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Book now for SPUC's national conference, 5-7 September


Wednesday, 16 July 2014

Book now for SPUC's national conference, 5-7 September

Bishop Philip Egan
***Book before 31 July for a £20 discount***

SPUC's national conference takes place once again at the Hayes Conference Centre, Swanwick, Derbyshire, from 5-7 September. This will be a fantastic opportunity to hear international speakers on a range of pro-life topics, and get up to date with all SPUC’s campaigns. It is a must for all SPUC branches. We are delighted that our speakers this year will include:
See the conference programme

To book, download the booking form and return it to SPUC with the conference fee. Book before 31 July for a £20 discount

If you have any questions about the conference, please contact Katherine Hampton, the conference organiser, by email to or by telephone on 020 7820 3137.

Speaker profiles:

Bishop Philip Egan
Roman Catholic bishop of Portsmouth, who responded firmly to criticism from pro-abortion Catholic MPs who were appalled when he said political advocates of abortion and same-sex “marriage” should not present themselves to receive Communion. Bishop Egan spoke out against the Liverpool Care Pathway, and strongly defended doctors who respect life.  In a recent interview he said that, “Abortion, euthanasia, eugenics, [and] assisted suicide gravely degrade and undermine respect for the dignity and value of human life”. Bishop Egan issued an important statement on the passing of the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Act, which made clear that same-sex marriage is "the inevitable outcome" of the rejection of the intrinsic link between the unitive and procreative aspects of sexual intercourse, the link taught in Pope Paul VI's encyclical "Humanae Vitae". Bishop Egan needs our prayers and support for his courageous pro-life stand, and we are very excited that he will be speaking at the conference.

Dr. Greg Gardner MRCGP
Hon. tutor in General Practice, University of Birmingham, who will be speaking about the GMC and its tacit involvement in colluding with pre-signing of abortion consent forms. Dr. Gardner is a GP at an inner city practice in Birmingham. He is a member of the Christian Medical Fellowship and writes and speaks widely against abortion. He has been an adviser to SPUC on literature for GPs.

Obianuju Ekeocha
Runs Culture of Life Africa, an internet-based resource which monitors and publicises the attacks on the culture of life in her home continent of Africa. Obianuju organised the first ever pro-life conference in her native Nigeria in June 2013. She is outspoken against first world countries deluging the world’s poorest countries, most of them in Africa, with contraception and abortion.

Colin Harte
Carer of the late Alison Davis, who will speak on, “Suffering for what we value: the legacy of Alison Davis.” Alison was the co-ordinator of SPUC group, ‘No Less Human’.

Jim Hughes
National President of Campaign Life Coalition in Canada.

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There are millions of homeless children who are Americans. Up to 1,160,000 children who are American citizens were homeless in 2011.

So, why are cities in the south and west opening hotels and asking charities to deal with immigrant children, while many of our own are on the street?

Why do American citizens not get the attention they need for housing?

I have seen homeless children in cities here, sitting under cardboard boxes with a parent or parents.

I am not against giving immigrant children housing. I am upset that our own children are neglected.

The reason is, of course, that politicians get more publicity talking about immigrants than the unhappy truth of our own homeless.

Every state in the union has homeless children. There are kids who live in cars. Over one million do not know what a home is...Some statistics are higher than the one I found, which looks like a minimum number.

  • An estimated 1.5 to 2.8 million homeless and street youth in America.
  • If they all lived one city, it would be the 7th largest city in the U.S.
  • 13 kids die on the streets every day from abuse, disease and suicide.
  • Human trafficking of youth is the fastest growing crime. 
  • An estimated 100,000 children are sold into the sex trade within the US every year.

 found here...

Some homeless shelters specifically state, "NO CHILDREN".

Politicians want votes, not care.

Would a kind reader like to get this for me?

Disinformation: Former Spy Chief Reveals Secret Strategies for Undermining Freedom, Attacking Religion, and Promoting Terrorism

Coffee check

Here is a very personal and unscientific list of coffees with a rating of one to ten, one being lowest in taste and ten being best.

Pret, now FreeState
in London     ten

Wendy' s      two

Starbucks     four

almost everywhere

Panera's       six

Coffee         seven

Humble Bean
in Dublin      nine

Hello to Readers in Beautiful Slovakia

Thoughts in An Airport

I was in an airport this morning which does not have wifi. This is America! This is the first airport in four years of travelling where there has been no wifi. The one I am in now cuts one off after 15 minutes. Wow, and this is supposed to be a country where people are addicted to work.

Again, I am amazed at the backwardness of America regarding technology.


Bus companies are going to go “up market” in the States, according to a news item this week. These will provide wifi on the buses and television, as well as other amenities which have disappeared from the airlines.

The airlines seem to be committing consumer suicide by not being as “friendly” as in the older days.

I can recommend Lufthansa, a great airlines.

Bye for now.

Do You Tithe?

It is amazing how certain manufacturing companies, or even military installations, create the identity of communities of those who may not even be part of the military or factory.

For example, I am leaving John Deere Land, home of the John Deere Classic Golf Tournament, and the area of the Rock Island Arsenal, both huge employers. Also, this is where Alcoa is located.

The Quad-Cities has always been working class, but with a strong middle-class, as wages paid by the a above employers have been good for a long time.

Pensioners from all three live comfortably.

ADM and Dupont had large companies here, although smaller than in the past, and one is gone.

Speaking with a clergyman yesterday morning, I was told how tithing from Catholics is “way down.” Another clergyman shared with me that although the Catholics are no longer, for the most part, poor, tithing revenues have fallen.

Because of this, the deaconate bonus, that is, extra money given to a seminarian in his diaconate year, a very intense years wherein those deacons serve in parishes, conduct weddings and funerals, preach at Masses, visit the sick and aged, and so on, have been stopped because of lack of money. So, the busy, ordained temporary deacon has no more income than a regular seminarian.

What do people expect? You all know how poor I am and yet, I bought black socks for a deacon poorer than myself yesterday.

Who do people think are paying for the priest’s salaries, their cars, their gas money, especially when a priest can have four or five parishes in the country and not close to each other but hours away?

How do Catholics think the churches will stay open when they do not tithe?

There are many who work for John Deere or who are retired, there are many millionaire farmers, and those who have generous military pensions who never tithe.

Interestingly, the middle class tithe. And, some poor tithe.

I think priests should begin to preach tithing from the pulpit. I have not heard a tithing sermon in England, Ireland, Malta or America for over four years.

Are priests afraid of being criticized for asking people to fulfill one of the precepts of the Church?

Yesterday, also, I spoke with someone who said that the diocese should pay for travel for seminarians or for their clothes and personal items. I did not want to argue with the person, but dioceses have less and less money to help.

It remains in the hands of the laity to help support the needs of seminarians and deacons, who have to buy their own “blacks” and all personal items, including some travelling for their dioceses, where there may not be enough money in the diocesan kitty to pay for such.

Churches will close, seminaries will close, other facilities will close and Catholics will complain.

How many tithe?Do YOu 

Responding to The Remnant

This is a bit late, but better late than never. In the May 20th, 2014 issue of The Remnant, Father Celatus has

 a list of issues, comments and events which he claims are all true and point to Francis being a bad pope.

Now, some of the points have been proven false, either from the fake interview on the Salford Diocesan , 
site, which was taken off, or the notorious adding of false ideas of Eugenio Scalfari, in his infamous interview.

What Americans do not understand is that most of the media in Europe is under the control of atheists and/or
 Marxists, who want to undermine the entire authority of the Catholic Church.

That The Remnant would publish such a list indicates a purposeful hostility to the Pope, and an attitude of fault finding.

Not all popes are saints. Not all popes have an IQ of 170. Not all popes are politically savvy.
To be so unthinkingly critical, without giving sources in a newspaper is irresponsible publishing.
We can all disagree with some of the actions of this pope, but to make some sort of mean check list smacks not only of disrespect for the office, but a willing attitude of dissent. One can dissent and be traditional.

Another point: those who are against the canonizations of the two popes are bucking an infallible action. 
Be careful.

Apologies for the spacing--weird and could not correct.