Statement from Thomas Collins, Archbishop of Toronto, on the October 10, 2008 ceremony formally recognizing Henry Morgentaler as a member of the Order of Canada

    TORONTO, Oct. 9 /CNW/ - Tomorrow, our Governor General will preside at a
ceremony in which Henry Morgentaler will formally be received into the Order
of Canada. This is a sad moment in Canadian history.
    The Order of Canada was created to recognize the outstanding achievements
of citizens who have desired and helped to create a better country. Is a
country made better when those who are most vulnerable are not allowed to
continue their brief experience of the precious gift of life itself?
    He is being received into the Order of Canada despite the opposition of
hundreds of thousands of Canadians. This action divides our country. It does
not unite.
    This ceremony is taking place as we are entering into the celebration of
Thanksgiving, when loved ones will gather with their families across this
nation. Around dining room tables this weekend, let us reflect deeply, and
remember that while no one of us was ever a mere part of another's body, each
one of us was, at one time, the precious unborn baby in our mother's womb. Let
each of us thank God that our personal journey was not terminated. This is no
abstract issue. Nothing affects you or me more profoundly. After all, you and
I are here to give thanks on this Thanksgiving Day.
    As I stated when this announcement was first made in July, I appeal to
all of those who have suffered through an abortion, or who feel pressured to
seek this path. The Archdiocese of Toronto website
continues to offer information which will guide you along a path that leads to
life and inner peace. There are many people who are eager to listen to you, to
love you, and to help you.
    I ask that this Sunday be a day of special prayer throughout the
Archdiocese of Toronto. We will, once again, offer this prayer at every Sunday
    "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

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