Protect the Pope shares Fr Tim Finigan’s and Fr Ray Blake’s frustration that yet again the Bishops Conference of England and Wales have dedicated the Day for Life to a theme other than that originally intended by Blessed John Paul the Great, which was a Day dedicated in particular to fostering awareness of the great evils of abortion and euthanasia.
Instead the Bishops Conference are promoting a theme tied in with the Olympic, ’Use your body for the glory of God’. Protect the Pope has searched in vain for any mention of abortion or euthanasia in the materials provided by the Bishops Conference for this theme.
The only Day of Life dedicated to Abortion was the 2007 theme Blessed is the fruit of thy womb’. No Day of Life has been dedicated to Euthanasia.
Fr Finigan comments:
‘Last year the theme was “Happiness.” As you might have guessed, I’m not happy. Many priests and active pro-life lay people are not happy either. It is estimated that by the 50th anniversary of the Abortion Act, nine million children will have been killed before birth in our country. We pioneered the legalisation of embryo research and we are giving the Dutch lessons in how to do euthanasia more politely by means of continuous sedation.
In our particular cultural sitz im leben, would it be too much to ask that on one Sunday in the year we focus on pro-life issues related to abortion and euthanasia “without neglecting other aspects of life which from time to time deserve to be given careful consideration” such as embryo research and IVF?’
Commenting on the 2012 Day of Life materials Fr Ray Blake observes :
‘It is like so much material produced by Catholic Justice and Peace organisations that worry about curtains and flower arrangements rather than the crumbling foundations of the house. Catholics today really do need to be reminded of the serious implications for society of those things which seek to destroy life. We need to constantly remind ourselves and be equipped with winning arguments that defend the Church’s teaching.’
Fr Tim goes on to remind us of Pope John Paul II’s original purpose of the Day of Life as set out in his encyclical Evangelium Vitae:
Its primary purpose should be to foster in individual consciences, in families, in the Church and in civil society a recognition of the meaning and value of human life at every stage and in every condition. Particular attention should be drawn to the seriousness of abortion and euthanasia, without neglecting other aspects of life which from time to time deserve to be given careful consideration, as occasion and circumstances demand. (n.85)
Protect the Pope comment: Considering the Silent Holocaust being committed in 300 killing centres in our country, with 600 babies being murdered every day, it is nothing short of scandalous that the Catholic Church of England and Wales wastes the annual opportunity of the Day for Life by not rallying Catholics, and people of good will, to witness against this crime against God and against humanity.
Since the publication of Evangelium Vitae it should have become a fixed feature of Catholic life in this country that once a year we put all our efforts into protesting this slaughter of the innocents. We should fill the streets of Westminster with tens of thousands of Catholics giving a pro-life witness like the USA March for Life, with the bishops leading at the front.
Enough is enough! It’s time that SPUC took over organizing the Day for Life so that at last it has the focus intended by Blessed John Paul the Great. SPUC should at least organise the alternative Day for Life, sending out alternative materials to parishes in England and Wales. How about it John?