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Tuesday, December 6, 2016
Catholics urged to leave Amnesty
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¬†The president of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, Cardinal Renato Martino, is encouraging Catholics to withdraw support from Amnesty International because of its decision to promote abortion. The Cardinal said Amnesty's decision to promote abortion rights was a betrayal of its original identity. He said: "By pushing for the decriminalization of abortion as part of their platform, Amnesty International has disqualified itself as a defender of human rights, If AI is no longer willing to stand up for the most basic human right - the right to life - then the very integrity of the organization is called into question." Amnesty International was founded in 1961 by Peter Benenson, a Catholic lawyer who devoted his life to human rights issues. He died in 2005. The organisation he founded was focussed mainly on the rights of prisoners of conscience around the world. They encouraged members to write to prisoners and take part in letter writing campaigns and vigils. Amnesty International, now with a membership of over 2.2 million in over 150 countries and territories. Recently, Amnesty joined other international organizations, such as the United Nations Children's Fund, to promoting the 'right to abortion' ≠ which is a departure from its original remit. Cardinal Martino, who served as the Holy See's permanent observer at the United Nations, says that this change of position is part of the "pro-death" agenda in modern culture. The cardinal said that Amnesty International's decision means Catholics and Catholic organizations should no longer financially support the group. "The promotion of abortion opens the door to the slippery slope of evil and death, where human rights are taken away from the most innocent and vulnerable children of God," he said. "I believe that, if in fact Amnesty International persists in this course of action, individuals and Catholic organizations must withdraw their support." David Hicks, a north London member of Amnesty said: "This proposed change of policy is not just a concern for Catholics. At a time when there are more prisoners around the world than ever before - in places like Guantanamo; Iraq, and China - we should be putting all our efforts into campaigning for them - not taling on more issues." Source: VIS
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