16 January 2009

Pro-abortion legislators abandoning the Catholic faith

At the same time, I do not see how any Catholic senator or representative could vote for the passage of FOCA without recognizing that such a vote would constitute a direct and intentional declaration of their disdain for Catholic teaching. Such a vote would be tantamount to a public declaration of their intention to abandon the Catholic faith. It would be imperative that the faith consequences of such a declaration be allowed to fall fully on the heads of those who would make it.

So writes Bishop Robert Vasa of Baker, Oregon, in his current weekly in the Catholic Sentinel. He’s writing in the context of President-elect Obama’s commitment to the Freedom of Choice Act (FOCA) which, if approved, would eliminate practically every law in the 50 states of the USA that restrict abortion, including so called ‘partial-birth abortion’ and trample on people’s consciences.

Traditionally Christian countries and regions in the West such as Australia, Canada, Europe and the USA are more and more becoming militantly anti-Christian and anti-human rights in their legislation or attempts at legislation. For example, the Abortion Law Reform Bill, passed in Victoria, Australia, last year, contains the following words:

Despite any conscientious objection to abortion, a registered medical practitioner is under a duty to perform an abortion in an emergency where the
abortion is necessary to preserve the life of the pregnant woman.

Despite any conscientious objection to abortion, a registered nurse is under a duty to assist a registered medical practitioner in performing an abortion in an emergency where the abortion is necessary to preserve the life of the pregnant woman.

Australian bishops appealed for prayers before the vote in the Victoria parliament.

LifeSiteNews reports that on 14 January the European Parliament passed a resolution – not a law – ‘that proposes to standardise among all member states the legal status of same-sex relationships’. The resolution also ‘calls upon EU member-states to guarantee access to “sexual and reproductive health and rights,” terms universally accepted as including abortion and sterilisation as well as the recognition of same-sex unions’.

Mercatornet has a report about what is happening in the schools of Quebec, the predominantly French-speaking province in Canada that, until the 1960s, was one of the most staunchly Catholic societies in the world. It seems that the rights of parents are being trampled upon:
Quebec kids to learn Orwellian spirituality

All school children in Quebec are being forced to study moral relativism.
An often-quoted Jesuit maxim boasts, "Give me a child until he is seven and I will give you the man."

Only seven? Amateurs! Since September all Quebec students from primary school entry to high school graduation, whether enrolled in public or non-funded private schools, must attend Quebec's new Ethics and Religious Culture course (ERC). And teachers, regardless of their beliefs, must teach it. Read the full story here.

We surely need to waken up and take our faith seriously.

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