A clear message to Matteo Renzi: don’t fool around with marriage and family. At the time of writing this, around two million citizens are manifesting their peaceful protest against the Italian government’s intention to legally recognize “civil unions” between homosexual partners, a measure that would constitute a first step towards the recognition of same-sex “marriages”.
The participation in this manifestation is impressive for a country with around 55 million inhabitants: it means that 1 out of each 25 Italians is present at the Circo Massimo, even though many had to travel several hundreds of miles (which demonstrates their strong motivation to stand up for something that s very important to them). One may safely conclude that this rally evidences a strong disapproval of wide swathes of Italian society against the government’s attempt to deconstruct the institutions that form the basis of a healthy society. Continue reading
In view of the European Commission’s openly hostile attitude to the new pro-family citizens’ initiative “Mum, Dad & Kids”, one has reason to wonder whether the Commission’s decision to determine the 11th December 2016 as the end date for this initiative has not the deliberate purpose of reducing as far as possible keeping the time during which signatures can be collected as short as possible inorder to reduce the initiatives chances for success.
MEP Marijana Petir (PPE, Croatia) has submitted a question for written answer (Nr. E-000211/2016) to the Commission: Continue reading
The rule of law is breaking down in Europe. No, we are not speaking of one of the usual suspects (Hungary, Poland, or Greece), but of Germany, until now thought to be a beacon of order and stability. This appears to have changed as a result of the Migration Crisis.
As several media report, representatives of the police and the state prosecutor’s office in the city of Kiel, capital of the region of Schleswig-Holstein, have concluded a secret agreement according which small thefts, the vandalization of public property, and other “minor offences” will not be prosecuted if they are committed by asylum seekers, including persons with no valid documents.
For all practical purposes this means that asylum seekers without documents have a license to steal, and German citizens should not expect the police and judiciary will come to their help. Continue reading
Given its role as the biggest and most powerful defender of marriage, family, and children’s rights on the international scene, news that the Catholic Church might be wavering in its convictions are disturbing even for non-Catholics.
This is from an article written by Edward Pentin for the National Catholic Register:
Well informed sources have told the Register that the document, which observers believe will probably be released on March 19 — the feast of St. Joseph and the 3rd anniversary of the Pope’s inauguration Mass — is in its third draft. They also say that the chief drafter is Archbishop Victor Manuel Fernández, rector of the the Pontifical Catholic University of Argentina in Buenos Aires and one of Pope Francis’ closest advisers.
One reliably informed source, a recognized moral theologian who has seen the draft, said he was “deeply disturbed” by the text as it “calls into question the natural moral law”. Continue reading
The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe has adopted a resolution qualifying the actions of ISIS against Christians and other religious minorities in the Middle East as genocide. The resolution “Foreign Fighters in Syria and Iraq” states that ISIS “has perpetrated acts of genocide and other serious crimes punishable under international law.” Continue reading
“Reproductive medicine”, i.e. the production of babies in vitro for people who cannot have one (such as infertile couples, homosexual couples, or individual persons) is a big business that promises huge benefits for those involved in it. And quite obviously the baby-production industry has a big economic stake in ensuring that any legal obstacles for its activities to be removed, or, even better, in persuading lawmakers that these activities should be subsidized through public funding.
It is therefore self-evident that asking a “reproduction doctor” to be the rapporteur for a PACE resolution on surrogacy smacks of a conflict of interest. This is even more so if the person at question is not only a “reproduction doctor” (who happens to be the head of one among only 4 medical facilities in Belgium that offer surrogacy despite the absence of a legal framework for it), but also a well-known representative of the LGBT lobby, which seeks to create a legal entitlement for same-sex couples to get access to other people’s children. Continue reading
Christiane Taubira resigns from her post as Minister of Justice in the French government following a row on measures to combat Islamist terrorism.
Mrs. Taubira, a politician from the radical left fringe, has forever tied her name to the infamous law that has re-defined, and thus deprived of its meaning, the concept of marriage. She will also be remembered for her disproportionately brutal cracking down against opponents of her radical agenda. At some point people were even arrested simply for wearing pink and blue tee-shirts depicting a normal family…
We do not regret seeing her leave. We just hope that the law bearing her name will soon be removed as well.