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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.

alertAt the Spring Assembly of the U.S. bishops, Cardinal Joseph Tobin suggested that a delegation ofbishops go to the border to see for themselves what was happening to newly arrived immigrants, families and children. On July 1 and 2, Cardinal Daniel DiNardo, president of the U.S. bishops conference, and five other bishops conducted a pastoral visit to the diocese of Brownsville, Texas. Stops included Mass at the Shrine of Our Lady of San Juan del Valle with the community, a visit to anHHS/OBR Shelter and Mass for the families there, a visit to the Customs and Border Patrol processing center in McAllen, TX, and a press conference at the end of their visit. Catholic News Service accompanied the bishops on their border trip. 

  1. Backgrounder and analysis of the bishops’ trip to the border: Cardinal DiNardo told CNS, “You cannot look at immigration as an abstraction when you meet” the people behind the issue.
  2. At final press conference, Cardinal Daniel Dinardo said the church was willing to be part of any conversation to find humane solutions because even a policy of detaining families together in facilities caused “concern.”
  3. Bishops serve soup to immigrant families at a center run by Catholic Charities and listen to their stories. Scranton Bishop Joseph Bambera said he found hope in hearing the people in the room talk about what’s ahead. They didn’t speak of making money but of finding safety for their children, he said, driven by “the most basic instinct to protect your family.”
  4. At an opening Mass he Basilica of Our Lady of San Juan del Valle-National Shrine near McAllen, Texas, Bishop Daniel Flores of Brownsville told Massgoers, “The bishops are visiting here so they can stop and look and talk to people and understand, especially the suffering of many who are amongst us,”

A delegation of U.S. bishops goes on a fact-finding mission at the U.S.-Mexican border to learn more about Central American immigration detention.

Following their visit to an immigrant detention center, U.S. bishops said they are even more determined to call on Congress for comprehensive immigration reform.