Thursday, December 17, 2009

The Manhattan Declaration

The Sisters of the Gospel of Life are asking that you consider signing the Manhattan Declaration. There are other organisations that are also promoting the Declaration, but as the Sisters make a particular point of highlighting it I thought it a good idea to present their request this week.
The text of the Manhattan Declaration is as follows:

‘A Call of Christian Conscience
‘Christians, when they have lived up to the highest ideals of their faith, have defended the weak and vulnerable and worked tirelessly to protect and strengthen vital institutions of civil society, beginning with the family.
‘We are Orthodox, Catholic, and evangelical Christians who have united at this hour to reaffirm fundamental truths about justice and the common good, and to call upon our fellow citizens, believers and non-believers alike, to join us in defending them. These truths are:

1. The sanctity of human life.
2. The dignity of marriage as the conjugal union of husband and wife
3.The rights of conscience and religious liberty

‘Inasmuch as these truths are foundational to human dignity and the well-being of society, they are inviolable and non-negotiable. Because they are increasingly under assault from powerful forces in our culture, we are compelled today to speak out forcefully in their defense, and to commit ourselves to honouring them fully no matter what pressures are brought upon us and our institutions to abandon or compromise them. We make this commitment not as partisans of any political group but as followers of Jesus Christ, the crucified and risen Lord, who is the Way, the Truth, and the Life.’

You will notice the American spelling of some words – this is because the Declaration was initiated in New York, in September of this year, by three U.S. academics. They released the Declaration for signature in November and, to date, more than 287,482 people have signed it. You can find more information about the Declaration and its promoters at