Friday, June 13, 2008

Westminster Catholic Children's Society to test SORs

Action: prayers, please, to sustain their resolve.

From CFNews: The Westminster Catholic Children's Society is defying rules compelling adoption organisations to place children with homosexual couples. New Labour's war on common sense has at last come up against a determined opponent. A Catholic adoption society is defying rules compelling such bodies to place children with homosexual couples. It believes it can do this within the law - a belief almost certain to be tested in the courts, given the zeal of homosexual rights organisations. But why should such battles be necessary? These rules, like so many others, were forced on this country by the EU Commission - in this case, the Employment Framework Directive of 2000. But as so often, Britain went further than Brussels required. Other EU countries did not extend the rules to cover adoption agencies. Clearly, the legislation was brought in to please the radical lobbies to which New Labour owes so much.

In the same way, the Government passed its anti-hunting laws to satisfy its class-warrior wing, giving little thought to the impossibility of enforcing such legislation. It cared more about placating its supporters than it did about the practical effects of its actions. And so it brought Parliament and the law into disrepute. Can a law obliging nuns and priests to go against their deepest beliefs be upheld in the courts? Is it any business of the law to intervene in matters of conscience?

Charities are entitled to abide by their own precepts, just as much as homosexuals are entitled to have private lives free from harassment. It is not as if the churches either have or seek a monopoly of adoption services. Until now, the only result of this new law has been to drive dedicated religious organisations out of the adoption system. The fate of so many children, who above all need good homes, is too important to be treated in this frivolous, dogma-driven way. The Westminster Catholic Children's Society deserves the support of all genuinely tolerant people for taking a serious issue seriously. [Daily Mail]

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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