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Let me get this straight.

Baby Joseph is about to have his tubes pulled which will mean he will die.

Fr. Pavone, the American pro-life priest and head of Priests for Life, has offered to pay to have Baby Joseph moved to a U.S. hospital.

The Washington-based Christian Defense Coalition announced Tuesday that they and the Terri Schiavo Life and Hope Network are holding two prayer gatherings in London, Ontario this weekend for Joseph. The prayer and public witness events will be on Saturday, March 5, from 12:00-2:00 p.m. and Sunday, March 6, from 1:00-3:00 p.m. in front of the London Health Sciences Centre’s Children’s Hospital.  They will be held on the corner of Wellington and Commissioners Rd. There will also be a rally in support of Joseph’s family on Saturday from 4:00-6:00 p.m.  Location to be announced. (Source)

So the Americans are coming into our own backyard to save a Canadian baby?

Do I have that right?

Where is Bishop Fabbro, the Chair of the Ad Hoc Commitee for Life and Family, in all of this? This whole drama is happening in his own backyard (London) and there has not even been a press release or statement from the Diocese expressing support for the family in a very important pro-life battle in this country.  There does not appear to be anything on their flashy new website about anything concerning Baby Joseph or the controversy at all.  Am I missing something? Surely the diocese has said or done something about this crisis. 

There’s a lot of talk about “stepping up” on pro-life issues by our bishops, but when a REALLY, REALLY BIG ONE PRESENTS ITSELF, nothing gets said or done.  We always have to pull and drag them, sometimes kicking and screaming,  to do their jobs.

Not surprising, of course…considering.

And what about the CCCB?  There’s nothing about it on their website either – just the “big news” on which bishops get shuffled where.  Here we have our own case of Terri Schiavo and the Canadian Church, once again, is missing in action.  We’ve got international attention on our death panels. We’ve got Americans coming over here to take control, and our <ahem> “leadership” is MIA.  All of this previous talk by the bishops about “taking a leadership” role in the pro-life fight is just slick PR for the hierarchy and the bureaucratic machinery.  We have this tragic drama playing out before our eyes and there has not been one Church leader (from what I have seen to date) that has raised a finger to help.  Where’s Salt+Light TV, by the way?  Any coverage of it on their station or their blog to date? Nope. Too controversial, you see.  After all, as Fr. Rosica says:

“We never set ourselves up in opposition to something or someone. We’re an alternative to what’s out there on television.” (Source)

Memo to our bishops and other influential church politicians:  if you want credibility on Life Issues: TRY ANSWERING THE DOOR WHEN THEY ARRIVE ON YOUR DOORSTEP


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This is what Obama was referring to when he said that health care would be administered based on “science.” Actually, in this case it is more “finance” that is the driving force. It would cost the hospital to perform a tracheotomy on the child – it’s much less expensive just to cut the breathing tube and let him die on site. This child is nothing more than a budget line item to the Canadian government wonks in charge of making this decision.

The Americans are now talking about it.

H/T Deborah Gyapong

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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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Go ahead: tell me that Schism is not a good thing in situations like this.

It’s already here. We just don’t have the bolas or the courage to admit it.  Like an alcoholic, we Catholics just can’t come to terms with the truth is so many areas.

Can someone tell me just what kind of sham communion do we have with imposters like this?

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Parliamentarians, who defeated a bill to legalize euthanasia and assisted suicide last spring, are now stuyding what pushes people to want to kill themselves in order to develop positive alternatives, such as palliative care, support for people with disabilities and the elderly.  This is a hugely encouraging development, another sign that pro-life forces are shaking things up. Read the rest of this entry »

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My local parish, St. Maurice Parish, hosted a Seniors’ spring luncheon on May 1 for the isolated seniors within our parish boundary.  Among the volunteering churches, besides St. Maurice, were the local Anglican, United, and Presbyterian communities.  It was a sizable crowd, approaching 200 people.  The purpose of the event was to help isolated seniors from the local community to get to know one another and also the various church related senior activities hosted by these churches.  It was a wonderful thing to see such Christian solidarity and mutual support for the elderly.  It was also important for our parish to lift up the dignity of the elderly, and treat them with the respect that they deserve.  That stands in stark contrast about what happens today in our culture.

As the culture of death squeezes the margins of our society through abortion and euthanasia, we need to strike back and remind the culture that every person from conception to natural death has intrinsic dignity.  The eugenic tendencies of the pro-abort establishment to exterminate the unborn, disabled, and elderly because of inconvenience or utility must be roundly condemned and opposed in any and every way possible.  We are facing a new and pernicious eugenics movement which perversely masquerades as a force of compassion.   The slogans they use, “freedom of choice” and “death with dignity”, of course, are merely euphemisms to push their death peddling agendas to satisfy a wicked narcisism that is simply out of control.  The people of God must use whatever means are possible to protect the dignity of the elderly as the next fight for human dignity enters into another dark age of the times we live in.

Little occasions like this Seniors’ day help to combat the dehumanizing efforts of the culture of death.  My little girls were eager to oblige and say “thank you” for the elderly’s service and witness to our country. And that even now, they have much to offer.  Thank you for your sacrifices.

Jesus, You Are Life To Me!

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According to the Euthanasia Prevention Coalition, it is extremely likely that Bill C-384 will proceed to second reading on Tuesday, April 20 with a critical vote on Wednesday, April 21st.

We urge all our supporters to call or E-mail their Member of Parliament (or all Members of Parliament) right away urging them to vote against this Bill. Should this Bill pass legislation it will legalize euthanasia in Canada.

Alex Schadenberg, EPC’s executive director of the Euthanasia Prevention Coalition has said, “We must soundly defeat Bill C-384 to discourage other MP’s from also attempting to legalize euthanasia in Canada”. The coalition provided basic text as a suggested letter to send to MPs. The text reads, “I am concerned that if euthanasia or assisted suicide were legalized in Canada that it would become the ultimate form of elder abuse and people with disabilities would often experience subtle pressures to ‘choose’ to die. Please vote against Bill C-384.”

 To E-mail your Member of Parliament, or all Members of Parliament, Please Click Here!
The Euthanasia Prevention Coalition has sample letters for reference

Contact the Euthanasia Prevention Coalition with any questions at:

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A Chinese baby’s life is wasting away at the will of her parents, and a public outcry has resulted from their decision.

The child, who was born in January 12 in Tianjin, China, suffers a handicap that could easily be corrected through surgery. Steven Mosher, president of the Population Research Institute (PRI), says there is good reason to believe that will not happen.
“Her parents – because she is a girl, and because they want another child, a boy, and because they want a perfect child like the Chinese government tells all Chinese they should have – have decided to sentence her to death,” Mosher explains.
Baby Mei has been placed in a “dying room.” She is being given no assistance whatsoever and is not expected to live to see her one-month birthday. Most families in the People’s Republic of China are limited to just one baby, and local officials are responsible for overseeing that policy.
“This is a legal baby under the Chinese one-child policy, but of course the officials who are under pressure to meet their quotas are happy to see babies die because that makes it easier for them to please their superiors by keeping the birth rate down,” Mosher notes. “So they’ve refused to intervene to help this little girl.”
The PRI president is hopeful Americans will tell the Chinese that the practice is barbaric and should end – and they can do so, he suggests, by contacting the Chinese Embassy in Washington, DC. (Source)

Abortion and eugenics will always be married.  The mother of the pill and abortion, Margaret Sanger, saw to that.

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Massive euthanasia or Catholicism and its culture of life ethic. That will be the choice for China.

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As Socon or Bust readers know, Fr. Michael Prieur has had a long history of unorthodox beliefs in the area of sexual ethics, including his support of the infamous Winnipeg Statement which effectively opened the floodgates of abortion in Canada through its dissent from Humanae Vitae.   Furthermore, Fr. Prieur’s moral theology is rooted in proportionalism, which maintains that it is not possible, in many cases, to formulate an absolute prohibition against certain types of behaviours or actions which are inherently evil.  In 1993, Pope John Paul II condemned this thinking in his monumental encyclical Veritatis Splendor:

“But as part of the effort to work out such a rational morality (for this reason it is sometimes called an “autonomous morality” ) there exist false solutions, linked in particular to an inadequate understanding of the object of moral action. Some authors do not take into sufficient consideration the fact that the will is involved in the concrete choices which it makes: these choices are a condition of its moral goodness and its being ordered to the ultimate end of the person. Others are inspired by a notion of freedom which prescinds from the actual conditions of its exercise, from its objective reference to the truth about the good, and from its determination through choices of concrete kinds of behaviour. According to these theories, free will would neither be morally subjected to specific obligations nor shaped by its choices, while nonetheless still remaining responsible for its own acts and for their consequences. This “teleologism”, as a method for discovering the moral norm, can thus be called — according to terminology and approaches imported from different currents of thought — “consequentialism” or “proportionalism”. The former claims to draw the criteria of the rightness of a given way of acting solely from a calculation of foreseeable consequences deriving from a given choice. The latter, by weighing the various values and goods being sought, focuses rather on the proportion acknowledged between the good and bad effects of that choice, with a view to the “greater good” or “lesser evil” actually possible in a particular situation.”   (Veritatis Splendor, 75)

Indeed, this proportionalism is the consistent, underlying philosophy which undergirds much of Fr. Prieur’s theological and moral positions on a whole host of issues.  The following paper will examine three of Fr. Prieur’s public and problematic positions: the Winnipeg Statement, the Fetal Euthanasia policy of St. Joseph’s hopital in London Ontario, and Fr. Prieur’s position on stem cell research as proposed in a paper he co-authored in 2006.

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Fr. Michael Prieur has been a stalwart defender of the Winnipeg Statement, the pastoral document issued by the Canadian bishops shortly after the release of Pope Paul VI’s monumental encyclical Humanae Vitae which rejected contraception as a form of birth control.   Despite repeated requests for Fr. Prieur to recant his position by faithful Catholics including the ever vigilant Msgr. Vincent Foy, Fr. Prieur refuses to do so and continues to maintain that the Winnipeg Statement, which told Canadian Catholics that they could contracept “in good conscience”, is consistent with Church teaching.  In addition to this scandalous position, LifeSiteNews broke the 2008 story of the fetal euthanasia policy of St. Joseph’s hospital where Fr. Prieur serves as chief ethicist.  After it was revealed that early inductions of babies with “lethal anomalies” was being conducted to hasten their deaths, a subsequent controversy ensued which necessitated a further investigation by the Diocese of London.  The final instalment of Fr. Prieur’s troubling moral positions involves his approval of the use of embroyonic stem cell lines, derived from destroyed IVF embryos.

The Proportionalism of Fr. Michael Prieur

The Fetal Euthanasians of St. Joseph’s Hospital

Fetal Euthanasia Starting To Spread

Is Fetal Euthanasia Still Happening at St. Joseph’s?

Inducing the Truth: The “Soft Abortion” Policy of St. Joseph’s Hospital



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In December 2008, broke the scandalous story of the early induction procedures at St. Joseph’s Catholic Hospital in London, Ontario.  The long and short of the story was that this Catholic hospital was engaging in fetal euthanasia by artificially and unnecessarily ending the life of unborn children.   The credibility of these charges led the bishop of London, Most Rev. Ronald Fabbro, to launch an investigation into the practice at the hospital, in order to discover whether the current guidelines are consistent with Catholic teaching. The matter was also referred to the Vatican’s Congregation for the Doctrine of Faith.

Earlier this month, the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops announced the appointments of two auxiliary bishops for the Archdiocese of Toronto.  One of them was Fr. William McGrattan, the current rector of St. Peter’s seminary in London, Ontario.  The Diocese of London has a few press releases on the elevation of Fr. McGrattan to the episcopacy. You can read them here.

During the course of the story about the fetal euthanasia scandal at St. Joseph’s hospital, the National Post decided to also cover the controversy as well.  Charles Lewis, the National Post’s religion columnist, wrote an article on the controversy.  You can read it here.  As part of the article, he consulted Fr. McGrattan, who also sits on the board of St. Joseph’s ethics committee.  This is what Lewis wrote:

Father William McGrattan, rector of St. Peter’s Seminary, and another member of St. Joseph’s ethics committee, concedes there are some people within the pro-life movement who come to a “premature conclusion and judgment that this is direct abortion.”

“But the action being done is not an action that is direct killing of the child,” he said. “It is an action that is trying to recognize that the life of this child is dying and we’re trying to support that process in a natural way and balance that with the complications to the health of the mother.” (Source)

Fr. McGrattan’s position appears to be deficient and imprecise.  It also appears to be at odds with the Catholic Church’s teaching on this matter as expressed by the American Bishops.  In 1996, the US National Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Doctrine Committee issued a statement entitled “Moral Principles Concerning Infants with Anencephaly” that declared:

“In other words, it is permitted to treat directly a pathology of the mother even when this has the unintended side-effect of causing the death of her child, if this pathology left untreated would have life-threatening effects on both mother and child, but it is not permitted to terminate or gravely risk the child’s life as a means of treating or protecting the mother.

 Hence, it is clear that before “viability” it is never permitted to terminate the gestation of an anencephalic child as the means of avoiding psychological or physical risks to the mother. Nor is such termination permitted after “viability” if early delivery endangers the child’s life due to complications of prematurity. In such cases, it cannot reasonably be maintained that such a termination is simply a side-effect of the treatment of a pathology of the mother (as described in Directive 47). Anencephaly is not a pathology of the mother, but of the child, and terminating her pregnancy cannot be a treatment of a pathology she does not have. Only if the complications of the pregnancy result in a life-threatening pathology of the mother, may the treatment of this pathology be permitted even at a risk to the child, and then only if the child’s death is not a means to treating the mother.

 The fact that the life of a child suffering from anencephaly will probably be brief cannot excuse directly causing death before “viability” or gravely endangering the child’s life after “viability” as a result of the complications of prematurity” (Source)

This teaching, of course, is consistent with the pro-life ethic of the Catholic Church. Catholic moral principles are clear that the good result not be a direct causal result of the bad result. In other words, one may not do evil so that a good may happen.   The evil in this case is hastening the death of the unborn child, and “the good” is the act of saving the health of the mother.  And yet, even this particular scenario is not really in play at St. Joseph’s since it is even dubious whether mothers, who have been subject to early induction, have had their health at real risk at all.  At the very least in two cases that we know of (and probably many more), the health of the mother was not at issue at all.  So, in other words, there is some question about the motivation of these acts of euthanasia, and whether they represent a subtle form of fetal eugenics.

In point of fact, the current guidelines and practices of St. Joseph’s hospital have been roundly criticized and condemned by several respected Catholic health professionals and theologians.


A second major possible concern with Fr. McGrattan is his involvement with a Catholic development and aid charity called Save A Family Plan (SAFP).  Fr. McGrattan sits on their board of directors, and he was vice president for the 2007-2008 fiscal year. In the 2007-2008 Annual Report where Fr. McGrattan is listed as vice president, for instance, we read:

Gender considerations have been mainstreamed in all SPED II activities, with results indicating less discrimination against women, and increased acceptance of women as decision-makers and participants in the community and in the home. Significantly, SAFP was invited to make a presentation at a CIDA Roundtable on Gender Equality at the Canadian High Commission in Delhi, India in March 2008.  (Source)

In and of itself, there is nothing very problematic in the above paragraph, but it’s the euphemisms that need to be picked out and examined to ensure that there is no advancement of radical feminist and pro-abort agendas.  The report makes mention of “gender” being “mainstreamed”.  This is a very akward sounding initiative, at the very least, and it could smack of a certain feminist agenda, at worst.  As a minimum, it deserves further investigation.  In their program called “SPED-II: A Community Driven Initiative for 2006-2009, they engage in funding an initiative called “gender mainstreaming”.  Their Spring 2006 newsletter tells us that one of their objectives is:

“to empower and strengthen the capacities of community and their grass root organizations for improving access to local resources and for addressing local socio-cultural, gender, environment, and other development issues by participating in local governanace process and networking.”

Although this agency does much good and is even funded by well-meaning but ignorant Catholics (gee where have we seen this before?), there could be a serious problem with the initiative of “gender mainstreaming”, which they list in the same newsletter:

Gender mainstreaming is not some off-the-cuff phrase that Save A Family Plan just made up, either. It has a universal and unambiguous meaning in the international anti-family mafia.  The U.N. and other socialist, secularist organizations use the language to advance their anti-family and anti-Catholic goals and objectives in traditional Catholic countries.  Various pro-family and pro-life sources have outed this euphemism as being an initiative that is absolutely lethal to the family:

It has long been the project of the radical feminist and homosexual movements to change the understanding society has toward men and women. This was the reason the word “sex” to define men and women was changed to the more malleable “gender.” If gender is a social construct and has no basis in nature then there is no basis for sex roles. It means that any girl can be trained to want to be a fighter pilot and any boy can be raised happily as a girl.

In the UN system, the idea of “gender as a social construct” comes in the guise of “gender mainstreaming.” According to a paper issued by the UN Special Advisor on Gender “mainstreaming the gender perspective in all types of activities is a globally accepted strategy for promoting gender equality. Mainstreaming involves ensuring that gender perspectives and attention to the goal of gender perspectives and attention to the goal of gender equality are central to all activities – policy development, research, advocacy/dialogue, legislation, resource allocation and planning, implementation and monitoring of programs and projects.” (Source: C-FAM)

Here is some more information about “gender mainstreaming”: 

“Gender mainstreaming,” an ideology that proposes to erase the foundational unit of western society, the natural family, is being infiltrated into laws and institutions around the world under the rubric of “equality” legislation and guidelines, says author Gabrielle Kuby.

Kuby, the author of a 2003 book, endorsed by the former Cardinal Ratzinger, warning Christian parents of the danger of the Harry Potter book series, has written on the threat of the work of ideologues on the far left who are working to create a “new man” who can arbitrarily decide whether he is a man, a woman or some other “gender” unrelated to the natural distinctions of biology. “According to them,” she writes, “there are not two sexes, but six or more, depending on sexual preference.”

“Behind the facade” of equality, “lurks the general attack on the moral standards to which we owe the Western culture. Without it, neither the family nor Christianity can survive.”

In her article, “Gender Mainstreaming – The Secret Revolution,” to be published in German in this month’s edition of Vatican magazine, Kuby warns that the new ideology is being carefully inculcated into international law and particularly into the materials made available to educators to create school curricula. Kuby writes, “This view of freedom and sexuality, according to the will of the UN, EU and most European governments is to be imprinted onto the minds of children from the nursery onwards.”

In the case of one national government, Germany’s, the “gender mainstreaming” ideology is part of the guiding principles of every ministry of the government. The homepage of the German government’s Ministry of Science says, “The Federal Government has established an equal opportunities policy based on the political strategy of gender mainstreaming as a universal guiding principle.”

Kuby’s contention is supported by John Smeaton, head of the UK’s Society for the Protection of Unborn Children, who wrote this weekend that people in Europe who adhere to traditional Judeo-Christian values and ideas are under threat by anti-family ideologues working to enforce their anti-family policies and silence dissent.

“Pro-life and pro-family campaigners,” he wrote, “must expect to see the publication of documents, funded by the European Union, which promote abortion, euthanasia and other anti-life and anti-family practices – with a special emphasis on zero tolerance for dissent.”
Kuby’s thesis also corresponds with that of Babette Francis, a long-time campaigner for life and family at the international level who in 2004 told that the fight over the definition of “gender” has become the cornerstone of UN and other internationalist ideology. This ideology also links closely to the efforts of the international agencies to impose legal abortion on countries in developing nations.

Francis said that the gender ideology was first raised at a seminal conference on women, Beijing +5, in 1995, when delegates argued that gender was a socially malleable concept and that human beings could not be restricted to the mere biological categories of male and female. The argument was that there is a “continuous spectrum and that there were all kinds of genders.”

Kuby also relates that the gender ideology first found fertile ground when it was brought forward by a powerful group of feminist and lesbian NGOs at the Beijing conference. Since then gender mainstreaming has been pushed into international law with the Treaty of Amsterdam (1999) and the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights of Nice (2000). As a negation of the traditional values of the family, Kuby writes, “abortion follows automatically as part of the global agenda” of the gender ideologies.

Kuby concludes with an admonition that Christians fight the incursions of the new ideologies.

“At this stage of history, the main attack of evil is in the field of sexuality. Christians need to meet the enemy there, otherwise they will have lost. If the young generation is pushed into moral degeneracy, the human condition of family and faith will be further destroyed and abortion will never be overcome.” (Source)

It is unclear, however, whether the “gender mainstreaming” funded by SAFP is identical in nature to the “gender mainstreaming” promoted by the U.N.  More pointed and specific questions need to be asked, and an investigation of  SAFP needs to be conducted to answer this question. 

There are, however, some indications that strongly suggest that the “gender mainstreaming” referred to in SAFP initiatives are indeed synonymous with those used by the anti-family, globalist forces. 

First of all, the fact that the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA), a pro-feminist/pro-abortion federal agency, sponsors 75% of SAFP’s budget is not a good indication of SAFP’s initiatives in “gender mainstreaming”. 

In SAFP’s 2007-08 Annual Report, we learn about some of the conferences and workshops SAFP staff attend. One of these conferences was called Women and Social Change: Perspectives from Canada and India, May 2007, Montreal, sponsored by Shastri Indo-Canadian Institute and McGill University.  One of the speakers at this conference was the Canada Research Chair in Philosophy of Gender and Sexuality at Alberta University, Dr. Cressida J. Heyes.  The title of her talk was “Feminist Work on the Self and the Work of Social Change (Source).  In and of itself, this might not be that significant, but it does raise questions about the themes and messages conveyed at these training sessions which SAFP staff attend and the influences these sessions have on the eventual policies promoted by SAFP.

Much more troubling evidence, however, comes from their own newsletters.  In their Winter 2006 Newsletter, SAFP covers their “gender equality” objectives and activities.  While there is nothing overtly anti-Catholic or anti-family in the newsletter per se, the euphemisms and jingos employed are the same kind of language used by the secular feminist NGOs to advance the anti-family agenda.  They also point to the idea that gender is a socially malleable concept, being “socially constructed”.  Here are a few selections:


This is not exactly the kind of development and aid work conducted by the Sisters of Charity, is it?  And we have to ask the question whether SAFP’s “gender mainstreaming” objective is really interested more in changing or confusing a family rather than saving it.  We also have to ask whether Save a Family Plan (an ostensibly Catholic organization) and Development & Peace look more like satellites for CIDA or the Feminist NGOs that stalk United Nations “women’s empowerment” conferences than they do authentic Catholic relief agencies. 

The purpose of this report is not to embarrass Fr. McGrattan.  I am sure he has fine qualities to become a very good and holy bishop one day.

However, the two concerns raised in this report still remain to be addressed.

1) That Fr. McGrattan’s position in support of the current ethical guidelines of St. Joseph’s practice of fetal euthanasia has not yet changed.

2) That Fr. McGrattan must clarify what his knowledge of “gender mainstreaming” is, and what “gender mainstreaming” really means to the groups which Save A Family Plan funds.

We do not know the extent of Fr. McGrattan’s involvement in the formulation and application of the moral decisions concerning fetal euthanasia which has been going on at St. Joseph’s.  Nor do we have any idea if Fr. McGrattan knows about the sinister side of “gender mainstreaming” and Save A Family Plan’s involvement.  I would like to think that Fr. McGrattan has not played any direct role in knowingly supporting either of these scandals.

Both of these issues surrounding Fr. McGrattan’s elevation to the episcopacy do not only concern him but the entire episcopacy in North America and the rest of the Western world.  

They have enormous implications for the future of Canada and the advancement of anti-family, anti-Catholic views around the world.  Regarding the issue surrounding the scandal at St. Joseph’s, we are in the midst of a full-scale assault on the elderly and the disabled in this country with the advancement of euthanasia and assisted suicide.  The tolerance shown to such a practice on infants at St. Joseph’s hospital compromises the Church’s witness on this issue, and sends the message that once this debate goes into high gear, the bishops of this country will be as active as they were when abortion and same-sex “marriage” were imposed on Canadians; that is to say, not very active or serious about the issue at all.  The reason why moral and social abominations like abortion, sodomy, and euthanasia are successful in gaining traction and eventual acceptance in our culture is because the bishops, as our spiritual fathers, do not actively and vigorously confront the issues.  And they do not do so precisely because they have not accepted or understood the full pro-life ethic, having compromised themselves in one fundamental respect concerning the question at hand. In the case of abortion, they accepted contraception which paved abortion’s road to acceptance in Canadian society.  Likewise, the indirect support of St. Joseph’s fetal euthanasia guidelines by the Canadian hierarchy will once again neuter the strong witness that is required to fight what we consider conventional euthanasia.  No doubt, letters will be sent to politicians and parishioners to ensure that we are all theoretically and theologically correct on this issue, but as far as what it takes to PASTORALLY fight euthanasia, we’ve been already been bought and sold down the river in practice, not just at St. Joseph’s but likely most, if not all, Catholic hospitals. (And please, folks, let us not drink the Koolaid here and believe this is an isolated incident, OK?)

In regards to the “gender mainstreaming” issue, this is, once again, another instance of the Church hierarchy, whether bishops or influential priests, not being fully informed about how the feminist/abortion juggernaut works.  The mere sound of the phrase, “gender mainstreaming” should have bells and lights going off with faithful Catholics.  Are we not to expect AT THE VERY LEAST the same reaction and alarm from our superiors?  Are faithful Catholics to believe that Development & Peace was not just a one-time controversy, but points to a much more fundamental problem with the episcopacy in this country; namely, that their pastoral orientation to fighting the culture war is largely muted and impotent?

It sure looks like it.

In the future, it would be advantageous and prudent for the bishops of this country to consult with pro-life organizations and individuals who might provide them with relevant and important information when making decisions concerning issues impacting the protection of human life and family.  It would also be prudent for them to reserve an afternoon with pro-life activists at their next Plenary Assembly to assist them pulling their collective heads out of the sand and be educated on the culture war, and our opponent’s tactics and their euphemisms.  I respectfully submit that it would be the best few hours the CCCB’s annual plenary assembly will have spent since its existence.

Having said all this, I congratulate Fr. McGrattan on his election.  I invite him, however, to re-examine St. Joseph’s “early induction” guidelines and his role on the board of an organization that could very well be funding groups who are pushing a very anti-family, anti-Catholic agenda.

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Doctor C.L. Gray and his Physicians for Reform group tell us of the horror story of Oregon’s government run healthcare plan that offered a cancer patient named Barbara all the suicide assisted funding she wanted, but not one penny for the medical care that could save her life.

As Doctor Gray put it, Barbara was no longer thought of by government as a patient but instead had become a “negative economic unit.” Oregon’s government run healthcare system wanted Barbara dead because keeping her alive was simply to costly..

It’s bad enough that a handful of states have taken up these uncaring, cut-rate medical plans, but at least patients in Oregon of Massachusetts can go to another state to find the proper care. But once Obamacare becomes a nationwide plague, there simply won’t be any other place to go.

If you want a government that feels that assisted suicide is better because it’s cheaper, then a vote for Obamacare is just the ticket. But if you want a system that cares about patients, then keeping government out of healthcare is what you want.  (Source)

Under Obamacare, the push will be to cut costs. And they’ll do it by providing these early bird  “check out”  incentives.


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