This year the Rally and March was clearly focused on the campaign to win the upcoming referendum that will propose the rewording of the Eighth Amendment to the Irish Constitution. This will effectively legalise the provision of abortion to an extent that will make abortion in the UK look moderate by comparison. The push by politicians and the extreme-left, cheered on by the news-media, has a momentum that appears unstoppable as it is supported by external forces. It is an effort that will fail because there is no substance to their superficial and irrational premise that totally ignores the humanity of the pre-born child. The massive turn-out on 1st July is indicative that the defenders of the 8th Amendment are active and organised, building on the work of the last few months, and most important are growing in number in every part of Ireland.
The Eleventh annual All-Ireland Rally for Life will be held in Dublin this year, on Saturday, 1st July, with the numbers attending expected to increase in the face of extreme pressure from the abortion lobby who are pushing hard for the Eighth Amendment to the Irish Constitution [which provides equal protection for mother and unborn child] to be repealed. The CDP continues to support the Rally and stand in solidarity with all the pro-life groups – North and South.
This year they are closer than ever to seeing that abortion on demand is legalised following the outcomes from the Citizens Assembly considering constitutional reform in the Republic and in the North with the Alliance Party’s David Ford repeatedly tabling abortion bills in the Assembly. With the selection of Leo Varadkar as Leader of Fine Gael and Taoiseach, their overriding priority seems to be holding a Referendum on the Eighth Amendment in 2018. Much of this pressure is being orchestrated by external forces, including the United Nations.
The United Kingdom’s national March for Life held in Birmingham on Saturday 20th May went very well, despite inclement weather and the intervention of rent-a-mob. Mass at Saint Chads Cathedral was standing room only and with three Bishops officiating and attending the Rally and March, we were well cared for. There is no doubt that the organisers are meticulous, with even the route from Saint Chads to Victoria Square watched over by marshals, and participants handed a route map that also contains a code of conduct including “Remember above all as Christians we are ambassadors of Christ’s love, this needs to be evident in our actions as well as in our hearts”. And so to Victoria Square with food and pro-life stalls alongside the March for Life shop, live music and magnificent guest speakers, accommodated very professionally on a covered stage with mega sound-system and huge tv screen. Railings surround the Rally site with entrance controlled and people signing in. Someone remarked that it has a feeling of Glastonbury about it. We all feel very safe watched over by our guardian angel marshals and there is now an enhanced police presence. But still the anarchists and trots turn out to cause as much trouble as they can.
These links will give you the full picture of how the day went:
For further information go to http://www.marchforlife.co.uk
Three weeks to go before the Pro-Life highlight of the year. The Christian Democratic Party is pleased to support the UK’s annual March for Life – to be held in Birmingham on Saturday 20th May. Full details are at:
The March has a growing number of pro-lifers attending each year. Three years ago the Police estimated 1200 people in attendance and last year that number doubled. It would be good to reach the figure of 5000 this year – with it being 50 years since the passing of the deadly Abortion Act. The March is uniting more pro-life groups in the UK, so that they can come together with one loud voice to raise awareness of the hurt and damage that abortion causes. The ultimate aim is to bring to an end the greatest violation to human rights in history.
This is an event for all the family, from babies in buggies to their great-grand parents. So come along and bring a friend to enjoy a great day out and speak out for the unborn babies in the womb who have no voice.
For further information and to access the promotional video go to http://www.marchforlife.co.uk
How did you celebrate Saint George’s Day? Did you celebrate on the right day? The Feast Day is usually on the anniversary of his martyrdom – 23rd April 303, but due to it this year falling on the Second Sunday of Easter which has priority it was moved to the following day of Monday the 24th. This important point was lost on the secular news media who declared Sunday to be the Saint’s Day, and on the non-religious celebrants who paraded. The religious significance was lost on them, as was the origin of the flag of Saint George that was to be adopted as England’s flag. Much publicity was devoted to the Royal Society of St. George parade held in Nottingham, which seems to be increasing in popularity with a few thousand attending. Many, if not most, dressed as Crusader soldiers in chainmail and surcoats emblazoned with the red cross. The fact they were wearing the Cross of Christ so prominently and commemorating a martyr of Christian persecution, which is still prevalent even in this country, would be a fuzzy concept or even embarrassing.
It is important that the Patron Saint of England should be celebrated and the CDP has long advocated for this special day to be a public holiday in England. Heaven forbid that it degenerates like Saint Patrick’s Day to be about the craic, Guinness and all sorts of sham-rock and paddy-wackery. Jeremy Corbyn is now talking about all four UK nations having public holidays for all the Patron saints, which seems to be rather excessive. There is now no good reason for not making St. George’s Day a public holiday, so long as it is also a holy day.
Today, I celebrated the Feast Day at Walsingham at the Shrine of Our Lady whose dowry is England – this green and pleasant land. The pilgrim High Mass was well attended with an interesting selection of hymns all sung with gusto. Following the Angelus the entry hymn was ‘Jerusalem’. At the presentation of the gifts we sang; “Leader now on earth no longer, soldier of th’eternal King, victor in the fight for heaven, we thy living praises sing. Great Saint George, our patron help us, in the conflict be thou nigh; help us in that daily battle, where each one must win or die.” The final hymn was ‘Faith of our Fathers’, which unfortunately we rarely hear any more.
Saint George was executed during the Christian persecution by the Roman Emperor Diocletian. We do not know much about him and the legends surrounding him are likely to be symbolic and based on icons. It is accepted that the dragon is representative of Satan and evil by reference to the Book of Revelation [the Apocalypse]. It has also been suggested that Diocletian’s emblem and banner contained a dragon, however I have not been able to verify that [if you know please let me know]. The sheep being sacrificed to the dragon represent the persecuted Christians who are followed by the maidens and princess who are symbolic of the mother Church and the Blessed Virgin Mary. Following Emperor Constantine’s victory under the emblazoned Cross of Christ and his declaration that Christianity be the preferred state religion, the cult of St. George spread and with it the association of the Red Cross. Although this veneration was brought back to England by returning Crusaders, this was preceded by the dedication of English churches to St. George in the early 10th century. Edward III put the Order of the Garter under the patronage of the Saint, later with a public holiday from the early 15th century. More than four hundred years ago George displaced Saint Edmund as Patron of England.
There has been a resurgence in the celebration of St. George and he continues to feature on the gold Sovereign coins. Political correctness and charges of racism have been overcome – St. George is again victorious. But to emphasise this must be a holy day.
So for many the secular holiday would be to start with a full English breakfast followed by a saunter to the pub for a pre-parade drink of real-ale. A Crusader outfit would be optional, with the wearing of a red rose obligatory. Lunch would be a roast beef dinner with more real-ale, and then to the parade itself. Afterwards, back to the pub for a few bottles of Crusader Special. Then a supper of fish, chips and mushy peas. And so to bed – job done – diet to follow. Rather them than me.
Norma McCorvey died yesterday (18th February) at the age of 69. This is a sad loss and at such an early age she still had much to contribute to the Pro-Life Movement. She had inside knowledge of the abortion industry and like most converts became more pro-life than cradle-pro-lifers. She was a born-again Christian who in due course converted to the Catholic Church. She had personally tried to overturn the US Supreme Court judgement – Roe v Wade – but was unsuccessful. The significance of this, as we know, is that she was the Jane Roe in that lawsuit. She did not get the same mainstream news media coverage under her given name, compared to the notoriety of her court name. Her pro-life views and efforts, although widely known by us, were largely ignored by the pro-abortion news media and suppressed by pro-abortion groups. Only now with her death are the real facts being given a higher profile in the news media, albeit with spin, and the truth reaching a wider audience. In her death she is still fighting the good fight.
Eternal rest grant unto her O Lord; and let perpetual light shine on her. May she rest in peace. Amen.
Please go to this more comprehensive obituary at > http://www.lifenews.com/2017/02/18/norma-mccorvey-jane-roe-of-roe-v-wade-passes-away-she-never-had-an-abortion-and-became-pro-life/
Then compare this with the BBC online news report at > http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-39016181
The original report was briefer and more in the style of an obituary. Within a short period of time it had been greatly expanded and included parts of previous reports pertaining to the abortion debate during the US Presidential election. The BBC will claim that this was to achieve balance and they were being impartial. However, obituaries do not have to be balanced. The BBC cannot miss any chance to air its pro-abortion agenda. Is this just a different perception or is it news media spin? On the face of it this report is balanced, but it is the subtle references that the ill-informed just accept as fact, when the truth is somewhat different.
The BBC report, “McCorvey first filed the case in 1969. She was pregnant with her third child and said she had been raped. But the case was rejected and she was forced to give birth.” In this example of spin, it is the statement ‘she was forced to give birth’. In fact she did not want an abortion in the first place. She did want a divorce, but was in a vulnerable position and was taken advantage of by an activist lawyer. She was not raped and not forced to give birth. As she later confirmed, this case was fabricated on the basis of lies. Since then more than 50 million babies have been aborted in the US. A crime against humanity, but that is not how the BBC sees it.
Post Script an additional comment and reflection on Norma > http://www.lifenews.com/2017/02/20/roe-v-wade-attorney-sarah-weddingtons-shocking-answer-when-asked-whatever-happened-to-roe/
You heard it here first; Donald Trump is an American Bulldog. He may not even realise it himself, but he has all the characteristics of that breed. The Australian Prime Minister found this out when speaking to the new President on the telephone for the first time. Given Australia’s strict immigration rules it was hardly courteous, diplomatic or good sense to lecture DT about his Executive Order reinstating a temporary travel ban before tightening up the procedures for entry to the US. He got short shrift when DT reportedly put the phone down on him. The PM retired with his tail between his legs. The rat-pack press corps at the White House have also been savaged and put on notice that they will not be allowed to challenge and undermine the democratic legitimacy of the new Administration. One of DT’s first acts by Presidential Memorandum was to reinstate Ronald Reagan’s ‘Mexico City Policy’ that prevents US taxpayers money being spent on carrying out and promoting abortions in foreign jurisdictions. The liberal progressives of the rat-pack press immediately attacked the move. Was DT bothered? Not a bit, as he sent out the White House Press Secretary to admonish them and put the whelps in their place. Sean Spicer was uncompromising, asking why were they howling when DT had campaigned on that promise and the electorate had backed it? Going further he made clear that DT was a Pro-Life President who was leading a Pro-Life Administration. It was for that reason that 52% of Catholic and 81% of Evangelical voters carried DT and his pro-life campaign team over the finishing and winning line. And it is for that reason that I am fine with the new President and his Vice-President, Mike Pence, and happy that they defeated pro-abortion Hillary Clinton. I will judge them on what they do during their term of office and not on anything that they may have done previously.