Saturday, March 24, 2007

Red Nose Day condemned

Background briefing: the Bishops of England and Wales have stated that Catholics can support Red Nose Day in good conscience (here). But pro-life groups are queuing up to point out that Red Nose Day supports abortion, through One World Action, which campaigns for abortion in poor countries (see SPUC here). It is an open and shut case: money for Red Nose Day/Comic Relief promotes abortion; donating for non-abortion purposes (by ticking a box) simply means that other donations can be diverted to fill the gap.

The bishops' attitude undermines the refusal of Catholic schools to support the event. Red Nose Day must not be supported.

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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