Good but way short, Your Graces

OTTAWA, May 1, 2008 ( – The Catholic Organization for Life and Family (COLF), the organization founded and supported by the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops, has called on “all Canadian citizens who respect human life to walk in support of the first of all human rights: the right to life” in Ottawa on May 8. With respect to the right to life, the COLF message says, “our country is in need not only of legislative reform, but also of a great cultural renewal . . . the building of a new awareness of the worth and dignity of every human life from conception to natural death.”

The statement, which comes in the year commemorating the 40th anniversary of the encyclical Humanae Vitae, the message for the March for Life addresses concepts fundamental to the right to life, but rarely heard.  Young people, says the message, “want to know the truth about contraception, which has resulted in so many effects that are the opposite of what was promised.” 

“Why has the promise of sexual liberation in fact resulted in the dehumanization of women, who are so often treated as objects for sexual gratification? Canadian teens and young adults want to know that their masculinity and femininity are not random or interchangeable, but that that man and woman are made to complement each other – physically, psychologically and spiritually – and that they are called to a lasting and joyful union that is worth preparing for with chastity.”

The message laments that many young people “have experienced a dependence on pornography and other traps of a culture that turns the human being into an object. Many of them have encountered the heartbreak that accompanies the end of premarital sexual relationships, the consequences of sexually transmitted diseases, or the unexpected ‘failures’ of contraception that have led them to abortion. Many live with the secret pain of post-abortion trauma.”

The message concludes, “Let us promote a cultural renewal that will allow us to regain the greatness and purpose of sexuality, fertility and marriage. In this way, we will also renew the respect that is due to each human life from conception to natural death.” 

I am sure this is a coincidence, but on March 31, The Rosarium, of which I am a director, sent off this letter to all the bishops of Canada.

One of the things we were asking for was the participation of the Bishops and the laity:

3. May 14, 2009 – In response to the 40th year of legalized of abortion in Canada, a visible act of opposition by the Church in Canada by calling all Catholics to participate in March for Life rallies in every province in this country, preceded or followed by a Eucharistic procession and Solemn Mass presided over by all of the provinces’ bishops for the conversion of Canada to the Gospel of Life.

Maybe next year during the 40th anniversay of legalized abortion in this country, we’ll see some fatherly concern and leadership with the bishops actually getting their act together and showing up for a change.  It’s a lot to ask, I know, but with 40 years of unmitigated slaughter, you’d think they could maybe squeeze it in.  

The Rosarium will be following up on this encouraging development with a firm and frank letter to COLF about abortion and contraception – in particular about the Canadian bishops’ complicity and scandal on both issues over the past 40 years. 

COLF’s letter of encouragement to the faithful is appreciated but is still a woefully insufficient response to the holocaust of abortion.

Fire baby, fire!

Stay tuned.

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