The Dumping Begins

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.

5 thoughts on “The Dumping Begins

  1. Is this Larre’s idea of inspiration? Per article
    In 1992, a Saskatchewan jury convicted him on two counts of physically abusing children in his care at Bosco Homes and acquitted him on nine other charges. Larre was sentenced to one day in jail and paid a $2,500 fine for one charge of common assault and one charge that he forced pills down the throat of a teenager to teach her a lesson about drug abuse.

    The National Parole Board of Canada pardoned him five years later and erased the charges.

    In 1998, Larre registered as a psychologist in B.C.

    His work, however, has prompted a number of complaints to the B.C. College of Psychologists in recent years, court documents show. There were no allegations of abuse, but individuals and other psychologists have questioned his methods and the quality of his work. Last November, the college held an extraordinary hearing and suspended his registration pending a disciplinary hearing because it felt he posed “an immediate risk to the public.” The public, however, was never told of that at the time.

  2. From an acquaintance…

    I know Father Larre he’s a kind, good natured soul with an amazing sense of humor. He runs Bosco Home for trouble youth. They’re not the usual trouble youth you’d expect. They are the children no one wants. They are the now teenaged kids born with fetal alcohol syndrome or have some other extreme physiological abnormalities, you know, the shove-a- gun-in-your-face kind of kid.

    Catholics in BC will know him; he makes the parish rounds once each year to raise money for Bosco Home.

    What’s quite extraordinary about this priest is that he can barely walk. Father Larre had polio as a child and had to teach himself to walk again. He drags his leg, can only stand for short length of time, and is always in pain. You wouldn’t know it though he always has a smile on his face.

    Daring and sometimes controversial, Father Larre has always been the one to step up to the plate and does the right thing. God bless him.


    I’m sure you prefer a murderous thug to hold the Order than someone who doesn’t subscribe to the current politically correct view of treatment.

  3. As a video producer creating an instructional DVD for Fr. Larre, titled “Invisible Handicaps to Academic Progress – a parents’ workshop” I have to say Fr. Larre knows how to instruct. He highlights the simple issues parents need to understand without requiring they understand the complex details.

    On a personal level, working with Fr. Larre has been a professional joy. This is a man of kindness and fairness. Having heard his own revelation of the relevant details of his case has done nothing but illustrate once again to me the fashionable widespread bigotry against Catholic Priests that so many people regard as “common knowledge.” A court case is a complex matter. I have yet to see anything written that about his history that could be reasonably called “fair.”

    Fr. Larre’s witness and faithfulness to those he copiously serves (another unreported fact) – harmed or injured kids ‘given up on’ by so called ‘professionals’ – is enough to gain his conviction anywhere I’ve seen someone submit their sentencing.

    Speaking in the video of a patient he helped treat to recovery after a coma following a severe brain injury, Fr. Larre said “The doctors said ‘we have to just let him go’ … you know? But you know how parents are.”

    Fr. Larre’s Order of Canada award was given years before his accusers had decided to attack him and located a willing lawyer. It was given in a century that had not yet eradicated every wisp of moral consideration.

    Morgentaler’s award truly rendered the award pointless. He received the highest award in the land, in part for the sheer number of human heartbeats he personally stopped, and in part for inducing others to accomplish the same. I have no idea how many of the unborn that Morgentaler killed were Jews. We know the selection committee was in the tank, but did Michaelle Jean consider that likely, grisly, world’s record when she posed for grinning photos? When she shook Morgentaler’s hand, did she consider how many wombs that old hand had desecrated?

    Let’s see the national press comment on that instead of fabricating sly, omissive attacks on a priest guilty of helping injured Canadian children the state and its policy organs refused to help.

  4. Father Larre explained these “charges”. It’s funny how the media can distort the truth to make it newsworthy. People don’t want to hear the truth, they like the “juicy” stuff. Laws were initially made to protect people, but sometimes, unfortunaltely, they hurt innocent people. Before criticizing Father Larre, get your facts straight.
    Regarding the “Order of Canda Award”, I think it’s admirable to return such a prestigious award and stand by what you believe in.

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