Hilary White

A storm is gathering over Ireland’s green hills

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ROME, October 15, 2012 (LifeSiteNews.com) – The video here was sent along by email from contacts in Ireland fighting a massive propaganda campaign claiming that the country’s pro-life law is a threat to women’s health. Play it, and think about the battle that is happening right now in the land of saints and scholars. Ireland has been through a lot in the last few centuries, and the Irish have defied many long odds and survived, but the threat it is facing now is a foe that seems invincible. 

There’s a lot going on in Ireland, so much one might, if one were inclined to a conspiratorial mindset, be starting to wonder if all of this has been planned. Certainly our friends in Ireland are wondering it quite loudly. Ireland is one of the last 1st World nations that has held out against the abortionist mindset, against the incredible pressure of the international abortion lobby.

As such, the country has been a thorn in the side of a massive and immensely wealthy global coalition of organisations, seemingly impervious to any opposition and motivated by a totalitarian ideology that will not rest until it has the whole world in its grip. So far, the Irish, both north and south, have refused to bow and accept the killing of their children as the price of being considered part of the “modern” world.

But the resistance is flagging; particularly the Church has failed to hold the line, and the work of standing up to the abortionist bullies is left to a fierce and indomitable but tiny cadre of determined lay people. And no matter how determined, the pro-life people of Ireland do not themselves have the political power to wield, but can only try to persuade the politicians not to allow the country to go down the road taken by so many others.

I have watched developments in Ireland, the homeland of my ancestors, for several years now and, though I hate to say it, I have to agree with Liam Gibson from SPUC, who told me the other day that the situation seems very grim. The abortion juggernaut just keeps on coming, with seemingly unlimited funds, the support of nearly every international body from the UN to the World Health Organisation, the medical associations, the European Union…seemingly all the world’s wealthy and powerful. It is becoming difficult to imagine that anything could ever stop it, or any people hold out against it forever.

The first breach of Ireland’s pro-life defences came with the “X case,” in which abortion activists used a young pregnant girl, and manipulated a court decision in 1992 that said abortion could be allowed in cases where the “mother’s life was in danger” – even if that danger came from an hysterical threat of suicide from a 14-year-old girl. It took another 20 years, but abortion activists finally pushed forward to the next step, and, in 2010, the European Court of Human Rights ordered the Irish to rethink their law. If abortion can be allowed in some cases, the court said, it must be made clear exactly what those circumstances are. This was the opportunity the abortion-pushers in the national legislature had waited for so long. 

Now, the public is being inundated by messages from abortion groups like the Family Planning Association (affiliated, as so many of them are, with International Planned Parenthood) saying that the nasty old pro-life laws are a threat to women’s lives, that the Constitutional amendment of 1983 acknowledging the unborn as real people to be protected under the law, is standing in the way of women’s’ health care. And it’s a lie.

No doctor not motivated by the abortionist ideology would claim that an abortion accomplishes anything beneficial or healthful for a mother. But ignorance, the failure of the Church to step up over the last 40-odd years and unflinchingly tell the truth, and the ordinary, natural willingness of people to believe uncritically what they are told by anyone who looks like an authority, has eroded the public’s confidence in the law. A symposium of medical experts issued a statement a few weeks ago saying that abortion cures nothing, treats nothing and helps no one. It seems unlikely, however, that the message was heard beyond a tiny range.

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From the ECHR decision, the government set up an “expert group” who would “study” the law and give recommendations. This group, stacked with members of the abortion lobby, has deliberated behind closed doors and no submissions from anyone but their own “experts” was allowed. The country is waiting breathlessly for the report from this group to see which direction it will be taken.

We are now within only weeks, or perhaps days, of this report being made public, and suddenly, the shocking news came that Marie Stopes, one of the largest abortion organisations in the world (£145 million/year +) had brazenly defied the law of the province of Northern Ireland, and said it will open an abortion facility in Belfast on October 18th – three days from now.

The incredible arrogance of the act has so shocked Northern Ireland’s politicians that they have yet to respond. Pro-life people have told me that their political leaders, who have held out against the rest of the UK’s abortion-mania, simply do not know what to do. With an act of such breathtaking defiance and the giddy backing of the mainstream media, it is hard to imagine that it will be possible to prevent Marie Stopes from beginning the killing of unborn Irish.

Some of my ancestors came from a Northern Irish town called Ballymena, and others from the great ancient city of Limerick in the south. I have never lived in Ireland and did not even visit until two years ago, but I have been told all my life that I look Irish, and that I have many typical Irish character traits. When I went to visit, I looked around and was astonished to be in rooms full of people all of whom looked faintly familiar.

We’re a fighty race, and have never taken kindly to the many times in our history when we were oppressed and ruled by an alien power. And the abortionist ideology is probably the most alien of all, for a country so devoted to the family and the Faith. As a Catholic and a member of the world’s Irish diaspora, I know a little of the ancestral history: of the priests who gave catechism lessons to children behind hedges and said Mass on a stone in the middle of a field, with a man set as a lookout for the soldiers. Some of those priests were hanged. I know a little about how much the Irish are willing to do to fight evil when it comes to visit their land. I know they won’t ever stop fighing the evil that threatens it now.

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Two Congressmen confirm: National 20-week ban on abortion will come up for a vote shortly

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WASHINGTON, D.C., April 17, 2015 (LifeSiteNews.com) – A bill to end abortion in the United States after 20 weeks will move forward, and it will have the strong support of two leading pro-life Congressmen, the two Republicans told LifeSiteNews.com at the eighth annual Susan B. Anthony List Campaign for Life Summit on Thursday.

Rep. Chris Smith, R-NJ, told LifeSiteNews and the National Catholic Register that ongoing House discussions on H.R. 36, the "Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act," will result in a pro-life bill moving forward.

"Very good language" is being put together, Smith told The Register. He told LifeSiteNews that he fully anticipated being able to support the final bill, because the House Republican caucus "wouldn't have something that would be unsupportable. Our leadership is genuinely pro-life."

In 2013, the "Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act" easily passed through the House of Representatives, only to be stalled by a Democratic-controlled Senate. This year, an identical bill was halted by Rep. Renee Ellmers, R-NC, and other Republicans -- surprising and angering pro-life leaders who thought its passage was assured. That bill, H.R. 36, is now being rewritten so it can be voted on by the full House, though its final wording remains uncertain.

Some fear that the House leadership will modify the bill to mollify Ellmers. She and others objected that the bill allows women to abort a child after 20 weeks in the case of rape – but only if they report that rape to the authorities.

Pro-life activists say removing the reporting requirement would take abortionists at their word that the women whose children they abort claimed to be raped. Congresswoman Ellmers has publicly stated the House leadership is considering such a proposal.

Jill Stanek, who was recently arrested on Capitol Hill as part of a protest to encourage Republicans to pass H.R. 36, said that would be "a loophole big enough for a Mack truck."

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Congressman Smith said the bill will come to the floor shortly. "The commitment to this bill is ironclad; we just have to work out some details," Smith said.

He also noted that, while a vote on the 20-week ban has been delayed for nearly three months, "we did get the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act passed, and that would have been in the queue now, so we just reversed" the order of the two bills.

Congressman Smith spoke to both outlets shortly after participating in a panel at the Summit.

Another speaker was Rep. Steve King, R-IA, who also supports the 20-week ban.

"I can't think of what” language that is actively under consideration could make him rethink his support for the bill, King said. He also told attendees that the nation was moving in a direction of supporting life.

The outspoken Congressman declined to answer further, noting "that's asking me to anticipate an unknown hypothetical."

The annual Campaign for Life Summit and its related gala drew other high-profile speakers, including presidential candidate Senator Rand Paul, potential presidential hopeful Senator Lindsay Graham, and Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus.  

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"Someone who doesn’t flinch at the dismemberment of babies is not going to flinch at the dismemberment of some evangelical baker’s conscience."
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Pro-lifers are winning. So now they’re coming for our cupcakes?

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As I travel across Canada (and at times the United States) speaking on abortion and various facets of the Culture of Death, one of the things I hear often is a hopelessness, a despair that the West is being flattened by the juggernaut of the Sexual Revolution. There is a feeling among many people that the restriction of religious liberty, the continued legality of abortion, and the redefinition of marriage are inevitable.

This is, of course, one of the most prominent and successful strategies of the Sexual Revolutionaries—create an aura of inevitability while concurrently demonizing all those who oppose their new and mangled “progress” as Neanderthals on the cusp of being left behind by History. That inevitability becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy, because many people don’t realize that the various battles in the Sexual Revolution actually all correlate to one another—that what we are seeing now is the end game of an incredibly vast and well-planned cultural project.

It is because we miss many of these connections that we often cannot see, with clarity, how the culture wars are actually unfolding. I read with great interest a recent column by Rev. Douglas Wilson, eloquently titled “With stirrups raised to Molech.”

“We are now much occupied with the issues swirling around same sex mirage,” he writes, “but we need to take great care not to get distracted. Why have the homosexual activists gone all in on this issue? Why is their prosecutorial zeal so adamant? We went, in just a matter of months, from ‘let’s let individual states’ decide on this, to federal judges striking down state statutes, followed up hard by official harassment of florists, bakers, and photographers. Why the anger, and why the savage over-reach? And do they really think we couldn’t remember all the things they were assuring us of this time last year?”

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It’s a compelling question, and one that I’ve heard many Christians puzzling over recently. Why do the advocates of the Sexual Revolution despise those who disagree with them so viciously? It is partly because their cultural project does not, as they claim, consist of “living and let live.” It is about compulsory acceptance of any and all sexual behaviors, with tax-payer funding for the rubbers and pills they need to ensure all such behaviors remain sterile, and extermination crews to suction, poison, and dismember any inconvenient fetuses that may come into being as the result of casual coitus.

The ancient mantra “the State has no business in the bedrooms of the nation” has long been abandoned—the emboldened Sexual Revolutionaries now demand that politicians show up at their exhibitionist parades of public indecency, force schools to impose their so-called “morally neutral” view of sexuality on children, and force into silence those who still hold to traditional values.

Rev. Wilson, however, thinks that this loud and vicious war on conscience may be about even more than that. The pro-life cause, he notes, has been very successful in the Unites States. The abortion rate is the lowest it has been since 1973. Hundreds of pro-life laws are passing on the state level. The abortion industry has been successfully stigmatized. True, the successes are, for pro-lifers, often too feeble and not nearly adequate enough in the face of such unrestrained bloodshed. Nevertheless, the momentum has turned against the Sexual Revolutionaries who have championed abortion for decades—their shock and anger at the strength of the pro-life movement evident in pro-abortion signs at rallies that read, “I can’t believe I still have to protest this s**t.”

It is because of the pro-life movement’s success, Wilson muses, that the Sexual Revolutionaries may be coming at us with such fury. “If a nation has slaughtered 50 million infants,” he writes, “they are not going to suddenly get a sense of decency over you and your cupcakes. Now this explains their lack of proportion, and their refusal to acknowledge the rights of florists. Someone who doesn’t flinch at the dismemberment of babies is not going to flinch at the dismemberment of some evangelical baker’s conscience. This reveals their distorted priorities, of course, but it also might be revealing a strategy. Is the homosexual lobby doing this because they are freaking out over their losses on the pro-life front? And are they doing so in a way intended to distract us away from an issue where we are slowly, gradually, inexorably, winning?”

It’s a fascinating perspective. It’s true—and has always been true historically—that when one group of human beings is classified as nonhuman by a society as nonhuman and subsequently butchered, the whole of society is degraded. No nation and no culture can collectively and systematically kill so many human beings without a correlating hardening of the conscience. But on the pro-life front, there has been decades of fierce resistance, hundreds of incremental victories, and a renewed energy among the upcoming generation of activists. For the Sexual Revolutionaries who thought the battle was over when Roe v. Wade was announced in 1973, this must be a bitter pill to swallow indeed.

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‘Prominent’ Catholics attacking Archbishop Cordileone are big donors to Pelosi and pro-abort Democrats

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SAN FRANCISCO, CA, April 17, 2015 (LifeSiteNews.com) -- Big donors to the Democrat Party and pro-abortion Nancy Pelosi are among those publicly harassing San Francisco Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone for protecting Catholic identity in the area’s Catholic high schools.

A big-ticket full-page ad ran April 16 in the San Francisco Chronicle attacking the archbishop and calling Pope Francis to oust him for his efforts to reinforce Catholic principles in the schools.

A number of prominent San Francisco-area residents identifying as Catholic are signatories of the ad, and several are wealthy donors to Democrat entities and pro-abortion politicians, Catholic Vote reports.

Federal Election Commission records indicate Charles Geschke, Adobe Systems chairman and previous head of the Board of Trustees at the University of San Francisco, gave more than $240,000 to Democrat groups, as well as $2,300 to Nancy Pelosi and $4,000 to John Kerry, both politicians who claim to be Catholic but support abortion and homosexual “marriage.”

Also on the list is political consultant and businessman Clint Reilly, who gave nearly $60,000 to Democrat organizations, along with $5,000 to Barack Obama, whose administration vehemently promotes abortion and homosexual “marriage” and has continually opposed religious liberty. Reilly gave $4,600 to Pelosi as well.

Another individual in the ad attacking the archbishop who also gave big campaign donations to California pro-abort Democrats was Lou Giraudo, a former city commissioner and business executive who contributed more than $24,000 to Nancy Pelosi, $6,000 to Dianne Feinstein and $4,300 to Barbara Boxer.

Nancy Pelosi herself challenged the archbishop for his stance on Catholic teaching last year when she tried to pressure him out of speaking at the March for Marriage in Washington D.C., claiming the event was “venom masquerading as virtue.”

The archbishop responded in a letter that he was obliged “as a bishop, to proclaim the truth—the whole truth—about the human person and God’s will for our flourishing ... especially the truth about marriage as the conjugal union of husband and wife.”

The April 16 ad attacking Archbishop Cordileone was the latest in an ongoing assault since the archbishop took steps in February to strengthen Catholic identity in the schools and clarify for faculty and staff in handbooks and contract language the long-standing expectation that they uphold Church principles. 

It said Archbishop Cordileone has “fostered an atmosphere of division and intolerance” and called on Pope Francis to remove him.

“Holy Father, Please Provide Us With a Leader True to Our Values and Your Namesake,” the ad said. “Please Replace Archbishop Cordileone.”

The Confraternity of Catholic Clergy (CCC), a national association for priests and deacons, condemned Archbishop Cordileone’s harassers in a statement, saying the archbishop “teaches in conformity to the Catechism of the Catholic Church.”

“The character assassination and uncharitable venom being cast upon a bishop merely defending the doctrines of his religion is appalling and repugnant,” the CCC said. 

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“It is totally inappropriate, improper and unjust for the media and others to vilify and brutally attack him when he is doing precisely what an ordained minister and pastor of souls is obligated to do,” the group stated, “namely, speak the truth in season and out of season.”

Those behind the attack ad said the proposed handbook language was mean-spirited, and that they were “committed Catholics inspired by Vatican II,” who “believe in the traditions of conscience, respect and inclusion upon which our Catholic faith was founded.”

The Archdiocese of San Francisco denounced the ad upon its release, saying it was a misrepresentation of Catholic teaching and the nature of the teacher contract, and a misrepresentation of the spirit of the Archbishop.

“The greatest misrepresentation of all is that the signers presume to speak for “the Catholic Community of San Francisco,” the archdiocese responded. “They do not.”

The CCC pointed out that just as physicians are expected to be faithful to the Hippocratic Oath, bishops, priests, and deacons are expected to be faithful to the Church, its teachings and its authority, “since their objective is the salvation of souls, not a popularity contest.” 

In openly declaring their support for Archbishop Cordileone, the group urged the media and others to show “prudence, civility, and fair-mindedness” toward those with whom they disagree.

“He took an oath to be faithful to the Gospel,” the Confraternity stated of Archbishop Cordileone, “and in the words of the disciples in the New Testament, ‘better to obey God than men.’”

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