Daily Archives: October 10, 2010
Allow me first to disagree with the author of this article. The Council of Europe is not “influential” in any way, shape or form. It is the type of “advisory parliamentary body ” you create as backup employment opportunity for politicians. It looks good and very “technical” on paper and as it merely “advises” and can’t really decide anything, but it is a good excuse for a government to do something that government wants to do anyway. “Following the recommendation of the (let me check…) Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe……..”)
In this case, the UK member McCafferty has had the brilliant idea to sound the possibility of a crackdown on conscientious objection in matter of abortion. Just so you know, this McCafferty woman entered Parliament through an all-women Labour candidate shortlist – something that would be a criminal offence today – but feminists do not stop in front of discrimination if it advances their cause. McCafferty is therefore as much of a token woman as they come and her commitment to “sexual health and the rights of women” unquestionable.
Mssss. McCafferty wanted to celebrate her approaching 65th birthday proposing to “oblige the healthcare provider to provide … treatment to which the patient is legally entitled despite his or her conscientious objection”. Congratulations, Mssssss. McCafferty. A life well spent.
Thankfully, not everyone was of the same opinion of this old Sixty-Eighter red abortionist feminist and two members of the same wannabe parliament (the Italian Volonte’ and the Irish Mullen) have presented an alternative proposal which completely reverses McCafferty’s position; their proposal has been approved.
I agree with you that this is nothing more than an amusing event in the life of just another useless supranational organ. Still, it does not happen every day that an initiative is proposed and a diametrically opposed one is approved. One is astonished at how many useless organs have been slowly created under the nose of the European taxpayer (this is not even EU, by the way), but I thought that you’d like to know anyway.
In another sign that perhaps, just perhaps, somethign is startin gto change and the Church on the British island is starting to become a bit more aggressive in Her defence of Catholic value, it is to be noted that the opposition to a congress of abortionists held in England (and comprising the usual murderous “chariteees”) peeves the liberal press enough to be mentioned with less than neutral tones in articles like this one, with the author amusingly concerned about the costs of going abroad to do what is a criminal offence in his own country and some of the commenters launching themselves in the usual absurd reasoning of the “if you have killed heretics you can’t tell us not to kill babies”-sort.
I though it fitting to give notice of this because it seems to me that the tones are getting at times a bit more similar to what they should always have been. To denounce the conference as “clearly designed to undermine the rights and welfare of children in the womb and the consistently pro-life position of the majority of people on this island” cannot be defined (thank God) a very diplomatic statement and the appeal “to all those who cherish the inherent dignity of human life in all its stages to join us in expressing opposition to this event” is also a nice piece of clear communication.
I concede that this is Ireland and that it is easy to speak the truth when one has a majority behind one, but it is still clear that on this occasion there is no fear of a fight.
Let us hope that this commendable behaviour will find more and more imitators also in the UK.
I have already posted about the Rosary and you will find an explanation of what it is – and how beneficial its recitation – under the “Catholic Vademecum” button at the top of this page. In this Month of the Holy Rosary, I have found what I think is a useful integration.
This here is, though, a useful integration because it is a video following you step by step and allowing you to enter into the “rhythm” of the Rosary. Various options are at your disposal, from the background you find mor einspiring to two different sets of video to the possibility of joining an already ongoing rosary recitation or starting from the beginning of the five decades you have picked up for the day.
At any time, a virtual rosary (the object) on the right will tell you at a glance where you are in the process.
This product is really interesting in that it gives to beginners, who might be intimidated and not willing to enter a church to see how it’s done, a comfortable way to follow “how it works”.
On a window below you’ll see how many people are praying together with you. This is another important component of the rosary, a devotion that can also be prayed alone but is best prayed with other faithful.
I personally found the video somewhat distracting and to better focus on the relevant mistery had to close my eyes often, but everyone collects his thoughts in a different way. I also stop to meditate shortly on the mistery before starting the Our Father in order to help myself to stay focused, but accomplished rosary prayers will not have this need.
One day I’ll try to see whether there is something like that in Latin, possibly with all the trimmings like the rosary depiction. For the moment, I dare to hope that this extremely well made product will encourage the one or the other to stop hesitating and to finally start with the recitation of the Rosary.