Bishop Mark Davies Urges Action to Protect Sanctity of Human and Family Life
The Bishop of Shrewsbury, England, has called on the faithful to rededicate themselves to the cause of life, remembering that we must promote the Gospel of life with joy.
In a homily at England’s National Shrine at Walsingham on Sunday, Bishop Davies reminded those present that their descendants are bound to ask them what they did to promote “the cause of life at this moment of crisis across the western world.”
And in “our own last hour”, he added, “we will be asked whether we stood idle all day or whether we prayed and made reparation, used our own voices for the defenceless and gave witness to the sanctity of human and family life.”
The bishop was speaking at the annual pro-life pilgrimage to Walsingham, a day that includes Mass, recitation of the Rosary, Adoration and Confession.
(See the article for the homily)
UK bishop urges ‘general mobilisation’ to defend life and family
Family is like a “house” that shelters the “precious gift of human life” and “the first and vital cell of society,” an English bishop said on the weekend. Bishop Mark Davies, head of the diocese of Shrewsbury, told pilgrims gathered for an annual pro-life pilgrimage to the Marian shrine of Walsingham in Norfolk on Sunday, “On the health and strength of this first cell of society rests not a political union but those timeless bonds which hold human society itself together.”
“The well-being of society will always depend on the foundation of the family,” he added, calling for a general “mobilisation” of Christians and likeminded people to defend the natural family and the sanctity of human life in the face of increasing threats.
Bishop Davies added that it will require “tireless work in our time” to “uphold the sanctity of the family and affirm the value of every human life from conception until natural death.”
The shrine of Walsingham was one of the largest and most important pilgrimage shrines in Medieval Europe from the mid-11th century to the time of its destruction by King Henry VIII. It was built originally as a replica of the house of the Holy Family in Nazareth and was popular as a pilgrimage destination for those who could not travel to the Holy Land after its conquest by Islam. It has recently become the focus of an annual pilgrimage for Catholics and others who pray for a restoration of the moral law regarding the family in Britain.