In an eight minute speech in the House of Commons yesterday, which was supposed to address the Unborn Victims of Crime legislation, Gravel instead used almost the entire time to portray himself as being against abortion. In doing so he claimed that he was misrepresented by LifeSiteNews.com, which he said instigated the complaints to his religious superiors. From the Official Hansard: “I get the feeling that comments made by two people, John-Henry Weston in LifeSiteNews.com and Mr. Jalzevac, incited this taking up of arms.” (Of course both Steve’s and my last names were spelled incorrectly, but there we are in the official Hansard nonetheless.)
Gravel protested in Parliament that his remarks opposing the Unborn Victims of Crime bill were misrepresented. “I think this is in order because my bishop and the apostolic nunciature in
Ottawa have received a number of e-mails,” he said. “I want to clarify and qualify a few things. First, I am against abortion. I regard human life as sacred and abortion as always being a tragedy in our society. We must do everything in our power, while showing respect for those involved, to limit the number of abortions and promote life.” (LifeSiteNews.com)
Dear Father Gravel,
I was one of those critics who wrote to the Nunciature. You can read my letter here.
You are a disgrace to the Catholic faith and you are disgrace to Canada.
Your silly little parsing of being personally pro-life but publicly pro-abort does not wash with anyone.
Grow up and have the integrity to choose your side. You aren’t fooling anyone but yourself.