D&P Wins Round 1

Regrettably, the Archbishop of Ottawa has not yet been fully informed of what is transpiring with Development & Peace.  Here is part of the text of the letter to be read at all masses in the Archdiocese:

You’ll notice I highlighted the above text. It gave me an eerie reminder of the phrase in the Winnipeg Statement:

26. Counsellors may meet others who, accepting the teaching of the Holy Father, find that because of particular circumstances they are involved in what seems to them a clear conflict of duties, e.g., the reconciling of conjugal love and responsible parenthood with the education of children already born or with the health of the mother. In accord with the accepted principles of moral theology, if these persons have tried sincerely but without success to pursue a line of conduct in keeping with the given directives, they may be safely assured that, whoever honestly chooses that course which seems right to him does so in good conscience.

Maybe it’s just a coincidence, but when I read the statement from the Archbishop, I could not but help immediately notice the phrase…


4 thoughts on “D&P Wins Round 1

  1. This is so outrageous and scandalous that I might just scream when the letter is read in my parish.

    Note the “verbal engineering” and deceit in this message. They deny having funding “abortion SERVICES”. The key word is SERVICES.

    In other words, they’re patting themselves on the back because they have never funded an abortion clinic directly. Are we supposed to ignore the fact that that they’ve funded many interest groups and lobbyists that have pushed governments to legalize abortion and encourage people to have abortions?

    Give me a break! What kind of Catholicism is this?

  2. I should add: neither the bishops nor D&P have addressed any SPECIFIC allegations uncovered by LSN, NCR or our beloved Mr. Pacheco. They just issue blanket statements like “Don’t worry, it’s all good”.

    They don’t even try to explain how we might have misinterpreted the web sites of their dubious partners in Mexico or elsewhere. Why? Because they can’t. We caught them red-handed. Check-mate.

    Archbishop Prendergast is essentially arguing that we shouldn’t worry because Catholics are making donations in good faith and that most of their donations will go to good causes because most of D&Ps partners are not pro-aborts.

    But do we really know this to be true? With every passing day, the list of dubious partners grows longer.

    This whole system is so corrupted and infused with moral relativism and lack of intestinal fortitude.

  3. One last thought. In defense, of Archbishop Prendergast, it sounds like he hasn’t examined the evidence personally. His letter implies that he is trusting the judgment of the bishops on the Permanent Council as well as the President of the Bishops’ Conference, both of whom have supposedly looked at the evidence.

    You can’t fault the Archbishop for trusting his fellow bishops. That’s why Mr. Pacheco definitely should present the evidence to the Archbishop.

    Thank you John.

  4. For if the trumpet give an uncertain sound, who shall prepare himself to the battle ?
    1Co 14:8 –
    Saint Paul, you should be living at this moment!

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