FROM THE SERVANT GENERAL
ASSAULTS ON FAITH, FAMILY AND LIFE
THE ENEMY WITHIN
There are many liberals and modernists working inside parishes
and chanceries, in high positions, in the Western world. This
is one of them. They are the enemy within. They are helping
weaken and destroy the Church from within.
‘Appalling’: Top Catholic bishops’
employee re-tweets pro-abortion criticism of Trump
ONTARIO, January 30, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) -- The Ontario bishops'
top employee has been using his personal Twitter account to
criticize Donald Trump's pro-life policies.
Roger Lawler, General Secretary of the Assembly of Catholic
Bishops of Ontario (ACBO), re-tweeted two posts on January
23 critical of President Donald Trump’s reinstatement
of the Mexico City Policy. The policy banned government funding
of foreign pro-abortion groups like the International Planned
The two posts criticize Trump for “cut[ting] off family
planning for millions of poor women globally” and for
“reinstat[ing] Reagan-era abortion restrictions.”
Lawler also actively promoted the Women's March on Twitter.
LifeSiteNews sent evidence of his support for the Women's
March to London Bishop Ronald Fabbro, the ACBO's president,
who dismissed the concern.
When LifeSiteNews followed up with evidence of Lawler's two
explicitly pro-abortion re-tweets, Fabbro then failed to respond.
Lawler has since set his account to private.
The Catholic Church condemns abortion as a “moral evil.”
Abortion directly contravenes the Fifth Commandment against
murder since it destroys a human person in the womb. The Church
also condemns contraception as “intrinsically evil”
since it destroys the unitive and procreative integrity of
the marital act.
Three national pro-life Catholic leaders are calling for Lawler’s
A partisan Liberal
Lawler has a long history of
using his Twitter platform to exclusively push partisan Liberal
content that often conflicts with Catholic moral teaching.
In 2015 LifeSiteNews reported how Lawler used his Twitter
account to support the Ontario government’s controversial
sex-ed program while attacking those who strongly criticized
blogger at Catholic Intelligence Blog who has monitored Lawler’s
tweets over the last few years made the case in a report on
the weekend that a retweet from Lawler generally indicates
Lawler’s own position on a given matter.
“If you analyze his tweet stream, you can see he supports
the positions of 100% of his retweets,” the blogger
wrote. He noted that while some Twitter users will retweet
ridiculous tweets from their opponents to showcase their idiocy,
such is not the case with Lawler.
Lawler’s retweets of pro-abortion posts are easy to
During the U.S. presidential race, Lawler retweeted a post
by Hillary Clinton’s pro-abortion running-mate Tim Kaine,
who says he is Catholic. Kaine was taking issue with Donald
Trump’s plan to overturn Roe v. Wade, the 1973 Supreme
Court decision that legalized abortion in America.
tweet stated: “Donald wants to send Roe. v. Wade ‘back
to the states.’ That means states could criminalize
womentrust them with their own health decisions!”
15 retweets in support of pro-abortion Women’s
Two days prior to his pro-abortion retweets criticizing Trump’s
defunding of abortion, Lawler had re-tweeted 15 posts in support
of the pro-abortion Women’s March.
Women’s March organizers made it clear in their Guiding
Vision document that the event championed what they called
increased access to “safe, legal, affordable abortion
and birth control.” Organizers were so committed to
pushing a pro-abortion message at the event that they told
pro-life organizations such as Abby Johnson’s “And
Then There Were None” as well as the pro-life group
“New Wave Feminists” that they could not participate
due to their pro-life position.
Women’s March was especially promoted by pro-abortion
groups such as Planned Parenthood and NARAL Pro-Choice America.
“We will not stand down in the face of attacks on our
fundamental rights, and we will hold anti-choice and anti-woman
politicians accountable,” stated NARAL, an official
sponsor of the March, in a press release.
women attending the event carried signs in support of abortion
as a “human right.” In one outrageous instance,
a woman championed “reproductive rights” at the
event by carrying a sign that depicted the Blessed Virgin
Mary as a bloody vagina.
spokesperson for the Toronto Women's March told LifeSiteNews
that they also would reject a pro-life group. That would be
seen as “contradictory to the message that we’re
trying to put out,” she told LifeSiteNews.
reached out to Lawler, asking why he promotes content on his
Twitter account that advocates abortion and contraception
when they are evils condemned by the Church. No response was
given. LifeSiteNews captured screen shots of Lawler’s
tweets in question before he set his account to “private”
so that only his followers could view his activity.
LifeSiteNews contacted ACBO president Bishop Ronald Fabbro
and asked if the bishops’ group retains staff who publicly
Fabbro replied that the “ACBO does not retain staff
who support abortion.”
"Thanks for the email you sent on Jan. 24, 2017, raising
a concern about Roger Lawler, the ACBO General Secretary,
and the retweets he sent of the Women’s March, which
were pictures of the crowd and individuals that had gathered
for the March," Fabbro said.
"In response to your email, the ACBO does not retain
staff who support abortion. I do not agree with the analysis
of the Women’s March that you provide in your email,"
When LifeSiteNews followed up by asking Fabbro to comment
on Lawler’s tweets attacking President Trump’s
defunding of overseas abortion, the bishop did not respond.
‘Lawler must go. Now.’
Three national pro-life Catholic
leaders are calling it a “scandal,” “disgraceful,”
and “appalling” that a top-ranking employee of
a bishops’ association can tweet in support of abortion
and pro-abortion events and get away with it.
Christian Elia, Executive Director of the Catholic Civil Rights
League, told LifeSiteNews that retweeting “may not necessarily
entail support, but retweeting tweets in strong support of
the [Women’s] march more than a dozen times suggests
overt support for the message of that march.”
Elia said that a quick glance at Lawler’s Twitter account
exposes him as an “ardent
supporter of pro-abortion politicians and individuals with
platforms hostile to the pro-life community.”
“It is time to end such confusion coming from an individual
in a position of leadership with the bishops in Ontario. Lawler
must go. Now. He should do the honourable thing and resign
in the hope of avoiding greater scandal,” he said.
Gwen Landolt, National Vice President of Real Women of Canada,
agrees with Elia, telling LifeSiteNews that Lawler’s
Twitter activity shows a “profound abysmal ignorance
of Catholic teaching.”
“Why is he a paid employee of the Catholic bishops in
Ontario? He does not represent them. He does not reflect them.
And he absolutely has no grasp or understanding of the Catholic
faith,” she said.
“The bishops should fire him,” she added, calling
the situation “absolutely disgraceful.”
Jim Hughes, President of Campaign Life Coalition, the political
arm of Canada’s pro-life movement, said he was “appalled”
that the Ontario Bishops continue to employ a “professional
Catholic” who is happy to be in the pay of a Catholic
organization while apparently disagreeing with Catholic teaching.
"I would have hoped that the Bishops would have better
reviewed the values and beliefs of such a senior employee,
prior to his hiring. We pray they discern the best way to
deal with this individual and those who do not adhere to Church
teaching,” he told LifeSiteNews.