There are different ways of being a hypocrite, some worse than others. There are some of us – let’s just say all of us – who say one thing and do another, out of ignorance or weakness. The evil I do not want, that I do, we may lament with Saint Paul. Then there are others who magnify certain virtues and vices, while minimizing, or even praising or contemning as the case may be, others that are far greater – those who tithe mint and cumin and have neglected the weightier matters of the law, justice and mercy and faith; these you ought to have done, without neglecting the others. (Mt 23:23-24).

Having given up on the CBC and most mainstream media a while back, I had no idea why the flags were all at half-mast. Had the queen finally given up the royal ghost? When someone said that the Prime Minister had ordered such in remembrance of the 215 unmarked graves of residential school students discovered by underground radar, I paused. ‘Tis good to remember the dead, especially those forgotten, or who died in tragic ways. But something seemed off and disproportionate. We know not what happened to these children. They may have died of ‘Spanish’ flu, and been deemed infectious; perhaps there was a proper burial and grave markers which disintegrated over time. Yet, people are of course jumping to all sorts of lurid conclusions. Trudeau has requested a formal apology from the Holy Father, who did offer offer his condolences and prayers, not just for the children, but for all in the injustices that have been perpetrated.

But there is something deeper here than commemorating injustices were done to indigenous people and children. For, need it be said, in Canada far more than 215 children die every day by abortion – and those are only the surgical ones, to which we may add the children lost by the morning-after pill, abortifacients and the thousands discarded in IVF procedures. And all those countless babies are tossed into their own ‘unmarked graves’, or their corpses burned in incinerators, forgotten and forlorn. Where are the days of sorrow for them?

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