Catholic Transcript Magazine of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Hartford Connecticut

Friday, April 27, 2018


Lord Nicholas Windsor, and Jesuit Father Richard Ryscavage.(Photo by Jean Santopatre/Fairfield University)

First Things, in which he says that legal abortion is a greater threat to Europe than Islamic terrorism.

Lord Nicholas Windsor, youngest son of England’s Duke and Duchess of Kent, appeared at Fairfield University on March 29 to reiterate his position and draw attention to what he called today’s most pressing moral issue since the end of World War II – abortion.

Stating that abortion is "the single most grievous moral deficit in our contemporary life," Lord Nicholas called for a "new abolitionism" in which abortion, like the slave trade, can be abolished.

Lord Nicholas, 40, who studied theology at Oxford University, is patron of the Right to Life Charitable Trust and the Catholic National Library in Great Britain.

The great-grandson of King George V of England, he is the second blood-member of the British royal family (following his mother, the Duchess of Kent in 1994) to become Catholic since King Charles II did so on his deathbed in 1685. The 2001 conversion caused him to permanently forfeit his place in the line of succession to the throne.

He and his wife, Lady Paola, currently live in Italy and have two children who were baptized at the Vatican. They also were the first royal couple to be married at the Vatican since the Reformation.

Noting that "choice is a very misused expression," he asserted that legalized abortion is "a cruel deceit" that has led to the "mass destruction of children."

"It is truly a moral world turned upside down," he said, with the greatest irony being that the broad consensus is "in favor of one of the gravest and most egregious abuses of human rights that human society has ever tolerated."

However many strategic pressures our civilization faces, there’s a real moral priority here," he said. "What we are seeking is a revaluing of human life so that it may be as treasured and respected as the highest moral thought has perennially called for it to be."

U.S. Rep. Chris Smith of New Jersey was so inspired by Lord Nicholas’s article in First Things that he rose in the House of Representatives to have his commentary and the article, titled "Caesar’s Thumb," referenced in the Dec. 21, 2010, Congressional Record. Mr. Smith noted that the essay is applicable to those in the United States who mourn "or will mourn someday, killing over 53 million children by abortion since 1973."

Lord Nicholas’s talk was preceded earlier in the day by a lecture by his wife about her involvement in the creation of a memorial to the medieval shrines destroyed during the English Reformation.

Both events were sponsored by Fairfield University’s Center for Faith and Public Life, directed by Jesuit Father Richard Ryscavage.