“I really feel that we are into a crisis situation here where we are experiencing a trumping of religious freedom,” said Bishop Henry. The prelate describes Father de Valk as “an orthodox, very straight-forward individual.”He said that Catholic Insight’s studies have been in-depth and in keeping with Catholic teaching, but given Canada’s current culture, the bishop anticipated Father de Valk would eventually be subject to a human rights complaint. “He’s a public target,” Bishop Henry said. “His magazine is rather public.”
Bishop Henry feels that Canada’s commissions and tribunals are targeting Catholics in the name of promoting human rights. “Catholicism seems to be under attack for a variety of different reasons,” he said. “I think one of the things is that we’re not trendy; we don’t easily kind of compromise on anything we consider to be essential.
“So when you have very clear definitive teaching with respect to marriage and what marriage is all about, and with homosexuality as intrinsically disordered and contrary to natural law, closing sexual relations to the gift of life, I don’t see where Catholics can say anything else than what our traditional teaching is.”
“That is not a very popular, politically correct expression of views in our society,” the bishop said. “If you can knock down that and kind of bring the Catholic Church to its knees, I would think the opponents would be very pleased to do so.”
Bishop Henry lays part of the blame with an activist judiciary that has read “sexual orientation” into the section of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms that protects against discrimination. “And further, they’re reading in ‘sexual practices,'” said the bishop
Both Bishop Henry and Father de Valk point out that while Catholics have limited their criticism to homosexual acts, many homosexual activists have made statements openly promoting hatred toward Catholics without being investigated by Canada’s human rights commissions. “There is a distinct lack of reciprocity in how Catholics react,” Bishop Henry said.
In the end, Bishop Henry feels that Canada’s human rights tribunals are censoring the expression of traditional Christian teaching: “The social climate right now is that we’re into a new form of censorship and thought control, and the commissions are being used as thought police.”
Bishop Henry doesn’t bother with the clap trap that is usual among the episcopacy today. He gets right to the heart of the matter. It was a really stupid thing to go after a Bishop of the Catholic Church using the HRCs. Did the thugs really think they would bring down Bishop Fred Henry? It’s one thing to pick on a defenseless Protestant pastor however shameless such an act is, but it’s quite another thing to go after Canada’s most outspoken bishop.
I hope it happens again really soon. It will only expedite the HRC demise.
Bishop Henry did a good job in pointing out how Catholics can take a punch while the Pink Police cannot. When somebody criticizes their penis activity, they go all limp and whine to their sugar daddies on the Sex and Religion Court.
How intellectually strong can your position be if you must resort to threats of fines and possible imprisonment to force people to conform to your particular sex thought? Not very firm, I should think.