Statement from His Grace, Thomas Collins, Archbishop of Toronto re: Appointment of Henry Morgentaler to the Order of Canada

    TORONTO, July 1 /CNW/ - Canada's highest honour has been debased. Henry
Morgentaler has been awarded the Order of Canada. We are all diminished.
    A community's worth is measured by the way it treats the most vulnerable,
and no one is more vulnerable than in the first nine months of life's journey.
No person may presume to judge the soul of Henry Morgentaler, but it cannot be
denied that the effect of his life's work has been a deadly assault upon the
most helpless amongst us.
    Canada glories in the names of Banting and Best, and the other medical
heroes who selflessly brought healing where there was disease and suffering.
Now it honours with the Order of Canada a medical man who has brought not
healing, but the destruction of the defenseless and immeasurable grief. This
award must not stand.
    I earnestly appeal to all who are tempted to resort to an abortionist, or
are pressured to do so by those around them. I urge you to contact
organizations such as Birthright, and others who will support you and love you
and your precious child. Contact your parish. We are here for you. I pledge to
you the support of the Catholic Church. Look to our archdiocesan website at for information concerning places where you may find
loving help.
    For those who have had an abortion, and bear within your heart the
fearful grief, I urge you to contact us, to find love and support in your
anguish, and in the Sacrament of Reconciliation, to find the gift of inner
    I ask the faithful of the Archdiocese of Toronto, and all people of good
will, to protest this act of dishonour. Write, phone, or e-mail the Governor
General, the Prime Minister, and your Member of Parliament. Ask that this
action be revoked.
    This coming Sunday will be a day of special prayer in the Archdiocese of
Toronto, for an end to the evil of abortion. I have asked that the following
prayer be inserted in the Prayer of the Faithful in all the churches of the

    "That the scourge of abortion be lifted from our land, that those who
    promote it may be brought to a change of heart, that all who are tempted
    to abortion may be lovingly helped to protect the precious gift of life,
    and that all who have experienced an abortion may be comforted with the
    healing gift of love."

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For further information: Media Contact: Neil MacCarthy, Director, Public
Relations & Communications - Archdiocese of Toronto, (416) 934-3400 x 552,
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