Archive for April, 2010
Squeaker in Pro-Life Activism
An article published on the Wall Street Journal’s website cites a story that LifeSiteNews ran a few days ago regarding the aging of the pro-abortion movement and the youth and vibrancy of the pro-life movement. The article is short but very relevant.
Just goes to show that LifeSiteNews has a broader reach and appeal than some detractors are willing to admit. Well done!
U of Zero VP: "I know that this kind of thinking flies in the face of many principles we hold dear in the University world, but I think we have other interests at stake here."Posted on April 29th, 2010 by Squeaker in Freedom
It turns out that the Ann Coulter fiasco was not the first time that the University of Ottawa considered censoring a controversial presentation. From yesterday’s National Post:
How would you feel if the government wiped out an entire city the size of Kingston, and everyone in it every single year? The majority of Canadians would probably not agree with this idea. In fact there would probably be riots in the streets. Yet that is precisely what is happening in hospitals and clinics all throughout Canada each year on a much smaller level.
In 1969, the Canadian government struck down all Canadian laws restricting abortion in Canada. Many people mistakenly believe that abortion is legal in Canada, when in reality; we are the only western nation that simply does not have any law restricting abortion. The result has been a steady increase in the number abortions performed each year in Canada, since 1969. There are now around 100,000 abortions performed in Canada annually.
Abortion has seen a steady increase around the world, for example in China, families who choose to have more than one child are fined, punished, and the mothers are often forced to have abortions and are sterilized. Since males are highly valued in China, girls are aborted at a much higher rate. Girls that are fortunate enough to be born in China are often discarded and left to die.
Catholic teaching on the matter of abortion is very clear. In the book of Jeremiah chapter 1:5, it says “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you.” This forms the basis of section 2270 in the catechism of the Catholic Church which states “Human life must be respected and protected absolutely from the moment of conception. From the first moment of his existence, a human being must be recognized as having the rights of a person. Among which is the inviolable right of every innocent being to life.” This teaching is very clear, abortion is always wrong, with no exceptions. While some people may not be prepared to be mothers and fathers, abortion is never the answer. The end never justifies the means; in other words, you can never commit an evil act (such as abortion) to ease the burden you are currently carrying (in this case the baby).
Many famous Catholics and non Catholics have spoken out against abortion. Mother Teresa wrote “Abortion is a crime that kills not only the child but the consciences of all involved.” Former US president Ronald Reagan once said “abortion concerns not only the unborn child; it concerns every one of us.” And finally in a very harsh tone Martin Luther once said “those who have no love for children are swine, stocks, and logs unworthy of being called men or women.”
There are a number of things that each of us can do in order to help reduce the number or abortions in this country. We can pray for the doctors and there associates who perform these evil acts. We can also pray for the mothers and fathers who have chosen to avoid bringing one of their children into the world. And then we can pray for the family members, grandparents and relatives who have been touched by abortion. The more fearless among you could write a letter to your member of parliament or your local newspaper. Or you could join my family and I as we attend the 14th annual March for Life in Ottawa this May 13th where thousands of ordinary Canadians will gather on Parliament Hill to prayerfully and peacefully to tell the government that we do not have social peace on abortion. There will never be peace in the world while we allow children to die in the sanctuary of a mother’s womb.
Peter Beneteau, 13 years old, received an “A” for this speech.
Paycheck in Development & Peace
While this is definitely good news from a momentum perspective, the actions taken by the Archdiocese of Toronto are still not foolproof:
1. Fungibility still a problem. Notice the number of countries listed above? That likely means D&P is shifting Toronto’s money around to existing partners who have not yet been identified as being anti-life. Nothing has really changed. The only thing that has changed is that Toronto’s money has been ear-marked to go to these particular groups, but none of the other dioceses have had their donations likewise ear-marked. For Toronto’s initiative to have real teeth, at least a third of the dioceses in Canada have to adopt the same measure. Otherwise, it’s not going to be effective. It’s very easy for the management of Development & Peace to keep their existing pro-abort partners, even with Toronto’s conditions. In fact, it is very likely that none of the partners identified to date will be affected by this measure.
2. Episcopal endorsements are no guarantee. While relying on the endorsement of other countries’ church officials is good, it is not as effective as having collaboration with Canadian and the recipient country’s pro-life groups. It is very possible that one or more groups being funded is still pro-abort. Church officials, depending on who they are and their own pro-life sensitivities might be as dismissive of pro-life concerns as Development & Peace is. Or, they might not be aware of all of the activities of the groups in question. These kind of funding decisions must be made in collaboration with the pro-life organizations who know the score – otherwise the problems could continue.
So, in the interests of full disclosure, Development & Peace should release the names of the groups who are being funded by the Archdiocese of Toronto.
Paycheck in Development & Peace
Last week, Socon or Bust revisited Development & Peace’s continued support for the Freedom from Debt Coalition in the Philippines which supports a Bill in favour of “reproductive rights”. Generally speaking, the phrase “reproductive rights” is code for contraception and abortion. In this particular case, it only included contraception, although in reality the leglislation is merely the stepping stone for a future abortion rights law. Abortion does not exist where contraception is not accepted in principle.
Below you can read the Filipino Bishops’ Pastoral Letter on the Bill in question.
How obscene it is that Canadian Catholic money is going to organizations which fight against Catholic moral teachings. Canadian Catholic money is effectively going to organizations that oppose Catholic bishops in the developing world. (See Exhibits A, B, C)
It’s a kind of sick sexual imperialism being exported to the poor.
The first report about D&P’s immoral activities came to light in March 2009. It’s now been over a year. If this controversy had been about Development & Peace funding groups which espoused racism, does anyone seriously doubt that this sham would not have been cleaned up in mere days if not hours?
What does that tell us about the Canadian bishops and their concern for the unborn?
Standing up for the Gospel of Life
“I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full” (John 10:10).
Human life is sacred because from its beginning it involves the creative power of God (CCC 2258). The Church carries out the mandate of the Lord to go and proclaim to all the nations the Gospel of Life. The protection and preservation of human life and the preservation of the integrity of the procreative act of parents are important elements of our mission from the Lord. It is our fidelity to the Gospel of Life and our pastoral charity for the poor that leads us your pastors to make this moral stand regarding Reproductive Health Bill 5043 that is the object of deliberation in Congress. Read the rest of this entry »
I’m afraid this is just the beginning. The Left is going to persecute the Church. I’ve said this for a long time now. The time is coming when the Pope will not be permitted to visit any country he wants to.
Paycheck in Homosexuality, International Politics
Squeaker in Catholic Education
We thought that Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty was postponing the implementation of the sex-ed portion of the new curriculum, but according to an article from the National Post entitled “McGuinty vows to implement most of controversial health curriculum” it seems that the Premier is sending conflicting signals about his intentions:
The problem is that McGuinty hasn’t been very forthcoming about what exactly is going to be implemented and what isn’t. We don’t want the sex-ed portion to be implemented through the backdoor, once the protests have let up.
To all you parents out there: you need to get in touch with the government and keep pressuring them about the school curriculum.
To all the Ontario bishops that pressured the government: we thank you for your earlier actions and we implore your continued support on this matter.
And let’s not forget to keep praying.
If this discovery turns out to be authentic, it would be marvellous.
Squeaker in Gutter Morality, Life & Family Issues
Here’s a thoughtful and striking article by Barbara Kay of the National Post on sex education in public schools. Here’s a good excerpt:
Read the whole article here.
Squeaker in Catholic Scandals, Media Distortions
As we’ve been pointing out since forever, these things aren’t limited to just priests. But the media seldom pays attention.
Notice how the accused teacher is married and has two kids. So why do people keep insisting that the priest sex-abuse problem is all about their vow of celibacy?