Articles from April, 1989

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PEI Update

Sex Education in Schools It is always a surprise to find Prince Edward Island so widely regarded as an oasis of tranquility, somehow spared the troubles of the cruel world. In reality, all the trends found elsewhere have their local proponents, and if they are sufficiently aggressive or sufficiently subtle, they can have an influence far beyond their numbers. There is, for example, a very aggressive branch of the Canadian Abortion Rights League (CARAL), and a well-financed and influential feminist movement ... (Continue reading)


Communion refused Arlington, VA. – Michael Jackson, member of the City Council of Alexandria, Va., plans to complain to R.C. Bishop John Keating about being refused Holy Communion at the local St. Joseph’s Catholic Church.  Jackson, a Catholic, voted for establishing a local birth control/health clinic for teenagers. Jackson told the Washington Post in January of this year that he was “stunned” when he was refused communion by Fr. Miller last June.  He was even more ... (Continue reading)

Roman Catholic Theologian Rebuffed

Austrian moral theologian Bernard Haring, a retired professor at Rome’s Alphonsianum Academy, Lateran University, in mid-January again questioned Pope Paul VI’s 1968 encyclical, Humanae Vitae (HV).  In an article in the Italian magazine Il Regno, Haring called for the debate on contraception to be re-opened in order to stop the “catastrophic polarization” in the Church. Having claimed that “theological intransigence” is responsible for a “psychological schism” in the church, what is needed, he said, is widespread dialogue among theologians, laity and ... (Continue reading)

Rescuers File Appeals

Vancouver Lawyers for some of the Vancouver rescuers sentenced under the civil and the criminal codes have filed appeals challenging the rulings of two B.C. Supreme Court judges. The actions filed in B.C. Court of Appeal challenge Justice Lloyd MacKenzie’s injunction, the civil convictions and sentences, the award of costs to the abortion ‘clinic’ and the criminal convictions and sentences. Lawyer Paul Formby’s appeal papers claim MacKenzie ‘erred in relying excessively on the law.”  He is challenging MacKenzie’s ... (Continue reading)

Media and Courts React to Vancouver Rescue

Media and Courts React to Vancouver Rescue By David Dooley Media response to the February rescues at Vancouver’s,  Everywoman’s Health Clinic gave the B.C. newspapers lots of opportunity or sensational headlines.  The Vancouver Province for February 8 ran a headline right across its front page in very large type, saying, “Behind bars,” and beneath it, “105 anti-abortionists held overnight.” Wenham The paper made its position very clear.  When MP Bob Wenham appeared at a hearing called to decide ... (Continue reading)

Matter of Conscience

I have often wondered and perhaps others have too what I would have done if I had not been called to the Priesthood.  Sometimes I have concluded that I would have probably lived and died on welfare!  But recently, I have come to the tentative conclusion that I might have “made it” as a book salesman.  For the past month or so I have been very successful in selling a book at banquets, pro-life meetings, teachers’ days of reconciliation, ... (Continue reading)

Life and Health or just Life?

In 1988, the Jesuit journal Compass published some articles and editorial comments on abortion. In May 1988, it published Bela Somfai’s “A law against abortion is not enough.”  In July it lent its pages to Marshall Hewitt, a feminist University teacher to set out the standard pro-abortion view.  In October associate editor Leo Serroul meditated on language.  In November, the magazine published “Life and Health: A Way out of the Dilemma,” by Colleen Kovacs.  Finally, in January ... (Continue reading)

N.B.’s Feeble Response

The Morgentaler challenge to the New Brunswick policy on abortion funding was heard February 14, 1989 in the Court of Queen’s Bench, Fredericton, N.B., under Justice William Stevenson.  Eugene Mockler, lawyer for Morgentaler, argued that Morgentaler had or should have legal standing to pursue this case. New Brunswick’s lawyer, William Anderson, presented a very narrow case restricted to ‘standing,’ and existing New Brunswick legislation.  Unfortunately, he did not challenge the biased interpretations contained in Mockler’s expanded arguments.  ... (Continue reading)

The Picketers Speak

In The Interim’s March issue, Grace Kelly set the scene and sketched in the characters of the picketing at Toronto’s Morgentaler abortuary (“Who keeps the vigil, pgs. 26-27).  In this issue, she discusses by the name some of the picketers who have been there from the beginning. On the Toronto picket line, I spoke to men and women of different ages, backgrounds and faiths.  I asked them three questions: When and how did you get involved in the pro-life cause ... (Continue reading)

Calgary – First Rescue

For the first time in Alberta, pro-lifers attempted to rescue pre-born children.  February 28 at Calgary’s Peter Lougheed Hospital.  The hospital has a self-contained abortion ‘clinic’ – accessible to a rescue mission – where 25 abortions are performed each week. After a combined Catholic-Evangelical prayer service and briefing session at a nearby church, the rescuers set out for the recently opened hospital. Counsellors Of the 62 pro-lifers who participated in the rescue mission, 25 actually entered the hospital’s ... (Continue reading)

Toronto supports Vancouver

On February 23, around 200 pro-lifers assembled in Toronto in the chilly pre-dawn hours to rescue the babies scheduled for death that day at the Morgentaler abortuary on Harbord Street. Many reporters linked the rescue to a protest over the just-released Law Reform Commission report on abortion.  In fact, the rescue was held, as usual, to save the babies in danger of death on that day and also as a gesture of support for the 104 pro-lifers in ... (Continue reading)

Rescue Canada The King’s Good Servant but God’s First

Testimony No. 1 Paul Patterson The following account is from pro-lifer Paul Patterson of Abbotsford, B.C.  Mr. Patterson describes for his parents and others in Fort St. John the experience of being held in jail overnight for taking part in the rescue at Vancouver’s “Everywoman’s Health Clinic,” on February 7.  The letter had been shortened for reasons of space. To the members of the Body of Christ in Ft. St. John and everywhere else.  From your loving brother in Christ, ... (Continue reading)

Commission’s mandate

The mandate of the Law Reform Commission, created by the federal government in 1972, as a permanent and independent body, is to review and reform the federal laws of Canada.  The goal of the Commission is to promote laws which are “modern, principled, rational, comprehensive, egalitarian, and readily intelligible to ordinary citizens as well as to lawyers and judges.’  Over the last several years the Commission has focused on revising Canada’s Criminal Code. The Commission is composed of a President, ... (Continue reading)

The Editorial Rescue Canada

The strategy called Operation Rescue has been with Canadians for six months.  In future issues The Interim will discuss some of its features such as civil disobedience, non-violence and lawbreaking.  But the moment, we note that Operation Rescue’s purpose is political and its method religious. Rescuers point to the American civil rights movement of the sixties as a forerunner.  Like pre-born babies today, black people were not recognized as persons.  Slaves had no rights; only persons have rights.  When ... (Continue reading)

Packer sacked again

On Friday, March 10, 1989, the Metro Toronto Police Commission denied the appeal initiated in January 1988 by 10-year police force veteran Constable David Packer against his dismissal from the Toronto police force. In April 1987, the father of five children refused to obey an order assigning him to patrol outside the Morgentaler abortuary.  In January 1988, Toronto Police Superintendent Bernard Nadeau found Constable Packer guilty of insubordination.  He ordered him to resign immediately, staying on the force for the ... (Continue reading)

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