Thursday, June 14, 2007

Vatican Demands Catholics Boycott Amnesty International

The Vatican has urged all Catholics to stop donating money to Amnesty International, accusing the human rights group of promoting abortion.

The Vatican, which regards life as sacred from the moment of conception, said it was an "inevitable consequence" of the group's policy change.

Amnesty said it was not promoting abortion as a universal right.

But the group said that women had a right to choose, particularly in cases of rape or incest.

"No more financing of Amnesty International after the organisation's pro-abortion about-turn," said a statement from the Roman Catholic Church's Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace.

A helpful suggestion for the Catholic Church might be to butt out in cases like this until they get their own house in order,(speck in their eye, log in your's). Pope Benedict is destroying the good will for the Vatican that Pope John Paul II brought to the church. Imagine if the priest abuse scandal broke under Ratzinger.

John Paul was a conservative man, but utterly decent, and basically christian. People accepted the bitter pill of church orthodoxy easier from him. Coming out against an organization who rallies opinion against torturers is not helpful.

Demanding that rape and torture victims become baby factories may fit with the church theology, but not with the audience listening.