The Portal December 2017 - Page 22

THE P RTAL December 2017 Page 22 about the dignity of the person and for the Church it moves very quickly on to the theology of the body because, if we see sex simply as part of the culture of consumerism, then abortion is inevitable.” After the fire alarm had gone off and we were all back in the cafe, Anne took up the account. “We attend as many religious as non-religious schools. Getting in is a big problem! There is a suspicion about what information we are going to impart. town by the Pro-Choice movement. So what we are really interested in doing is providing alternatives. It “Its difficult to get in to schools, but once we are in, is shocking the number of women who are coming to they see, because we have a very definite presentation us who are considering abortion but don’t really want with a very gentle approach, it’s very much about abortion. They are under pressure - financial, from being compassionate to people making that decision their husbands or boyfriends, even to being evicted and that abortion is never a good choice to make. from the property or family home. Stephen continued, “I think that’s critical to the work that Life does. At Life we hold an absolutist position on abortion and we need to be quite clear on that, but that message can be delivered in a way that celebrates life in a way that uses language which is full of mercy, full of grace, while standing by the position we hold, which is a big challenge for the church in all areas. We stand by the church’s teaching and embrace all who have fallen. That is what we are trying to do. LIFE is a remarkable charity and doing a wonderful and worthwhile job. You may see more at their web site www.lifecharity.org.uk. We are grateful to the Revd Stephen Sharpe and Anne Scanlon, for their time. This is only part of the interview. There will be more in a future edition of T he P ortal . “We are not trying to victimise or criminalise or run any one down. We are here to support people and help people to choose life. Choice - the word choice is a very complicated thing and when you look into it and the Pro-Choice lobby then you realise that they are not talking about choice. They are talking about one thing - abortion and when there is only one thing there is no choice. Secondly, they talk about people being able to make decisions, particularly women. I GIVE to the Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham, 24 Golden Square, London W1F 9JR, the sum of ______ pounds (£ ) and I DIRECT that the receipt of the Treasurer or other proper officer of the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham shall be good and sufficient discharge to my Executor. or I GIVE the residue of my estate to the Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham, 24 Golden Square, London W1F 9JR, and I DIRECT that the receipt of the Treasurer or other proper officer of the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham shall be good and sufficient discharge to my Executor. '^H\\]]8&\Z\H[^HYYB\YXZHHX\[ۋ]H[HX[\۸&]HXܝ[ۋ'K[HH[8'^BX[ۈ\'H\[[ۋ8'^H\H[]قܛ\وܙ܈XZ[H\]Y\[]\وH\ۘ[ܙ[\X]Bو\YHو[[[H[[\[[]]H\[Xۙ\ ۝[YYHYH \[Y \YH]Y[[XZ[[H\H]X܈ܝ ܈\[ ]\Y\X[Z[ܚ]K[X\ܙ]\[H N]H\H\X[Έ8'H\H[]Y[HX[Y[\B[\N^H\H\HX] MK \X[[Hو8'KYHZ\ۈ]X\[H NM ˂HX]X]\^K[\]X\XZ[H\XXYZو[^[XH\\\][Z[\]Y][X[[[X]\]Y8'x'KZHHXYوHXܝHܙ[\X]N][Y][ۜ[[\\[B\ ]YRK[ LۙY\\\[ Y][X[Y\H[]\[\]][X[ۋH]Y\]YH]X\[[\و[][[ۋ\H\H\ۈB]X\[H[\[YK\\\و\ܞN[]\[\\X[\[[\X[ܙ][\Y\]H[X[[ˈH][[\][ۋ]]Y[Z][\]X‘[\]\؜\Y\X]܈\YH[]H[]]XݙH[Xۘ[X][ۋ