Thursday, April 24, 2008
"The Church considers the problem of illegal migrants from the standpoint of Christ, who died to gather together the dispersed children of God (cf. Jn 11:52), to rehabilitate the marginalized and to bring close those who are distant; in order to integrate all within a communion that is not based on ethnic, cultural or social membership, but on the common justice."
"In the Church no one is a stranger, and the Church is not foreign to anyone, anywhere. As a sacrament of unity and thus a sign and a binding force for the whole human race, the Church is the place where illegal immigrants are also recognized and accepted as brothers and sisters."
In the just released "Mission of the Church to migrants in England and Wales" the Roman Catholic Bishop of Southwark, Pat Lynch declares:
"The Church will continue to advocate compassion to allow the ‘undocumented’ an opportunity to acquire proper status, so that they can continue to contribute to the common good without the constant fear of discovery and removal."
What with this and the warning recently issued by Anglican Bishop of Durham, Tom Wright about the BNP, church leaders are sounding dangerously radical. And guess what? Some ostensibly orthodox Catholic Christians don't seem to like it. Tough. What was it St Ignatius of Antioch taught us about obedience to the bishops?
"Be subject to the bishop and to one another as Jesus Christ was to the father".
And here's St Irenaeus in Against Heresies Book IV, Chap. 26:2 on the importance of episcopal authority:
"It is necessary to obey those who are the presbyters in the Church, those who, as we have shown, have succession from the Apostles; those who have received, with the succession of the episcopate, the sure charism of truth according to the good pleasure of the Father. But the rest, who have no part in the primitive succession and assemble wheresoever they will, must be held in suspicion"
Or in case they still don't get it, allow Dolphinarium to spell it out in plain English:
The Cafeteria really is closed. Deal with it.
Tuesday, April 22, 2008
Gordon misunderstands his own bill say Labour MPs
The letter from MPs Jim Dobbin, Geraldine Smith, Claire Curtis Thomas, Joe Benton, David Drew and the Rt Hon Tom Clarke, which will also be sent to all Labour MPs, takes issue with the Prime Minister’s scientific understanding of the Bill, and calls for a free vote to be extended to all areas of the Bill involving new ethical issues.
The letter points out that the Bill allows for the mixing of animal and human gametes to create true half -half hybrid embryos and note that in his evidence to the Joint Committee on 6th June 2007, the chief medical officer, Sir Liam Donaldson said “it was felt…there was no clear scientific benefit; there was no clear scientific argument as to why you would want to do it, and, secondly, a feeling that this would be a step too far as far as the public are concerned.”
The MPs note that the Bill would not in limit the creation of “saviour” siblings to the treatment of ‘rare genetic conditions,’ but would enable their creation for any unspecified “serious” condition.
They also criticize the the granting of HFEA licenses to scientists at Newcastle and London universities to create hybrid embryos before parliament has considered the HFE Bill and notes that the licenses may not even have been legal under the 1990 Act.
“An unelected body must not be allowed to usurp the place of Parliament, and attempts by Newcastle to create ‘facts on the ground’ ahead of the debate, through releasing a highly premature report of embryos that only survive ‘up to three days,’ no embryonic stem cells, and where the work has not been fully validated and is not even ready to start writing up for peer review, must be ignored,” the letter says.
Monday, April 21, 2008
Clerics Against Fascism
The ITO epidemic - urgent action now needed
"A headline in your edition of April 15 reads: 'corporation tax rate vital in terms of attracting investment, says Martin'. The Minister for Enterprise is a prolific user of the phrase 'in terms of' and your reporter includes a quote from Mr Martin in which, true to form, he uses it twice in one sentence. I'm worried that The Irish Times is now infected with the ITO virus and I would urge you take immediate remedial action before it starts worming its way into front page headlines."
Spot on. Unless firm, decisive action is taken, the ITO virus will, like that other clunky construction move on, spiral out of control. The thought is too terrible to contemplate.
Friday, April 18, 2008
Bye Bye Battleaxe
Tuesday, April 15, 2008
This Week's Tribune - A Sneak Preview
For those of you who can't wait until Friday to get your hot, sweaty hands on the next copy of Tribune, here's a sneak preview. Personally, this aquatic creature can't wait to read John Street's incendiary diary (see bottom left hand corner).
HatTip: The man next to photocopier with a mischievous sense of humour.
Sir - We were interested by Roger Highfield's article "Hybrids: separating hope from the hype" (Features, April 8), describing how the vast majority of people have been misled by frequent assertions that the inter-species embryos announced last week are "99.9 per cent human". Perhaps the Government could tell us what percentage of the full hybrids (created with human eggs and non-human sperm, or vice versa), also proposed by the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill, are human and whether it is honest to describe them as "human-admixed" embryos. It would also be very interesting to know what purposes these full hybrid embryos are meant to serve. Concerning contested licences, perhaps rather than irresponsibly pushing the boundaries of the 1990 Act, the HFEA might have more regard for patient safety, since new figures (from the report by the European Society for Human Reproduction and Embryology) show that Britain has the worst safety records for fertility treatment in Europe.
Remember the sage words of Professor David Albert Jones:
"The Bill will also allow the mixing of human and animal gametes to make half-half 'true hybrids'. True hybrids have no proposed benefit for medical research that anyone has been able to point to, but the bill explicitly allows them to be created under licence."
And remember how many diseases have been cured by embryonic stem cell research: NONE.
Sunday, April 13, 2008
Prima Donna has hissy fit, onlookers giggle
And when he's finished there's gonna be a bloodbath
Well, not quite but he does want the "arsehole" who penned that para in the John Street column about him to know how he feels about it. How HE managed to attract such a "gratuitous and snide mention" in the back of the paper HE used to edit, HE is at a loss to know. Frankly HE doesn't deserve it. Because without HIM, Tribune would have been closed down, you know. No if's or buts, closed down. And no, HE emphatically isn't available to edit the New Statesman, which is a "poisoned chalice" for whoever gets the gig and HE's not that "bloody desperate" anyway, got that? And no, HE's not going to write an article for Tribune because HE's "not a complete mug". From now on HE'S NOT AVAILABLE.
Hat Tip: The man sitting next to the photocopier who wrote the naughty diary item which hit such a raw nerve.