Monday, 28 February 2011
Thursday, 24 February 2011
Wednesday, 23 February 2011
Monday, 21 February 2011
- Women can take a unilateral decision to kill a man's child, without any consultation, let alone consent;
- Men can put pressure on women to kill their child, at a time when a woman is most in need of emotional (and other) support;
- The unitive and procreative act is deemed to be free of consequences.
- We see medics increasingly mistrusted by society at large (because we know, really, that they should not be colluding with this);
- We see medics increasingly making other life-and-death decisions based on an ethic of pragmatism (eg cost, utilitarian judgements etc) rather than an ethic of love and compassion;
- We see medics distorting their consciences to justify what they have done and continue to do.
- The loss of huge numbers of the next generation, with particular damage in some social, and ethnic groups, and of course, girls;
- We collectively turn a blind eye to a huge injustice in our midst;
- We have a growing population of people who have a stake in justifying abortion: they have had one (or more); they have colluded with one (or more); they have justified one (or more. That makes it ever harder to have a rational and civilised debate in the light of emerging science about the humanity of the unborn child - the science is moving in one direction, but society at large is moving in the other.
- The lie that the unborn child is not really a human;
- The lie that even if a human, he or she does not deserve the same care as the rest of us;
- The lie that abortion will make it as though the woman was never pregnant;
- The lie that it is simply a medical procedure like having an appendix out;
- The lie that it is a decision that affects only the woman;
- The lie that there are no adverse consequences for the woman or anyone else;
- The lie that this is medical care.
Sunday, 20 February 2011
The largest ever 40 Days for Life international campaign is on the way! The campaign will run from March 9 to April 17 in 247 cites -- locations from coast to coast in the United States as well as sites in Canada, England, Ireland, Australia, Spain, Georgia, Armenia and Belize.
Saturday, 19 February 2011
Pray for Catholic Education
There is a lot to celebrate about Catholic Education but our schools are under threat as never before.
The Diocese of Westminster has forced schools such as The Cardinal Vaughan Memorial School (CVMS) to drop from their admission criteria the requirement for parents to present their children for the Sacraments of First Holy Communion and Confession.
Practising Catholic families question why this requirement of Canon Law has not been insisted upon by the Diocese.
Westminster Diocese has refused to involve parents fully in the education of their children, by eliminating them from the Foundation Governors of CVMS, even though well qualified parents offered themselves. This is why the Westminster Diocese is being taken to court by the Vaughan's elected Parent Governors.
Some Catholic schools in London struggle to fill places with Catholic pupils. Instead of singling out the Vaughan's Governing Body for special treatment the Diocese should concentrate on helping schools like these to attract a higher Catholic intake.
After Baptism and Mass attendance the Diocese prefers to use geographical distance as a tie-breaker for admission to Catholic schools over and above commitment to and practice of the Faith or involvement in the life of the Church.
When this applies to schools such as CVMS it will effectively deny practising families the choice of a Catholic education for their children if they live more than a couple of miles away from a School.
Is this what you want for your children and grandchildren?
Write to Archbishop Vincent Nichols at Archbishop’s House, Ambrosden Avenue, London, SW1P 1QJ or email: email@example.com Tell him what you want and expect him to provide for Catholic education for your family
Do this before it is too late to make a difference
Pray for Catholic Education
Monday, 14 February 2011
Sunday, 13 February 2011
Friday, 11 February 2011
Thursday, 10 February 2011
Wednesday, 9 February 2011
Tuesday, 8 February 2011
Monday, 7 February 2011
Sunday, 6 February 2011
Imagine per impossible that a Catholic School and a diocese were in dispute about a school’s admissions policy. This hypothetical problem might arise if a school were very successful and popular and many Catholics (and others) wanted to send their children there.
Let us imagine that one side of the argument wanted to apply an admissions policy that was based on giving priority to Catholics who lived nearest to the school. And let us imagine that the school was in an expensive part of town; that policy would, of course, effectively ensure that only the wealthy need apply - and in fact, those who wanted to attend the school and were wealthy could, of course, move into the catchment area, an option not open to the poor. Then they only have to start going to Mass (until their kids are admitted) and they're in.
Let us further imagine that the other side of the dispute wished to maintain a policy that allowed people of many different social backgrounds, races and so forth to attend; and that was intended to maintain the Catholic ethos of the school (the best way they have devised of doing this is to assess as best they can the family's intention really to practice the Faith: hard to assess, but they give it a go).
Which side would you think the Diocese would be on?
Now look at the shenanigans surrounding the Cardinal Vaughan Memorial School...
(And you may like to add to my slogans - see previous post...)
After my successful work on slogans for The Tablet some while ago, I am eagerly awaiting a commission from the Diocese of Westminster to help put their policy with regard to the Vaughan School across succinctly. Here are my initial thoughts...
- A preferential option for the rich
- Keep the poor in their place
- No diversity here
- Posh schools for posh kids
- You don’t have to be rich to come here - but it helps
- Helping Cafeteria Catholics to jump the queue
Friday, 4 February 2011
Thursday, 3 February 2011
Tuesday, 1 February 2011
- Ave, Regina Caelorum,
- Ave, Domina Angelorum:
- Salve, radix, salve, porta
- Ex qua mundo lux est orta:
- Gaude, Virgo gloriosa,
- Super omnes speciosa,
- Vale, o valde decora,
- Et pro nobis Christum exora.
- Hail, O Queen of Heaven enthroned.
- Hail, by angels mistress owned.
- Root of Jesse, Gate of Morn
- Whence the world's true light was born:
- Glorious Virgin, Joy to thee,
- Loveliest whom in heaven they see;
- Fairest thou, where all are fair,
- Plead with Christ our souls to spare.
following its usual tactic of maintaining a bogus appearance of impartiality while actually setting everything up to arrive at the wished-for conclusion.Worth reading in full (as William Oddie often is!)