|UK Court of Protection HQ, London|
It was almost as if those who mocked his warning were saying, "Hah! What is the Pope on?! Nazism!? That had nothing to do with atheism!" The inference of the rebuttals by various secular and atheist groups suggested that Nazism belonged to an age in the past, to history books, an age that could never rear its ugly head here in the United Kingdom, of all places.
Men and women who work on the front line of the pro-life network, however, such as John Smeaton of the SPUC and the Good Counsel Network, as well as many others in the UK, will not have missed the irony of their rebuttal and will have understood that Pope Benedict XVI was not giving just a prophetic warning to the United Kingdom of some kind of horrific, eugenic, Orwellian future, but was pointing out a trend, a descent into the ideology of Nazism which is, in fact, already underway.
How can a country with 200,000 abortions a year, albeit chosen by born citizens, not be a described as a country whose policies mimick or mirror, at least partially, the policies of the Third Reich? How can a country which allows experimentation upon human embryoes for the purposes of 'scientific discovery' not be accused of imitating Josef Megele's experimentation upon children during the relatively brief period of Nazism?
As Catholics, aware of the wholly pernicious and scandalous presence of abortion on our own soil, we have, perhaps, grown accustomed to living under a series of Governments which believe, much like Nazi Germany did, that human life, albeit nascent human life, is expendible. Perhaps, because abortion was marketed to the British people as a woman's 'choice', or as 'reproductive healthcare' or 'family planning', we have just become anaethetised to it.
Since 1 October 2007, the UK Court of Protection, under the remit of the Orwellian sounding 'Office of the Public Guardian' has been in the news only a little since 'operations' began, but not nearly as much as it should be. According to The Daily Mail...