Solidarity for Life

March 3, 2018

We are pleased to demonstrate our solidarity with our brothers and sisters in Ireland by supporting the Rally for Life in Dublin on Saturday, 10th March 2018.  The Rally starts at 2.00 pm, from Parnell Square, with a March through the centre of Dublin.  This will be the last chance to show public opposition to the proposal to repeal the Eighth Amendment to the Irish Constitution, which provides equal protection for mothers and their unborn children.

For more details go to:- https://rallyforlife.net/march-save-8th/ 

All the pro-life groups in Ireland have formed a collective to campaign for a NO vote in the upcoming referendum [expected before the end of May] that proposes the repeal of the Eighth Amendment so that politicians in the Oireachtas (the Dail and the Seanad) are given the power to legislate for the introduction of abortion to an extent that far exceeds the current laws in Great Britain.  The leaders of all the main political parties are pushing for this to happen and in the process are going against the official policies of their parties and against the wishes of their members.  The smaller socialist parties are united in cheering them on with their focus on women’s rights, that ignores the humanity of babies in the womb.  This is draconian, barbaric and brutal.

The Pro-Life Collective are mounting a formidable campaign that builds on their work over the last ten years.  Last year up to 80,000 marched and this year it is expected to be a larger turnout [I would not be surprised at 100,000] with inclement weather unlikely to deter the pro-life people who are steadily growing in number.  I have seen them before marching and standing their ground through gales, storms, snow and torrential rain.

This is a David and Goliath battle against the political elite and the main stream media.  The pro-life message is getting through due to street-information sessions and the biggest house-to-house canvass ever; billboard, poster and mobile advertising; and an extensive social media presence.  All this is being done on a limited budget compared to what the opposition commands.  George Soros has his finger-prints all over these illegal payments, with Amnesty International being ordered but refusing to return the money they have received from him.

The facts speak for themselves.  When people know what abortion really means they change their minds.  Public polls indicate that support for introducing abortion is falling.  Especially when it is clear that the prospect is for abortion for any reason and for decriminalizing the provision of abortion tablets.

It is also becoming clear that the whole political process has been a sham.  The Citizen’s Assembly that made extreme recommendations was manipulated, with appointments that breached rules and practices.  The Irish Government was told that a panel of one hundred citizens could never be representative of the whole population.  The ‘evidence’ given to the Assembly was extremely selective.  The Oireachtas Abortion Committee that considered those recommendations was biased, for example claiming that they could not find any pro-life doctors.  Abortion providers were allowed to push their own agendas and far outnumbered  pro-life advocates.  The more the people know this, the more their low opinion of politicians falls even lower.

This is an important factor, especially for people who are undecided.  The political elite is saying the protections put in to the Constitution by the people were wrong.  Only they are capable of deciding this matter.  They are telling the people, “trust us we are politicians”, but the people do not trust them for a whole range of reasons.  People will vote NO because they do not like the political class.  This will be Ireland’s Brexit and Trump Election, when the people revolt.  They did it with the Nice and Lisbon treaties referenda; and they can do it for a third time.  But this time it will not be reversed with them made to vote again.

The Constitution belongs to the people (we the people) and its preamble spells out clearly and carefully that it was adopted in the name of the Holy Trinity.  It protects the people from political elites. It will not be easily conceded.

That is also important.  This referendum should not be taking place at all.  If the imminent Supreme Court decision rules that the rights of the unborn are much wider than the Eighth Amendment, then the referendum is in question.  The pro-abortion campaigners will continue to howl for its repeal.  If the referendum goes ahead and is defeated they will be silenced for ever.

The domino effect comes in to play and has an impact in Northern Ireland and for us in Great Britain.  A NO vote will also be welcomed in Malta and Poland, and by pro-lifers throughout the EU.  The ripples will also reach across the Atlantic Ocean to the USA and the UN.  There is everything to play for.  We are all Irish now.

More information:- https://rallyforlife.net/ 

I look forward to meeting you at the Rally.  But if you are not able to get you can still act in solidarity.  You can donate and you can pray.

 

God our Father, giver of life, we entrust Ireland to your loving care.

Reclaim this land for Your glory and dwell among your people.

 

Send your Holy Spirit to touch the hearts of our politicians.

Open their eyes to the humanity of the unborn child.

Remind your people that there can never be true peace in our land

without peace in the womb.

 

Through the intercession of Mary, the mother of Jesus,

grant us the courage to reject the ‘culture of death’.

Lead us into a new era of peace and respect for life.

 

We ask this through Christ our Lord.  Amen.

 

Saint Patrick, Patron of Ireland, pray for us.

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Rally for Life brings Dublin gridlock

July 8, 2017

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.

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All-Ireland Rally for Life : Save the Eighth Amendment

June 17, 2017

ind_virgenThe 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.

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March for Life 2017 : Went the day well?

May 25, 2017

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:

http://www.catholicherald.co.uk/commentandblogs/2017/05/22/despite-the-rain-and-the-aggressive-pro-choicers-the-march-for-life-was-a-joyful-occasion/

http://www.marchforlife.co.uk/blog/22/5/2017/march-for-life-uk-lifefest17

http://www.lifenews.com/2017/05/23/abortion-activists-throw-smoke-bombs-at-pro-lifers-to-disrup-march-for-life/

For further information go to http://www.marchforlife.co.uk


March for Life : 20th May 2017

April 29, 2017

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:

http://www.marchforlife.co.uk/blog/21/4/2017/4-weeks-to-go-what-can-you-do

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


Solemnity of Saint George – Patron of England

April 24, 2017

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 R.I.P.

February 19, 2017

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/