I have had some inquiries and comments about my open letter to Bishop Durocher. For the most part, the majority of people have agreed with me that his homily was in extremely bad taste.
I do, however, want to make a correction. The bishop referred to pro-life “militants” in his homily. I took issue with that label, of course, calling it an “ad hominem” attack on pro-lifers, since it carries an extremely negative connotation in English. Apparently, the bishop (who is bilingual) has responded to a query to him about this, and said that, in French, “militant” does not have the same nuance. In French, the word “militant”, he says, means someone who believes in a cause, is proud of it and is involved in it in a committed way. Although the homily was written in English, such an explanation is certainly reasonable, although his message was confusing because he juxtaposed “Development & Peace” against “Prolife Militants”.
I accept his explanation and I have corrected my response to his commentary in the original article. I also apologize for my reaction on this point. Unfortunately, I do not believe it changes the general thrust of his homily in any significant way. In fact, he should remove his entire homily from the Diocese’s website.
I have also been asked why I did not contact the Bishop in private about his homily first before airing my grievances publicly. That’s a very good question. I am well aware of what Christian charity demands in these situations. I cannot say any more than that at this time.
Please pray for Bishop Durocher and all of the bishops that they may clearly see and understand the necessity to act expeditiously and thoroughly to address the abortion scandal of Development & Peace.
Please also pray for me and my family as we have had to endure the insults of various ministers and lay people within the Church.