TORONTO, July 1, 2008 (LifeSiteNews.com) – The Archbishop of Toronto has today called on all Catholics in Canada’s largest city to demand that the award of the Order of Canada to arch-abortionist Henry Morgentaler be revoked.
The full statement of Archbishop Collins follows:
Canada’s highest honour has been debased. Henry Morgentaler has been awarded the Order of Canada. We are all diminished.
A community’s worth is measured by the way it treats the most vulnerable, and no one is more vulnerable than in the first nine months of life’s journey. No person may presume to judge the soul of Henry Morgentaler, but it cannot be denied that the effect of his life’s work has been a deadly assault upon the most helpless amongst us.
Canada glories in the names of Banting and Best, and the other medical heroes who selflessly brought healing where there was disease and suffering. Now it honours with the Order of Canada a medical man who has brought not healing, but the destruction of the defenseless and immeasurable grief. This award must not stand.
TORONTO – Controversial abortion activist Dr. Henry Morgentaler, who was named a member of the Order of Canada this week, said Wednesday he deserves the recognition for helping Canadian women be safe.
“The work I’ve done over the years and the sacrifices and the sentence of imprisonment that I have suffered, I think that finally now the government has recognized my contribution to Canadian women and I am very proud of it,” Morgentaler, 85, told a news conference in Toronto.
The prestigious appointment Tuesday refuelled the abortion debate and was slammed by one of Canada’s top Catholics as debasing the order.
Morgentaler said he wasn’t shocked that the Catholic Church was so opposed to him receiving the distinction. “I’m surprised it is not more violent than it is,” he said. “They are adamantly opposed to the right to safe abortion.”
So a person who dismembers babies for a living is surprised that the reaction is not more violent? Since he says “more violent” he must think Catholics protesting him getting this honor is an act of violence. I guess his understanding of the word violence differs from my own. Though his understanding of the word safe is probably at odds with the person he cuts up also.