OTTAWA, JULY 2, 2008 (Zenit.org).- Canada’s highest civilian honor has been “debased,” the archbishop of Toronto said after the government named abortionist Dr. Henry Morgentaler as an appointee to the Order of Canada.
“A community’s worth is measured by the way it treats the most vulnerable,” Archbishop Thomas Collins wrote Tuesday in a statement, “and no one is more vulnerable than in the first nine months of life’s journey.”
The appointments were announced on Canada Day, which this year marked the 400th anniversary of the founding of Quebec.
According to the press released issued by the governor general’s office, Morgentaler is being honored “for his commitment to increased health care options for women, his determined efforts to influence Canadian public policy and his leadership in humanist and civil liberties organizations.”
The doctor is widely recognized as the one responsible for the deregulation of abortion in Canada.
“No person may presume to judge the soul of Henry Morgentaler,” wrote Archbishop Collins, “but it cannot be denied that the effect of his life’s work has been a deadly assault upon the most helpless among us.”
He said that with this appointment, Canada honors “a medical man who has brought not healing, but the destruction of the defenseless and immeasurable grief. This award must not stand.”
Archbishop Collins asked all people of good will to protest of “this act of dishonor,” and “ask that this action be revoked.”
He announced that Sunday in his archdiocese will be a special day to pray for an end to abortion.
He has asked that this prayer be said at all Masses: “That the scourge of abortion be lifted from our land, that those who promote it may be brought to a change of heart, that all who are tempted to abortion may be lovingly helped to protect the precious gift of life, and that all who have experienced an abortion may be comforted with the healing gift of love.”
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On the Net:
Honor of Canada appointments: http://www.gg.ca/media/doc.asp?lang=e&DocID=5447
Archbishop Collin’s statement: http://www.archtoronto.org/events_news/morentaler.html