Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Spiritual Crusade for the defence of unborn life

It is abundantly clear that the entire process leading up to the decision to hold a referendum was weighted in favour of a pro-abortion agenda. It was also abundantly clear, to anyone who was watching, that pro-life arguments have been ignored, rubbished or stifled however we are determined to oppose this one-sided process and to get the truth to every household in Ireland and to every citizen, prior to the May Referendum. Many groups and individuals are committed to door to door canvassing to spread the word.

For our part we believe that it is not appropriate in any civilised society to cast votes on who should live and who should die, accordingly we have launched various initiatives to oppose this appalling  culture of death and to uphold the right to life of unborn babies 
First we prepared an explanatory video in conjunction with the Society for the Protection of Unborn Children (SPUC)  which can be found on this link
Apart from the necessity of door to door canvassing the task before us is in our opinion primarily a spiritual battle so we launched our first Spiritual Crusade last year. This consisted of a 54 day fast which commenced on November 1st and finished on Christmas Eve with six nominated people fasting for 9 days each on a water only fast Others were invited to join in prayer and fasting for the protection of unborn life and the retention of the 8th Amendment.
Hundreds of people from all over Ireland North and South, the UK, Canada and the US joined with to pray for the protection of the unborn. We Completed our first Spiritual Crusade with a pro-life Mass in the Church of St Kevin Harrington Street Dublin on the Feast of the Holy Innocents.
We are now commencing our second Spiritual Crusade our lenten campaign beginning on Ash Wednesday and finishing at Easter.
We hope to finish this second Spiritual Crusade with Mass in St Kevins In Harrington Street  on the Feast of the Annunciation which will be celebrated this year on Monday April 9th.



Friday, December 15, 2017

Pro-Life Mass: Feast of the Holy Innocents

Pro-Life Mass
Feast of the Holy Innocents December 28th 

In view of the constant and unrelenting attack on the lives of unborn babies in Ireland and in response to the one sided proceedings of both the Citizens' Assembly and the recent vote of the Oireachtas Committee we are convinced that this is  primarily a spiritual battle and accordingly have arranged for the celebration of Holy Mass on the Feast of the Holy Innocents December 28th at 11.30am in St Kevin’s Church, Harrington Street, Dublin 8.

Mass will be  in Latin and will be offered for the defence of 8th Amendment and the protection of unborn life.
We believe that it would be hard to find a more appropriate day to offer our prayers and Holy Mass, for the protection of unborn life, than the Feast of the Holy Innocents   

This invitation is open to everyone who wishes to attend.
Tea, coffee and  seasonal refreshments will be available following the celebration of Mass.


 Tel. 087 2578250: e-mail:patrickgbuckley44@gmail.com

Friday, November 10, 2017

Spiritual Crusade to defend the 8th Amendment


Our 54 day crusade of prayer and fasting  for the defence of the 8th Amendment, which protects the lives unborn babies in Ireland, commenced on November 1st. and extends to Christmas Eve.
   
The public response to this initiative was beyond all expectation and has resulted in hundreds of people of all ages and from all parts of Ireland taking part together with eight nominated individuals who have agreed fast, on a water only fast for six periods of 9 days each.

There is a clear understanding that the current war on the unborn is primarily a spiritual battle and that in addition to the excellent work of all the pro-life organisations a spiritual battle consisting of prayer and fasting  is also an essential element. 

There are currently eight people committed to a fasting rota for the 54 days and as we write this column on November 10th we have reached the end of the first,  very successful, 9 day fast. The second 9 day fast which is being carried out by two young men begins today.

Prior to the commencement of this initiative Patrick Buckley spoke at meetings in Malahide, Navan and Mullingar stressing the importance of a spiritual approach to defending  unborn life in Ireland by the defence of 8th Amendment and he gave details of the Spiritual Crusade.

The spiritual crusade is a joint initiative of European life Network (ELN) Human Life Ireland  (HLI )and the Catholic Voice Newspaper .

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

The right to life is non negotiable

Fundamental human rights such as the right-to-life are non-negotiable. The right to life can never be subject to a vote.  The very idea of casting votes on who should be allowed to live and who should die is anathema.

Based on sound science, human embryos, from the moment of fertilisation, are new living human beings.  To use the words of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights 1948 we are all members of the “human family”.
From the moment of fertilisation we all share a common humanity and human embryos are equal members of the species homo sapiens and each stage of development is equal in value to every other stage.

There is a connection between the self-interest of certain communities and the line to be drawn between recognition of persons and non-persons.  That self-interest may be driven by eugenic, economic, social or political factors such that those a society wishes to exclude are deemed to be non-persons.  History is replete with examples of this phenomenon.

However cleverly the arguments are presented the taking of a human life the killing of a human being is a heinous crime it is called murder. The killing of the most vulnerable human beings, unborn babies is the most heinous of crimes and and we call on all elected members of the Oireachtas to outrightly reject all demands for the holding of a referendum on the right to life of unborn babies

Holding such a referendum would open the way for the elimination of the legal protection of the right-to-life and, consequently, to the killing of many of Ireland’s unborn children by abortion.

Accordingly a petition is being circulated to the general public for signature and will ultimately be sent to all members of the Oireachtas appealing to them on behalf of the people of Ireland to reject all calls to hold a referendum on the repeal, or alteration, of the pro-life Eighth Amendment.

To access the appeal click on the following link

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Victory at UN Commission on Population and Development

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The first week in April was not a good week for UNFPA, the UN Population Fund which was first given the news at the outset of its conference, the Commission on Population and Development, that the Trump Administration had decided to withdraw funding of  around $75 million on the basis that UNFPA’s activities in China are complicit with that nation’s coercive population control program, the implementation of which includes forced abortion and involuntary sterilization.



The UNFPA problems continued later that week with a firm rejection of the anti life and family policies they and other UN organs are attempting to impose globally.  The outcome of the Commission on Population and Development (CPD) was in fact a significant victory by pro-life and family forces and was the second time in three years that the Commission failed to produce an outcome document.



The 50th session of the Commission held at UN headquarters in New York, was themed, ‘Changing population age structures and sustainable development’. This was the first CPD since the Trump Administration took office in the US and was viewed by UNFPA and their anti-life allies, such as International Planned Parenthood (IPPF), as a testing ground to establish the direction the administration would take when faced with demands for the acceptance of controversial language on sexual and reproductive rights and comprehensive sexuality education for children.



In recent years the negotiating strategy adopted by Western governments has been to insert many references to controversial issues in documents during the negotiating period and rely on the chair to issue a compromise text which inevitably retains some of those issues.
In this case the outcome document was similarly loaded up with controversial language and when the chair’s text was circulated early on Friday morning it was completely unacceptable. Negotiations continued all day Friday and a so called compromise text was produced by the Qatar Chair, Ambassador Alya Ahmed Al Thani, which in the end failed to satisfy either side leaving her with no option for her but to withdraw the text.



The decision by the chair to withdraw the document was enthusiastically welcomed by pro-life and pro-family NGO’s but was greeted with a shocked silence and anger by the anti-life and family brigade when the realisation sunk in that there would not be an outcome document and that their plans for sexualising children had been stopped.



One of the most poignant interventions was made by the Russian Federation’s delegate who told the meeting that pushing sexual and reproductive health rights as indivisible from human rights was nothing but an attempt to undermine international agreements on human rights.  Such formulations, he said, diluted basic human rights, which only discredited the Commission’s work.

 He also expressed opposition to use of the Commission as a “back door” through which to force various human rights concepts that did not meet the broader consensus.



Babatunde Osotimehin, Executive Director of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), expressed regret that the Commission had been unable to reach consensus on its outcome document for the second time adding that it was clearly a challenging time for the Commission. As population age structures changed, commitment to improving the lives of women and girls was becoming increasingly important, he said, and he urged all Member States to continue their funding of UNFPA so as to restore its core budget.