AUSTRALIAN PRAYER NETWORK NEWSLETTER
- TOTAL DEPRAVITY OF ABORTION HORRORS SHOCK AND SHAME AMERICA
- POPE FRANCIS SAYS HYPOCRISY IS UNDERMINING THE CATHOLIC CHURCH’S CREDIBILITY
- CATHOLIC MIDWIVES ABORTION VICTORY WELCOMED
- NEW ZEALAND ORGANISATION DEREGISTERED AS A CHARITY BECAUSE OF VIEWS ON MARRIAGE
- EQUALITY WATCHDOG SCORNS BELIEF IN MUM AND DAD
- CALL FOR INTERNATIONAL ATTENTION TO RESOLVE THE SYRIAN CRISIS
- POPE APPOINTS ADVISORY BOARD TO HELP LEAD THE CATHOLIC CHURCH
TEEN GROUP TRANSFORMS NEIGHBOURHOODS
TOTAL DEPRAVITY OF ABORTION HORRORS SHOCK AND SHAME AMERICA
Making perhaps the biggest headlines in abortion news since Roe v. Wade in 1973, abortionist Kermit Gosnell has been found guilty of three counts of first degree murder. The long-awaited verdict took social media by storm and perhaps will change America’s perception of abortion clinics and their accountability. A jury of seven women and five men found Gosnell guilty after several days of deliberations. Gosnell was originally charged with four counts of first-degree murder for allegedly killing four babies born alive in his West Philadelphia abortion clinic.
He also faced charges for one count of third-degree murder in the death of 41-year-old Karnamaya Mongar, who died in 2009 at the Women’s Medical Society abortion clinic after Gosnell’s untrained and unlicensed staff administered a lethal dose of Demerol, an opioid pain reliever, then failed to provide emergency care when she stopped breathing during her abortion. Gosnell, 72, could receive the death penalty or life in prison for the charges. It was widely reported that Gosnell performed 40,136 abortions in his clinic from 1988 to 2009.
“This guilty verdict is a victory for unborn babies around the world—and their mothers,” said Tim Wildmon, president of American Family Association. “No longer will we look at abortion as just another ‘simple procedure’ for the sake of convenience. In this case, abortion killed a 41-year-old woman with a full life ahead of her. But abortion kills so much more—human spirit, a child’s chance to grow up and flourish, and love that can blossom in family relationships. We hope and pray that this decision will send a loud and clear message that abortion is wrong and it’s murder.”
If ever there was an indictment on the evils of abortion, this is it. Incomprehensibly, it could just be the tip of the iceberg. It was beyond horrific. It was demonic; like something out of a Nazi concentration camp. Kareema Cross, an assistant who worked at the Women’s Medical Society clinic alongside Gosnell for over four years, testified that she saw one of the aborted babies – the “largest baby” she had ever seen at the clinic – move in a toilet. The baby “was like swimming,” she said. “Basically, trying to get out.” If there’s one “good” thing that may come of this trial, it is that the media – long in league with pro-abortionists – have been outed as being biased.
As a result, they have been forced to be present at the trial and report on it so that the world – not just Christians or pro-lifers – will finally see what happens to babies ripped from their mother’s wombs. We can only pray that as the truth is exposed, the sanctity of life will be restored. Pray, and repent as a nation. Dr Kermit Gosnell ran two multi-million dollar abortion clinics in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and was arrested in 2011 charged with eight counts of murder. Prosecutors allege he was responsible for the death of a woman and that he killed seven babies who were born alive.
Several former employees testified against him. One claimed that they saw 100 babies’ spinal cords being snipped with scissors. Many babies were allegedly older than the 24-week limit for abortions in the state. Denison Forum, a Christian ministry, has raised concerns about the failure of the media to report on the trial with such enormous implications for human rights. A spokesperson said “None of the three major national television networks have mentioned the Gosnell trial in the last three months. Accusations of babies having their heads severed doesn’t make the cut. The deafening silence of too much of the media, once a force for justice in America, is a disgrace.”
Source: CNS News
POPE FRANCIS SAYS HYPOCRISY IS UNDERMINING THE CATHOLIC CHURCH’S CREDIBILITY
Speaking at the Papal Basilica of St. Paul’s, Pope Francis, stressed that inconsistency between what priests and Catholics preach and what they practice is undermining the Catholic Church’s credibility. Peter and the Apostles proclaimed the Gospel of Jesus fearlessly, but “are we capable of bringing the word of God into the environment in which we live?” asked the Pope, who inherited a Church plagued with a series of scandals. “Let us all remember we cannot proclaim the Gospel of Jesus without the tangible witness of our life. Those who listen to us and observe us must be able to see in our actions what they hear from our lips, and so give glory to God!”
The pontiff also referred to Saint Francis of Assisi – whose name he took after he was elected last month – sharing one of the quotes by the 12th century Italian friar: preach the Gospel and, if necessary, use words. “Preaching with your life, with your witness. Inconsistency on the part of pastors and the faithful between what they say and what they do, between word and manner of life, is undermining the Church’s credibility,” said the Pope, who spoke on proclamation, witness and worship. Faith is born from listening, and is strengthened by proclamation, he said, adding that proclamation was not a mandate of the clergy alone.
“We all have to proclaim and bear witness to the Gospel. We should all ask ourselves: How do I bear witness to Christ through my faith? Do I have the courage of Peter and the other Apostles, to think, to choose and to live as a Christian, obedient to God?” But this is possible “only if we recognize Jesus Christ, because it is he who has called us, he who has invited us to travel his path, he who has chosen us,” the Pope said. “Proclamation and witness are only possible if we are close to him, just as Peter, John and the other disciples.”
Pope Francis also spoke about the importance of worship. “Do we turn to God only to ask him for things, to thank him, or do we also turn to him to worship him? What does it mean, then, to worship God?” Worship, he said, means learning to be with Jesus, “it means that we stop trying to dialogue with him, and it means sensing that his presence is the most true, the most good, the most important thing of all. All of us, in our own lives, consciously and perhaps sometimes unconsciously, have a very clear order of priority concerning the things we consider important.
Worshipping the Lord means giving him the place that he must have; worshipping the Lord means stating, believing – not only by our words – that he alone truly guides our lives; worshipping the Lord means that we are convinced before him that he is the only God, the God of our lives, the God of our history.” In the end, the Pope said he wanted a question to resound in the heart of all. “Have I considered which idol lies hidden in my life that prevents me from worshipping the Lord? Worshipping is stripping ourselves of our idols, even the most hidden ones, and choosing the Lord as the centre, as the highway of our lives.”
Source: Intercessors Network
CATHOLIC MIDWIVES ABORTION VICTORY WELCOMED
The Roman Catholic Church in Scotland has welcomed a court ruling upholding the right to conscientious objection of two midwives who refused to have any role in abortion procedures. The midwives both practising Catholics, challenged NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde on having to delegate, supervise or support staff involved in terminations. They lost a previous case against the Health Board when a judge ruled that their human rights had not been violated because they were not directly involved in carrying out terminations. But a court of appeal in Edinburgh has ruled that conscientious objection could apply to supporting staff involved in abortions.
Archbishop Philip Tartaglia of Glasgow, said the decision by the judges was a “victory for freedom of conscience and for common sense”. “The midwives are to be commended for their courage and determination in standing up to an unjust requirement of their employer. As the judges state, the right of conscientious objection extends not only to the actual medical or surgical termination but to the whole abortion process,” he said. “I hope that many pro-life health professionals will take heart from this judgement and have the courage to express their own objections if and when they are asked to carry out tasks which are morally wrong and violate their conscience.”
General Secretary of the Society for the Protection of Unborn Children, Paul Tully, said he hoped the Health Board would respect the verdict. “The result is a tremendous victory for these devoted and caring professional women. This outcome will be a great relief to all midwives, nurses and doctors who may be asked to supervise abortion procedures and who are wondering whether the law protects their right to opt out,” he said. For the sake of good morale and good relations with all members of staff, it is important that the Board move to re-establish normal working relations straight away.”
In a joint statement, Wood and Doogan said they were “delighted” by the ruling: “In holding all life to be sacred from conception to natural death, as midwives we have always worked in the knowledge we have two lives to care for throughout labour; a mother and that of her unborn child. “The judgement is a welcome affirmation of the rights of all midwives to withdraw from a practice that would violate their conscience and which over time, would indeed de-bar many from entering what has always been a very rewarding and noble profession.”
Source: Christian Today
NEW ZEALAND ORGANISATION DEREGISTERED AS A CHARITY BECAUSE OF VIEWS ON MARRIAGE
The National Director of a New Zealand charity has told the World Congress of Families in Sydney, that it has lost its status as a charity because of its views on marriage being between a man and a woman. Bob McCoskrie from Family First NZ said the country’s Charities Registration Board (formerly Charities Commission) notified them of the decision. “The Charities Registration Board told us that our point of view about family life, that a union of a man and a woman through marriage is the fundamental social unit, does not have a public benefit” he said. “So if the government agrees with your position it seems like you are more likely to be treated as a charity,” he said.
He said the decision to deregister it as a charity was partly because of their high profile in the debate to redefine marriage to include same-sex couples. “Interestingly, the Charities Registration Board began investigating Family First NZ’s status as a charity in the month following the start of the marriage debate in August 2012. Although its investigation was to be completed by February 2013, the Board held off its notification until the marriage debate ended,” he said. Mr McCoskrie also questioned whether charities supporting a redefinition of marriage have been subject to the same level of scrutiny so there’s a level playing field and open debate.
He said its deregistration would have devastating effects on its capacity. “No longer will we be exempt from income tax, and donations to Family First NZ will no longer qualify for the donation rebate. This is despite it being a non-profit organisation funded purely by donations and gifts, and relying heavily on volunteer time,” he said. Mr McCoskrie has promised to “continue to represent and be a voice for a massive proportion of New Zealanders on many social and family issues” even if the organisation loses its charitable status. The Congress at which Mr McCoskrie made the announcement seeks to strengthen the natural family, the economy and civil society.
Source: Australian Christian Lobby
EQUALITY WATCHDOG SCORNS BELIEF IN MUM AND DAD
Gay rights are more important than the belief that children need both a mum and a dad according to The Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC). The EHRC has produced new guidelines for how to deal with employees’ beliefs in the workplace. The guidelines were released in the wake of judgments involving Christians by the European Court of Human Rights. The guidelines say a magistrate who believes it is best for a child to be brought up by a male-female couple should not be accommodated. That belief hurts the dignity of gay couples, says the Equality Commission, and breaches equality policies.
But many have criticised the guidance from the EHRC, including Tory MP Brian Binley, a member of the British House of Commons business, innovation and skills committee, who called the report “nonsense”. And fellow Tory MP Dominic Raab, who is a former international lawyer, said: “The EHRC has become an expensive taxpayer-funded laughing stock”. In January, judges in Strasbourg ruled that Nadia Eweida had suffered discrimination at work because she was told she could not wear a cross. But judges ruled against three other Christians, including registrar Lillian Ladele who was pushed out of her job for refusing to conduct civil partnerships.
Source: The Christian Institute
CALL FOR INTERNATIONAL ATTENTION TO RESOLVE THE SYRIAN CRISIS
The Religious Liberty Commission of the World Evangelical Alliance and other religious liberty organisations united under the Religious Liberty Partnership (RLP) have released a statement on the crisis in Syria asking the United Nations Special Envoy for Syria to pay particular attention to “vulnerable ethnic and religious minorities”. Called the ‘Istanbul Statement on the Church in Syria’, it expresses concern about the exodus of Christians and other ethnic and religious minorities from Syria and calls on the international community to “provide sufficient protection for all ethnic and religious communities as well as their historical, religious, and cultural sites.”
“There is an urgent need to speak out about the situation facing Christians and other religious minorities in Syria.” said Godfrey Yogarajah the Executive Director of the Religious Liberty Commission of the World Evangelical Alliance, and member of the RLP Leadership Team. “We urge all Christians around the world to respond in prayer and action in order to bring peace and stability to this troubled nation,” he added. In the statement the Religious Liberty Partnership commits “to raise awareness and work toward a peaceful solution of the current crisis, including reconciliation among the various ethnic and religious communities; and to utilize practices that prioritize the well-being of all Syrians when providing assistance and advocating on behalf of the vulnerable.”
Source: Windows International Network
POPE APPOINTS ADVISORY BOARD TO HELP LEAD THE CATHOLIC CHURCH
A permanent advisory board consisting of eight cardinals from around the world has been appointed by Pope Francis I to aid him in navigating the Roman Catholic Church during his papacy. The move is being hailed as the most important step in the history of the Catholic Church in the past 1000 years and the first time a pope will lead within the framework of a team. One of the Cardinals appointed to the board is Cardinal Sean O’Malley, who is known for having imposed a “zero tolerance” policy on sex abuse in his archdiocese. A Vatican spokesman is quoted as saying the board will be a “consultative body, not a decision-making one.”
Source: Irish Central
TEEN GROUP TRANSFORMS NEIGHBOURHOODS
Each Sunday for the last 7 months, a group of High School students have been reaching out to their community in a remarkable way. The group, called “The Revolution” go door to door distributing bags of free groceries. In addition they offer a hot meal in the local park every Sunday. “It’s amazing how a simple bag of groceries can change somebody’s life,” said one of the youth. “At first people were scared; now they welcome us into their homes. One neighbour who is now a church member said “I used to deal meth from my home, but got saved as a result of the outreach and now run a weeknight Bible study.” The group estimates they feed 400 people a week and plan to expand the deliveries to four more houses a week.
Source: The Daily Sentinel