Congratulations to Cardinal Jean-Claude Turcotte of Montreal for having the courage to follow his conscience. Mulier Fortis reports that Cardinal Turcotte, who was given the title of Officer of the Order of Canada in 1996, has returned his insignia after the Order decided to honour abortionist Dr Henry Morgentaler. In a public statement announcing his decision, he wrote:
I must admit that I had hoped that, in light of the large number of protests, the Consultative Council for the Order of Canada would revise its decision. Because it has not done so up to now and because silence on my part might be misinterpreted, I feel obliged in conscience to reaffirm my convictions regarding the respect for human life, from conception to death. We are not the masters of human life; it rests in the hands of God.
The Cardinal will inevitably face criticism for the stand he has taken, so please consider contacting his office to express your support and to thank him for his courageous witness.