No and No; and No. Not ever in any circumstance is it advisable to act with anything but honesty and integrity. In love, underhand behaviour may win the woman, but it does not bode well for a long-term relationship. In the not too distant past a man guilty of such conduct (taking advantage of a lady) would be denounced as a cad and a bounder (ungentlemanly behaviour). This would even be the case resulting from ‘breach of promise’ and a betrayal of betrothal (to engage with a promise to marry). Teaching children about courtesy and good-manners, right and wrong, and the value of morals are essential building blocks in the foundation years before their seventh birthday; and would pay handsome dividends. These concepts may seem to be old-fashioned in todays permissive culture, but society could surely benefit by going back to the future. It is incumbent on everyone to set a good example. Bad behaviour must not be tolerated, and certainly not celebrated. The introduction of a Code of Chivalry in to all educational establishments is urgent and vital. Connect that bad behaviour with politics and it is a recipe for disadvancement and a potential disaster for the general public wellbeing. Any politician who serially cheats on his wife, will cheat on the country and is not to be trusted and considered Prime Ministerial material.
‘If I believe it, it is true’. This seems to be the prevailing attitude in today’s self-centred society. This attitude is promoted by people who should know better and it is dangerous because it undermines our democracy and results in a divisive society. Democracy can only function by application of the cardinal virtues that are underpinned by the truth. In the absence of revelation truth must be absolute, factual and objective. Much of what is said and written is opinion, and opinion without evidence is nothing more than bigotry and prejudice.
Our memories of events can play tricks on us, especially as time goes by. Police investigators know that four witnesses to an incident will recount four different versions of what happened and believe they are telling the truth. So it is only the bits they agree on that can be relied on. This is a simple fact of life. If all four say they did not witness anything because they were not there, then it must be concluded it never happened. This is the situation with Professor Ford’s allegations of sexual assault made against Judge Kavanaugh. Compelling (if unbelievable) though her testimony was, and despite the Judge’s willingness to forgive injuries and bear wrongs patiently on the basis that she was mixed up and mistaken, this is not a situation of false memories after thirty-five years being retrieved during a course of therapy. Professor Ford, due to her education, training and profession, knew exactly what she was doing. Even though Judge Kavanaugh has been exonerated, the mass of people who still believe her describe her as a survivor of sexual abuse and a victim. She may have experienced some other assault, but it is certain that she is a victim. A victim of misuse by activist political lawyers affiliated with the US Democratic Party.
The result of the May Referendum in Ireland, to repeal and replace the 8th Amendment in the Irish Constitution, was a tragedy and a shock. Since then we have been in a period of reflection and silence, trying to make sense of how and why this came about. The Save the Eighth campaign team cannot be faulted, even as they battled against overwhelming odds. There are many lessons that the CDP can learn from their endeavours. At the All-Ireland Rally for Life, held at Stormont in Belfast, on 7th July the mood was one of determined defiance with the vow to fight even harder in the face of pressures to also make abortion legal in the North. As a direct result of the referendum Gibraltar has now become a target for abortion activists who are seeking to overturn the territory’s pro-life law. The Bishop of Gibraltar has spoken out strongly in defence of the unborn child in the womb. The people have responded and been quick to form the Gibraltar Pro Life Movement. Each Wednesday evening they hold a peaceful vigil outside the offices of the Government of Gibraltar.
Without any prompting, pro-life organisations from the UK and US have rallied to their side with offers of advice and support for this tiny nation. The CDP is proud to stand in solidarity with the GPLM.
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.
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