Cardinal oppose lesbians from having test-tube babies without men

London, UK, Nov.23, 2007 (CINS /CNA) - The archbishop of Westminster Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O'Connor has expressed strong opposition to a new bill making it easier for lesbian couples to undergo fertility treatment.Cardinal oppose lesbians from having test-tube babies without men

The Human Fertilization and Embryology Bill, soon to be debated in the House of Lords, recognizes same-sex couples as legal parents and removes the requirement that IVF clinics consider the "need for a father" when evaluating an unborn child's welfare.

In a letter to The Times, the Cardinal said: "The Bill proposes to remove the need for IVF providers to take into account the child's need for a father when considering an IVF application, and to confer legal parenthood on people who have no biological relationship to a child born as a result of IVF."

"This radically undermines the place of the father in a child's life, and makes the natural rights of the child subordinate to the desires of the couple. It is profoundly wrong," he wrote.

Ben Summerskill, chief executive of the gay rights group Stonewall, said the Bill merely extends the rights already available to heterosexuals.

But the cardinal has allies among pro-family activists opposing the bill. Former Tory leader Iain Duncan Smith said the legislation would drive a "nail in the coffin" of the traditional family.

The bill also permits experiments on human-animal hybrid embryos.

Cardinal Murphy-O'Connor called on Prime Minister Gordon Brown to allow Labor members of both Houses of Parliament to have a free vote on the bill.

Cardinal Marc Ouellet of Quebec apologized for discrimination against women and homosexuals

Quebec, Canada Nov. 21, 2007 (CINS / Lifesite) - An Open Letter to Quebec Catholics by Cardinal Marc Ouellet published today in Quebec newspapers and on the website of the Archdiocese of Quebec has caused a media uproar in the French-speaking province.  Cardinal Ouellet, both the Archbishop of Quebec and the Primate of Canada, apologized for historical attitudes of some Catholics which promoted "discrimination against women and homosexuals."

He noted also that those "narrow attitudes of some Catholics, before 1960, have promoted Anti-Semitism, racism," and "indifference to the First Nations."

The open letter comes in response to an outpouring of public reaction to the Archbishop's recent statement detailing various problems in the province of Quebec.

His inspiration in apologizing comes, he says, from similar actions by the late Pope John Paul II in 2000.  And like John Paul, Cardinal Ouellet also strongly affirms the Church's stands against homosexual acts and the so-called woman's right to choose.

Excesses, prior to 1960, by some clergy and religious in the province who unjustly discriminated against persons with homosexual inclinations with name-calling and belittling attitudes were hurtful, and indeed the source of much bitterness.  For the Church, the opposition to homosexual acts, comes not out of any type of disdain for persons with same sex attractions, but just the opposite.

It is out of love for those afflicted with these sexual temptations that the Church speaks out against homosexual acts.  She recognizes the physical, emotional and especially the spiritual harm that results from these behaviours.

Thus, like Pope John Paul, Cardinal Ouellet has regularly spoken out against homosexuality.  As the same-sex marriage legislation was being debated in Canada, the Cardinal warned that he may be brought "to the court because I am teaching against homosexuality as part of the doctrine of the Catholic Church."

Whereas feminists would have the public believe that suppression of women is seen in the Catholic Church's refusal to condone a "woman's right to choose" abortion, the Cardinal instead apologized for some clerics who hampered women's right to vote, to gain employment and for especially being inconsiderate of mothers and their family responsibilities.

Cardinal Ouellet, like the Polish Pope, condemned abortion as an "abomination" but sees the right to life of the unborn child as a pro-woman stance. 

Were the Cardinal to make apologies for the Church's discrimination against women and homosexuals for the period after 1960, he may well apologize for Catholic leaders not being strong enough in their opposition to homosexuality and abortion since these two evils harm women and persons with same sex attraction disorder more than words can ever tell.

Indeed in John Paul II's 2000 "Universal Prayer" of "Confession Of Sins And Asking For Forgiveness", the Pope included asking forgiveness for Christians who failed to defend the unborn against abortion.

The late Pope prayed: "God, our Father, you always bear the cry of the poor. How many times have Christians themselves not recognized you in the hungry, the thirsty and the naked, in the persecuted, the imprisoned, and in those incapable of defending themselves, especially in the first stages of life. For all those who have committed acts of injustice by trusting in wealth and power and showing contempt for the "little ones" who are so dear to you, we ask your forgiveness: have mercy on us and accept our repentance. We ask this through Christ our Lord."


Cardinal Pell: I am Shocked by the faith of young catholics on reincarnation

Sydney, Australia, Nov. 21, 2007 (CINS/Cathnews) -  Cardinal George Pell has said he is shocked and surprised at the number of young people, especially young Catholics, who say they believe in reincarnation, the Catholic Weekly reports.

A report entitled The Spirituality of Generation Y showed that almost four times as many young Catholics (35 per cent) as Anglicans (nine per cent) believed in reincarnation.

“It is not reassuring to be told that young Catholics are so much more superstitious than other young Christians,” Cardinal Pell said.

“The figures for belief in reincarnation are worse for Catholic baby boomers, with 41 per cent of them believing this nonsense.

“Years ago I never dreamed that I would have to start a sermon on life after death by insisting that Christians do not and should not believe in reincarnation, which is not taught by Christ or the Church,” he said.

Cardinal Pell said that even within the Catholic Church in Australia there is considerable confusion and ignorance on religious questions.

“The long term danger is that we are taken over by the majority culture, where the most active creative elements are often anti-religious,” he said.

Pell added as Catholics, the belief of purgatory was important as it is a time of “waiting and purification so we will be worthy to enter God's presence”.

“Therefore, we pray for the souls of the faithful departed to speed them on their way,” he said.


Cardinal Cormac Murphy decries homosexual parenthood bill as ‘profoundly wrong’

London, U.K, Nov 21, 2007 (CINS/CNA).- The archbishop of Westminster Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O'Connor has expressed strong opposition to a new bill making it easier for lesbian couples to undergo fertility treatment.

The Human Fertilization and Embryology Bill, soon to be debated in the House of Lords, recognizes same-sex couples as legal parents and removes the requirement that IVF clinics consider the "need for a father" when evaluating an unborn child's welfare.

In a letter to The Times, the Cardinal said: "The Bill proposes to remove the need for IVF providers to take into account the child's need for a father when considering an IVF application, and to confer legal parenthood on people who have no biological relationship to a child born as a result of IVF."

"This radically undermines the place of the father in a child's life, and makes the natural rights of the child subordinate to the desires of the couple. It is profoundly wrong," he wrote.

Ben Summerskill, chief executive of the gay rights group Stonewall, said the Bill merely extends the rights already available to heterosexuals.

But the cardinal has allies among pro-family activists opposing the bill.  Former Tory leader Iain Duncan Smith said the legislation would drive a "nail in the coffin" of the traditional family.

The bill also permits experiments on human-animal hybrid embryos.

Cardinal Murphy-O'Connor called on Prime Minister Gordon Brown to allow Labor members of both Houses of Parliament to have a free vote on the bill.


Locations for visits to new cardinals published

Vatican City, Nov 19, 2007 (CINS/CNA).- The Office of Liturgical Celebrations has published the locations and times for those who wish to visit with the newly created cardinals following their elevations to their new rank this coming Saturday.

Visits can be paid to the cardinals between 4:30 and 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, November 24 at the locations listed below.

The consistory for creating the 23 new cardinals will be held in St. Peter's Square at 10.30 a.m. on Saturday, November 24.

Also in St. Peter's Square, at 10.30 a.m. on Sunday, November 25, Solemnity of Christ the King, the Holy Father will preside at a concelebrated Mass with the new cardinals, during which he will give them their ring of office.

Locations for courtesy visits:

Paul VI Hall:

Atrium: Cardinal s Francisco Robles Ortega, Urbano Navarrete S.J. and Umberto Betti O.F.M.

Hall: Cardinal s Agustin Garcia-Gasco Vicente, Sean Baptist Brady, Lluis Martinez Sistach and Andre Vingt-Trois.

Palace of the Governorate of the Vatican City State:

Cardinal Giovanni Lajolo.

Palazzo Della Canonica – Fabric of St. Peter’s:

Vicariate of Vatican City: Cardinal Angelo Comastri.

Library: Cardinal Giovanni Coppa.

Apostolic Palace:

Sala Regia: Cardinal s Leonardo Sandri and John Patrick Foley.

Hall of Blessings: Cardinal s Theodore-Adrien Sarr, Oswald Gracias, Daniel N. DiNardo, Odilio Pedro Scherer, John Njue, Emmanuel III Delly, Estanislao Esteban Karlic.

Sala Ducale: Cardinal s Paul Josef Cordes and Stanislaw Rylko.

Sala dei Paramenti 1: Cardinal Angelo Bagnasco.

Sala dei Paramenti 2: Cardinal Raffaele Farina S.D.B. 


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