April 2, 2009
Archbishop of Winnipeg
I happened to read a recent report on LifeSiteNews.com that you have stated the accusations against Development & Peace are untrue. I am therefore writing to you to inform you that everything written about D&P on my blog, Socon or Bust, is absolutely true and absolutely correct . From the information that I have read about your decision, you are basing your conclusions on irrelevant information or straw men assertions which no one has alleged. Indeed, while LifeSiteNews and Socon Or Bust have asked D&P to address the incontrovertible fact that they are supporting organizations which support abortion, contraception, and other anti-family measures, their response is to deny that they are supporting organizations which provide abortion services. Obviously, these are completely different things. But for some unknown reason, you and some other bishops have chosen to accept an answer to a charge that we have never made, while ignoring our request to seek an answer for the charge that we have made. And so, D&P has provided you neither a denial nor an explanation as to why they are funding pro-abortion groups. Why not?
Furthermore, apart from the duplicitous responses of Development & Peace in this matter, I am rather disturbed that you and other bishops have not treated this matter with the seriousness and sobriety that it most certainly deserves. By basing your conclusions almost entirely on the mere denials of Development & Peace and their (pro-abort) partners, you have done a great disservice to the pro-life community who is on the front lines of fighting abortion in this country and around the world and who are virtually unanimous in their opinion about the scandalous and immoral practices of Development & Peace. The fact that you and other bishops would necessarily assume that the representations of a few individuals at Development & Peace outweigh the stark, substantial, and voluminous evidence against them does not foster trust and confidence in your leadership or judgement. I am not trying to cause you grief by saying this, your Grace. On the contrary, I am merely trying to protect your credibility and the credibility of your solemn office and to show you that the conclusions that you have made have consequences in how we perceive your pastoral solicitude of us, especially when the clear and evident facts speak so strongly against your judgement.
Moreover, you have concluded that the allegations against Development & Peace were “untrue” without any sort of fair, transparent, and unbiased investigation and despite the overwhelming evidence readily available. One of your colleagues has even called the reports a “malicious attack”. And yet, it is very plain and obvious for anyone who has taken the time to review the evidence from multiple sources around the internet – many of which come from the websites of the pro-abort partners themselves – that there has been no malicious attack on anyone and no falsehoods reported. (By the way, your Grace, did you read my latest discovery about the Nigerian condom bottles that D&P wants our youth to learn about?)
It’s the truth, your Grace. And nothing but the truth. And that, I humbly submit, is what you must face. I invite you once again to review the evidence for yourself and draw your own conclusions instead of accepting the blanket denials of Development & Peace. Here is the index page that I have established for this purpose:
I also ask you to reflect on your fatherly concern and duty for the spiritual children under your care, and how it is necessary to be vigilant and constant in your search for the truth when there are controversies. This becomes even more of a solemn duty when the evidence being presented contradicts the claims of some of your children. I am sure you will agree, your Grace, that the painful and recent sex scandals in the Church could have been somewhat mitigated by a more discerning and incisive posture by the shepherds of the Church. This observation, I assure you, is no less true with the scandal that is before you today.
I sincerely hope that you will reconsider your judgement for the good of the Church, for the truth, and for the sanctity of human life which the Canadian Church is now, sadly, openly attacking.
Sincerely yours in Christ,