SAINT MARY OF THE CROSS
Pope Francis, when asked if he approved of American air strikes on ISIS militants, said:
‘In these cases, where there is an unjust aggression, I can only say that it is licit to stop the unjust aggressor.
‘I underscore the verb “stop”. I’m not saying “bomb” or “make war”, just stop. And the means that can be used to stop them must be evaluated.’
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The teaching of the Catholic Church regarding what constitutes a “just” war is unchanged over centuries.
Its official wording includes :
‘The strict conditions for legitimate defence by military force require rigorous consideration. The gravity of such a decision makes it subject to rigorous conditions of moral legitimacy. At one and the same time:
- the damage inflicted by the aggressor on the nation or community of nations must be lasting, grave, and certain;
- all other means of putting an end to it must have been shown to be impractical or ineffective;
- there must be serious prospects of success;
- the use of arms must not produce evils and disorders graver than the evil to be eliminated.’
(Catholic Catechism 2309)
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There are some who would say that the 1945 U.S. bombings of civilian-packed cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki were anything but “just” and that equally effective results could have been achieved by bombing military sites, naval bases etc.
Hence the Pope’s very cautious words.
THIS EUTHANASIA BILL DESERVES TO BE REJECTED: Senator Di Natale seems to misunderstand the meaning of “dignity”.
Senator Di Natale wants a bill passed legitimising a so-called ‘dignity in dying medical service’.
Such a ‘service’ would include access to both euthanasia and assisted suicide.
If euthanasia and assisted suicide were to be defined as a “medical service” under an Act of the Commonwealth, euthanasia and assisted suicide would thus become available in all Australian states and territories.
Already Australian law permits the discontinuation of medical procedures that are burdensome or disproportionate.
The refusal of over-zealous treatment does not involve the wish to cause death — one’s inability to impede it is merely accepted as part of the human condition.
Senator Di Natale’s proposal is different, in that the acts/omissions in question are motivated by the intention to cause death.
These are better defined as acts of murder and should not be legal.
Euthanasia is precisely the reverse of providing dignity in the proper sense of the word.
Anybody wanting to make a submission that the proposed bill be rejected can do so by sending a simple statement to that effect by email to: email@example.com
Senator Abetz is under fire for suggesting that past studies show a link between abortion and breast cancer.
He has now retracted the comment.
Prime Minister Abbott is quoted saying that the research has been discredited. Majority expert opinion does at the moment consider any such link un-proven.
Yet some recent articles published in non-western medical journals seem less inclined to rubbish the idea of a link.
For example, one from China and another from India (sources 1 and 2 below).
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Anyway, anti-abortion lobbyists shouldn’t resort to such divisive issues to support opposing abortion.
If they do they’ll only end up arguing over statistics and getting distracted from the point.
The point is that abortion kills babies, members of our own species, each one unique and unreplaceable, each one utterly innocent and helpless.
That’s what they should untiringly proclaim day and night — and endure the flak from those who know it’s true but hate having it said out loud.
The day may come when enough people address the facts and abortion will become unthinkable.
(1. Huang Y et al. A meta-analysis of the association between induced abortion and breast cancer risk among Chinese females. Cancer Causes & Control Volume 25, Issue 2, pp 227-236 2014-02-01)
(2. Bhadoria A S, Kapil U, Sareen N, Singh P. Reproductive factors and breast cancer: A case-control study in tertiary care hospital of North India. Indian J Cancer 2013;50:316-21)
The government of Thailand intends banning commercial surrogacy following reports of a nasty exploitation of a poor Thai woman by the couple who commissioned her.
The couple rejected a baby on discovering that he had Down Syndrome and heart trouble.
The new Thai surrogacy law will require that intended parents be married, heterosexual and medically infertile, that all such transactions be altruistic, and that the surrogate be related to the intended parents.
Which is probably what the law should have been all along, in Thailand and everywhere.
Babies, even unborn ones, even disabled ones, are human beings.
Nobody should be happy if bullying exists in schools.
But the Safe Schools Coalition Victoria’s government-funded “anti-homophobia” program, designed to normalise homosexuality to young children, should (in my opinion) be rejected.
A more sensible balanced approach is used in the Commonwealth-funded “Safe Schools Hub”.
For example, one of the YouTube clips pushing the Victorian program features a boy telling how he came out when in year 7.
At that age, he would, if left alone, quite likely have gone on to become a non-homosexual adult.
Now he is more likely forced into and stuck a situation making that less probable.
If so then — for him at least — the state program functions as a recruiting-drive for the homosexual community, directed at young, confused youth, rather than something to help and protect them.
The Australian Defence Force has terminated the commission of Major Bernard Gaynor as a Reserve Officer in the Australian Army because he opposed uniformed military participation in the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras.
In addition, Gaynor is now required to defend himself in the NSW Anti-Discrimination Tribunal against claims of homosexual vilification and demands for $100,000.
Under present Australian law it is illegal for government organisations to engage in religious vilification and discrimination.
Yet Defence breaks these laws every time they give support to the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras.
On 16 April 2013, an Australian Defence Force (ADF) Quick Assessment Report concluded that the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras vilified Christianity and was a political event.
The ADF is guilty of double standards. This year they refused to allow pro-life and pro-family members to march at the (anti-abortion) “March For Babies” in uniform.
Many Australians are proud of the ADF and its history — trusting it to protect us and the laws of our land.
Such confidence is now shaken.
It is also difficult to see how the military can address ongoing issues of sexual abuse when soldiers are permitted to attend an event promoting nudity and sexual licentiousness.
More about this may be accessed at www.bernardgaynor.com.au