposal to allow for terminations in
cases of fatal foetal abnormality and by 64-30 in cases of rape and incest.
This is a real positive for the pro-life cause and shows
that all is not lost in the western world when it comes to protecting the life
of the child in the womb.
a termination is only permitted in Northern Ireland if a woman's life is at
risk or if there is a risk of permanent and serious damage to her mental or
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.