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CATHOLIC TEACHERS PUSH ABORTION
February 16, 2017
Catholic teachers in Canada push abortion. Hey, they are not
Catholic at all. They are not even Christians.
And what are the bishops doing about a so-called Catholic
organization advocating causes and positions contrary to Church
Remove the danger to children under such teachers. Stop the
confusion among the faithful. Defend authentic Church teachings.
Catholic teachers’ union urges Canadian
gov’t to promote ‘access to abortion’
TORONTO, February 15, 2017 ( LifeSiteNews) -- The president
of Ontario’s Catholic teachers’ union has put
her name to a letter addressed to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau
demanding that he ensure “access to abortion”
for Canadian women.
The January 25 letter, created by Canadian Feminist Alliance
for International Action, asks Trudeau to “implement,
fully and without delay, the recommendations of the United
Nations Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against
In the letter’s summary of CEDAW’s recommendations
that cover what the feminist authors call a “wide range
of issues crucial to women’s advancement” is “access
Near the end of the letter under the header "Supported
and endorsed by” is the name “Ontario English
Catholic Teachers’ Association” (OECTA).
OECTA’s president Ann Hawkins is further listed as an
“individual” who specifically endorsed the letter.
Hawkins, who became OECTA president for a two-year term in
2015, is described on the union’s website as “passionate”
about women’s issues and human rights.
States the letter: “The Government raised the spirits
of Canadian women by declaring itself feminist and embracing
equality for women as a core value…We now look to you
to begin the hard and detailed work of improving Canada’s
record and introducing concrete measures that will make equality
for women a reality.”
The Liberal government under Trudeau’s leadership is
The Catholic Church calls abortion a “moral evil”
since it is the “deliberate murder of an innocent person.”
The fifth commandment “forbids direct and intentional
killing as gravely sinful. The murderer and those who cooperate
voluntarily in murder commit a sin that cries out to heaven
for vengeance,” states the Catechism of the Catholic
The president of Canada’s leading pro-life organization
called OECTA’s backing of the letter “appalling.”
“It is pretty appalling that this Catholic organization
now supports abortion,” Campaign Life Coalition’s
Jim Hughes told LifeSiteNews.
“Unfortunately, nothing that comes from OECTA surprises
me anymore, but I am terribly disappointed that they have
taken this position,” he added.
The Catholic teachers union,
representing about 45,000 members, has a lengthy history using
its political clout to advocate for causes and positions contrary
to Catholic teachings.
has endorsed and participated in the pro-abortion Women’s
March. It has campaigned for pro-abortion political candidates.
It has marched in Toronto’s homosexual Pride Parade.
It has encouraged its members to attend the Peoples Social
Forum, a political networking conference characterized by
Marxist, anti-Israel, and pro-LGBTQ activism. It has thrown
its weight behind the province’s pro-homosexual sexual
reached out to OECTA president Hawkins by phone asking about
the union’s support for abortion, but did not receive
a response by press time.
Hughes said that he has asked
members of the Catholic hierarchy in Ontario to do something
about OECTA’s public dissent from Catholic teaching,
but with little results.
In 2014 Thunder Bay Bishop Fred Colli joined Cardinal Collins
in criticizing OECTA for marching in Toronto’s WorldPride
parade. Colli said it caused “confusion,” while
Collins said it showed an “inadequate and mistaken understanding
of their faith.”
Hughes said more concrete action is needed.
“What we need is somebody like the former Bishop of
Calgary Fred Henry. When asked if he would apologize for calling
the province's new LGBTQ guidelines 'totalitarian' and 'anti-Catholic,'
Henry said, ‘That's simply not going to happen.' He
defended Catholic schools by making a strong statement and
then standing by it. We need more of that,” Hughes said.