Thursday, February 22, 2007

Bishop Tartaglia speaks out against SORs

Background briefing.

Bishop Philip Tartaglia of Paisley says that something sinister is happening in the United Kingdom. In a pastoral letter the bishop has clarified Church teaching in face of the Equality Act 2006, which 'will force Catholic adoption agencies to place children with same-sex couples and thereby go against the teaching and practice of the Catholic Church. For the first time in the modern era in this country, the Catholic Church is facing the prospect of being forced to act against her faith and against her convictions, or else face legal challenge and possible prosecution,' Bishop Tartaglia explained. 'This is a deeply disturbing turn of events and it is not yet clear what kind of precedent this may set for other areas of the pastoral and social activity of the Catholic Church,' he added. The prelate encourages the faithful to 'defend ourselves by all legitimate democratic means,' and write public officials to make the point that 'regulations deriving from equality legislation are unacceptable if they damage religious freedom and the right of conscience.' [Zenit]

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Pope Leo XIII's Prayer to St Michael

Holy Michael, Archangel, defend us in the day of battle. Be our safeguard against the wickedness and snares of the devil. May God rebuke him, we humbly pray, and do thou, Prince of the Heavenly Host, by the power of God, thrust down to Hell Satan, and all wicked spirits who wander through the world for the ruin of souls. Amen