Articles from September, 1986

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All about AIDS

I take letters to the editor seriously.  Particularly ones like the letter printed this month from AIDS Calgary, accusing me of misinforming and deliberately misleading readers to promote “bigotry” and “ignorance.” In the April editorial I referred to AIDS as a homosexual disease, and I believe I was right to do so.  Since the AIDS virus was first identified – and named GRID (Gay-Related Immunodeficiency Disease) – its victims have primarily been homosexuals.  Its spread to others came first through ... (Continue reading)

Ontario doctors betray their calling

“The thoughts of youth are long, long thoughts.”  I can’t remember who wrote those words but they are part of a poem I learned in school more than 60 years ago.  I recalled them recently when reading a historical novel by Ken Follett entitled Wings of Eagles. It is a story of the rescue of two American businessmen who had been imprisoned in Iran without trial, around the time of the famous American Hostage Crisis. Loyalty The president of the ... (Continue reading)

Catching Up Canada

St. John’s Newfoundland   Elizabeth House, a home for unwed mothers in St. John’s, was opened in 1980 when a two-story house was donated to the local Right to Life Association by the Sisters of Mercy.  The facility has accommodated about 20 expectant mothers every year since it’s opening.  They are limited to five mothers at a time by local housing by-laws. Elizabeth House is located midtown, within easy access of both medical and social services.  The centre offers residents prenatal medical ... (Continue reading)

Effective lobbying: you can do it!

As we all know, laws, and amendments to laws are made by the politicians; and politicians are influenced by you – the voter!  All of us who are 18 or over should be aware of our individual power to influence our Members of Parliament. At the last Pro-Life Policy Conference there was a seminar on “Political Lobbying Do’s and Don’ts” by Sue Hierlihy and Paul Dodds.  I’m writing a brief summary of it because I believe not enough voters know ... (Continue reading)

Spiritual Corner

From a sermon on charity by Saint Basil the Great, bishop (330-379) Sow integrity for yourselves Man should be like the earth and bear fruit; he should not let inanimate matter appear to surpass him.  The earth bears crops for your benefit, not for its own, but when you give to the poor, you are bearing fruit which you will gather in for yourself, since the reward fro good deeds goes to those who perform them.  Give to a hungry man, ... (Continue reading)

American RTL in Denver

Two headlines in the Denver Post (June 15, 1986) highlighted the importance of the 1986 National Right to Life Convention: “Candidates fully aware of Right to Life’s political force,” and “Right to Life Group potential political force.”  For three days, June 12 to 14, the usual workshops, displays and major speeches had been part of the annual Convention in Denver, Colorado, but this year things were somewhat different.  A few blocks away, in another hotel, the National Organization of ... (Continue reading)

Our Bishops on Humane Vitae

In April of 1969 they issued the following clarification which deserves as much publicity as their first declaration, although it has received scarcely any publicity at all: “We cannot close our minds to the reactions of a certain segment of the public, both within our communion and outside of it, which appear to have distorted in some degree our pastoral application of the encyclical Humane Vitae… “In particular we feel that our teaching on freedom on conscience and ... (Continue reading)

Sexual revolution, feminism and the churches

Part V: Catholic moral theologians The Catholic Church in Canada is under serious strain, this for two reasons: an accommodation to irreligion among many of the faithful and the growth of dissent among theologians.  This last aspect forms the subject of Part V of this series. Dissent and sexuality Dissent among Catholic theologians in the Western world is most pronounced in the area of sexual and family morality.  In other words, the branch of theology most affected is ... (Continue reading)

Saskatchewan – Human rights folly

Our Family, a Catholic monthly, is in trouble with the Saskatchewan Human Rights Commission, following its publication of an article critical of homosexual activity. “A Psychoanalytic Look at Homosexuality and AIDS,” published in the February issue, was written by Melvin Anchell M.D., a Californian psychoanalyst with 40 years’ experience in psychiatry and medicine.  Dr. Anchell maintains that homosexuality is neither glandular nor genetic in origin, but a psychological disorder, due to the arresting of the individual at an immature stage ... (Continue reading)

British Columbia – Damages Awarded

In a precedent-setting case, a British Columbia woman has been awarded $10,000 damages against a doctor who failed to abort her twins, now seven years old. In 1978, Beverley Hack, a 17 year old high school student, underwent a suction and curettage abortion, performed by Dr. Ellen Wiebe, at Vancouver’s Shaughnessy.  She was in her fifth week of pregnancy, having become pregnant during a reunion with her then boyfriend.  Dr. Wiebe obtained a Therapeutic Abortion Certificate on the grounds that ... (Continue reading)

Tranquility in a fool’s paradise

On Monday, August 4, The Toronto Star told us through Walter Stefaniuk, that peace, tranquility, and, let’s not forget, prosperity have returned to Harbord Street.  The smiling faces of three local business people assured us of this return. It should be noted that The Star was careful to rehearse the lies and distortions of a notice which some businesses had chosen to place in their windows for a few weeks last summer and fall.  You may remember that notice.  It spoke ... (Continue reading)

Pro-Life teachers meet the media

Teachers for Life’s participation in the recently-held Pro-Life Policy Conference in Toronto brought this new organization into the limelight.  The Globe and Mail, in particular, seemed incensed that such a group should exist.  The following is how Dr. David Dooley analyzed the Globe’s attitude in a conference seminar. “Abortion and the media” The aims of Teachers for Life, as set forth in its brochure, seem straightforward and harmless enough.  Its stated premise is that: “Human life is the foundation of our ... (Continue reading)

Limits to Growth

On May 20, as part of their annual general meeting, the North Toronto Chapter of the Association of Professional Engineers of Ontario (APEO) presented what was advertised as a “panel discussion” titled “Limits to Growth – An Update” in a suite at The Inn on the Park hotel in Toronto.  The advertisement further stated this would be a panel discussion “comparing predictions of 20 years ago with actual events and – looking forward to another 20 years.”  Organizers were ... (Continue reading)

Underwhelmed by decision

Fr. Ted Colleton has been found not guilty on a charge of mischief brought by the operators of the Morgentaler abortuary in Toronto.  The charge relates to an incident on April 9th in which Fr. Colleton padlocked the back gate of the abortuary with a "Kryptonite" - type bicycle lock. The police who witnessed the padlocking refused to lay a charge against the Roman Catholic priest who was acquitted in January of charges arising out of an earlier padlocking episode ... (Continue reading)

No Justice, no martyrs

On Tuesday, July 15th, yet another Catholic priest was arrested for his activities at the illegal Harbord Street abortuary.  Father Giovanni, a parish priest from Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Labrador City, Newfoundland, was charged with trespassing when he followed a client into the abortuary and made his way up to the second floor. When he refused to leave and insisted on counseling patients, police were immediately called in to make the arrest. The incident marks one of several ... (Continue reading)

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