The Pot & the Kettle

February 8, 2010

To:  Bishop Fred Henry, Bishop of Calgary

Cc: Archbishop Terrence Prendergast, Archbishop of Ottawa
Cc: Archbishop Thomas Collins, Archbishop of Toronto

Sent by E-mail


Greetings Your Grace,

I want to commend you on your criticism of the recent comments made by Michael Ignatieff  who recently advocated for including abortion and “reproductive rights” in Prime Minister Harper’s initiative of improving maternal and infant health in the developing world.

While your rebuke of Mr. Ignatieff’s position is most welcome by the pro-life community, it nevertheless does raise questions about the involvement of the Canadian bishops’ own development and aid agency, Development & Peace,  in supporting pro-abortion groups.

On the one hand, you rebuke a Canadian politician for advocating for pro-abortion policies in the developing world (even going so far as to offer him some political wisdom on the issue), while on the other hand, you and your brother bishops continue to financially support groups in the Global South which are doing far worse damage to the pro-life cause than Mr. Ignatieff will ever do.

The only difference between Mr. Ignatieff and Development & Peace’s pro-abort partners, your Grace, is that the latter receives your generous funding endowments while the former gets (rightfully) the back of your hand.

If it is “pathetic”, as you say, for a political leader to suggest that abortion be tied to the health of women and children, how is it any less pathetic for the bishops of this country to support pro-abort groups who are advocating for the same thing?

Without prejudice, your Grace, you would do well to find some internal consistency in the church’s witness, and reflect carefully on your judgement against Mr. Ignatieff and how that applies with the Canadian church’s own scandalous actions in regards to pushing abortion in the third world.

Sincerely yours in Christ,

John Pacheco
Socon or Bust


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