Australian Christians Rally Against Pro-Abortion Bill

6 10 2008

The Australian is reporting that thousands of Christians are rallying in a last-hour effort against a bill that would decriminalize abortion in Australia.

The protest came as Catholic Archbishop Denis Hart, in a rare presentation to the media, vowed to defy the new laws by not forcing Catholic healthcare workers to comply with the reforms.

Under the legislation, doctors with a conscientious objection to abortion are required to refer a woman to someone with no such objection. Doctors must also perform abortions in an emergency if it is necessary to save the woman’s life.

“I would say we can’t perform and we can’t refer … we have nowhere to go. That is a firm, irrevocable position, and I believe it’s the only position that people of conscience can hold,” Archbishop Hart said. “To put it plainly, the Catholic church believes in life from womb to tomb.”

Pray for our brothers and sisters in Christ down under as they fight to prevent this evil from becoming legal in their society.

Bishops Take Biden To Task

10 09 2008

Fox News is reporting that two prominent Catholic bishops are taking Senator Joe Biden to task for comments he made this past weekend on “Meet the Press”.

Asked on the program about when life begins, Biden said: “Look, I know when it begins for me. It’s a personal and private issue. For me, as a Roman Catholic, I am prepared to accept the teachings in my church.”

He added that while he believes life begins “at the moment of conception,” it would inappropriate to impose that view on others in a pluralistic society.

The bishops said Biden was right to say human life begins at conception. But the church “does not teach this as matter of faith; it acknowledges it as a matter of objective fact,” they said.

“Protection of innocent human life is not an imposition of personal religious conviction but a demand of justice,” they added.