We are not just material beings, but spiritual persons with a need for meaning, purpose, and fulfillment that transcends the visible confines of this world. This longing for transcendence is a longing for truth, goodness, and beauty. Truth, goodness, and beauty are called the transcendentals of being, because they are aspects of being. Everything in existence has these transcendentals to some extent. God, of course, as the source of all truth, goodness, and beauty, has these transcendentals to an infinite degree. Oftentimes, He draws us to Himself primarily through one of these transcendentals. St. Augustine, who was drawn to beauty in all its creaturely forms, found the ultimate beauty he was seeking in God, his creator, the beauty “ever ancient, ever new.”―Sister Gabriella Yi, O.P.

Bishop Lopes: A Pledged Troth. A pastoral letter on Amoris Laetitia.

Saturday, May 10, 2014

Trudeau—Catholic In Name Only

Canada's version of Camelot?—the Trudeau family. Their legacy?—Abortion on demand, contraception, divorce and common law "marriage". Pierre Elliot Trudeau put the "L" in liberal, it seems, just for the "L" of it.

Justin Trudeau, political hopeful and, like his father Pierre, a Catholic-In Name-Only, wants to continue the legacy of his father, and then some.

The latest news—pro-life candidates need not apply.
EDMONTON - With pro-life activists marching on the Alberta Legislature Thursday, Edmonton’s Catholic archbishop voiced “outrage” over federal Liberal leader Justin Trudeau’s recent take on the issue. 
“I would speak first of all as a citizen of the country and it angers me,” said Most Rev. Richard Smith, Archbishop of Edmonton’s Catholic Church. 
“This is an outrage for a man who hopes to be Prime Minister some day, to stand up on the eve of a day when thousands of people are coming out to speak in favour of the vulnerable, to speak in favour of the protection of life in the womb, to come out and slap them all in the face. I just find that absolutely outrageous.” 
Smith was referring to an announcement Trudeau made Wednesday saying all Liberal candidates in the 2015 federal election will have to support the party’s pro-choice stance on abortion. 
Smith referred to Trudeau’s comments as “dictatorial” and contrary to fundamental human rights.
So much for diversity. Some would argue that the abortion license issue is a done deal, that "freedom to choose" is the law of the land. Well, that would be a lie. Canada has no law whatsoever regarding abortion. That's right—Canada is lawless. There are no laws protecting the unborn or restricting any kind of abortion procedure. We are a nation where bubble laws (around abortion clinics that prevent protesters from exercising their right to freedom of association) trump freedom of speech. Justin Trudeau wants to do his part to silence opposition to human sacrifice by banning from his ranks anyone who wants to defend the innocent unborn. You can bet Justin would promote euthanasia as much as the elder Trudeau exiled common sense from the abortion debate.

Like father like son? Even though he could marginalize dissent within his ranks with the skill of a master manipulator, the elder Trudeau never prohibited pro-lifers from letting their names stand for nomination in a political riding. Pierre, however, did not have much opposition to his agenda because the Catholics in his midst—and there were a lot of them—were for the most part lukewarm patsies who for decades rode on Trudeau's coattails. Much of the blame can be laid at the feet of clergy and religious who failed to communicate the truths of the Faith and or failing to hold politicians' feet to the fire when they so clearly traded their Faith for political power. Next to Trudeau, Martin and Chrétien, Joe Biden is a choir boy.

To discern possible trajectories Justin might take, it might be helpful to recall that Pierre Trudeau did not hesitate to wield a sword with little or no hesitation.
The October Crisis 
Le Front de libération du Québec (FLQ) is a national liberation movement that was founded in 1963. Its goal was to achieve Quebec independence by resorting to terrorism, if necessary. After several bombing attempts, particularly in 1968 and 1969, the FLQ orchestrated the abduction of British diplomat, James Richard Cross, on October 5, 1970, and of provincial minister, Pierre Laporte, later on October 10. Meanwhile, negotiations were being held with Robert Bourassa's Quebec government, and the FLQ's manifesto was broadcast on CBC radio on October 8. Faced with an impasse in the negotiations, the Quebec government demanded the help of the army on October 15 to assist the Montreal police in their efforts. The following day, the federal government, led by Pierre-Éliott Trudeau, proclaimed the War Measures Act. As a result, civil rights were curtailed and Canadian Armed Forces occupied several Quebec cities. Pierre Laporte was assassinated the next day, on October 17. Between 450 and 500 people were subsequently arrested, without warrant. The majority of the people were artists, unionists, intellectuals and individuals who supported Quebec nationalism. The crisis finally came to an end in December. James Richard Cross was released on December 3 in exchange for a safe-conduct to Cuba for Marc Carbonneau and the other abductors. On December 28, Paul Rose and his accomplices were arrested for the murder of Pierre Laporte.
Murderers and traitors must be held to account. That's not the issue. However, Justin's heavy-handed "toe-the-line-or-you're-not-welcome" policy, perhaps learned from the example provided by his father, is being ignored as such by the mainstream media. Canadians would do well, also, to remember the corruption of the overly confident Liberals which led to Canadians handing the Liberals their hats. We tossed the Conservatives out when they, too, got too big for their political britches. Canadians like to be known for our sense of fair play, and we tend to express disdain toward smarmy politicians. Justin Trudeau, by stating his recent policy announcement, has demonstrated behaviour which excludes the former and exudes the latter.

Justin has the name, but not nearly the amount of political savvy that his Machiavellian father possessed. His words betray not only a lack of experience but a lack of Canadian empathy for victims.

In a time of numerous international crises, Trudeau has no international experience to offer. Justin is dangerously naive concerning the threat of domestic terrorism. His sympathy for the Boston Bombers caused a firestorm of criticism which rallied Trudeau's media friends to his defence, allies who provided contextualized clarifications and other soothing commentaries intended to school citizens who the CBC long ago dismissed as incapable of parsing the news for ourselves. Following the devastating bombings at the Boston Marathon, veteran reporter Peter Mansbridge [CBC Interview, April 17, 2013] coaxed Trudeau through his responses which focussed more on sympathy for the bombers than on the victims of the horrific violence. Trudeau's attempt to reach to the motivation behind such an attack read more like an attempt to curry favour with potential voters. Certainly, Mr. Mansbridge's velvet lined questions allowed Justin the opportunity to lobby Canadians and appear as a man of reason. Unfortunately, Mr. Trudeau's latest actions to curb all dissent and opposition to the Liberal Party's abortion policy merely reveal that he is more than likely capable of suppressing the inalienable rights of Canadians while promoting a narrow and destructive agenda. Archbishop Smith is right to call out Trudeau for his despotic behaviour.

Catholic Canadians would do well to remember a generation of Canadian Catholic politicians who abandoned the Faith for power. The Trudeau family name will forever be attached to the genocide perpetrated against the unborn. Justin Trudeau, whose father was the architect of liberal (socialist) society as much as liberal religion, will do nothing to change Canada from a lawless state that relegates unborn children and the elderly to the status of second-class citizens to one that lives out the full potential of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms which reads:
CONSTITUTION ACT, 1982
PART I
CANADIAN CHARTER OF RIGHTS AND FREEDOMS
Whereas Canada is founded upon principles that recognize the supremacy of God and the rule of law:
Guarantee of Rights and Freedoms
1. The Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms guarantees the rights and freedoms set out in it subject only to such reasonable limits prescribed by law as can be demonstrably justified in a free and democratic society.
Fundamental Freedoms
2. Everyone has the following fundamental freedoms:
(a) freedom of conscience and religion;
(b) freedom of thought, belief, opinion and expression, including freedom of the press and other media of communication;
(c) freedom of peaceful assembly; and
(d) freedom of association.
Ironically, the Charter, which the British Parliament formally enacted as a part of the Canada Act 1982 at the request of the Parliament of Canada in 1982, was the result of the efforts of the government of Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau. The Charter has been watered down, emptied of most of its force for good by activist judges more concerned about the preservation of equality, a noble concept indeed, that has been repurposed to mean anything the powerful want it to mean. A praxis of relativism in law and politics is another large part of the Trudeau legacy to Canadians. Is it any wonder, then, that Trudeau made his pro-abortion announcement to coincide with pro-life rallies around the country?

While the media reported on Trudeau's endorsement of his pro-abortion platform, hundreds of thousands of pro-life marchers have gone unnoticed, yet again. No matter. The battle for the hearts and minds of Canadians will be won on the streets, at universities, schools, in coffee shops—wherever and whenever people of goodwill encounter the truth about the unborn, the sacredness of life and the preservation of authentic Canadian values. In many ways, the battle is between rural Canada and the cities. Rural communities, defined by collaboration, neighbourliness, respect for the land and respect for life, for too long have been shouted out of the debate by a small cadre of urban elitists attempting to re-engineer society according to a neo-fascist worldview that promotes tolerance (of moral corruption) at the expense of inalienable rights.

The new generation is a pro-life generation. As young and progressive as Justin Trudeau may appear to be on the outside, his mind is tuned to an outmoded view of human rights. The real progressives are those who promote the inherent dignity of all people, born and pre-born. The real progressives have science, common sense, hope and a love of people on  their side. What do the liberals and socialists have?—75 years of failed Soviet-style socialist mind-numbing entitlement. Which is to say, not a whole lot.

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