Throughout my adult life I've been surrounded by young female friends who tell me that they view me as a Latin Mass Catholic who takes sin and the sin of abortion in particular too seriously. They wear rictus smiles and claim it's not really so dire a sin when a woman employs a doctor to slaughter the little one inside her because she wants to prioritise her career or doesn't want a child with her current boyfriend. Or they reiterate the reason that I heard from the lips of hundreds of women when I was with them during their crisis pregnancies: that they can have a baby and provide for one, but they do not feel ready.
In response I have often tried to defend the Church's teachings on the gravity of abortion as a mortal sin by reminding my coffee companions and colleagues that Padre Pio took the sin of abortion so deathly seriously that he was known to have refused absolution if a penitent confessed to having had an abortion.
While this has led to the smiles melting fro…
I may sound alarmist but heart and soul I believe the Third Secret of
Fatima has not yet fully come to pass: that the bloodbath foretold by
Our Lady when she appeared to Lucia, Jacinta and Francisco has not
reached its bitter conclusion which will be marked by a massacre of the
Holy Father, bishops, men and women religious and lay faithful. Indeed, I
believe that this rude shock is ahead of us, not behind us.
A full 100 years ago this year Our Lady cautioned that if humankind did
not turn from sin, repent and offer prayers and penance in reparation
all the while honouring her specific requests then the contents of the
Third Secret would be our fate.
That faithful day on the hillside Our Lady revealed a vision to the 3
children which was later relayed (fully or edited; many of us are not
quite sure) by the last surviving seer, Sr Lucia. Relying on Lucia's
words, our mental cinema can create a surreal sequence of events where
the Holy Father in a trembling and down-trod…
The British Medical Association has given written evidence to members of Parliament that confirms pro-life doctors face pressure to take part in abortions, and discrimination if they do not comply. There is a full and detailed report by Simon Caldwell, which I urge everyone to read. In the wake of the BMA's presentation of such evidence that will form part of an inquiry into the working of the conscience clause of the 1967 Abortion Act, I am re-posting a story I wrote for The Catholic Herald which chronicled the challenges pro-life doctors who are practising Catholics have to overcome. I'd like to draw attention to one point that was made by Richard, a medic who I 'followed': "As students we were given a lot of misinformation. We were instructed that if we didn’t want to be involved in an abortion that we ‘must’ refer a woman. The 1967 Abortion Act does not state that doctors ‘must’ refer, and neither does the General Medical Council. But we should tell a patie…