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Thursday, January 19, 2017
A fictional parenthood is being created' - Archbishop Vincent Nichols
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¬†Archbishop Vincent Nichols referred to the Embryology Bill debate during his homily at the annual Civic Mass, in St Chad's Cathedral, Birmingham, yesterday, the Feast of Christ The King. The Archbishop of Birmingham said: "over again we hear of people who put their own short-term desires to one side and sacrifice themselves for others, revealing as they do so the most noble and profound truth about the nature of the life we have been given and about how we find its fulfilment. "Yet other trends in our society contradict this. They serve only to obscure this deepest truth, asserting instead an insistent demand for personal satisfaction at the cost of a deeper truth about ourselves and the well-being of another." "Examples of this are being put forward in legislative proposals concerning the beginnings of human life. Can it really be wise for the law to permit the creation of human life simply for purposes of research; or the creation of hybrid human life for experimentation? "Is that telling the truth of who we are and the nobility of our calling to love? Can it be wise, or even acceptable, that the law may no longer require a record of the true parents of whom a child is born, permitting instead two people of the same sex to register as the parents of the child from birth?" "Archbishop Nichols stressed: "A fictional parenthood is being created here. This is not an act of truth and love. Is this not an ultimate act of spin in which some children will be told that, in the eyes of the law, they do not have a biological father? "This is not simply, as some like to say, 'an undermining of the traditional form of family.' It is a manipulation of our human nature itself. It is far from the loving service we owe one another, to tell the truth even if some sacrifice of our own comfort and personal hope is involved. "The well-being of our society cannot realistically be sustained in this way. If we choose to distort our human ecology ≠ that system of relationships and truths in which we flourish ≠ to such an extent, then surely we risk radical instability. In the ecology of our planet we are slowly learning that its abuse leads to disaster. It is true, also, for the ecology of our humanity." Archbishop Nichols concluded: "At the heart of that human ecology, as today's Feast of Christ the King makes so clear, is the readiness to put the needs of others before my own, and in particular the needs of the weak and of those who cannot protect themselves. "This is the self-sacrificing love which lies at the heart of the anointed leadership of Christ. This is a redemptive love, a love that can transform our world, as we see over and over again. This is the truth of who we are and of what we are called to be."
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