The Canadian bishops have systematically undermined the pro-life movement for decades September 1, 2015Posted by Tantumblogo in abdication of duty, Abortion, Basics, contraception, different religion, disaster, episcopate, error, foolishness, General Catholic, horror, scandals, secularism, self-serving, sexual depravity, Society, SOD.
While we in the United States may find much to be desired in the leadership we see from our bishops individually and collectively in the USCCB, in reality, we’re actually relatively well off. In most Western countries, episcopal leadership is far more problematic than even our own. Canada is certainly a glaring example of this broad failure of leadership. Even worse than failing, Canada’s bishops, as indicated by a scathing letter sent to blogger Vox Cantoris last week from a Steve Jalsevac of Life Site News, have taken very destructive steps behind the scenes to block progress of even the most basic pro-life legislation. Thus, in Canada, there has been very little successful incremental action against abortion as their has been in the United States, and Jalsevac points out concrete examples of how the bishops themselves have helped block such action.
The letter is long and painful to read. It encapsulates more than just the broad episcopal failures to protect life and advance a moral culture, but also the refusal by Canadia’s political leadership to do so, as well. A few highlights, or lowlights, below (my emphasis):
As you well know, there has been no religious leadership anywhere in Canada comparable to that in some quarters in the United States. In fact, terribly damaging, behind the scenes and also deliberate undermining of our efforts by Canadian bishops and the CCCB are one of the great scandals in the Church in Canada. The Catholic Church has far more influence in Canada than in the United States because Catholicism is the dominant Christian religion here. [I don’t know how much influence the Church has up there, but I’ve a fair idea of how little it has down here, so I accept this claim more or less at face value]
As the result of a massive (that is no exaggeration), united effort by all the major pro-life organizations in Canada, we were extremely close to winning protection for the unborn in the Charter of rights. However, this was suddenly lost at the last minute because of Cardinal[Gerald Emmett]Carter’s[of Toronto, 78-90]betrayal via a secret agreement with Pierre Trudeau that ensured public funding for Ontario Catholic Schools. We were devastated by Carter’s betrayal. Grown leaders were in tears.
The omnibus bill that legalized abortion, divorce and more in Canada was quietly given approval to John Turner in a private meeting with the CCCB executive before the vote while the pro-life movement across the nation was vigorously opposing the bill. It was years before we learned of this betrayal.
The CCCB seriously undermined the huge, united effort of the entire Canadian pro-life movement to pass the motion proposed by MP Gus Mitges to amend the Charter to include the unborn, which had a good chance of succeeding.
The CCCB also actively undermined the efforts of the pro-life movement to defeat the Reproductive Issues Bill C-13 because of serious flaws in the bill.
It took several years for more than one retired bishop to come to the March for Life in Ottawa. Distributing flyers simply noting the positions of the various local candidates on the life and family issues is almost universally forbidden by bishops in Canada, whereas such distribution is very common and encouraged in many dioceses in the United States. [Remember Bishop Farrell’s joint statement with Bishop Vann, then of Ft. Worth, on the inadmissibility of drawing false equivalency between support for abortion and things like favored decreased federal spending or favor for the death penalty? Haven’t heard much on that in years] So a crippling handicap that the Canadian pro-life movement has had all along has been roadblocks put in our way to prevent the most natural pro-life voting base from becoming well informed at election or even nomination times. Worse, most of the bishops have been strong Liberal Party or NDP supporters, no matter what the position of the candidate on the life issues. [And we’ve heard legions of anecdotal reports about Obama stickers on the backs of priest’s and bishop’s cars around this country]
It was Catholics who supported and elected lesbian Kathleen Wynne as an MPP. Friar Rick of St. Bonaventure’s parish took her around door to door to homes in his riding promoting her election……
….Opposition to aborted baby photos is stronger in Canada. The United States has nothing like the enormous, negative influence of Quebec on religion and politics on the entire nation. The majority of PMs since the 60s have been Quebecers – a province of mostly faithless, rebellious, former Catholics who despise Christian morality. Thankfully, there were a good number of wonderful bishop appointments in the province under Benedict. But change will take a long time.
And a serious miracle, to boot.
It’s interesting to see another perspective. Frankly, the episcopate in Canada is probably more orthodox and less undermining of things like the pro-life cause than many of those in Western Europe, so that gives a fair understanding of the level of decay in the Church today. And the above doesn’t even mention the great scandals associated with the Canadian bishop’s “social justice” advocacy wing, Development and Peace. They are legion.
So while we may lament the great failings we see in the leadership in our own country, understanding that even the very best would have been considered average, at best, 100 years ago, I always try to keep this cynical thought in mind: there are always worse alternatives. Aside from eternity in hell, things can always fall apart just a bit more. So have a certain amount of thanks for whatever good we have, because we’re not guaranteed even that.