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Western world shows same disregard for human life as the Aztecs, says bishop

 
Bishop Mark Davies of Shrewsbury has spoken out against the disregard for human life we often witness in today's western society, comparing it to the human sacrifices offered up by the Aztec people.
 
Bishop Davies said that “We can see a resemblance with the declining civilisation of the western world which in similar ways sacrifices and discards the lives of millions of human beings in abortion; in embryo experimentation and fertility treatments; and now threatens the lives of those who pose the greatest financial burden – the sick and the aged in assisted suicides and euthanasia.

Breaking down barriers and overcoming division is the order of the day as Royal family meet Gerry Adams and Martin McGuinness

Martin McGuinness greets Queen Elizabeth II
 
There have been incredible images coming from Galway, Ireland today as Queen Elizabeth II and her son Prince Charles met with Gerry Adams and Martin McGuinness.
 
The parties shook hands and exchanged words in a unique and groundbreaking encounter that would have been unimaginable just a few years ago.
 
This is what can happen when we allow Christ's love to reign in our hearts.  We suddenly embrace the ability to forgive, to break down barriers and overcome division.

Jesus calls us to love politicians too you know

These people need our love and prayers too
 
 
It’s not often you hear people standing up for politicians but that is precisely what I am about to do!  As the dust settles on last week’s UK General Election the usual lampooning of political figures and parties has started up once again as we embark on another five year cycle of ridicule and abuse in the direction of those elected to lead our country.
 
 
As Christians our call is simple: to love one another and to keep God’s Commandments.

Pornography statistics among the young suggest a need to get back to basics

 
A new survey by NSPCC Childline has suggested that at least a tenth of 12 - 13 year olds in the UK are addicted to pornography (reported today by the BBC). 
 
And while this is generally regarded as a bad thing, there are some people who think it is okay for children to be increasingly sexualised at a young age.  But let's be clear, it is one thing for a child of reason to know the beauty of the human body; it is another thing entirely for them to see that body being abused.

Congratulations to John Deighan, the new Chief Executive of SPUC Scotland

 
Scots Catholic would like to congratulate John Deighan on his appointment to the post of Chief Executive ofSPUC Scotland.
 
The Parliamentary Officer for the Bishops' Conference of Scotland will take up his new role next month.
 
The Bishops of Scotland have thanked John for his "resolute and dedicated service" and Archbishop Philip Tartaglia said: "John has provided dedicated and energetic service to the church in Scotland for sixteen years and we wish him well in his new role.

Calling Catholic dads: join in our Year for Fathers!

 
As we celebrate the Solemnity of St Joseph Scots Catholic is kickstarting a year of prayer for Catholic fathers. 
 
Our aim is to discover what it truly means to be a Catholic father and the role we play in the lives of our families and wider society.
 
And what better day to kick things off than the solemnity of St Joseph, step-father to Jesus Christ?
 

Crucial Vote on Three Parent Embryos - it's our last chance to have a say

 
Please read the following text from John Deighan of the Catholic Parliamentary Office and please click the links to contact a House of Lords peer and also add your name to the petition. 
 
This proposed new legislation, along with abortion and euthanasia, will mean the eradication of disabled people from our society.  Such a process is completely wrong and is inequality at its evil best.
 
 
Here is what John Deighan has to say:
 
The promotion of three-parent embryos has been based on compassion for victims of genetic disorders.

It's SCIAF Wee Box time again, and this year your money is being doubled!

Picture: sciaf.org.uk
 
It's almost time for the SCIAF Wee Box to make its annual appearance in our local parishes and this year is going to be a bumper year for the charity, as it celebrates its 50th anniversary.
 
This year the UK Government will double all proceeds to SCIAF, ensuring the charity will be able to help even more people affected by poverty.  It is a gesture which should not be understated and it is an opportunity which should not be missed! 

MP's vote to legislate for three parent babies

Westminster has today voted to allow for three parent babies in the UK.  The vote, in the House of Commons, was by a majority of 382 to 182.
 
The matter will now go to the House of Lords where it will be further debated.
 
Keep praying that all life will be protected, including the most vulnerable in society.  It is the most vulnerable who appear to be at greatest risk, and who are being pushed further and further into the margins of society.

Why the artificial creation of three parent babies is so wrong

 
Later today, the UK Parliament will vote on whether to introduce laws to allow the creation of 'three parent babies'.  It is a move that must be resisted for a number of reasons and it is sincerely hoped that MP's will vote overwhelmingly against allowing the procedure.
 
While proponents argue that it will help root out certain conditions, including some disabilities, we should not be fooled into thinking this is a simple exercise in making the human race better.
 
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