Friday, August 7, 2015

Spirit & Life - Chile Under Attack

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Work as if it all depends on you, pray as if it all depends on God. How many times have we heard this bit of wisdom, yet how often do we forget?

We have a great deal of work to do, but our work will not have any effect if we set prayer aside - if we don't make every effort to let God place us where we need to be, when we need to be there. The ugliness that is Planned Parenthood has come more clearly into view, awakening many, and inspiring many to get involved. One chance to do something concrete is coming up with the August 22nd national protest. Please click on the link below and see how you can help organize your local community in prayer and action. 

We are also beginning to hear more about troubles that are coming to light regarding the upcoming synod on family. Here, as much as anywhere, prayer and fasting are needed, informed by a sober analysis of where things stand. I refer you to an article below by Mark Latkovic, a contributor to HLI's Truth and Charity Forum. We will be talking about this quite a bit in the coming weeks. 

Finally, I implore you to pray for our brothers and sisters in Chile. This South American pro-life nation has become a model of how to improve maternal health while maintaining very strong restrictions on abortion, so of course they are under attack. HLI's Marlene Gillette reports in articles below that after an inspiring campaign of prayer and many strong statements from Church leaders and others in defense of life,  Chile suffered a major setback this week. They will need our prayers in order to help hold their representatives accountable, and put up a strong defense of life. 

Sincerely yours in Christ,  
Father Shenan J. Boquet
President, Human Life International
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Mario Rojas
Representative Gustavo Hasbún, a member of the Independent Democratic Union Party, led the opposition to the abortion measure in the Commission. After the vote he told the media that, if the abortion legislative bill is approved in September the five legislators who opposed the measure will file a complaint before the Constitutional Court of Chile, asserting the inherent unconstitutionality of the abortion bill. - continue -

Cardinal Ricardo Ezzati, Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Santiago and President of the Chile Conference of Catholic Bishops, told El Mercurio newspaper in February that abortion is contrary to logic and the conviction that the life of the human person must be defended from conception. Ignacio Sánchez, rector of the Pontifical Catholic University in Chile, stated that in their network of health services no abortions will be committed. No fewer than nineteen other clinics and hospitals in the country have also stated that abortion will not be allowed on their premises, and many medical professionals and medical students have asserted that they will not perform abortions. - continue -

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As HLI President Father Shenan Boquet recently stated: "The U.S. government has given Planned Parenthood pass after pass despite many revelations of its malfeasance and corruption, keeping hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars flowing to this sick and very profitable 'non-profit' business. We can only pray that this most recent revelation will wake up what remains of the consciences of our leaders in Washington, leading to a massive investigation of this evil abortion business and the prosecution of all who have let this evil persist." - continue -
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Undoubtedly, the Church, as many of her perpetually petulant liberal members like to remind the more traditionally minded, does not have all of the answers to the world's problems. But while Vatican Council II (1962-1965) affirmed this point, it never said that the Church doesn't have any answers to these problems. It's a non sequitur to say that just because the Church can't answer every question, that she has no answers at all to propose. The Church has at least one absolutely definitive answer-and one that does not change: Jesus Christ. - continue -
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