50 Questions About Abortion: 37 – What scriptural basis is there for being pro-life?

November 14, 2017

This year is the 50th anniversary of the passing of the 1967 Abortion Act in the UK. Sr Roseann is answering 50 questions about abortion, to mark the 50th anniversary.

Question 37: “What scriptural basis is there for being pro-life?”

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Reminder: Pro-Life Mass This Wednesday

November 12, 2017

Please join us in praying for the pro-life cause this Wednesday 15th November evening. Mass will be celebrated by Fr Paddy Boyle.

The programme for the evening is: Eucharistic adoration 6-7 pm, Rosary 7 pm, Mass 7:30 pm. Followed by refreshments. Join us for as little or as much of the evening as you can.

Venue: Blessed John Duns Scotus RC Church, 270 Ballater Street, Gorbals, Glasgow, G5 0YT


Ladies’ Lunch Dietary Deadline

November 9, 2017

We are very much looking forward to meeting the 430 ladies who are coming to the Ladies’ Lunch on Saturday 18th November. Tickets have all gone, plus extas! Tomorrow- Friday 10th November at 12 noon is the deadline for letting Sr Roseann know of any dietary requirements: vegetarian / vegan / gluten free / dairy free / allergies. If you do not request a special dietary meal by tomorrow, then one will not be provided on the day. Please contact Sr Roseann on 07816 937777 or the Cardinal Winning Pro-Life Initiative on 0141 4332680.


Columba Cross for Sr Roseann

October 30, 2017

Sr Roseann was delighted and surprised to receive the highest honour anyone outside the Knights of St Columba can receive – the Columba Cross.

Outgoing Supreme Knight, Charlie McCluskey, presented Sr Roseann with the Columba Cross for her exceptional work within the Cardinal Winning Pro-Life Initiative over the past 20 years and her solid support of the Knights of St Columba. This was presented at the recent Knights of St Columba Supreme Council banquet.

Archbishop Philip Tartaglia also presented Charlie McCluskey with a papal award and welcomed him into the Knights of St Gregory.

What a wonderful evening and fantastic honour, massive congratulations to both and very well deserved.


Pro-Life Torchlight Procession Thursday 26th October

October 20, 2017

From George Square to St Andrew’s Cathedral. To mark the 50th anniversary of the Abortion Act.

6 pm: Gather in George Square

6:30 pm: Rosary

7 pm: Torchlight procession

7:30 pm: Mass in St Andrew’s Cathedral


Reminder: Pro-Life Mass This Wednesday

October 15, 2017

Please join us in praying for the pro-life cause this Wednesday 18th October evening. Mass will be celebrated by Fr Joe Sullivan.

The programme for the evening is: Eucharistic adoration 6-7 pm, Rosary 7 pm, Mass 7:30 pm. Followed by refreshments. Join us for as little or as much of the evening as you can.

Venue: Blessed John Duns Scotus RC Church, 270 Ballater Street, Gorbals, Glasgow, G5 0YT


SPUC Scotland Conference

October 12, 2017

We loved the SPUC Scotland Conference last Saturday! There were 3 fantastic speakers and breaks between talks which gave a good chance to talk to other pro-lifers attending the conference.

The first speaker was David Quinn, from Ireland. David spoke on ‘The Dictatorship of Relativism’. He showed us how society thinks it is OK for everyone to have their own beliefs, as long as they think that all beliefs are equal. However, in the name of equality, society has become intolerant of anyone who holds that all viewpoints are not equal. Minority groups (like LGBT, Muslims) are promoted and protected. This has stopped speech that may be valid and legitimate criticism (rather that hate speech). Anyone who disagrees with a lifestyle is termed a bigot and silenced. It is now deemed judgemental and intolerant to favour marriage as the best environment for bringing up children. There is the attempt to create uniformity in the name of diversity.

The second speaker was Clare Bremner, a counsellor from ARCH. She gave an amazing and heartbreaking insight into the mind of a woman, ‘Ellie’, who finds herself in a crisis pregnancy and ends up having an abortion. Explaining how the rapid change in hormones in the first trimester of pregnancy makes her emotionally up and down. How her threat system is activated, leading to ‘get me out of here’ tunnel vision, with abortion seeming the only emergency exit. However after an abortion the woman looks back and sees all the factors which drove her to having an abortion are actually not as disastrous as they seemed at the time and then she can be filled with regret and self-loathing. Often women who have had an abortion hope to become pregnant again soon afterwards. Thankfully the story had a happy ending, as compassion focussed therapy can help a woman to forgive and love herself once more after the trauma of abortion. In the words of Ellie ‘ARCH saved me’. Anyone suffering after abortion can contact ARCH for free help www.archtrust.org.uk 0845 603 8501

The third speaker was Stephanie Gray, from Canada (who is half Scottish). She lead us through an approach to constructively engage in conversation and debate with those who are pro-choice. Using an ‘ask questions and tell parables’ approach, drawing her inspiration from the approach of Jesus Christ in the Bible. Try to find something in what the other person says that you agree with. But then ask another question or illustrate your point with an analogy. For example, say ‘I agree with you, to be pregnant and poor would be hard. Imagine this, imagine you have a woman who is pregnant and not poor. She has her baby and 2 years later becomes poor. Is it OK for her to kill her child because she is in poverty?’ Also consider what the prior life experiences of the person have been and reach their heart. Sometimes, a pro-choicer is asking a question not to find out whether the unborn child is human but whether the pro-lifer is human. For example, in the case of rape. We would highly recommend her book ‘Love Unleashes Life’, which gives examples of what she spoke on.

We very much look forward to next year’s SPUC Scotland conference.

Below: the SPUC Scotland and ARCH team