Monday, June 25, 2007

Vatican Cardinal Calls on Catholics to Stop Funding Amnesty International

The Guardian (UK) reported on 6/14:

A senior Vatican cardinal said yesterday that Catholics should stop donating to human rights group Amnesty International because of its new policy advocating abortion rights for women if they had been raped, were a victim of incest or faced health risks....

"AI has betrayed its mission," Cardinal Martino told the US National Catholic Register in an interview.  Amnesty changed its neutral stance on abortion in April, but its Italy chairman Paolo Pobbiati insisted its new position had been misinterpreted by the cardinal.

"This has nothing to do with legitimising abortion as part of a campaign for human rights, it is to do with combating violence against women," he said....

"AI does not take a position on whether abortion should be legal or whether it is right or wrong," it added in a statement.

In his interview with the National Catholic Register, Cardinal Martino did not see any grey areas.  "The Church teaches that it is never justifiable to kill an innocent life. Abortion is murder," he said. "To selectively justify abortion, even in the cases of rape, is to define the innocent child within the womb as an enemy, a 'thing' that must be destroyed. How can we say that killing a child in some cases is good and in other cases it is evil?"

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