As Squeaker pointed out yesterday, the Ottawa Catholic School Board is choosing to ignore the direct request of the Kenyan bishops who have asked Canadian Catholics to stop funding Kielburger’s contraception-dispensing clinic.
Presented with the letter on Friday, the OCSB again defended its partnership with the organization. Mardi de Kemp, OCSB’s manager of communications, told LifeSiteNews by e-mail, “Our position has not changed on our Board’s association with Free the Children.” (Source)
I’m not sure just how the Archbishop of Ottawa is going to take this bold declaration by Mardi de Kemp. Just who is this person and what kind of authority does she have to declare that it’s business as usual with Free the Children?
Is the OCSB now above the Episcopacy? Do not the bishops of the Global South have any say whatsoever on what’s happening in their own backyard? What kind of Catholicism subjugates and openly dismisses Episcopal authority? Just who does the Ottawa Catholic School Board think it is to so readily dismiss the clear and unambiguous direction from the Kenyan bishops?
And if they have the effrontery to ignore the Kenyan bishops, what about the Canadian ones? Will they ignore them too? And if they ignore them and not the Canadian ones, we have to ask is why that is.
If the OCSB thinks this is just going to blow over, they have another thing coming. They ain’t seen nothing yet. The Kielburgers are on the way out. The only question is the timing. Sooner or later, the end is coming. Remember what happened to D&P? After the Catholic blogosphere and LSN were done with them, it was a whole new game in town.