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,. LXXlX, NO. 4 D!OCESE Ok" LFITLF. ROCK, AR FEB!~UARY A, ! 900 Boat people--- whoo hum= e= ns Catlwlic$ I POte$1 P lmtPiatbn ol Ilietnme$ matter of religious faith and not one of science. The reality however is that the life of each human being begins at concep- IP tion. From the moment of conception until death, every one of us is in a phase of the continuous human life cycle, remaining ever the same unique indi- vidual even while undergoing continu- ous change. This is a matter of scien- tific fact and not a matter of religious belief. 2. Some seem uninterested in whether the unborn child possesses the right to life, insisting that in a free and a half million completely society it is the womfin's right to choose babies are deliberately that must be protected. They assume by abortion in the United States that the life of the unborn child is less Continuous slaughter at such a important than the freedom of the has filled millions of with horror, shameti Text of Bishop McDonald's atioa. Unsurpris-j Pro.Life Sunday homily on page 10 t now rages through- land a highly emotional debate, mother. of which will have pro- The reality however is that there can and long-term influence on our be no unfettered right to choose in a moral character as well as oncivilized society. There especially can policy, be no right to choose to take an inno- Catholic bishops of Oklahoma cent human life. ' Cage-like shelters are living quarters for Vietnamese boat people at a refugee Arkansas, we want to draw atten- 3. Some abortion proponents argue camp in Hong Kong. (CNS/KNA) rain errors that constantly that human beings should be allowed the course of this debate on to continued to live only if they meet Hong Kong (CNS) - Fifteen Catholic inhumane" way the British government We also want to make cer- certain physical or mental standards or and social concern groups petitioned has dealt with the issue. that Church teaching on thoseonly if we can be sure that they will be British Foreign Secretary Douglas Hurd Britain, in implementing mandatory is correctly_understood by our wanted and loved by others, to, abandon the policy of forced repa- repatriation, has "dealt a blow to Hong people and by others who do not Our nation's Declaration oflndepend- triation of Vietnamese stranded in Kong when the need for international OUr beliefs. Accordingly we ence answered that argument by insist- Hong Kong. sympathy for a Bill of Rights and the for your prayerful considera-ing that all human beings are created The groups criticized Britain for tar- right of abode for Hong Kong people the following observations and equal and that all have the same inal- nishing Hong Kong's reputation with is at its highest," they noted. ienable right to life. Furthermore, it the implementation of forced repatria- Tensions between Hong Kong people 1990 feast of the Conversion of St. Paul Dear brothers and sisters in Christ: It is a shocking fact that every year of abortion erro- insisted that governments are-instituted tion, reducing its intake of Vietnamese and the Vietnamese boat people have COntend that the pre-bom child to secure that right to life. for resettlement and failing to bear the See "Boat people," page 11 being and therefore true worth of a human being " cost of housing boat people in the .............................. a human's right to life. does not derive from physical or mental British colony. I many'includings°meintheabilities'Itd°esn°tdependup°nage' The petitioners included the dioce- " I are making a concerted gender, race, nationality, physical ap- san Justice and Peace Commission, convince us that determina- See "Pastoral," page 11 Asian. Forum for Justice and Peace,"-2 a. _