AMNESTY CONTINUES TO HOLD OUT AND ON TO ILLEGAL FUNDING FROM GEORGE SOROS’ OPEN SOCIETY.
(Good article though a little dated: Amnesty International Ireland, are still holding both out and on to the illegal money from George Soros’ Open Society: Meanwhile Bishop Fonsie Cullinan of Waterford diocese, has called for people to challenge the Standards in Public Office / S.I.P.O. over the money saga with Amnesty)
.- Amnesty International is in no position to oppose an Irish law against foreign political funding now that it is under scrutiny for taking money from U.S. financier George Soros’ Open Society Foundations to target the country’s abortion restrictions, Irish pro-life advocates have said.
“The arrogance they have shown in the past few days on this issue is staggering. They are now trying to argue that they have a ‘human right’ to take money from billionaires to push to have abortion legalization in Ireland, while they also argue that preborn children should not have the most basic human right of all – the right to life,” Niamh Ui Bhriain, a spokesperson for the Irish-based Life Institute, told CNA Dec. 11.
She said the action shows the reliance of Irish pro-abortion rights campaigners on foreign funding. Millions of dollars in overseas funding have targeted Ireland’s pro-life laws for decades, as have other U.S. groups like the Center for Reproductive Rights.
“It’s made for a very un-level playing field in the abortion debate in Ireland,” she said.
The Republic of Ireland’s Standards in Public Office Commission has told the human rights and pro-abortion legalization group to return about $160,000 in funds to the Soros foundations. According to the commission, the money violated Irish law barring foreign donations to third party groups seeking to influence the outcome of a referendum campaign.
For the rest of the article see: https://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/soros-money-means-legal-trouble-for-amnestys-ireland-abortion-campaign-29315
I can’t believe I used to give money to these people. Since when is killing babies a human right? How can they spend so much more money promoting abortion than fighting against torture and other urgent human rights abuses? Rather than spending money on abortion we should be spending it on providing better healthcare and support for all pregnant women around the world.
Trigger warning: this post talks about abortion and related issues.
There are various campaigns going on in Ireland, and around the world, for the protection of the Eighth Amendment to the Irish constitution, which simply states the right to life of unborn children:
The State acknowledges the right to life of the unborn and, with due regard to the equal right to life of the mother, guarantees in its laws to respect, and, as far as practicable, by its laws to defend and vindicate that right.
The current Irish legislation already allows for abortion in limited cases but the international pro-abortion lobby wants to expand access to bring Ireland in line with other countries. There is to be a referendum on the 25th of May to test public support for repealing the Eighth Amendment. The Irish government, mainstream media and pro-abortion forces outside Ireland (like Soros) are pushing hard for repeal. One of the reasons used to promote abortion is the safety of women, but Ireland is statistically one of the safest places in the world to be pregnant and give birth. Those statistics are an embarrassment to the pro-abortion lobby and so Ireland is being pressured to downgrade* its healthcare for women in the name of women’s rights. Ironic, no?
If you would like to support the pro-life efforts in Ireland, one of the easiest ways is through prayer. You can offer your own individual prayers, of course, but there are also organised prayer campaigns. For example, EWTN have organised a rosary campaign that you can join any time. There is also a fasting initiative being promoted in imitation of the successful, scriptural fast prompted by Queen Esther (a type of the Blessed Virgin Mary):
And again Esther sent to Mardochai in these words: Go, and gather together all the Jews whom thou shalt find in Susan, and pray ye for me. Neither eat nor drink for three days and three nights: and I with my handmaids will fast in like manner, and then I will go in to the king, against the law, not being called, and expose myself to death and to danger. [Esther 3:15-16 Douay-Rheims]
The Irish version of this fast is to be carried out on the Fridays of May leading up to the referendum, i.e. the 4th, 11th and 18th of May. Supporters are to have only bread and water on these days. Please join us if you feel able, but don’t endanger your health.
If you have the means, you could also consider donating to the various pro-life organisations in Ireland. There’s the Life Institute in Dublin that’s running the SaveThe8th campaign. There’s lots of information about the abortion issue on its website. There are also Catholic organisations like Human Life International and Ask Majella that support women with crisis pregnancies.
We can’t use the hard cases to justify abortion on demand. Threats to the mother’s life are already accounted for in Irish law. In cases of rape, incest and foetal abnormalities, the testimony of mothers shows that abortion tends to add to their suffering whereas birthing the baby tends to be a positive and healing experience. Other types of crisis pregnancy can be tackled by offering counselling, financial aid or adoption, and these alternatives should be researched, promoted, facilitated and financed in preference to abortion. Repealing the Eighth Amendment will make that so much harder. Please help Ireland set a good example for the rest of the world.
*Abortion poses a significant risk to the woman’s physical and mental health, despite what the pro-abortion lobby would like you to believe.
I was in Dublin again yesterday for the pro-life rally. Tens of thousands of supporters turned up, and a handful of pro-choice protesters. This is the most representative video I could find but it only covers a small section:
Apologies for the small bit of profanity you might see on a sign. The green and red flags represent the people from my county: Mayo. Four coaches of us set off in the early hours of the morning and I didn’t get back until just before midnight. It was worth it.
Please watch this video. It doesn’t contain any distressing images but it’s hard to watch without crying. Ireland’s future as a caring nation is in jeopardy. Please pray that its people vote to protect their most vulnerable citizens.
If you watch the video, please say a prayer for the priest giving the sermon, and also for the person (people?) behind the excellent Catholic YouTube channel called “Sensus Fidelium“.
The Catholic Concern for Animals (CCA) blog has alerted me to the fact that it is World Vegan Day and the start of World Vegan Month. This has prompted me to do a job that I have been putting off for a while. I have added a new category called “Vegetarian and Vegan” to my blog, and I have gone through my old posts and put the relevant ones into this new category. There aren’t that many but now it’s easier to find them. Just look to the right, under the pictures of the “community posts I like”, and click on the folder icon to see all my categories. You should see “Vegetarian and Vegan” at the bottom of the list.
If you can’t be bothered to do that (and I wouldn’t blame you), I recommend the short stories Alien Report and Alien Harvest. I was working on part 3 but my graphics machine is still causing me problems so I haven’t been able to finish the illustration that goes with the story. There’s also this story that has vegan leanings.
For me, the mystery of miracles is not the how or the why of miracles themselves but why they are so ignored. There are miracles happening all around the world all the time. How is it that we never hear about genuine miracles like healings at Lourdes or scientifically-tested Eucharistic miracles in the mass media? We see plenty of people on news reports saying things like “It was a miracle…” but we don’t seem to be expected to believe that God had anything to do with it. When people hear about miracles they mostly seem to just shrug it off. ‾\_(ツ)_/‾
I know someone who, decades ago, cried out to God in extremis and was answered in abundance. When our prayers are answered they are often answered with overflowing generosity, as at the wedding at Cana. I know that this person was relieved and thankful that her prayer had been answered but she didn’t respond in kind. She did what many people do. She treated it as a welcome anomaly and then got on with life as usual. People often only turn to God when they want something. As Our Lord says in Chapter 6 of John’s Gospel:
Amen, amen I say to you, you seek me, not because you have seen miracles, but because you did eat of the loaves, and were filled. Labour not for the meat which perisheth, but for that which endureth unto life everlasting, which the Son of man will give you.
Shouldn’t miracles prompt at least a little curiosity or a desire to do something in thanksgiving? When a hardened heart is granted a miracle or is a witness to one, it is a call and an opportunity for that heart to respond. God loves us so much, shouldn’t we try to love Him in return? When we witness or hear about a miracle, we shouldn’t shrug it off, we should get curious. The Lord is reaching out to us.
I leave you with this link to a beautifully-written, moving story of what happened to a sick little boy after a trip to Lourdes. The writer (his mother) is not claiming that this is a miracle healing but it certainly sounds like a miraculous transformation to me. Here are some excerpts:
Before his pilgrimage, at almost eighteen months old, Oscar was functionally stalled at a developmental level between three and nine months…
Within a week of returning home, however, we had appointments with his physical therapist, occupational therapist, speech therapist, and neurologist, … I didn’t say anything about the remarkable changes I had noticed in Oscar. I didn’t need to. Every person who knows him well and has spent time with him this month has commented that he is markedly different.
… By the end of the hour, she [the physical therapist] told me, “I’m a little freaked out.”