CANTERBURY, England (ChurchMilitant.com) - Britain's pre-eminent advocate of abortion, responsible for killing 70,000 babies in 2019, has been awarded a doctorate at a ceremony hosted by the mother church of the global Anglican Communion.
Dean of Canterbury Robert Willis, responsible for hosting the ceremony, is refusing to address the morality of the event, while Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby is claiming a lack of "consensus about precisely when life begins in the womb."
Ann Furedi, head of the British Pregnancy Advisory Service (BPAS), Britain's largest abortion provider, was made an Honorary Doctor of Science at a ceremony in Canterbury Cathedral on Nov. 22.
A militant campaigner for overturning pro-life legislation in Ireland, Furedi bragged about defeating the Catholic position on abortion: "And with the stroke of a pen Catholic Ireland has an abortion law that is more progressive by 12 weeks than the U.K. Amazing!!!"
The University of Kent has said that Furedi's arguments, which were "used extensively ... to legalize abortion in the Republic of Ireland," was a reason she was being awarded a doctorate.
Catholics for Choice have hailed Furedi as someone who can explain "why 'choice' is an important part of our lexicon."
Defending abortion in Conscience: The Newsjournal of Catholic Opinion, Furedi cites William Styron's novel, Sophie's Choice, where a mother is forced to choose which of her children is killed in an Auschwitz gas chamber.
Furedi has described her role as the "the best job in the world," insisting that "the best abortion law would be a blank sheet of paper."
"I want to be very, very clear and blunt ... there should be no legal upper limit," the pro-abortionist emphasizes.
Furedi's award has also become mired in a conflict of interest issue as government records reveal that former BPAS board member and abortion activist Prof. Sally Sheldon was a member of the Honorary Degree Committee selecting Furedi for the doctorate.
Sheldon, a law professor at Kent University, has campaigned for abortion on demand for more than 20 years and was architect of a private members bill calling for extreme abortion laws.
Sheldon has also been given £500,000 of taxpayers' cash to write a "biographical study" of the 1967 Abortion Act, a decision challenged by Catholic politician Robert Flello, who blasted it as "pro-abortion propaganda" and "an utterly outrageous use of public money."
Complicating the conflict of interest issue, Ann Furedi's husband Frank Furedi is Kent University's emeritus professor of sociology.
Meanwhile, in a letter to a Catholic pro-lifer fighting censorship zones outside an Ealing abortion mill, Welby's office has stated that "in a limited number of cases, abortion may be morally preferable to any available alternative."
"We also recognize there is no consensus about precisely when human life begins in the womb," Welby wrote to Elizabeth Howard.
Furedi directly contradicts Welby in her book The Moral Case for Abortion, acknowledging that life begins at conception: "Abortion may be an act of killing — but it kills a being that has no sense of life or death, and no awareness of itself as distinct from others."
"It would be far more diplomatic to say 'end the life of' rather than 'kills,'" she admits. "But I don’t think it helps to obfuscate or be mealy-mouthed. That creates the impression that you want to draw a veil over what happens."
"The predominance of human biological research confirms that human life begins at conception — fertilization," the American College of Pediatricians states. "However, what is controversial is whether this genetically unique cell should be considered a human person."
Pro-lifers are shocked at Canterbury Cathedral's decision to host the ceremony.
"If Donald Trump had been given an award in Canterbury Cathedral, the wokeness police would have complained and Canterbury would have immediately apologized," Dave Brennan, CEO of Brephos, told Church Militant. He continued:
I feel physically sick that my Lord Jesus is being misrepresented here as tacitly in support of mass-baby killing. If Jesus turned tables in the Temple because people were making money selling pigeons for sacrifices, one shudders to think what he'd do in Canterbury where a woman is awarded a doctorate for making money out of child sacrifice. But for someone overseeing the greatest genocide in our nation's history being given an award in what is supposed to be a church of Christ, there is not a hint of contrition.
Catholic theologian Dr. Gavin Ashenden, a former Anglican bishop, slammed the desecration of Canterbury Cathedral.
"As a boy, I went to school in the precincts of Canterbury Cathedral. It had an indescribable effect on me in its evocation of the transcendence and immanence of God. Its stones were hallowed with the blood of Becket and the knees of countless pilgrims," he said to Church Militant, lamenting:
It has been profaned by its Anglican tenants. First, the freemasons hired it for a cash sum to celebrate their alien god. Now, it has been used to confer a degree on the nation's chief purveyor of baby disposal. Unsurprisingly, many who go there to pray report a building empty of God's presence. More at home with accountancy than faithfulness, the Church of England shows no shame or regret.
Michael J. Robinson, communications director for the Society for the Protection of Unborn Children in Scotland, told Church Militant: "Ann Furedi is at the forefront of the Culture of Death, and directly profits from the death of unborn babies. It is shocking to see Canterbury hosting a ceremony for a woman who leads an organization so counter to Christian values."
Kent University says it confers honorary degrees on "distinguished individuals from many walks of life who have made a significant contribution to society."
But "awarding Ann Furedi an honorary degree is an incredible departure from recognizing those whom the university claim the award is for," Right To Life UK spokesperson Catherine Robinson said. "Abortion is not something beneficial to society, rather it is detrimental to society."
In 2017, Canterbury Cathedral held a service to mark 300 years of Freemasonry after receiving a donation of £300,000 from the masons.
Church Militant asked Canterbury Cathedral for comment but received no reply.