D&P’s Smear Campaign Discussed – Part 2


This is the second instalment in my analysis of The Catholic Register’s recent coverage of the D&P “response” to the ongoing allegations that they are funding pro-abort groups in the Global South…

The document said that LifeSite has an insignificant number of readers and that its reports had minimal impact on D&P fundraising, yet the articles diverted the attention and energy of leadership away from their regular work.

“You have to understand what our staff are going through,” Casey said. He cited threatening, abusive telephone calls at home and postcards of “bloodied, aborted fetuses” in fundraising envelopes.

“Where’s the sanity in this?”  

Many of us are asking the same thing, Mike.  Where is the sanity in funding the enemies of the unborn child?  Have you lost your mind?

The Q&A document explains that the advocacy issue fueling the “attackers” is the matter of “de-criminalization of abortion which remains a highly contentious issue in many societies.”

“It is not a highly contentious issue by Catholic standards,” said Westen. “Apparently Development and Peace believes it is highly contentious.”

Casey pointed out the issue of how closely a Catholic development agency may work with non-Catholic partners that support the decriminalization of abortion is not entirely settled, either among the Canadian bishops or in bishops’ conferences around the world.

Is this some kind of joke, Mike?  Not settled?  Read this paragraph from the Catechism (2273):

The moment a positive law deprives a category of human beings of the protection which civil legislation ought to accord them, the state is denying the equality of all before the law. When the state does not place its power at the service of the rights of each citizen, and in particular of the more vulnerable, the very foundations of a state based on law are undermined. . . . As a consequence of the respect and protection which must be ensured for the unborn child from the moment of conception, the law must provide appropriate penal sanctions for every deliberate violation of the child’s rights.” CDF, Donum vitae III.

Well, at least we are getting some implicit admissions in Casey’s declaration of the secular legal status of abortion not being “settled” in the Church.  We knew D&P’s committment to human life was bogus and now we have confirmation of it by his outrageous (and quite erroneous) remark!

“What we’re looking for is some guidance here. In our protocols, it is a fact that we do get involved in these situations, if you want to call them that,” he said. These issues have been laid before a four-bishop committee chaired by Toronto Auxiliary Bishop John Boissonneau.  Casey bristled at LifeSite’s concluding that partners who are sometimes two or three times removed from groups that support decriminalization are “pro-abortion” or “abortionist.”       

Two or three times removed? No, Mike. It’s right on your partners’ own websites.  We can all read. We can all point and click.  The jig is up.                      

“Nuance is not their forte,” he said.

Spare me.  On this side of the fence, we are very well versed in the nuances of Catholic morality.  And yet, while we have our nuances down pretty good, you have a serious deficiency in the basic understanding of the Catholic faith’s teaching on abortion and co-operation with its advancement, as evidenced by your grossly ignorant view of the State’s obligation to protect innocent human life.


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