NICE, France, October 30, 2020 (LifeSiteNews) — After the murder of three Catholics during an Islamic attack in a church in Nice, French President Emmanuel Macron highlighted the specifically anti-Catholic nature of this event and others like it in recent years.
The president was speaking in light of the attack in which a young Tunisian Muslim, Brahim Aouissaoui, entered the Basilica of Our Lady of the Assumption and stabbed and decapitated three people inside the church.
Addressing the press who had gathered outside the basilica, Macron said, “I want to express, first and foremost, the nation’s support for the Catholics of France and elsewhere.”
He went on to compare the attack with the 2016 murder of Fr. Jacques Hamel, who was killed by two Islamic State terrorists. “After 2016, with the killing of Father Hamel, it is the Catholics of our country attacked once more, and just before All Saints’ Day,” Macron said. “We are at their side in order that religion can be freely exercised in our country.”
“People can believe or not believe, all religions can be practiced, but today the nation is beside our Catholic compatriots,” the president continued.
The French president’s words came as welcome support for Catholics in France but were also a surprise since Macron is a strong proponent of abortion, homosexuality, and gender ideology. He recently complained, for instance, that abortion was not yet popular enough.
Speaking at a virtual General Assembly of the U.N., he said, “Everywhere, women’s rights are under attack, starting with the freedom for women to control their own bodies, and in particular the right to abortion.”
Macron asked to be baptized as a Catholic at the age of 12, but today identifies as agnostic.
Recently, Macron announced his intention to ban homeschooling, only excepting those with a health condition that would force them to stay away from school.
Macron proposed the law as part of a plan to tackle “radical Islamists,” but “instead of pledging to track down and overpower historically violent, radical Islam … he is targeting homeschooling and independent schools that many Catholics have turned to,” as Jeanne Smits, LifeSite’s Paris correspondent, commented.
Young Poles defending their church against pro-abortion aggression stemming from the decision of the country's Constitutional Court to protect the lives of sick unborn babies. Photo Credit: Polonia Christiana
Since the Constitutional Court of Poland's decision on October 22nd to protect and vindicate the right to life of sick preborn children, leftist pro-abort feminists have been attacking churches, government officials and pro-lifers across Poland in a foul display of bloody-minded vulgarity.
But, we STAND with Poland. And, we PRAY for Poland.
Please WATCH this video which congratulates faithful Catholics in Poland for their pro-life example and for standing up to rioters trying to vandalize statues, churches.
We now call on all pro-lifers, faithful Christians (especially in the Polish diaspora) and pro-life organizations to SIGN this petition to encourage pro-lifers in Poland, the Polish Constitutional Court, and especially the Polish Government to remain steadfastly pro-life right now.
And we call on all faithful Polish Catholics to defend their churches and patriotic monuments!
This is the time to keep faith with generations of Polish heroes and "Be not afraid!"
This is not the time for the Government to give-in to demands from the opposition.
Stand up against the people who are attacking your churches while baying for the blood of innocent preborn children!
And, explain to your people how the Court was RIGHT to have challenged the abortion law allowing the barbaric practice of eugenic abortion.
Poland is a republican democracy, and in such a democracy, the Constitutional Court has the last say on matters of national importance.
The Polish Court has spoken, and its ruling should be respected and implemented. And, under no circumstances should the Polish Government promise to reverse this decision in law or by granting a referendum on the same.
Poland, be courageous and stand fast for Life. Don't give in to the Culture of Death!
Thank you for your example, Poland. Now, remain strong!
And, thank you for SIGNING and SHARING this petition of support and solidarity with the Constitutional Court of Poland's decision to disallow eugenic abortion.
Thank you also for standing with and praying for Polish pro-lifers and government officials to remain steadfastly pro-life during time of leftist, pro-abortion aggression.
After you sign and share, could you also take the time to congratulate the Polish pro-life movement for their historic victory in defense of human life, and to offer emotional and spiritual support? Please contact:
- Jerzy Kwaśniewski, Esq., President
- Zielna 39
- 00-108 Warszawa
- Tel: +48 22 404 38 50
- Fax +48 22 127 91 25
- [email protected]
- ul. J. I. Kraszewskiego 27/22 05-800 Pruszków
- Tel: +48 608 594 158
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'Poland bans eugenic abortion, possibly saving over 1K babies per year' - https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/poland-bans-eugenic-abortion-possibly-saving-over-1k-babies-per-year
After yesterday’s attack in Nice, Cardinal Robert Sarah tweeted, “Islamism is a monstrous fanaticism that must be fought with strength and determination. It will not put an end to its was. We Africans sadly know that only too well. Barbarians are always the enemies of peace. The West, today that means France, must understand this. Let us pray.”
Archbishop Michel Aupetit of Paris said that “we are stunned by this murderous madness in the name of God.” The archbishop noted, “From the beginning, Christians have been persecuted and even today it is they who, although they preach and live on the love of God and of neighbor together, pay the heaviest price for hatred and barbarism.”
Bishop Manuel Linda of Porto, the second largest city in Portugal, presented a different interpretation of the attack, saying it “is not Islam’s fight against Christianity: it is the result of the prejudices of those Europeans who not only do not foster intercultural and inter-religious dialogue, but are always at the ready to accuse religions.”
Bishop Linda previously stated that divorced and “remarried” couples had to engage in sexual intercourse in order to be deemed a proper family.
Despite Macron’s statement calling for the free exercise of religion in the country, churches in France will be closed for public Masses as part of the new lockdown restrictions beginning Monday.
In the first national lockdown earlier in the year, churches had been ordered closed, but as a result of a legal challenge by a group of traditional religious communities, the French Council of State declared that the right to attend public Mass in a church “is an essential component of the freedom of worship” and prohibiting this was “a grave and manifestly illegal violation.”
Police were called to the scene to disband the protestors after they “failed to provide the local authority with a sufficient risk assessment.”