Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Amnesty's abortive move

From Ruth Gledhill at the Times Online:

From one perspective, the bold step taken by Amnesty International earlier this month in supporting abortion in particular circumstances, such as where a woman caught up in a war is pregnant through rape, is to be admired. From another, perhaps more serious point of view, it could be regretted. As we report on our faith page online, Cardinal Keith O'Brien, the most senior Catholic bishop in Scotland, is the latest to resign from Amnesty after more than 40 years as a member. The Bishop of East Anglia went a few days ago. . .

. . . The organisation's previous policy, of dignified refusal to be drawn into the pro-life debate, was also supremely courageous. And now hundreds of thousands of Catholics worldwide will be troubled, and the cost to Amnesty will be huge. I guess the human rights organisation think they price is worth paying for what they will gain. I do pray they know what they are doing. You can read their own detailed explanation of the new stance on their own website. We've also put up an MP3 file of Cardinal O'Brien at Times Online.

Read it all.

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