Wednesday, June 13, 2007

Catholic Church divesting from Amnesty International

Human rights organization now supports abortion.

Folks, according to the National Catholic Register:
LONDON — Abortion has driven a wedge between the Catholic Church and an organization that began as an ally.

Cardinal Renato MartinoAmnesty International (AI) was founded in 1961 by Peter Benenson, a British convert to Catholicism. But today, as a result of Amnesty International’s recent decision to promote abortion rights, Church leaders say that Catholics should withdraw all financial support from the London-based human-rights organization.

“I believe that, if in fact Amnesty International persists in this course of action, individuals and Catholic organizations must withdraw their support, because, in deciding to promote abortion rights, AI has betrayed its mission,” Cardinal Renato Martino, president of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, said in an e-mail interview.

Fr. Daniel BerriganThe abortion policy has already cost Amnesty International the support of one long-time Catholic backer: Jesuit Father Daniel Berrigan.

Said Father Berrigan, “One cannot support an organization financially or even individually that is contravening something very serious in our ethic.”
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Commentary. It is a shame that such a prestigious human rights organization has taken such a dismal position in favor of so-called "abortion rights." Countries like China, that have enacted draconian forced abortion laws with the excuse of "population control" can now rest easy, having dodged the bullet of international condemnation of its very legal baby holocaust. Sadly and ironically, the highest number of victims of China's one-child policy are girls.

Amnesty International, for shame. People, the time to divest from AI has come.