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Catholics, Stop Supporting Amnesty International

June 14, 2007

According to BBC news, the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace is urging all Catholics to discontinue any monetary support for Amnesty International due to the organization’s recent turn toward the promotion of abortion rights. BBC reports:

The Vatican has urged all Catholics to stop donating money to Amnesty International, accusing the human rights group of promoting abortion.

The Vatican also said it was suspending all financial aid to Amnesty over what it said was the group’s recent change of policy on the issue.

Amnesty said it was not promoting abortion as a universal right.

But the group said that women had a right to choose, particularly in cases of rape or incest.

“No more financing of Amnesty International after the organisation’s pro-abortion about-turn,” said a statement from the Roman Catholic Church’s Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace.

Zenit also reports on the issue, though it notes that it is Renato Cardinal Martino, the President of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, alone who is encouraging Catholics to discontinue any financial support for Amnesty International.

CathNews reports on Amnesty International’s response to Cardinal Martino which accuses him of “misrepresenting” the organization’s position.

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