Pride month: a time to remember the Winnipeg Statement
|Pope Paul VI and Humanae Vitae|
City celebrations and schools events for the entire month of June mark Pride festivities here in Toronto and in the rest of the country. Every sexual activity is good and acceptable as long as it stimulates business, satisfies personal needs and brings in lots of money. Pride month, the Dyke march and the gaying of schools are no exception.
This month is also an appropriate time to recall how Canada responded to the papal encyclical issued by Pope Paul VI, on July of 1968, titled Humanae Vitae. The document teaches the faithful to reject the use of contraception and respect human life. To say yes to life and no to death. But the Canadian Church regrettably chose to give believers the freedom to make their own decisions. And for the last forty-eight years the culture of death, through abortion, euthanasia, contraception and comprehensive sex “education,” has kept expanding. We have seen huge increases in the divorce rate, the breakdown of the family and the rejection of moral standards. Truth has been sacrificed for mere feelings. Msrg. Vincent Foy rightly described contraception as being “anti-God, anti-Church, anti-society, anti-family, anti-spousal and anti-self.”
Just two months after the encyclical was released the Canadian bishops published what has come to be known as The Winnipeg Statement. In response, the bishops gave permission to essentially reject Humane Vitae. The bishops did this with ambiguous language that undermines the papal encyclical. In particular, the moral damage is in paragraph 26 of the Statement:
Counselors meet others who, accepting the teaching of the Holy Father, find that because of particular circumstances they are involved in what seems to them a clear conflict of duties, e.g. the reconciling of conjugal love and responsible parenthood with the education of children already born or with the health of the mother. In accord with the accepted principles or moral theology, if these persons have tried sincerely, but without success to pursue a line of conduct in keeping with the given directives, they may be safely assured that whoever chooses that course which seems right to him does so in good conscience.
The bishops gave the green light to contraceptives. In 1969, abortion was legalized in Canada with the Omnibus Bill. The law legalized contraceptives, such as the Pill and other devices, that have been used to either kill the unborn child or to try and prevent pregnancy. Should a woman get an unwanted pregnancy there is abortion to end the life of the child. The Church in Canada instructed the faithful to behave on life and family matters according to one’s “good conscience.” Instead of teaching the truth, the Statement allowed Catholics to do what they felt was right and good. Conscience, as we see today, has end up trumping the truth.
Not all bishops agreed with the Winnipeg Statement, even though the vote was 94 to 7 to approve the document. Cardinal Eduard Gagnon, who died in 2007, put his objection in blunt language: bishops that backed the Winnipeg Statement were in schism. He was right. Close to five decades later, over 4 million unborn babies have been intentionally killed in Canada. All paid by the Canada health care. On life issues, the post-modern Church in Canada is weak, silent and taken over by the secular culture of the day.