International life and family roundup
Another homosexual accepted for parish council seat in Austria
VIENNA – Immediately following the resignation of the parish priest in the town of Stützenhofen after he opposed the election of an active homosexual to his parish council, another homosexual has been confirmed to sit on a Catholic parish council in Austria according to the Standard newspaper. Forty-four year-old Mark Casna, who has lived openly with another man since he was 19, has been accepted for a third term with the approval of the parish priest, Fr. Michael Blassnigg, who told media that he has “no problem with it.”
Casna told the Standard that the Dean of the parish had encouraged him to join. “He knew then that I was in a homosexual relationship,” Casna said.
Casna also commented on his beliefs, saying, “Confession was invented in the Middle Ages, and celibacy is an invention also of the Roman Catholic Church.” He added that he approved of the Austrian Priests’ Initiative that has called for open disobedience on clerical celibacy and female ordination, saying that it is “on track” and that he is confident that the “breakthrough” will succeed.
Kaprun is a village of 3000 a hundred kilometers southwest of Salzburg.
Catholic former Tory MP blasts Cameron plan on ‘gay marriage’
LONDON – Anne Widdecombe, the outspoken novelist, Privy Councilor and former Tory Cabinet Minister, said the Cameron government is “determined to press ahead with the removal of the terms ‘husband’ and ‘wife’ in its wholly superfluous introduction of gay marriage.”
She encouraged the public to speak out against the plans and told them to sign the petition, that now has over 420,000 signatures, launched by the Coalition for Marriage. Writing in the Daily Express, http://www.express.co.uk/ourcomments/view/313814 , Widdecombe said, “I did not campaign for David Cameron all day, every day in the last general election in the expectation that my reward would be a massive increase in state intrusion and the destruction of traditional marriage.”
She accused the government of ignoring the will of the people, saying, “The government will listen only when it approves of the response and if it doesn’t then its citizens can shut up and stop pestering.
“Well don’t shut up, go to www.c4m.org.uk and sign up.”
This week, the normally supportive Times of London accused Cameron of changing the definition of marriage in order to pander to the homosexualist movement. Saying the move was “pure politics,” the Sunday Times agreed with homosexual Tory MP Ben Bradshaw who said that it would not do anything to improve rights for gays.
The editorial in last Sunday’s edition said, “The government would like you to believe it is a modern, with-it coalition facing opposition from a church stuck somewhere in the Dark Ages.
“Mr. Cameron is pushing gay marriage and picking a fight with the church for political reasons. It is indeed unnecessary.”
Australian Labour Party forms pro-life caucus
CANBERRA – The Australian Labour Party has been the governing party of the country since 2007 and its leader, Julia Gillard, is regarded by international pro-life observers to be one of the most enthusiastically pro-abortion world leaders. Nevertheless, there remains a socially conservative “rump” in the party that earlier this year took the step of forming an active pro-life party caucus to oppose further liberalization of abortion laws.
The group is headed by Simone McDonnell, a former federal Labor candidate in South Australia, who said, “It’s really important that we support a diverse range of views, particularly on moral issues.”
The group lists 29 sympathetic MPs, including Tony Burke, the Minister for Sustainability and Environment, and among the group’s supporters are Tasmanian Senator Helen Polley, who opposed the push to support “gay marriage” at the party’s national conference. The group will work to nurture pro-life candidates to oppose abortion and euthanasia.
Catholic bishops of Sri Lanka oppose plans for legalizing eugenic abortion
COLOMBO, Sri Lanka – The Catholic bishops conference of Sri Lanka has asked the government to reconsider the notion of relaxing the country’s abortion laws. The Cardinal Archbishop of Colombo, Malcolm Ranjith, told a press conference that every life is considered a gift of the God, adding that depriving the right to live is a violation of the teachings of all religions and is inconsistent with Sri Lanka’s culture.
Human life, he said, begins at the moment of conception, and it is the duty of all to protect it. He decried the practice of abortion for disabled children, saying that all people have gifts to offer, and particularly opposed the notion that abortion can be justifiable in cases of rape or incest, saying that the child should not be punished for the crimes of the father.
The cardinal criticized the international organizations that are pushing for the legalization of abortion around the world.
The government of Sri Lanka is considering relaxing the law against abortion in cases of disability, calling such children “defective.” Currently, abortion is allowed only in cases where the mother’s life is threatened.
The cardinal warned that the usual progression of the work of the international abortion lobby is to start with the relaxation and liberalization of abortion restrictions, and then move on to total legalization.