Shamefully, the people of supposedly Roman Catholic Ireland have voted to allow the murder of unborn children.
And, even more shamefully, the leader of the Roman Catholic system, Pope Francis (pictured, below), has kept out of the debate and failed to issue advice to Roman Catholics as to how they should vote.
Indeed, there hasn’t been a firm line taken or direct guidance issued by the Roman Catholic Church advising the people to vote against a decision to repeal the eighth amendment of the Republic of Ireland’s constitution, which kept strict controls on abortion.
The resounding majority of voters (about two thirds) chose to facilitate the murder of unborn children and it is anticipated the Irish government will choose to implement a policy whereby any child can be murdered, though they prefer the softer terms ‘abortion’ or ‘termination’, in the first 12 weeks of pregnancy.
While Pope Francis plans to visit Ireland this August, he didn’t see fit to visit in the run-up to the abortion referendum in an effort to protect the sanctity of life in what was once a stronghold of Roman Catholic dogma.
For a man keen to hear the sound of his own voice, Pope Francis was notably quiet in the aftermath of the distressing and disgraceful result, as the left wing British newspaper, ‘The Guardian’, pointed out.
It said: “Pope Francis remained silent on the referendum in his Sunday morning address in St Peter’s Square in Rome. The Papal Twitter feed also failed to publish any reaction to the result, and his spokesperson did not respond to a request for comment from the Guardian.”
Not only did the Pope fail to volunteer his opinion, he refused to give it when asked. That’s some supposed spiritual leader!
Rome’s position has been seriously weakened over the past two decades as the sickening stories emerged of clerical abuse so widespread it couldn’t be covered up any longer.
And that was noted as a contributing factor to the Roman Catholic Church playing a low key role throughout the campaign in an article published by ‘The Spectator’.
It said: “What’s notable about the campaign is it’s an almost entirely secular debate. The Catholic Church is absent from the fight to an extent that would have been hard to imagine in 1983, though it has made clear its support for keeping the amendment.
“And that’s reflective of the condition of the church in the wake of successive abuse scandals. ‘The Church has a chastened position in Irish society’, says ‘Father’ Patrick Claffey, who has a central Dublin parish.”
We note, as did that article we have just quoted, that the Roman Catholic Church in Ireland, to a significant extent, backed the retention of the eighth amendment, but there were few public pronouncements and the total silence of the leader of their church, the Pope.
Now of course we, as Protestants, reject the Pope utterly for his manifold blasphemies and are not saddened to see the vice-like grip of the Roman Catholic Church loosened in the Republic of Ireland, but we are saddened to see Roman Catholics in that country heading off in another wrong direction, and that is secularism.
This is truly a day, like in Judges 17:6 where “every man did that which was right in his own eyes”.
And this is that same spirit of rebellion against the restraints God puts in place for our own good that we can see in the ‘our bodies, our choice’ mantra being screamed by the proponents of convenient baby disposal, or the disposal of inconvenient babies.
We will remind readers of what the Bible has to say about the unborn baby.
Psalm 139:13-16: “For thou hast possessed my reins: thou hast covered me in my mother’s womb. I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvellous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well. My substance was not hid from thee, when I was made in secret, and curiously wrought in the lowest parts of the earth. Thine eyes did see my substance, yet being unperfect; and in thy book all my members were written, which in continuance were fashioned, when as yet there was none of them.”
We are “fearfully and wonderfully made”, part of God’s creation, and it is not our right to decide which child should live and which should die. And while we were yet “unperfect”, or not fully developed in the womb, God already knew everything about us and placed such value on us that He recorded all our members in His book.
Children are a gift from God. Psalm 127:3 tells us: “Lo, children are an heritage of the Lord: and the fruit of the womb is his reward.”
However, women are celebrating in the streets of Ireland being able to rip out “the fruit of the womb”.
It is horrendous that people were jumping up and down with glee when the result was announced – it was adding insult to injury to act in such a despicable, brazen manner.
Those cheerleaders of the slaughter of the unborn are like the children of Israel upon whom God pronounced His judgment in Jeremiah 2:34: “Also in thy skirts is found the blood of the souls of the poor innocents: I have not found it by secret search, but upon all these.”
God didn’t have to look behind closed doors to see the innocent blood dripping from the children of Israel, and it is the same today as the most vile of acts, directly contradicting the sixth commandment – “Thou shalt not kill”, is openly lauded and supported.
The march of sin never seeks to let up or take a break, it is in a mode of constant attack.
This following verse is referring to the Babylonian king, Nebuchadnezzar, but it can be applied to those who would seek to spread further the massacre of unborn babies and, within minutes of the result being announced last Saturday evening, they had already turned their attentions to Northern Ireland.
Habakkuk 2:5 says: “Yea also, because he transgresseth by wine, he is a proud man, neither keepeth at home, who enlargeth his desire as hell, and is as death, and cannot be satisfied, but gathereth unto him all nations, and heapeth unto him all people”.
These are proud people, neither do they keep at home, but seek to disseminate their murderous message further and they “enlarge their desire as hell, and cannot be satisfied”. Babies are to be murdered on demand on roughly three quarters of the island of Ireland, but that is not enough.
Please pray, dear reader, that it will remain the situation that in Northern Ireland abortion is not freely accessible and please pray that God will turn in the hearts of our political leaders in Westminster and that He might even do likewise with the would-be authorisers of murder in Dublin.
Job 33:4: “The Spirit of God hath made me, and the breath of the Almighty hath given me life.”