Catholic Church in Canada: In the Tank for the Pro-Abort Lobby

My friends,

If you have ever wondered why a man like this can still be a priest today in the Canadian Church, you will understand why after reading Suzanne Fortin’s deft and tenacious investigative reporting of the Diocese of Trois-Rivières in Québec which I have reproduced below this preamble.

I can attest to personal encounters with liberal diocesan bureaucracies on a professional level.  If you ever get a chance to get behind their doors and into their working spaces, be sure to pay special attention to the books and magazines they display in their libraries and conference rooms.  Also be sure to check out their bulletin boards.  You’ll learn all you need to know about what is going on in the Catholic Church in Canada today.

A very large number of bishops in Canada are basically feminists with mitres.

Next time a Canadian bishop opens his mouth to “defend the rights of the unborn” or to lament the moral state of our country, quietly point out to him that he protests too much. Gently instruct him that the real problem is him. He is the problem.  Just like David was….

“The LORD sent Nathan to David. When he came to him, he said, “There were two men in a certain town, one rich and the other poor. The rich man had a very large number of sheep and cattle, but the poor man had nothing except one little ewe lamb he had bought. He raised it, and it grew up with him and his children. It shared his food, drank from his cup and even slept in his arms. It was like a daughter to him. “Now a traveler came to the rich man, but the rich man refrained from taking one of his own sheep or cattle to prepare a meal for the traveler who had come to him. Instead, he took the ewe lamb that belonged to the poor man and prepared it for the one who had come to him.” David burned with anger against the man and said to Nathan, “As surely as the LORD lives, the man who did this deserves to die!  He must pay for that lamb four times over, because he did such a thing and had no pity.” Then Nathan said to David, “You are the man!”” (2 Samuel 12:1-7).


From Big Blue Wave….

As you know, for many months now, LifesiteNews and my friend John Pacheco have been assiduously following the Development and Peace story. Development and Peace, an organization created by the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops, gives money to pro-abort organizations (for non-abortion-related projects) thereby giving sustenance to pro-abort groups so that they can live for another day and promote abortion on the side.

But something has come to light that makes me realize why this is allowed to happen.

I was clicking around on the internet when I came upon the website of the Diocese of Trois-Rivieres.

It had several items listed under its pastoral category, including “women”. So I clicked on that.

I did not anticipate this kind of overt association with pro-abort feminism.

The opening paragraph explains the purpose of this particular “ministry”.

Through a feminist analysis, it encourages individual and collective action and contributes to other initiatives so to improve women’s place within the Church and in society, and to create equal relationships between men and women.

Feminism. Puah!

Now, you might be saying to yourself: feminism doesn’t have to be about abortion. (Never mind that the whole feminist infrastructure in Canada is pro-abort to the core, but whatever!)


At the bottom of the website, it lists the Table [de] concertation du mouvement des femmes de la Mauricie (TCMFM). They explain that this [diocesan Catholic pastoral] ministry belongs to this hard-core pro-abort feminist coalition [TCMFM].

Imagine, a self-proclaimed Catholic ministry admitting openly that they associate with people who are seeking to violate a fundamental Catholic teaching– that of the right to life.

How pro-abort are we talking about here?

On its documentation page, the TCMFM lists a newsletter issued by the FQPN– Quebec’s version of Planned Parenthood.

The newsletter denounces the 2009 March for Life and 40 Days for Life.

And oh, by the way, the head of the TCMFM, Maryse Lefebvre, works at the local abortion clinic (“Centre de santé des femmes de la Mauricie “). She’s listed as an “intervenante en sante”, which so far as I can tell, is a kind of nurse or “health care worker”.

Get that. A Catholic Ministry that belongs to a group headed by someone who works at an abortuary.

And note– it appears that abortions are all they do at this centre, according to the FQPN. They don’t give out contraception. The Yellow Pages Ad doesn’t list any other service. Quite fascinating. It even looks like the typical US abortion clinic. Non-descript building with no signage.

I did a little bit of investigative work. I figured out that Helene Dargis is involved with the “Women’s ministry” in Trois-Rivieres, and I linked her signature to an online petition opposing Bill C-484.

Clearly a pro-abort.

And what is the punchline in this whole deal?

The head of the Diocese, whose Women’s ministry works with a hard-core pro-abort group, Msgr Martin Veillette, is President of the Quebec Assembly of Catholic Bishops.

(And the Quebec Assembly of Bishops has its own network of women involved in “la condition feminine”. How entrenched is pro-abortionism in the Quebec Church?)

Now if he’s letting a pro-abort work under him, do you suppose he is going to be thorough in making sure that no money serves the interests of any pro-abort group?

I have reason to believe this is not the case.

How are we supposed to have an authentically pro-life agenda in this Church when the foxes are in the hen house?

Is it any wonder that Development and Peace, a group rooted in Quebec, has trouble understanding what the fuss is all about?

I will also note that many of the dioceses in Quebec have these feminist ministries, but they are strangely silent about the right to life. Hmmmm…

UPDATE: February 22

I did a little more digging. The website of the Assembly of Quebec Bishops lists Femmes et ministères (FM) as a group they consult on issues related to ministry.

FM overtly supports women’s ordination.

Not terribly orthodox, is it?

If the Quebec bishops are so overtly aligned with feminists, is it any wonder they’re not terribly gung ho to take fetal rights seriously?


10 thoughts on “Catholic Church in Canada: In the Tank for the Pro-Abort Lobby

  1. This explains a lot, from A to Z. The Quebec bishops need to get their heads screwed on right. They should be utterly ashamed of themselves. Do they not realise that human life begins at the moment of conception? How hard is it from there to arrive at the understanding that abortion, the killing of babies, is a grave sin? I guess they’re just not the sharpest tools in the shed.

  2. Suzanne, then they’re dumber than I thought. So you’re saying that they understand that abortion kills a baby but at the same time they reject that baby’s right to life. In effect, it’s ok to kill babies? Do they think it’s ok to kill people at other stages in life too, out of convenience?

  3. Cardinal Turcotte said it openly on tv: he’s not interested in criminalizing abortion.

    They don’t say it’s okay to do it. They’re just not really into fighting for these little ones.

  4. I find Cardinal Turcotte to be a conundrum.

    Lifesite wrote about Cardinal Turcotte making remarks about abortion that are contrary to Catholic teaching and mentions an article appearing in Le Journal de Montreal, claiming Cardinal Turcotte says he refuses the “pro-life” label.

    Yet Turcotte returns his Order of Canada when Morgentaler is awarded one.

    When interviewed about returning his Order of Canada CBC quotes Turcotte as saying “I’m worried about how we treat life, from conception to death, “…”I decided to take a stance that clearly reflects my convictions.”

    In an unrelated Lifesite article the Cardinal contradicted the pope on condoms.

    Anti life or pro life, I wish he’d make up his mind.

  5. I believe,The day is fast approaching when “our shepherds” will have to show their mettle. There is an article in Lifesite news today,headlined “U.K. Religious Schools Forced to Promote Abortion, Homosexuality” make no mistake the push is on to attack Catholic Schools everywhere. We need courageous leadership NOW.

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