Friday, February 22, 2008

Cardinal Murphy-O'Connor: call to action on hybrids bill

Action: please lobby your MP.

From CFNews: Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O'Connor has sent out a pastoral message to Catholics in England & Wales encouraging them to write to their MPs about the 'profound questions of human life and dignity' posed by the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill. The Bill has completed its passage through the House of Lords and will be debated in the House of Commons in the coming weeks. It extends the scope of scientific research on human embryos and allows the creation of animal and human hybrid embryos for research. It removes a provision to have regards for the child's need for a father when IVF methods are used. Attempts to liberalise the abortion law further are also expected. The Cardinal said: 'Many people of all faiths and none are deeply concerned by the moral questions raised by this Bill. Now is the time for our voices to be heard.' 'Taking action on this pressing issue now helps to remind us that our Christian witness can never just be personal but involves us too as citizens committed to serving the common good of society and to upholding the human dignity of all.'

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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