In the April edition of The Interim, Paul Tuns wrote a great review of Elusive Destiny, a biography of former Prime Minister John Turner who was responsible for passing Canada’s infamous abortion law in 1969, as Trudeau’s Minister of Justice. Tun writes:
Then, Litt reports, Turner turned to abortion as a matter of conscience, claiming he “wrestled with his duty as a Catholic legislator” and “sought expert opinion”. He raised the issue with members of the theological faculty at St. Michael’s College at the University of Toronto, including Rev. Robert W. Crooker, who advised that while a Catholic should oppose the abortion bill, Turner also had responsibilities to his government. Turner received a similar opinion from an unidentified “Dominican theologian from the University of Laval” in Montreal who added that Catholic legislators must not impose their morals on others. Litt also notes that the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops, whose executive Turner met with, effectively gave the same advice. Litt reports Turner told the CCCB the omnibus “compromise” was the best that could be achieved to which Bishop Alexander Carter – president of the conference and brother to the future Cardinal Gerald Emmet Carter – said:
“Gentlemen, I think John has convinced us. Let’s have a drink.”
Judas-Priests…and drunk ones, at that.