Friday, April 1, 2011

Another Victory for LifesiteNews

Why do Fr. Rosica, Fr. Gravel (who's suing them) and a number of Canadian Catholic Bishops have so much trouble with LifeSiteNews?

Because they are effective. Here's an example:

On Tuesday, LSN reported that Canada's "Development and Peace" (the equivalent to our Catholic Relief Services) had invited pro-choice Mexican priest Fr. Luis Arriga to speak at a number of events. Over the past few years, LSN has earned the wrath of some Canadian Bishops because of their devastating exposure of Development and Peace's support (with parishioners' money) of groups who do things contrary to the Catholic faith. We followed that story here, here, here, and here.

Here's LSN's latest success (excerpt below, full story here):

BREAKING: Ottawa Archbishop: D&P partner acts against ‘right to life,’ speaker cancelled

Ottawa Archbishop Terrence Prendergast has cancelled the speaking engagements of the head of one of Development and Peace’s partners, after personally investigating and finding that the actions of the partner are “incompatible with the Church’s defence of the right to life from conception to natural death.”

The archbishop has cancelled the scheduled appearances of Father Luis Arriaga, director of the Miguel Pro Centre for Human Rights (PRODH), who was to appear at the diocesan centre Saturday and at Catholic parishes in the archdiocese over the weekend.

A notice on the archdiocesan website announced that the archbishop had met with Fr. Arriaga upon his arrival in Ottawa, and “discussed with him, and with representatives of Development and Peace, the Centre’s support of groups espousing abortion.”

“Since the Centre’s support of groups in favour of abortion rights in Mexico is incompatible with the Church’s defence of the right to life from conception to natural death and the mission of Development and Peace, and in order to remove any doubt about this commitment, the speaking engagements of Fr. Arriaga have been cancelled,” said the statement.

As LSN reported Tuesday, Fr. Arriaga has shown a history of support for the pro-abortion group Catholics for the Right to Decide, while his organization has repeatedly put its name to pro-abortion declarations. In November of 2010 the priest praised and received an award alongside Consuelo Mejía, director of Catholics for the Right to Decide, while he also participated in an event commemorating the 15th anniversary of the pro-abortion group. Fr. Luis Arriaga of PRODH (right) with Consuelo Mejía, director of Catholics for the Right to Decide (middle), and Marisa Belausteguigoitia of the University Program for Gender Studies (left).

The confirmation by Archbishop Prendergast of PRODH’s pro-abortion activities is extremely significant for LifeSiteNews (LSN) and those who have followed the Development and Peace funding scandal over the past two years."

Bravo, LifeSiteNews! LSN is currently in a funding drive and "A Shepherd's Voice" heartily endorses their fine work.

Posted by Gibbons J. Cooney

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