Were there to be no support in the whole history of ethical and moral thought, were there no acknowledged confirmation from medical science, were the history of legal opinion to the contrary, we would still have to conclude on the basis of God's Holy Word that the unborn child is a person in the sight of God. He is protected by the sanctity of life graciously given to each individual by the Creator, Who alone places His image upon man and grants them any right to life which they have.
I write this week from the Emerald Isle, where I'm on a mission
with Dr. Brian Clowes, HLI's Director of Education and Research, and
Patrick McCrystal, Director of HLI Ireland. Patrick entitled our
four-day series of presentations on the road "Be Not Afraid, Catholic
Ireland," as ours is a mission of hope in a land that has fallen victim
to the seductions of the Culture of Death.
Our goal is twofold: First, to expose the lies that create an
illusion of "tolerance" and "progress" around abortion and the
redefinition of marriage, and second, to call Catholic Ireland back to
her roots and the love and duties that grow from our beloved Faith.
Often called "the land of the saints," Ireland has produced far too many
holy men and women to list in this article - men and women who have
impacted Ireland's rich history and that of the universal Church.
the midst of a rapidly secularizing culture emboldened by its recent
"wins" - the legalization of same-sex unions and abortion in so-called
"exceptional cases" - we are through education, training, and
encouragement, calling the faithful to Be Not Afraid. The truth about
Life and Family is non-negotiable, and no matter what is being promoted
- demanded - by the Culture of Death, this truth must be proclaimed.
There is no option for the disciples of Jesus.
year 433, Saint Patrick traveled to the Hill of Slane in County Meath
in hopes of bringing souls to Christ in pagan Ireland. On the eve of
Easter, which coincided with the Druid feast of Bealtine (Beal's Fire)
and the Spring Equinox, St. Patrick lit a bonfire on the hill. As
trivial as this may seem today, it was in fact a revolutionary act: it
was equivalent to declaring war on the Druids and their pagan beliefs
and also on the King of Ireland. There was a law that no fire could be
lit in the vicinity to compete with those of the festival of Bealtine,
which blazed at the Royal seat of power on the nearby the Hill of Tara.
That small act of starting a fire was a turning point in the history
of Tara and all Ireland, changing the spiritual landscape of Ireland
forever. (Read full article on HLI.org)
The people of
Chile are in dire need of prayers, following a vote that will forward
an abortion bill on Tuesday, and a very serious earthquake that
occurred the next day. As we write this, emergency workers continue to
come to the aid of more than a million displaced Chileans, following
the 8.3 quake that has killed at least ten people.- continue -
Review: Eleven Cardinals Speak on Marriage and the Family - Essays from a Pastoral Standpoint, Edited by Winfried Aymans, Ignatius Press, San Francisco, 2015.
The eleven Cardinals who wrote these essays are united in their
concern to preserve the constant teachings on family against erroneous
proposals that surfaced for the Extraordinary Synod of last year. Here
we are not only talking of the initiative of Walter Cardinal Kasper, but
also proposals to take a more positive view towards cohabitating
couples, and proposals to adopt language that would undermine the
teaching of the Church against the practice of homosexuality.- continue -
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