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Week of November 1, 1999
WCR Letters to the Editor
WCR should have criticized Red MassAlthough I usually enjoy many of the articles and stories in the WCR, It was with great disappointment that I read the article regarding the Red Mass (Lawyers stick up for Abella, Oct. 4).
The story criticized an article by Alberta Report that questioned the reasoning behind inviting Rosalie Abella as a guest speaker for the lawyers after the Mass. Going into Abella's judicial history, she was responsible for lowering the age of homosexual intercourse to 14 years and also the Rosenberg decision, which extended marital benefits to homosexual couples.
I do think that every practising Roman Catholic knows what the Church's stance is on what the definition of marriage and family is. For this reason I have two problems.
First, why was a speaker chosen whose beliefs and actions are harmful and contrary to much of what the Roman Catholic Church teachings are.
I feel that this sends a very bad message for practising Catholics and people learning about their faith. If they see that the Church is not able to stand up on key issues, which are clearly fundamental to our faith, then they will look elsewhere for the guidance that the Church is supposed to provide.
If the Red Mass is going to continue on supporting heterodox speakers then I feel it should be cancelled as it has been in Vancouver.
The second problem is the WCR's glowing review of Rosalie Abella and the Red Mass. While I do think that it was positive that a story was written in that the fiasco was brought to attention, I do not feel that it was done from a proper Catholic perspective.
When the WCR promotes whichever popular secular ideas that are floating around instead of reporting from a meaningful Catholic perspective then it ceases to be Christian and only does harm for the Catholic faith.
The article went on to fill us in on all of Abella's honourary doctorates and other credentials despite not informing us of Abella's lack of law practice (she was appointed a judge within months of graduating from law school).
She will now have another credential to add to the list, complements of the Archdiocese of Edmonton.
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