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.
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.
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.
Children should be safe in the hands of midwives
The Chief Executive of the Royal College of Midwives (RCM) is
facing calls to resign after announcing that the organisation supported the
removal of the 24 week time limit for abortions in the UK. Cathy Marwick has caused consternation among RCM
members, many of whom have signed an online petition seeking to distance themselves from the RCM’s stance. They have also accused her of failing to
consult on the issue.
Marwick, who is the chair of the UK’s
biggest abortion provider BPAS (British Pregnancy Advisory Service), has not surprisingly been
accused of a conflict of interest given her two roles.
I am astonishedand no less disappointed to see that few of
the major UK news outlets have covered yesterday’s House of Commons vote, when
MPs voted 278 – 0 in favour of declaring ISIS/Daesh atrocities against
Christians and Yazidis as genocide.
If the Holocaust were to occur today, would the media recognise
the atrocity and label it as genocide?
If the massacre of Srebrenica were to occur today, would the media
recognise the suffering people of the city and label it as genocide? And what about Rwanda in 1994?
When will the West listen?
A motion is to be put before the UK Parliament next week calling on the House to recognise that Christians and other minority groups in the Middle East are facing genocide.
The terror being wrought by ISIS is well known to all, though the fact that it is mainly targeted towards Christians is not so well documented in the West.
This is an opportunity for the UK government to take a stand against ISIS by declaring their actions to be a genocide against Christians, Yazidis and other religious minorities.
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.
It was refreshing to see the House of Commons reject further
relaxation of Sunday trading laws in England and Wales. The government had hoped to allow councils to
extend opening hours on a Sunday, but it was defeated by 317 votes to 286. As a result, Sunday trading laws will remain
as they are.
While the main thrust of the vote against relaxing the laws
was undoubtedly down to protecting employees’ rights to time off on a Sunday
rather than observance of the Lord’s Day, there is clearly an inclination among
many of our politicians to give special credence to a Sunday.
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.