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Catholic Church
Willesden Green
London NW10
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Wednesday, July 04, 2007
DAY FOR LIFE July 1st 2007: MIND THE GAP!
NOVENA: During the next nine days we are inviting parishioners to pray the Bishops’ short prayer for today’s “Day for Life” for the intentions of a deeper understanding of the past, present and future of the below cultural “gap”.
TALK: On Thursday 19th July at 7:30 pm we will have a talk & discussion of the past, present and future of the divergence between modern society and Catholicism. It will be led by Fr Hugh, Dr Michael Jarmulowicz (parish deacon-to-be) & Chris Hack (parish pastoral assistant)

THE PRESENT: CONCERNING THE BEGINNING OF HUMAN LIFE
YOU HAVE PROBABLY NOTICED THE FOLLOWING MASSIVE ‘GAP’ BETWEEN THE LEFT HAND SIDE COLUMN AND THE RIGHT HAND SIDE

The majority of British people seem to think that: The Catholic Church teaches, & always has:

A woman’s right not to bring her pregnancy to term can trump the unborn human’s right to life. It is never, ever right deliberately to kill an innocent member of the human species

Human embryos can be created purely for the harvesting of their cells for research into cures for debilitating disease New human life should only ever be created for its own good.

Infertile couples are entitled to create new human life in test tubes through IVF New human life should only ever be created in the womb of an accepting mother as a result of the marital act.

Sex outside marriage is fine Sex is exclusively for marriage and family

THE PAST: TWO POSSIBLE EXPLANATIONS OF THE CAUSE OF THIS GAP

Catholic Church has been seriously mistaken, and modern world has become deeply enlightened about human life and love. The effects upon England of Original Sin, the 16th century’s Reformation’s denial of Christ’s bestowal of authority upon the Pope, and the 1960’s reduction of the meaning of sex, have been cultural ‘atomic explosions’ with massive fall out.

THE FUTURE: TWO POSSIBLE SCENARIOS

The family will continue to be redefined along secular lines. Catholic Church will continue to dwindle, with continuing loss of religious vocations, young people, parishes etc Catholic Church renews its and society’s understanding of the teachings about love which it has received and handed on from Christ.

WHICH FUTURE WILL BE HAPPIER? We need to know the answer because the future, and eternity, depends upon us, that is our response to God.

Pray about it this week and come to a talk on 19th July to discuss these issues.

“The world is changed. I feel it in the water. I feel it in the earth. I smell it in the air. Much that once was is lost, for none now lives who remember it.” Opening words of Lord of the Rings


MIND THE GAP! V.2


N.B. In the last few days alone:
 the British Medical Association voted to bring in ‘Abortion on demand’
 the maternity wing of Queen Charlotte’s hospital in Hammersmith turned away a desperately struggling 16-week premature baby because, as a spokesman put it “A baby born before 22 weeks is considered a miscarriage. The likelihood of the baby living is negligible and a maternity unit can distress the mother.” The baby did indeed die shortly after it was refused maternity care.
 It has been seriously discussed that Tony Blair might soon become a Catholic. He has consistently voted in favour of abortion.

Pray about these this week and discuss them on July 19th here.

posted by Sinead Reekie at 1:18 pm