Canadian March for Life
Marc Cardinal Ouellet, P.S.S.,
Archbishop of Québec, Québec, Canada
Ottawa, May 14 2009
March for Life
Dear friends of life and the family,
We are living a historical moment in the fight for human rights in our country.
After forty years of exile from the culture of life, we come on Parliament hill
to claim the return of the right to life of the human being in gestation in
Canada. If our country is envied throughout the world in many respects, it is at
the lowest rung of the ladder when it comes to the protection of the most
fragile human beings, those who are not yet born. We cannot remain silent before
this injustice and this violation of the first human right that is the right to
life. This right is disregarded in our country more than anywhere else in the
western world. This is sad, shameful and unacceptable for the moral conscience
of humanity and for the reputation of our country.
We come from all places and all social categories. Our political and religious
allegiances are diverse. Numerous civil and religious associations take part in
this historical gathering for life. As Canadians, we are conscious that a moral
assessment is necessary to operate the moral redress that must occur in order to
put an end to the domination of the Culture of death and open the future to the
Culture of Life. A Culture of life that promotes the acknowledgment of the human
being in the maternal womb and the respect of all human life at all stages of
development. I congratulate and thank you for manifesting today for this noble
cause. Your courageous and persevering commitment prepares a better future for
our families and our society. For the family is the privileged place to welcome
and protect human life.
As Catholic Bishop and Primate of the Church of Canada, I exhort the consciences
of all Canadians that the values of life be better recognised and promoted in
our families, our schools and our laws. Let us multiply the initiatives to come
to the aid of women in distress who are in need of counsel and support when
faced with a difficult pregnancy. Let us also help women who are hurt by a
painful experience of abortion and who have difficulty regaining their
well-being, morally and psychologically. The taboo of having known the serious
consequences of abortion must cease and objective information must be offered
women in such situations and their partners.
I urge our representatives in Parliament, who assume the task of administrating
justice and the common good, to adopt or amend laws so as to protect life
instead of eliminating it. The legal vacuum in this area facilitates the decline
of values, the darkening of moral conscience and the proliferation of violence.
This can be seen with the serious difficulties our educators must grapple with
in our schools.
Our gathering on Parliament Hill is a call to solidarity in favour of life, a
call to promote the value of the family as the cradle of life. We extend our
hand to all our fellow citizens of good will so that we may form a united and
peaceful front in favour of the Culture of Life.
Young and old, men and women, associations and organisations, public managers or
private entrepreneurs, Church people or civil rights activist, we are all
responsible for the respect of human rights in our country. Let us go forward
hand-in-hand in favour of the most fragile beings in our society, unborn
children, the elderly, the handicapped, the poor in various respects.
This rendez-vous for life on this 40th Anniversary of the Omnibus Bill is a call
to awareness and action on all fronts. The government of Canada, like others in
the West, has taken swift and draconian measures to redress the financial and
economic crisis. The time has come to react to the moral crisis that our country
is experiencing with regards to values and the right to life. The time has come
to take a stand and to reclaim justice for the victims. The time has come to act
for a return of the Culture of life.
God bless the peacemakers and the upholders of justice. May He hep us operate
this moral and political redress. Thank you!
Marc Cardinal Ouellet
Ottawa, May 14 2009
March for Life
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