Thursday, March 27, 2008

CAUK in the press

Comment: the Telegraph says the Catholic Church is finding its voice in the debate about ethical issues, and cites Catholic Action UK as an example of a new breed of lobbying groups. It is interesting that they can't think of any other examples: CAUK is not exactly a major organisation. What has happened in recent years is the advent of the Catholic blogs in stimulating and coordinating protests, and the CAUK is proud to be part of that movement.

From the Telegraph: The Roman Catholic Church has led the ethical opposition to the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill since its inception - and, in doing so, has rediscovered its status as one of the country's most powerful political lobbying groups.

In recent years, Catholic-based pressure groups have grown in stature and express increasingly strong views about issues that run counter to their doctrine.

Catholic Action UK, which was set up in the summer of 2006 to "facilitate protests by faithful Catholics against attacks on the Church and morality in the United Kingdom", has helped quash the Government's attempts to admit 25 per cent non-Catholic pupils into Catholic schools and a euthanasia Bill.

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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