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February 28, 2011 ( – The Canadian Catholic Organization for Development and Peace (D&P) has removed a webpage that advertised its sponsorship of a pro-abortion organization, but continues to block LifeSiteNews’ Freedom of Information request seeking a list of organizations funded by the aid agency.

On January 14, LifeSiteNews (LSN) reported that the Mexican Center for Economic and Political Investigation for Community Action (CIEPAC), which was advertised by D&P as an aid recipient, was condemned for its pro-abortion stance by the Bishop of San Cristobal de las Casas in the state of Chiapas, where the group is located.

Following the article, D&P’s communications officer, Kelly Di Domenico, responded with an email stating that “the information on our website regarding the Mexican organization Center for Economic and Political Investigation for Community Action (CIEPAC) was out-of-date, as we are in the process of changing our programming. This organization is no longer one of Development and Peace’s partners.”

“We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused and the website has been updated,” she added.

However, when asked repeatedly if D&P would permit the release of information showing the organizations it funds and the amounts allocated to each recipient, Di Domenico did not respond….(Source)

Just when is this cat and mouse game going to end?  Does Development & Peace believe that this hiding information from Cathoics helps their image and transparency issues?

I guess the drugs from the 60s must have been particularly heavy.  The after-effects have yet to wear off.

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Everyone, please take at least one step of action to assist baby Joseph and his parents

Dear FCP Supporters and Members:

In the last press release I did not include “What You Can Do”.  Everyone, please take at least one step of action to assist.  This is a euthanasia issue.  If the hospital wins, it will set a precedent to open the doors for euthanasia and hospital supremacy over parents. We must tell our government, and our hospitals that this is not acceptable. Please see “What Can You Do!” – after the press release…

For Immediate Release

Baby Joseph Maraachli: Ontario’s Anti-Family Health‘Care’

February 26, 2011, London, ON London Health Sciences Centre’s dealing with baby Joseph is disrespectful of the family!

Thirteen-month old Joseph Maraachli has a rare neurological disease. He is currently in at the London Health Sciences Centre in London, Ontario receiving medical treatment. Joseph’s parents, Sana Nader and Moe Maraachli, had requested that hospital perform a tracheotomy on Joseph so that he could go home to pass away in his home under the care of his parents. The parents believe with a tracheotomy, their son could breathe and live out the remainder of his little life from the comfort of his home. The hospital denied them this request.

Health care officials determined that Baby Joseph should be taken off his ventilator. A judge then compelled Moe Maraachli to comply with the decision to remove his son from the ventilator. Moe Maraachli did what every loving father would do, and would not consent. Joseph’s parents fear that without the ventilator, Joseph will suffocate and die. The hospital moved, then, to have an approval to remove the ventilator without parental consent.

Joseph’s parents tried to get him transferred to a Michigan hospital. On Wednesday, The Children’s Hospital of Michigan contacted the London Health Sciences Centre denying the transfer. The London hospital had been waiting to see if the boy could be transferred before pursuing the option of removing breathing tubes without parental consent. The hospital filed a request to remove the breathing tubes with the Ontario’s Office of the Public Guardian and Trustee.

This story is full of twists and turns. sounds like it comes out of an ethics textbook. But it doesn’t; it is a real story with real consequences for a real family. Phil Lees, Leader of the Family Coalition Party is most concerned about the disregard of the input of the parents, “The infringement on parental rights in this case is astounding. That a hospital would seek permission to bypass parents’ wishes and remove their baby’s ventilator is unbelievable. The family accepts that baby Joseph’s condition is terminal, but to actively seek legal support to go against the wishes of the family for a natural, unassisted death is anti-family.”

The family fears Joseph will suffer a painful choking death if the ventilator is removed. They have requested that   doctors perform a tracheotomy on Joseph so they can take him home to die surrounded by family – the hospital has refused.  The family’s Baby daughter, Zina, had a similar condition eight years ago; doctors performed the tracheotomy and Zina lived for six months after being taken home. 

This issue will set a frightening precedent. The result could encourage other health care providers to disregard the life-respecting requests of patients, their families, and those with power of attorney for personal care. We must re-set the moral compass of the health care system. This issue matters to all Ontarians!


Phil Lees, Leader of the Family Coalition Party

Phone – 905 538 5327 (office)    869 6334 (cell)

email –      


What can you do?

First: Tell people what you think about it! You can call, e-mail or write to Premier Dalton McGuinty, Leader of the Opposition Tim Hudak, and/or Bonnie Adamson (President and CEO of London Health Sciences Centre). Encourage others to do the same. Don’t stop talking about this until it is resolved.

Premier Dalton McGuinty, 416-325-3745,

Tim Hudak (Leader of the Opposition), 1-800-903-6453,

Bonnie Adamson, Administrator, London Health Sciences Centre, 519-685-8462,

Secondly: The Euthanasia Prevention Coalition has a special appeal on their website encouraging people to donate to the family’s legal costs, which are increasing quickly. If you can, please help this family.

Contribute using Master Card, Visa, Pay Pal at

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Mao Hengfeng with her three daughters.

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OTTAWA, Ontario, February 28, 2011 ( – In a recent parliamentary session on a bill relating to sexual offenses against children, psychology experts claimed that pedophilia is a “sexual orientation” comparable to homosexuality or heterosexuality, a definition that was questioned by one Member of Parliament who was present….(source)

Brave new world.

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Abortion?  It’s going to be history.

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As Socon or Bust readers know, faithful Catholics are under the gun these days.   Unless we are living under a rock, we’ve all noticed that the heat is being turned up on faithful Catholics and the pro-life movement.  It’s all around usThey’re trying to shut us down.  Do you know why? Because the pro-life movement is making some real gains in society.  And the other side is very scared. They are losing, and they are doing everything they can to hang on to something that they see slipping away. In fact, we’re starting to take the game to them.  Forget playing defense, we’re on the offensive now.

That’s true in the Catholic Church too.  As the Catholic Church goes, so goes the pro-life movement.  The battle in society over abortion is mirrored in the disputes within the Catholic Church as well, as “progressives” and “conservatives” fight for influence among its 1 billion + members.  Even the Vatican is taking a more hardline view on social issues at the U.N., much to the chagrin of the Marshmallow peddlers in the Church.

In Canada and indeed around the world, Real CatholicsTM are starting to put the boot to the social justice cabal which has ruled the Church for over 40 years.   Readers will, of course, remember the success of small pro-life and Catholic news agencies along with a rag-tag collection of a few bloggers and the role they played in stopping the blood money flow to the pro-abort partners of Development & Peace.  There was no admission of wrong-doing from the bureacracies involved, of course, but no one can deny that D&P’s sexual orientation was reversed significantly as a result of the exposure to the truth.  (There’s still plennnnty of problems with this organization and the remaining groups it sponsors, but it appears that the most outrageous pro-aborters have had their funding cut.) Just this past week, for instance, we also learned about Caritas Internationalis, the global co-ordinating body of the social justice clique in the Church, is undergoing a change in top management too.  It seems that the Vatican has finally figured out that perhaps these pseudo-Catholic organizations needed to actually apply Catholic teaching and principles a  little more strenuously in practice.  Of course, in its research, Socon or Bust, had long suspected major problems at the top level. This past November, I wrote this:

The jig is finally up, and so is Development & Peace’s number.   The other unforeseen benefit is that the re-orientation of Development & Peace’s socialist principles might even have international repercussions, as the CCCB curiously alluded to in their media release:  “Among other points made by the Ad Hoc Committee was that Caritas Internationalis and CIDSE (an international alliance of Catholic development agencies) have been following the current CCODP renewal process with considerable interest.” After we are finished with Development & Peace, perhaps it’s time for concerned Catholics to “go international” and start shining the spot light on these international church “social justice” organizations too.  The rot, my friends, goes very, very wide and deep indeed.

In the context of this battle within the Church, Socon or Bust readers will remember the disgraceful actions of Salt + Light TV which chose not to pursue the obvious problems with Development & Peace when the controversy was swirling all around them, but instead chose to provide D&P with cover and legitimacy throughout the whole abortion scandal.  Even when the jig was up, admission of the truth and their scandalous witness was hard to come by.

Well…we know now who was right in the end, who was Faithful to the Gospel, and who didn’t drink the Koolaiddon’t we? Disinterested and “neutral” observers should keep the sad spectacle of Development & Peace front and center in their minds when they consider the claims and pronouncements of Fr. Rosica against and over LifeSite News or even this Blog.  It’s all about credibility.  Some of us peddle bulldung and some of us call it out. We’ll let our readers decide who represents which constituency.

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…Perhaps the most influential graduate of McGill’s medical school spent more than 30 years trying to undo what he had done. Dr. Bernard Nathanson, who died on Tuesday, at 84, graduated from McGill in 1949, and returned to practice obstetrics and gynecology in his native New York….

You just knew there had to be a Canadian connection to the U.S. abortion holocaust.

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Fast forward to the 8:00 minute mark.

Yes, she is. This woman is going to do more damage to the pro-abort industry than 40 years of cumulative pro-life activism.

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I have been an S+L fan for many yrs – I have subscribed to them and EWTN on Bell Expressvu. Sadly, EWTN is being cancelled by Bell (probably for some nefarious reason). (BTW, we are moving ALL our services away from Bell so we can continue to get EWTN)
I have been having increasing problems with S+L over the last while though. There was an open dispute with Lifesitenews a year ago. Sadly, Fr Rosica has decided to re-open that dispute by using The Toronto (Red) Star (see their “Atkinson Principles”) to attack what he called Taliban Catholics.  To have The Star (pro-abortion, pro-SSM, etc) praise S+L is not a good sign in my books; it probably means that S+L has become to friendly with the world. Father Rosica seems quite proud of their support as you can see from the letter below.
In addition, S+L had a webcast this week with Fr Rosica and a Rabbi (great!) and an Imam. Given that Islam can’t even get basic facts straight on which son Abraham offered to the Father (they mistakenly believe it to be Ishmael and celebrate Eid around that belief), I doubt there is anything to be learned from them. The webcast looked like a VisionTV show!
As well, last yr before the G20 summit, they covered a World Religions Summit in Winnipeg and were most complimetary of Jim Wallis (of Sojourners, a George Soros backed organization) When I pointed out the problems with Wallis, they continued to have no problems with him and put Wallis and Fr Sirico of the Acton Institute as two equally valid voices in the area of Catholic Economics!
I have loved many S+L documentaries and own several of their DVDs. I also realize the benefits of having a Catholic TV presence offering Daily Mass etc on TV.
However, my prudential judgement is that my family can no longer financially support them and I will be giving my money instead to LifesiteNews in order to help them defend themselves against “Father” Gravel. I realize that others may come to opposite decisions, but I thought I would share my reasoning and concerns
- Socon or Bust Reader

Socon or Bust will be providing a full commentary on the article in question shortly.

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What would it take to get Justin Bieber to sing at the March for Life?

I’ve never heard him sing and I don’t know any of his songs, but he’s clearly pro-life.

Maybe David MacDonald could pull some strings?  :-)

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OTTAWA, Ontario, February 23, 2011 ( – Carleton Lifeline, the pro-life club at Carleton University, announced Wednesday morning that they are suing the University and its administration for discriminatory treatment over the 2010-2011 academic school year. “We believe that the behaviour of the University is actionable. We have suffered discrimination and intimidation, we have been arrested and threatened and we are seeking restitution,” said Ruth Lobo, President of Carleton Lifeline. “The University’s discriminatory actions are shocking, to say the least. We want to ensure, through law, that this behaviour is not repeated at Carleton University ever again.”…

Never again at a Canadian University.

Shame on Carleton University.  Nevermind blackening these students’ records with boorish threats.  It will take a lot longer to shake Censorship U.’s reputation after this is all said and done.

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Story here and here.  Ouellet is making his moves to transform the Church in Quebec and by extention Canada.  (And there were two appointments. Not just one.)  These ones were relatively easy. He chose his own guys from Quebec City.  Montreal will be the real test.

Although this is great news, the pro-life community wants to see results and real action from the Primate.  Not just smiles and waves.


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 “You are Rock and on this Rock I will build my Church.” -  Jesus Christ to St. Peter.

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Real Bishops. What a refreshing change.

If that Bill passes and becomes law, I’m going to go nuclear on Development & Peace and the Canadian bishops. They helped fund at least 2 organizations who were pushing for this Bill.

Do you think the Canadian bishops will send money to the Filipino bishops to help fight this battle?  No?  Me neither.  I wonder why not.

As long as the Filipino bishops stand firm, even if the law changes, evil will not prevail in the Phillipines.  The great tragedy in Canada, of course, is that the Bishops did not stand firm. They caved. And that’s why we’re in the gutter today.

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Planned Parenthood is taking a beating these days, not the least of which is the potential cut to their $300+ million funding from the federal government.

Now there’s a bold prosecutor who’s bringing tons of charges to court.  Very interesting.  Read about it here.

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You know that abolitionists were uniformly reviled in the cultures they lived in. They were social outcasts and trouble-makers.  They took the hit to do what was right. And history proved them right.

Of course, after the fight was won, the chattering classes hopped on the bandwagon so as not to be seen as the barbarians they really were or the barbarianism they tolerated.  As long as the bandwagon is free, everyone’s on board.

The same people who are “pro-choice” today are “pro-life” tomorrow when the bandwagon changes direction after history has delivered its judgement.

But for those who hold to it on principle, the load is heavy to carry in the mean time.  Only living fish swim upstream.  Dead ones…well…you know.

Offer your prayers and sacrifices for these brave students as they take the fight to Censorship U. and the shallow barbarians of this age.

We will win because the truth is on our side.

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You did the right thing.

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