MONTREAL, Quebec, October 12, 2011 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Three former executive directors of the Canadian Catholic Organization for Development & Peace have accused Canada’s bishops of adopting “draconian measures” in an effort to stage a “total takeover” of the beleaguered group. They warn that the bishops’ approach risks “over emphasizing” the moral norms of Humanae Vitae.
In three separate documents, dated September 9th, the directors say some bishops have used LifeSiteNews’ reports as a “pretext” to question D&P, and they accuse the CCCB of adopting “unjustified control measures in the hope of quieting critics.”
And Lachance suggests that by focusing D&P’s renewal on Pope Benedict XVI’s Caritas in Veritate there is a risk of “over emphasizing the moral issues raised in Humanae Vitae,” which he says could result in “the questioning of projects to assist abused women and rape victims.”
Read the whole article here.
And so it is.
Many Socon or Bust readers might have been wondering why I have always tied the Development & Peace abortion scandal to the Winnipeg Statement. Well, I think we now have our answer.
For decades, the management and membership behind Development & Peace has not been a truly Catholic one. It has been filled with dissent from the absolute moral teachings contained in Humanae Vitae. We always knew this, of course, because if one were to treat abortion and contraception as the true crimes against humanity that they are, no truly Catholic organization would have anything to do with financing groups who work to promote these crimes.
That’s why the Pope talked about HV in the context of development and social justice in his encyclical Caritas in veritate:
15. Two further documents by Paul VI without any direct link to social doctrine — the Encyclical Humanae Vitae (25 July 1968) and the Apostolic Exhortation Evangelii Nuntiandi (8 December 1975) — are highly important for delineating the fully human meaning of the development that the Church proposes. It is therefore helpful to consider these texts too in relation to Populorum Progressio.
The Encyclical Humanae Vitae emphasizes both the unitive and the procreative meaning of sexuality, thereby locating at the foundation of society the married couple, man and woman, who accept one another mutually, in distinction and in complementarity: a couple, therefore, that is open to life. This is not a question of purely individual morality: Humanae Vitae indicates the strong links between life ethics and social ethics, ushering in a new area of magisterial teaching that has gradually been articulated in a series of documents, most recently John Paul II’s Encyclical Evangelium Vitae. The Church forcefully maintains this link between life ethics and social ethics, fully aware that “a society lacks solid foundations when, on the one hand, it asserts values such as the dignity of the person, justice and peace, but then, on the other hand, radically acts to the contrary by allowing or tolerating a variety of ways in which human life is devalued and violated, especially where it is weak or marginalized.” (Source)
Development & Peace can continue to pretend to be Catholic all they want, but it is patently obvious that they are just pretenders, and with these new revelations of former executives, the Canadian bishops should look very carefully at just who they are partnering with and where D&P executives’ sensibilities lie with respect to Humanae Vitae.
Some frank and blunt talk is required.
If they wanted to get to the crux of the matter, the Bishops should ask D&P executives if they’re personally using contraception.
That will hit the bullseye and explain much. Contraception is not a theoretical issue. If you’re married or shacked up, you’re either using it or not. And that will have a big impact on whether you’re exporting it or not.
Back in July 2009, I predicted the effects of the Winnipeg Statement would rear its ugly head. And now I’ve been proven right…once again.
Why do we have such a mess today in the Catholic social justice industry?
BECAUSE OF DISSENT FROM HUMANAE VITAE. IN CANADA, THAT DISSENT WAS FORMULATED WITH THE WINNIPEG STATEMENT. (Sign the petition to retract here.)
The Canadian bishops still have not repented of the Winnipeg Statement or acknowledged their role in this mess. They bear much of the responsibility for the state that we’re in and they bear much of the responsibility for repentance and a change of course.
Socon or Bust calls for the Bishops to explicitly repent of the Winnipeg Statement.