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
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.
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 vigil in Little Rock, US
The 40 Days for Life initiative is coming to Glasgow! Between 10th February and 20th March (during the season of Lent) pro-life advocates and supporters are invited to commit to a prayerful vigil outside the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital, where abortions are known to take place.
The vigil will be one of quiet, peaceful prayer, without graphic imagery and without any attempts to approach people, unless they approach us.
today to hear that Northern Ireland’s new, and first female, First Minster and leader of the
Democratic Unionist Party Arlene Foster has previously rejected any notion of
extending the UK’s Abortion Act to the
country. It is good to know that there
are people out there who are willing to swim against the tide of liberal
relativism and secularism in order to protect the unborn. Her stance is quite the opposite of Sinn Fein,
a party that sold its soul last year by committing itself to the legalisation
of abortion in the province.
Catholics are becoming increasingly liberal on important moral issues
A YouGov poll carried out in the summer has revealed that Catholics are split on the issue of same-sex marriage. While 40% of the 863 Catholics polled said that they opposed same-sex marriage, a significant 50% said that they supported it. Given the Church’s clear teaching on homosexual acts this should be quite surprising, yet set against the backdrop of an ever increasing aggresive liberal relativist and anti-religious society where many Catholics are losing sight of the faith, the results are not really that much of a shock.
I have become quite intrigued by the significant increase in news stories about animals in recent times, particularly in mainstream media outlets. I might be forgiven for thinking it stems from the furore over Cecil the Lion but I’m fairly certain it was all happening before the story of the now famous Cecil broke.
And although it would be fair to say that these stories are indeed of some interest it is quite disturbing that they seem to rank ahead of the wellbeing of human beings in the headline pecking order.
The Catholic Church in Scotland is committed to ending abuse
The vast majority of people have welcomed the publication of the McLellan Commission Report into abuse within the Catholic Church in Scotland. The vast majority of people have similarly welcomed the Church's unequivocal apology for its own failings with respect to abuse. However, I have been dismayed to see that a small minority do not share this view.
The Church, having itself requested this independent Commission be set up, wants to right the wrongs of the past as best it can.
Why should we be afraid to speak up for this little one?
It was no surprise to see US President Barack Obama hogging the headlines yesterday in order to make his big pitch for a greener United States. This was, after all, the day on which the true evil of his great friend Planned Parenthood was debated in the Senate.
It was extremely sad, but at the same time fascinating, to watch the heated exchanges around the sale of baby body parts and the wider issue of abortion so passionately debated at this level for around three and a half hours.