Friday, 8 September 2017

** FATHER FRANK’S RANTS Rant Number 740 7/9/17


‘Life is sacrosanct and begins at the point of conception’. Abortion is wrong. Kudos to Tory MP Jacob Rees-Mogg! A rare British politician who dare swim against the stream. He opposes abortion in all its ugly forms – even in cases of rape and incest. Wow! Chap has guts!

Over 8 million unborn babies have been aborted in Britain since 1967, when the dark practice was legalised. And 60 million American children so ‘terminated’ in the womb. A mega-slaughter of the innocent to make the Jewish holocaust take a back seat. (Israeli Chief-Rabbi Ovadia Yoseph opined Jews murdered by Nazis had committed sins in previous lives. Crazy view! Anyway, babies killed in the womb certainly have not sinned. Nor do Christians believe in reincarnation.) I sometimes imagine the souls of the murdered children crying out: ‘Why, why did we have to die?’

Rees-Mogg is a faithful Catholic. The Magisterium, the authoritative teaching of his Church on abortion, is crystal-clear: it is murder. A crime against innocent human life. The human embryo must be treated from conception as a person. Hence its integrity must be defended. Catholics who abort the unborn or co-operate in this sin are excommunicated. The Mogg knows that. Confronted with the hysterical bayings of the liberal nomenkaltura, he will not water down his beliefs. I call that moral courage.

Talking to a smug human rights lawyer recently I stated my position: abortion means slaying the innocent. He called my words ‘incendiary’. Yippee! Still, abortion is ethically controversial. There are people pro and con. Plenty of scope for argument, reasoning, debate. The rights of the unborn versus the mother’s freedom of choice. But do killers have a ‘free choice’ to kill their victims? Of course, much revolves around the status of the unborn baby. Is he a person or just an inert, lifeless piece of human tissue? Note: 4D ultrasound scans allow you to see unborn babies moving in the womb. Hardly lifeless flesh. Foetuses even grimace when their mothers smoke. Come on! They are human, little human persons. And they should not be killed.

The law in many cases recognises the unborn has rights. In Australia someone can sue for brain damages sustained in car accidents before his birth. In tort, courts grant recovery of damages to a child harmed in utero by negligent injury. And aren’t women urged not to smoke during pregnancy? Why not, unless the foetus matters?

I used to dislike the Mogg. ‘Like a posh tailor’s dummy’, I felt. But he is a wonderful English eccentric. Eton old boy, he looks, dresses and speaks like gentlemen used to. And has six children, God bless him. A Tory leadership favourite? One day PM? I’ll believe it when I see it. He is genuine, he has a conscience, is a traditional Christian. Almost too good to be true. Anyway, not a leader squalid ‘cool Britannia’, wallowing in filth and degradation, really deserves. He’ll never make it to be PM but it is good men like him are still around.

What about women pregnant from rape or incest? The Metro paper screams at the Mogg for being against abortion even there. An emotional, atrocious situation, sure. Victims should be cared for and supported and the ravishers hanged. But the unborn baby has no guilt. He wasn’t the rapist. Killing him means being conquered by evil, rather than conquering evil with good, as St Paul urges. And the mother is not obliged to keep the child. Many Christian agencies exist, willing to take in the baby and arrange for an adoption. Would any human being told later in life that he was so conceived be likely to opine: ‘I wish I had been aborted?’ Not bloody likely!

The 1967 Abortion Act did not create a right to abortion on demand. Instead, it spoke of ‘risk’ or ‘injury’ to the life or physical or mental health of the pregnant woman or her existing children and family. Restrictions that have been unpacked so widely that abortion on demand, for the flimsiest reasons, is what actually happens. As easy as filling a form. Result: 8 million innocent babies destroyed in the womb since the Act...

‘Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you’, said God to the Prophet Jeremiah. Since early centuries the Church has called abortion a moral evil. Patristic writers like Tertullian contrasted the immoral attitude of pagans who nonchalantly destroyed their unborn, with the moral rigour of the followers of Christ. As Britain gradually sinks back into unbelief, there is a wicked logic in the exultant crowing of the abortion apologists. Paganism, after a fashion, with its many horrors, is back. But be warned: God is not mocked.

So, the Mogg. Some halfwits brands him a ‘religious extremist’. Here we go again. Every time a politician with a conscience – as opposed to the sycophants, time-servers and arse-lickers ruling the roost in Parliament – sticks to his beliefs, he gets pilloried. Extremism – horribile dictu! But what can a politically active Christian do when faced with iniquitous laws? ‘We must obey God rather than men’, St Peter long ago affirmed when dragged before the Jewish High Priest. Saints like Thomas More did that and it cost him his head. The Mogg won’t suffer the same fate yet the priest, also a proud ‘religious extremist’, wishes him well. Bully for him!

Revd Frank Julian Gelli


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