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Italian bishop's abortion clinic remark draws criticism

Photo ~ These are seminarians of the Pontifical Seminary the “Josephinum”, praying the rosary in front of an abortion clinic.

An Italian bishop's comment that appeared to denigrate pro-life advocates who pray at abortion clinics drew criticism from a pro-life leader in the U.K., who said their witness helps save lives.

Bishop Nunzio Galantino of Cassano all'Jonio, who is also secretary-general of the Italian bishops' conference, told the Florentine newspaper La Nazione May 12 that “I don’t identify with the expressionless person who stands outside the abortion clinic reciting their rosary, but with young people, who are still against this practice, but are instead fighting for quality of life, their health, their right to work.”

The remark drew a response from John Smeaton, director of the U.K.-based Society for the Protection of Unborn Children.

“I thought I would let you know that I do identify with the person outside the abortion clinic praying their rosary, whether or not the person is expressionless,” he said in an open letter to the bishop posted to Smeaton’s blog May 13.

Smeaton also questioned Bishop Galantino’s statement that Catholics in the past “have concentrated too much on abortion and euthanasia.”

The pro-life leader replied: “It's probably fair to say that tens of thousands of unborn children, each one made in the image and likeness of God, are killed every day throughout the world.”

“Your Excellency, if it were Catholic priests or Jews who were being killed, or threatened with being killed, by national laws in Britain or in other parts of the world – would we expect, any day of the week, ever to enter a Catholic Church for Mass without the matter being mentioned, or being prayed about at that Mass?” he said in his letter to Bishop Galantino.

Smeaton suggested that if laws allowed Catholic priests or Jews to be killed, the bishop would probably say “We can never do enough to denounce this grotesque evil.”

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Dr Bobus
Prof Wessell,
Those who sympathize with Marxists like Castro, Allende, and Chavez are obviously opposed to economic prosperity. Wherever Marxism or quasi Marxism was implemented, depressed economies followed.
Marxism is opposed to natural law because it opposes a natural right to property.
The Germans are very, very industrious. After the fall of the Berlin Wall, however, the effects Marxism were …More
Prof Wessell,

Those who sympathize with Marxists like Castro, Allende, and Chavez are obviously opposed to economic prosperity. Wherever Marxism or quasi Marxism was implemented, depressed economies followed.

Marxism is opposed to natural law because it opposes a natural right to property.

The Germans are very, very industrious. After the fall of the Berlin Wall, however, the effects Marxism were obvious: East Germany looked like little else than a garbage dump.
Dr Bobus
The Church in Italy is a court Church, with bishops trying for promotion by imitating what the pope says.
Galantino was selected not because he's going places but because he's not--Southern Italian bishops are of little consequence. The pope wants to break the Italian episcopal career path and its influence in the curia, which BTW kept Benedict from implementing anything.More
The Church in Italy is a court Church, with bishops trying for promotion by imitating what the pope says.

Galantino was selected not because he's going places but because he's not--Southern Italian bishops are of little consequence. The pope wants to break the Italian episcopal career path and its influence in the curia, which BTW kept Benedict from implementing anything.
Prof. Leonard Wessell
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@Gloria.tv, thank you for your explanation. I tend to look at computers as advanced magic. Years ago I went into a trauma because I had to use an electric typwriter. As any psychoanalyists will tell you, traumas have lasting power. As to posting on ivarii's left-wing Guardian diatribe against the US I think that Dr. Bobus has posted a fine reply. I will add a note to this reply. The Guardian treats the US as it does the Catholic Church, i.e., as the authors of "monsterous deeds". Thanks again. Maybe with a prayer or two I will be granted the gift of understanding computers. I doubt it.
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The uploader of a news article, video or picture has the option of permitting comments or not permitting them. This deliberate choice is made by the uploader of the item not Gloria. For whatever reason, it appears that iivari has chosen to prohibit postings on his news article.

Personally, I look forward to comments and will not prevent them on my news uploads with the small exception being that if the comments begin to get uncivil on a given thread, I will prevent future comments on that particular news item. However, this seldom happens.

Why your comments do not appear and then suddenly reappear is a mystery to me. Some members of Gloria would, of course, blame "Bergoglio" as they do with so many other problems affecting the Catholic Church. But, as far as I know, he moderates here very rarely especially now as he prepares for the October Synod of Bishops.

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Come on now! Suddenly my comments pop up and one in double form. Please repair Gloria's electronics. I would indeed like to comment upon the diatribe against Ameica based on The Guardian, pro-leftwing and anti-Catholic journal.
Prof. Leonard Wessell
What is going on? Once again I write a comment and it disappears. I wanted to make a comment on the diatribe against America by iivari and no comment is possible. Gloria.tv is wasting my time!!!
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Prof. Leonard Wessell
The article has not caught the full perfidy of Bishop Galantino (with some reference to prelate as a Nunzio of Pope Francis). Let us focus upon the oppositional contrast expressed by the prelate.
young (i.e., vibrant) vs expressionless (rosary praying)
fight for quality of life vs opposing termination of life as if "quality of
life" were superior to "sanctity of "life"
goal = "... health, vs …More
The article has not caught the full perfidy of Bishop Galantino (with some reference to prelate as a Nunzio of Pope Francis). Let us focus upon the oppositional contrast expressed by the prelate.

young (i.e., vibrant) vs expressionless (rosary praying)
fight for quality of life vs opposing termination of life as if "quality of
life" were superior to "sanctity of "life"
goal = "... health, vs preservation life needed by unborn to have and ... right to any life enabling health or capacity to work
work"
their health and their vs "others" have the right to live
right"

Conclusion: Bishop Glatino has laid bare the meaning of "mercy" within the papally chosen prelates, namely "their" life- wants vs the existential exigencies of the unborn "others". This seems to contradict the mouthings of Pope Francis, yet its egotism certainly is another "Bergoglio-Effect". For my scandalized part, Bp Galatino has horrified me into a state of expresionless disgust.