COQUITLAM, B.C. – A B.C. priest is returning his Order of Canada after abortion activist Dr. Henry Morgentaler received the same award Tuesday.
Father Lucien Larre of Coquitlam, who founded the Bosco Centres for emotionally disturbed and addicted adolescents, said he’d rather return the honour than be associated with Morgentaler.
Larre said Wednesday he felt “compelled in conscience to return my Order of Canada to Ottawa,” according to a news release.
Larre, a priest with the Archdiocese of Vancouver, received the Order of Canada 25 years ago. Larre said in the news release he did not want to show any disrespect for the Governor General, and was not condemning Morgentaler or his sincerity. But I believe in my heart that he is horribly wrong and that the advisory committee made a terrible mistake,” he said.
Larre said he was acting not as a representative of the Archdiocese of Vancouver, but as a “private citizen struggling with a matter of conscience.”
Recipients of the Order of Canada “should be an inspiration to most Canadians,” Larre said.
Elevating Morgentaler to the Order of Canada “degrades” the award for those who believe in the sanctity of human life, he said. (Source)
And more will come.
I see the reporter was quick to slice into Fr. Larre, in order to prop up a debased award. But no worries, more abdications of the Order will follow.