BUILDING A CULTURE OF LIFE: Prayer is the most powerful resource in building a culture of life, said Archbishop Leo Cushley to the pro-life activists of the Archdiocese of St Andrews & Edinburgh upon the Feast of the Holy Innocents. “Today we come to pray. I think it is the very best thing we can do. That doesn’t stop us being socially and politically active, but I think as Catholic Christians, our best, our highest, our finest response is to place this matter before Almighty God,” said Archbishop Cushley in St Margaret’s Chapel, Gillis Centre, Edinburgh, 29 December.
The Feast of the Holy Innocents commemorates the massacre of the children by King Herod in his attempt to kill the infant Jesus (Matthew 2:16–18). In recent decades, the day has been adopted by the pro-life movement as an occasion to commemorate and pray for all victims of abortion, both mothers, families and pre-born babies.
This year marks the 50th anniversary of the 1967 Abortion Act which legalised the killing of the pre-born in Great Britain at a cost, thus far, of over 8 million lives.
“We believe that prayer is able to deflect and to disarm one of the most tragic decisions ever taken in our country,” said the Archbishop, “That tragic decision continues to this day, undermining a sense of life’s true and essential value.”
“For no matter what set of circumstances surround the decision to have an abortion, or to assist in that abortion, nevertheless it takes an often unhappy or even tragic circumstance and makes it even worse.”
The Holy Mass was well attended by pro-life activists who had travelled from across the Archdiocese of St Andrews & Edinburgh. It was followed by a reception in the Gillis Centre’s Islay Hall.