Comments by yours truly to the Press on the whole Fr. Arriaga fiasco:
Regarding the Prayer vigil, I was expecting probably a dozen people, but it’s hard to gauge. I had a lot of traffic on my website for that post. Many people were upset about the Archbishop introducing Fr. Arriaga, despite the overwhelming evidence that there was a serious problem with Fr. Arriaga’s positions on human life.
Personally, I am very satisfied that the Archbishop did the right thing, confronted Fr. Arriaga about his anti-life positions, and took the appropriate action. The other bishops of Canada should take note and, as Jesus says, “Go and do the same.”
As I have always maintained about the abortion scandal surrounding Development & Peace, this issue is as much about trust as it is about abortion. Why do the bishops of Canada continue to trust the management of Development & Peace when they have consistently shown a wanton disregard for the sanctity of human life by continuing to support pro-abortion advocates? If the Bishops continue to support the current management of Development & Peace when prudence dictates the opposite, then why should faithful Catholics continue to trust the bishops?
The time for cleaning house is at hand. The Vatican has started it with Caritas Internationalis. The Canadian Bishops need to do the same with Development & Peace.