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‘Retarded’ No More

By: Father Raymond J. de Souza

In October, Barack Obama signed a new law that prohibits the U.S. government from referring to the “mentally retarded” in any of its laws and regulations. The term to be used instead is “intellectual disability.” Given the harshness with which it strikes the ear, the word “retarded” has long since dropped out of common usage, but it still survives in official policies.

The law is called Rosa’s Law, after a nine-year-old Maryland girl with Down’s syndrome. Her official classification at school was “mentally retarded,” which struck her mother as hurtful. The U.S. Congress passed the law in response to Rosa’s case, but also in response to a long campaign by the Special Olympics to end the use of the “R-Word,” as their campaign puts it.

December 31, 2010 Posted Under: News and Articles   Read More

Pope Benedict’s Prayer for the Unborn

Lord Jesus,

You who faithfully visit and fulfill with your Presence
the Church and the history of men;
You who in the miraculous Sacrament of your Body and Blood
render us participants in divine Life
and allow us a foretaste of the joy of eternal Life;
We adore and bless you.

Prostrated before You, source and lover of Life,
truly present and alive among us, we beg you.

Reawaken in us respect for every unborn life,
make us capable of seeing in the fruit of the maternal womb
the miraculous work of the Creator,
open our hearts to generously welcoming every child
that comes into life.

Bless all families,
sanctify the union of spouses,
render fruitful their love.

Accompany the choices of legislative assemblies
with the light of your Spirit,
so that peoples and nations may recognize and respect
the sacred nature of life, of every human life.

Guide the work of scientists and doctors,
so that all progress contributes to the integral well-being of the person,
and no one endures suppression or injustice.

Give creative charity to administrators and economists,
so they may realize and promote sufficient conditions
so that young families can serenely embrace
the birth of new children.

Console the married couples who suffer
because they are unable to have children
and in Your goodness provide for them.

Teach us all to care for orphaned or abandoned children,
so they may experience the warmth of your Charity,
the consolation of your divine Heart.

Together with Mary, Your Mother, the great believer,
in whose womb you took on our human nature,
we wait to receive from You, our Only True Good and Savior,
the strength to love and serve life,
in anticipation of living forever in You,
in communion with the Blessed Trinity.

 

December 2, 2010 Posted Under: HLI Spirituality, News and Articles   Read More

Why Are the Media Fixated on Condoms? An Appeal to Focus on Negatives of Reckless Sexuality

By Janet E. Smith DETROIT, Michigan, DEC. 1, 2010 (Zenit.org).- Most people remember their grandmothers at some point telling them that pointing a finger at someone means that three fingers are pointing back at you. The media are obsessed with the issue of the Catholic Church and condoms because they seem to believe that condoms are the solution to preventing the transmission of the HIV. Might it be time they began to think about other organizations, such as themselves, that might bear some responsibility?

December 2, 2010 Posted Under: News and Articles   Read More

HLI Calls on all Pro-Lifers to Participate in Historic World-Wide Vigil for Nascent Life

FRONT ROYAL, Va., Nov. 11, 2010 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Human Life International (HLI), the world’s largest pro-life organization, today called on all defenders of life to join its international affiliates and leaders in the “Prayer Vigil for All Nascent Human Life” on November 27, coinciding with vespers of the First Sunday of Advent. Earlier this year Pope Benedict XVI announced the worldwide vigil, and urged all dioceses around the world to participate as much as they are able. As part of its effort to raise awareness about the event, HLI has sponsored an international petition of solidarity with the pope. “We hope that Catholics understand the historical significance of Pope Benedict’s invitation,” said Joseph Meaney, HLI’s director of international coordination. “The Holy Father for the first time in history has asked the Universal Catholic Church to gather together in a common liturgical event and pray for our preborn brothers and sisters who are being slaughtered around the world by abortion and other attacks of the culture of death.”

November 12, 2010 Posted Under: HLI Spirituality, News and Articles   Read More

Spanish Archbishop Urges Defiance of New Abortion Law: ‘This Law is no Law’

By Matthew Cullinan Hoffman

BURGOS, Spain, July 14, 2010 (LifeSiteNews.com) – The Archbishop of Burgos, Francisco Gil Hellín, has issued a call to Spanish Catholics to resist the country’s new abortion law, which he says is no law at all.

In a statement published on the bishops’ Catholic Information Service, Gil Hellín laments the recent promulgation of the law, an “evil law which is directly opposed to right reason and the most elemental justice. Such is the law that establishes that the Spanish have the right to kill the unborn, as long as they do it before 14 weeks.”

July 21, 2010 Posted Under: News and Articles   Read More

Fr. Paul Marx’s Last Article – Prophesies of Humanae Vitae

March 23, 2010 (pop.org) – Introduction: Only a few days before he died, Father Paul Marx returned to the topic that had so often occupied him during his long decades as a pro-life missionary - namely, the great encyclical Humanae Vitae. He sent this short article, in which he underlines the accuracy of Pope Paul VI’s predictions about what would happen, if contraception became prevalent in society. We send it out now both because it contains timeless truths, and also to honor our Founder and long-time Chairman, Fr. Marx, who has gone to be with the Father.

March 24, 2010 Posted Under: News and Articles   Read More

Johannesburg Catholics March for Life!

Anti-abortion march attracts thousands

‘The hands of South Africa’s lawmakers are dripping with blood.’ said Archbishop Buti Tlhagale to more than 2,000 anti-abortionists who marched on Saturday 13 March with the Archbishop from the Cathedral of Christ the King to Constitution Hill where officials from the Department of Health accepted a petition addressed to the Minister of Health calling for an end to abortion.

March 18, 2010 Posted Under: News and Articles   Read More

Pro-Life Private Members Bill attempts to protect women and children from abortion

Cheryllyn Dudley of the ACPD  is currently proposing amendments to South Africa’s Choice on Termination of Pregnancy Act of 1996. The aim of the amendment is to protect the rights of women and children who are faced with the choice of terminating pregnancy.

The Bill proposes that the 1996 law be amended  “so as to ensure a woman or child is able to make a fully informed choice regarding the termination of her pregnancy.”

February 26, 2010 Posted Under: News and Articles   Read More

A Secular Argument against abortion

In order to argue against abortion it is necessary to show that the embryo/foetus has moral status; in other words that it is the type of being which is morally significant and should not be killed unjustifiably.  Human infants after birth are generally accepted to be these types of being.

If we proceed from the assumption that, after birth, human infants are beings with moral status (who therefore enjoy a right to life), the onus is on pro-abortion advocates to show how the nature of a newborn infant is different from the foetus before birth;

February 19, 2010 Posted Under: News and Articles   Read More

Interview with Fr. Thomas Euteneuer in Rome

Fr. Thomas Euteneuer, President of our Parent Organisation Human Life International in Front Royal, U.S.A., was interviewed by Hilary White of LifeSiteNews.com while Father was visiting Rome in January of this year.  It is an excellent interview and we share it with you.
 

Complete Interview with Fr. Thomas Euteneuer in Rome

By Hilary White

January 5th, 2010 (LifeSiteNews.com) – The following is the complete text of LifeSiteNews.com’s interview with Fr. Thomas Euteneuer, president of Human Life International:

LSN: We see the crisis of abortion sometimes in isolation. We look at individual problems like the health care bill in the US, or the threat to national sovereignty presented by the Lisbon Treaty, or we look at a particular political party or candidate and we focus our attention on those things, but we need also to look at the larger picture. What does the abortion crisis, and the moral crisis, presage in the larger realm?

TE: A moral degradation precedes social and political degradation. And we see a take-over of the financial system. We see a dismantling of the free market as we know it, which is a hallmark of western democracy. We see a socialization of huge industries, such as the health care industry, even the insurance industry is part of this process of socialization. I say it is not remarkable that it is happening now.

February 18, 2010 Posted Under: News and Articles   Read More