Some authorities record that there are 613 commandments in the Law of the Old Testament. The question of which one was the greatest was frequently discussed. Jesus was asked to name one. He responded by naming two. Because for him the second flowed from the first. Loving God and our neighbour.
This last week saw the 50th Anniversary of the 1967 Abortion Act. The Bishops of England, Wales and Scotland have issued a statement and asked for prayers. The statement is available at the back of the church and online at http://catholicnews.org.uk/Home/News/50-Years-of-the-Abortion-Act/Joint-Statement-on-Abortion
The bishops remind us that “the complex conditions in which a woman finds herself pregnant and may consider having an abortion may limit the exercise of freedom and diminish moral culpability. When abortion is the choice made by a woman, the unfailing mercy of God and the promise of forgiveness through the sacrament of reconciliation are always available….
Many professionals too face the challenge that respect for conscientious objection against abortion has been eroded. Personal conscience is inviolable and nobody should be forced to act against his or her properly informed conscience on these matters”. Please do read the statement and reflect on its message.
Mgr Jim C