Friday, December 09, 2005

Canadian Catholic High School Allows Martin to Speak During Campaign

It's bad enough that the school let this openly pro-abortion, pro-gay marriage, "Catholic" politician speak to students during his campaign, but the worst part to me was the response of the Bishop of that Diocese. When asked whether he was concerned about the action of the high school in light of the the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops' document that condemns Catholic institutions giving platforms to pro-abortion speakers, his response was, "I'm not aware of that document."

Now granted, it's a United States Conference document, but it was the subject of much controversy in the last few years, especially with Kerry's campaign. And maybe non-Canadians are more sympathetic because they don't realize how much Canadians actually know about all things American, including American politics, but isn't this a little irresponsible? I mean, that a Bishop of a diocese has no idea about the norms concerning Catholics in political life? I mean, I can't actually believe that he hasn't heard of this document. And even without the document, the Church has been very clear on the issue of Catholic institutions relating to Kerry Katholic politicians.

Also, the Chairman of the School Board was blathering about having a "world leader" come to speak. Even if Paul Martin was a world leader instead of corrupt and embarrassed politician about to lose his seat as Prime Minister, shouldn't the Catholic school be the one to take a stand. I mean, the public schools politely declined because it's during a campaign, but the Catholic school was just drooling in the sidelines waiting to pick up the scraps. Pathetic.


At 11:33 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"I'm not aware of that document."
That's a shocker! Somehow I don't see him as a committed Catholic who really cares to keep current on Catholic issues.

At 11:00 AM, Blogger Ogilvie said...

Pathetic indeed. But having taught in Canadian Catholic schools for many years, nothing suprises me. I once protested when our Catholic School Board invited Stephen Lewis to address all 2000 teachers on a PA day, mentioning that he was notoriously pro-abortion. The answer I received from the Director of Education? "The bishop is in full approval of our selection of speaker."

At 12:37 AM, Blogger islandcatholic said...

Hi Becky,
You're right to point this out. I blogged on the subject myself. If you'd care to read a lengthy post, it's here:


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