Reverend Raymond Gravel
184 Notre-Dame Street,
uite 201Repentigny, QC, J6A 2P9
Dear Father Gravel,
During the debate in the house of Commons on Wednesday 12 December, 2007 re. Bill C-484, you began your presentation with the words "I am a Catholic Priest." As a priest Father, you are aware of the Spiritual works of Mercy that Jesus calls us to practice.
To admonish the sinner, to instruct the ignorant, to counsel the doubtful, to comfort the sorrowful, to bear wrongs patiently, to forgive injuries, to pray for the living and the dead.
You accused the pro-life group Campaign Life Coalition of lacking in love and compassion. You said "It's through education, through outreach, through helping women who have undesired pregnancies I think that's how to solve the problem of abortion."
Well that Father Gravel is exactly what the pro- life movement is all about; We tell the truth, we educate, we instruct, we counsel, we comfort, we bear wrongs patiently, we forgive and we pray for the living and the dead. And Father these works are done in a spirit of peace, love, sacrifice and above all, compassion, which you say we lack.
Also, You stated that you were "uncomfortable" with the Bill C-484 "because the member putting it forward is part of a fanatical pro-life group." You say that you are pro life but not part of the pro-life movement. How is that possible? Pope John Paul 11 says in the Gospel of life "We are facing an enormous and dramatic clash between good and evil, death and life, the "culture of death" and the "culture of life." We find ourselves not only "faced with" but "in the midst of" this conflict. We are all involved and we all share in it, with the inescapable responsibility of choosing to be unconditionally pro-life." (#28) Father, This is a very clear directive from our previous Pope.
Peace and prayers,
Maureen Teresa Ward,
2129 Blue Jay Crescent,
Archbishop Luigi Ventura,Apostolic Nuncio to Canada:724 Manor AvenueOttawa, ON, KIM OE3
Archbishop Terrence Prendergast,1247 Kilborn Place,Ottawa, Ontario, K1H 6K9.
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