So after 300 posts (253 Diary Posts and 47 substantial reports), hundreds of hours in research and commentary, 20 months of constant pounding on the truth, and lots of prayers, blood, sweat and tears, we see the Marxist behemoth known as Development & Peace (Capitalization value: $240Million on the Marxist Stock Exchange) get taken down a notch. That’s Socon or Bust (yours truly and Steve G)’s contributions to the larger effort by other bloggers and news sources to bring about change in the “social justice market” in Canada. That’s what it took for the Bishops of Canada to give tacit admission to the massive problems with Development & Peace and finally propose to do something about it. There’s lots of remaining work to do, for sure, but in this marathon, we have to count our blessings too, and any victory (however modest), should be appreciated and packed away for encouragement for the long journey ahead.
When Socon or Bust first made its first post on this abortion scandal which was first uncovered by LifeSiteNews, I didn’t think it would amount to much. But then, on a tip from a fellow pro-life blogger here in Ottawa about some of Development & Peace’s partners in Brazil who looked “fishy”, I started snooping around D&P’s website. I got a hold of their 2006-2011 Program Guide, googled their Latin American Partners, and hit the motherload. Then, out of the blue, an Ottawa pro-lifer emailed me when I was in the midst of doing my research and wanted to spill the beans concerning her recent trip to Nicaragua and one of Development & Peace’s pro-abort, Marxist partners there (the Center was actually an outgrowth of the Sandinista revolution). Once I saw the pictures and heard her story, I knew that we had enough evidence to bring down the abortion-enabling juggernaut that D&P had become. An eye witness report is great. Pictures, however, are better. And video does the wrap-up.
Of course, the hierarchy and the lapdog press have already tried to spin this to absurdly and comically suggest that the radical changes proposed to Development & Peace’s modus operandii are all part of their natural “renewal and reflection” process. They won’t formally admit any wrongdoing because that would mean they would have to apologize for their shameless cover ups and deceits, and there’s no way they want to do that. It’s fine to preach confession and forgiveness. It’s quite another to practice it themselves. Let us not forget who we are dealing with. Faithful Catholic blogs and news organizations have been subject to the following calumnies by our Bishops…Pro-lifers have been….
- accused of “advocating something stupid“;
- accused of “malicious reporting“;
- declared to be “not part of the Church”
And that’s just a sample of what has transpired, folks….and all for what? Reporting the truth and defending the dignity of unborn life?! Yep. That is what it takes to confront a Catholic bishop today in Canada and point out the elephant in the room.
Oh yes, one more thing. There won’t be any thanks going out from Socon or Bust to the Bishops as a whole, although a few of them deserve our thanks for pressing this issue. There won’t be any general thanks, however, for the simple reason that I feel nauseous to think I should thank a bishop for no longer sending money to pro-abort groups. What exactly do you say? “Thanks, your Graces! I’m so glad my donation is no longer going to support groups who want to crush babies’ heads. We’s so blessed now!” (In a sick sort of way, we are blessed that the pro-abort gravy train is coming to a stop.)
You praise a bishop when he does something heroic. You thank him for his efforts when he participates in a pro-life event, or even initiates one himself. What sentiment or emotion should we express for a bishop who merely stops participating in the direct enabling of a crime against humanity?
Relief, I suppose, but hardly gratitude.
Will any one of you, who has a servant plowing or keeping sheep, say to him when he has come in from the field, `Come at once and sit down at table’? Will he not rather say to him, `Prepare supper for me, and gird yourself and serve me, till I eat and drink; and afterward you shall eat and drink’? Does he thank the servant because he did what was commanded? So you also, when you have done all that is commanded you, say, `We are unworthy servants; we have only done what was our duty.'” (Luke 17:7-10)
And remember, folks, all that has transpired is merely talk. Encouraging talk, no doubt, but talk just the same. The blood money continues to flow.