Monday, November 12, 2007

Hollis calls for decriminalisation of prostitution

Briefing: this is an area of legitimate debate among Catholics. St Augustine of Hippo famously defended legal prostitution, saying 'suppress prostitution and capricious lusts will overwhelm society.' However, as a matter of prudential judgement we agree with Fr Tim Finnigan: legalising immoral and exploitative activities nearly always makes things worse.

Prostitution has an odd legal status: rather like suicide, it is legal, but it is not legal to do anything to promote it. It is legal to take money for sex, but not to pimp or own a brothel.

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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