Pope Francis Urges Catholic Lawmakers to Protect Human Dignity Online

August 30th, 2021 by Vox Cervi 1

Speaking to the International Catholic Legislators Network, the Pope encouraged the politicians to “make every effort to undertake serious and in-depth moral reflection on the risks and possibilities associated with scientific and technological advances.” Pope Francis greets participants in a meeting promoted by the International Catholic Legislators Network in the Vatican’s Clementine Hall, Aug. 27, 2021. (photo: Vatican Media. / Vatican Media) Courtney Mares/CNAVaticanAugust 27, 2021 VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis urged Catholic lawmakers Friday …Read More

The Scottish government is determined to advance trans ideology – and it’s our children who will suffer

August 17th, 2021 by Vox Cervi 1

(Photo: Unsplash) The cynical would suggest that it’s not often that a politician or government keeps their promises. But sometimes they do. In 2018 the Scottish Government Deputy First Minister John Swinney announced that Scotland would become the first country in the world to have LGBT inclusive education embedded in the curriculum. He was following up on the priority stated in 2014 by his boss Nicola Sturgeon who declared that “it is trans issues that …Read More

Why protections for animals but not the unborn, asks peer

August 9th, 2021 by Vox Cervi 1

The government has introduced a Bill to formally recognise animals as sentient beings.(Photo: Unsplash) Human rights campaigner and Member of the House of Lords, David Alton, has highlighted the double standards of the Animal Welfare (Sentience) Bill currently being considered by the House of Lords. As explained in the piece, “If enacted, the [The Animal Welfare (Sentience)] bill would formally recognise animals as sentient beings, and create an Animal Sentience Committee to evaluate policy changes regarding animal …Read More

HATING OUR OWN SPECIES by David Alton

August 9th, 2021 by Vox Cervi 1

C. S. Lewis loved the animal kingdom. In his space trilogy, he missed no opportunity to demonstrate his profound distaste for animal cruelty. As Lewis scholar Gerald Root has examined, he often linked such cruelty to evil characters—such as Professor Weston, a vivisectionist described in the books as “the unman.” In the Chronicles of Narnia series, Lewis illustrated how mistreating animals often leads to mistreating human beings. Recall that in The Magician’s Nephew, the callous …Read More

EU bishops’ commission urges action to protect religious freedom

August 9th, 2021 by Vox Cervi 1

European Union flags flutter outside the EU headquarters in Brussels July 15, 2021. (Credit: CNS photo/Yves Herman, Reuters.) BRUSSELS — European bishops called on the European Union to do more to protect religious freedom in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic as part of efforts to strengthen the bloc’s role as a “global humanitarian, development, economic and peace actor.” “Vulnerable religious communities are experiencing discrimination, intolerance and, in some cases, persecution as victims of genocide, …Read More

48 Christian Churches in Canada Have Been Burned Down or Vandalized as Persecution Continues

August 9th, 2021 by Vox Cervi 1

Video footage shows a woman attempting to light a Canadian church on fire days before the church burned to the ground. Surrey Royal Canadian Mounted Police said in a press release that St. George Coptic Orthodox Church was destroyed in an early Monday morning fire, the cause of which is still under investigation. The fire is being treated as “suspicious,” particularly in light of video surveillance footage obtained by CTV Vancouvershowing a woman attempting to …Read More

How the Irish, and Many Others, Lost Their Religious Freedom to COVID Restrictions

June 7th, 2021 by Vox Cervi 1

A visitor prays during mass at a Roman Catholic church in Knock, Ireland, in 2010. (Cathal McNaughton/Reuters) Around the world, religious institutions bore the brunt of coronavirus rules. We can’t let this happen again. In Ireland, you can face six months behind bars for forging a drug prescription. Or for stealing€20,000 from your employer for luxury holidays. Or, until recently, for attending church. Even in a year that has turned societal norms on its head, it’s surely a surprise that the Emerald …Read More

European Parliament due to vote on ‘extreme’ abortion report

June 7th, 2021 by Vox Cervi 1

The European Parliament in Strasbourg, France, on Nov. 25, 2014. Credit: Alan Holdren/CNA. By CNA Staff Strasbourg, France, Jun 2, 2021 / 04:45 am The European Parliament is due to vote on an “extreme” report calling on all European Union member states to allow access to abortion. The report, presented by Croatian politician Predrag Fred Matić, also seeks the recognition of a “right to abortion” and the redefinition of conscientious objection as a “denial of …Read More

Austria’s Catholic Bishops: Provide ‘Assistance to Live,’ Not Assistance to Suicide

June 7th, 2021 by Vox Cervi 1

In their message, the Austrian bishops said: “We know from countless encounters with the dying that the last phase of life, in particular, can be a blessing. In many cases, important encounters and moments of reconciliation are still possible.” Assisted suicide is currently punishable by up to five years in prison. (photo: Patrick Thomas / Shutterstock) CNA StaffWorldJune 2, 2021 VIENNA, Austria — Austria’s Catholic bishops urged the authorities on Tuesday to offer people “assistance …Read More

Finland’s prosecution of Christian MP over biblical views is ‘act of oppression,’ legal scholars warn

June 7th, 2021 by Vox Cervi 1

Finnish Member of Parliament, Päivi Räsänen. | ADF International Law professors and scholars are calling on the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom to pressure the State Department to sanction Finland’s prosecutor general for prosecuting a Christian politician who shared her biblical beliefs on sexuality and marriage. In an open letter published by Real Clear Politics last Friday, professors from Ivy League institutions like Harvard University, Yale University and Princeton University spoke out in defense …Read More