Unborn Death By Committee

The CCCB has posted a slick media release on their website concerning the issues discussed in the closed door sessions of the Canadian Bishops this past week.  You can read it in its entirety here.  Let me give you my commentary on each section of the media release.

(CCCB – Cornwall, October 29, 2010) – The annual Plenary Assembly of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB) ended today after some 90 Bishops gathered for a week (25-29 October 2010) at the NavCanada Centre in Cornwall. This meeting is an important event in the life of the Church in Canada. Relations with Muslims and interfaith greetings and reflections were at the heart of the first session.

And largely irrelevant too.  When they talk to other “Christian bodies”, their “partners” are invariably very liberal, represent dying congregations, and virtually non-Christian by even their own historical creeds and standards.  And when the bishops talk to Muslims, it’s the PC variety.  When you have real discussion with real Muslims, you don’t talk to Muslim women.  It’s not that talking to liberal Muslim women is bad. It’s just that…well…they don’t represent the radical Islam that we need to deal with.  Then again, relevancy and reality on the major issues of the day are not characteristics prevalent among our bishops. 

In addition to reviewing the work carried out over the past year by the various CCCB Committees and Commissions, the Most Reverend Gianfranco Ravasi, President of the Pontifical Council for Culture, was invited to address the Assembly over two sessions on the theme of “New Evangelization and Contemporary Society.” Each of these sessions was followed by lively discussions among the Bishops and the soon-to-be Cardinal Ravasi.

Perhaps the most curious phrase in this whole media release is the one that I have highlighted in red above. 

“Lively discussions”.  Indeed. 

I wonder what the liveliest session was?  Could it be that the most animated discussion centered around the hundreds of millions of dollars pumped in to the Global South these past 40+ years to overturn pro-life culture and laws?  The same millions of dollars which the bishops have sent into pro-aborts’ hands to prop up and enable the death and dismemberment of unborn children in the poorest countries of the world?  Was that the hottest topic?  I sure as hell hope so.  Because I am pretty damn sure it will be the hottest topic after the Judgement among these bishops if they don’t repent.  Then again, I wouldn’t be surprised if a riot broke out over the debate on using bottled water at the Conference.  Let’s get our priorities straight, after all.

“The Christian notion of truth is founded on the transcendence and objectivity of reality. Truth precedes us and exceeds us. We do not possess the truth, we are possessed by it,” explained Archbishop Ravasi.

If the Canadian bishops had such a respect for the truth of what they were participating in, they would have never permitted this scandal to go on for 40 years, let alone the last 2 years.

During their meeting, the Bishops reflected seriously on the international sexual abuse crisis, and asked the Permanent Council to conduct an evaluation of how the Conference could best continue to reflect on this issue.

More “reflection”. I am so sick of that word.  Why not some “action”, instead?  We’ve had two years of reflection and recycling and renewal.  Just when is that going to translate into some concrete changes?  It must be hard simply NOT to write that cheque to Development & Peace after the Lenten collection, huh?

They also had an in-depth discussion on parish renewal and various means of integrating young adults into Church life. This will be an ongoing study for the Bishops. “How to bring the Word of God in today’s society is fundamental,” said the Most Reverend Pierre Morissette, Bishop of Saint-Jérôme and President of the CCCB.

My dear fathers, were that really true!  Sadly, it is not you who now bring the Word of God to us. It is we who are bringing it to you…but you are refusing to hear the Gospel of Life and cling to your religion of revolution instead. 

As a follow up to their work, the Bishops of Canada have called for a new Standing Committee to advise the CCCB and the Canadian Catholic Organization for Development and Peace (CCODP). This new Committee will further strengthen the close bonds that already exist between the Bishops and CCODP.

So, let me get this straight.  When this whole scandal broke, you sent a Committee to Mexico to “investigate” the allegations, after which this “investigating committee” issued a disgraceful  white-washed report, falsely exonerating Development & Peace of any wrongdoing.  Then, when you realized that the lies and cover-ups wouldn’t sell to all of the useful idiots in the pews, you set up your Ad Hoc Committee last year at this same Plenary Assembly.  And now, one year later, you are setting up yet another damn committee, a “Standing Committee”,  to work with the corrupt management of Development & Peace to “strengthen the close bonds that already exist.” My. good. lord. Have you no shame? Just when is this football going to stop being punted around, Payton?  The Faithful don’t want anymore punting. We want to see results.  We want to see a touchdown…or preferably a sack.

It will provide a forum to share information and collaborate more closely on achieving their common goal, which is to help the world’s most vulnerable persons.

O the very bitter irony!

A more detailed report containing further information on the work of the Ad Hoc Committee and the duties of the new Standing Committee will be released before the end of next week.

Death by Committee.  That’s what this is.   The endless loop of bureacracy and committees and bullshit.  It never ends.  Why can they not just hold fast to the Gospel, as St. Paul taught?

The Bishops have left Cornwall for Montreal to celebrate the Mass of Thanksgiving for the canonization of Saint Brother André.

That’s appropriate. It might have been the best thing that they did the whole time they were together.

During the Plenary, the Bishops also received the report from the Ad Hoc Committee for Life and Family. This Committee had been formed last year to discuss the leadership role of Bishops in promoting a culture of life and family. “The Bishops need to exercise real leadership on questions of life and family,” said the Most Reverend Ronald Fabbro, C.S.B., Bishop of London and Chair of the Ad Hoc Committee. “These questions require a spiritual revival, a chance of hearts. It is the work of the new evangelization.”

These are certainly encouraging words from Bishop Fabbro.  It may indeed involve a genuine and earnest desire on the part of the bishop to encourage his brother bishops to provide more leadership on the pro-life question.  But here’s the problem with what he said.

#1 – He said the same thing last year:

If Bishops don’t step up,” he said, “others will who may present a distorted view of the Church’s teaching. We need to inform our people on the foundations of our faith.” (Source)

It’s been a full year since he first made his remarks and what has changed?  Nothing much, really. In fact, he’s still saying the same thing but, aside from more <hurumph> committees and bureaucracy, nothing of substance has been put into place.  Certainly no leadership has been exercised.  In fact, there would be no need for all of this rancour and conflict with pro-life lay people if they actually did lead.  There would be none of this kind of harsh criticism if they just did nothing at all; if they were neutral, in other words (which is a scandal in itself, truth be told, but beggars can’t be choosers).  We would just ignore them and move on with our work.  But now that they know they are giving money to the enemies of the unborn in a real and direct way that makes our work harder.  Therefore, they can’t complain about getting criticized.

# 2 – Bishop Fabbro has some cleaning up to do in his own backyard. His fetal euthanasia centre is still humming along on all cylinders, from what I can see.  Has there been a change in policy there?  I don’t think so. If there has been, there’s been no report about it. In fact, back in March 2009, Bishop Fabbro  “ordered” an investigation into the anti-life practice of St. Joseph’s:

“The investigation is still in process,” Mark Adkinson, spokesman for Bishop Fabbro said. “The bishop does see it as a priority.” Fabbro has written to the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith in Rome, the Church body responsible for maintaining Catholic doctrine throughout the world, to advise them of the situation. (Source)

So, uh, has anyone heard of the result of that investigation?  Yes, yes, I know. 18 months is too short a time to expect some kind of report or resolution of a “top priority”.  I’m sure it will get resolved before the Second Coming.

#3 – If the bishops of the Catholic Church want to exercise some leadership, then here’s a few modest proposals to get the ball rolling…

a.  Stop giving money to the enemies of Christ and His unborn.  Stop permitting abortions and sterilizations at Catholic hospitals.

b. Why don’t the bishops all grab a clue and show up for the National March for Life each year and make it sort of a pilgrimage to galvinize the pro-life movement? Is that so much to ask?  To show up once a year and show their support?  They could even make it convenient for themselves and change their annual plenary assembly date from October to May (when the March occurs) and bus it up from Cornwall each year.  If they can bus it to Montreal to pray to Saint Brother André, they can do the same for the unborn.  After all, Saint Brother André and the unborn play for the same team.

c. The bishops can start putting some real money into pro-life work, instead of making the pro-life movement divide the crumbs that fall from the “social justice” table.

As a clear signal of their commitment, the Bishops voted to extend the term of the Ad Hoc Committee by at least one year. During this time, the Committee will reflect on a specific structure and concrete plan for future action, which would rely also on the resources, support and work of the Catholic Organization for Life and Family (COLF).

A couple of noteworthy points here.  They set up this commitee over one year ago. If they were serious about abortion, this committee would have had ample time to corroborate the evidence against Development and Peace and setup the specific structure in how to deal with it by now.  But we don’t need another damn structure.  That’s part of the problem. The bishops need to stop delegating their individual responsibilities into this endless, bureaucratic, recycling loops where nothing gets accomplished.  And the future action that they mention? It never translates into immediate action. It just gets delayed, deferred, and eventually declined.  Sorry, bishops, there’s nothing clear about your signal, except that you prefer foolish delegation instead of taking responsibility for the blood money that continues to flow in your names.  While you dither in your decisions, the unborn die.

The Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB) is the national assembly of the Bishops of Canada. It was founded in 1943 and officially recognized by the Holy See in 1948. After the Second Vatican Council (1962–65), the CCCB became part of a worldwide network of Episcopal Conferences, established in 1965 as an integral part of the life of the universal Church.

The Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops has traditionally represented the greatest obstacle to promoting the Culture of Life in Canada.  It is also one of the greatest enablers of the Culture of Death in the Global South. 

That’s not an opinion.  That’s a fact. Exhibit A.  Exhibit B.

To this day, the CCCB has refused to acknowledge their gross negligence during these past 40 years. They have refused to repent.


9 thoughts on “Unborn Death By Committee

  1. Then what can the average parishioner do? Seems like there’s only a few options but they are measley at best:

    1) Go Nuclear. You’ve said not to give money to D & P. Problem is most people don’t even know about your blog to know the difference what collection they give to. They just think “I’m giving to the collection and I’m doing my good deed/Christ’s Work.” It’s not enitrely the average churchgoer’s fault as they are kept in the dark (save the CINO catholics who don’t care much about the faith anyways), but still, the minority who are informed is vastly outweighted by the majority who aren’t.

    2) Wait for a change in the Guard. This is not only here in Canada. Your American counterpart in the USA, Michael Voris also is dealing with this as a mirror problem in the USA with the USCCB. He’s stated this before that the libs in the church are dying out … however he warns that a number of new clergy of the same mindset are ready to take the place of their predecessors. It’s a shame in this area only of the Church that democracy isn’t applied and the people do not elect their “representatives” as in regular politics.

    3) Alert the Big Boss: Seems the only way the Church can be cleaned up is directly under our Beloved B16. He’s gradually doing it through electing certain bishops of good calibre and recently the Cardinals too. However, how can we get up the chain to alert him of these morally disgusting issues so he can take action when we are powerless to do so?

    Aside from these ideas I don’t know what to do Pacheco.

  2. Professor Tom Landers has spent his spare time in going to Catholic places of worship, and Protestant places of worship to inform the faithful. Norman Harriot informs the Catholic faithful. They informed the Pope. To many of the faithful and Bishops play Christian, but very few are Christian. Tom Landers has informed many people about this and other Social Conservative sites. So do I. Relativism has most peoples feet firmly planted in mid-air, but we must continue to do good and keep praying for the others to listen to reason.

  3. Susan, Tom was my mentor and a humble, powerful man. He was the President of a Political Party that did not take off, it had outstanding political blogs. Allison Brotherton was the VP. John Pacheco had our website but it is no more . Tom went to be with our Lord and his wife Molly June 5 of this year. I was with him when he left, and I have his rosary. His funeral was at Star of The Sea. I still haven’t gotten over it. We had people from all over the globe.

  4. Garry,

    My condolences.

    I live thousands of miles away from you and had never heard of Professor Landers before coming to this site. It sounds like his passing was a loss to all.

  5. Ezra Levant has shown how one person can make a huge difference, in his case laying the foundations for the wholesale reform of Human Rights Commissions and Tribunals.

    We need someone like that – a great communicator and a lawyer – to put so much heat on the Bishops that they are forced to respond or look like knaves. This is certainly happening in the blogosphere/cyberspace – but until the courts are involved, the Bishops will likely keep on their blinkers.

  6. Dave, the majority of our Bishops don’t seem to care what anyone else thinks about their actions. Having said that, at least one that has been contacted by our pro-life organizations seems to be righteously concerned. We are in continual prayer that our Bishops remember who’s Bishops they are.

  7. Complacency by the informed is complicity. The bishops do have the power -money to fight abortion by showing what it is to all of the “out of sight ; out of mind” parishioners of all of our parishes with the leadership of a call to action such as we have seen by the brave five Carleton University students. They have suffered persecution because our bishops refuse to lead. The bishops have fearfully “dropped the ball” on the worst ongoing evil which civilization has ever experienced. This is the “elephant in the room” at their conference. Shame on them for their inaction and complicity. They need to get out of their comfortable pews and lead people like these righteous students with direction and financing for their educational initiatives. Let them also remember the courageous, ongoing vigil of Father Tony Hees on parliament hill. That is action. That is leadership.

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