Supreme Knight: Back pro-lifers

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The Quebec chapter of the Knights of Columbus is set to respond to the call for “new politics” issued by its Supreme Knight, Carl Anderson. The Supreme Knight urged members to bring to an end any support for pro-choice politicians in Canada. The head of the fraternal Catholic organization issued his plea Tuesday, August 5, to over a thousand members attending the organization’s annual convention, held this year in Quebec City.

“It’s time we stop accommodating pro-abortion politicians and it’s time we start demanding that they accommodate us,” Anderson said. “What candidate or political party can withstand the loss of millions of Catholic voters in this election or the next?”

Yves Duceppe, Quebec’s supreme director of the organization, agreed with Anderson: “It is time to act instead of reacting to these issues.”

Duceppe said the non-partisan Quebec branch will ask its membership of 103,000 to support pro-life candidates in their local ridings. While downplaying support for any political party in particular, Duceppe did agree, however, that this would most likely translate into support for candidates from the Action démocratique du Québec provincially and the Conservatives federally, “the most visibly open [to pro-life].”

“Parties open to abortion like the Liberals will not get a lot of votes from Catholics,” said Pierre-Antoine Riverin, the deputy of the Knights’ Montreal district.

Duceppe confirmed the organization has a number of members in political office. Past Liberal Prime Ministers Jean Chrétien and Louis St. Laurent were members as well as the present Conservative Secretary of State for Multiculturalism and Canadian Identity, Jason Kenney.

Anderson’s plea is part of a greater vision he calls building a “Civilization of Love”: the transformation of society according to Christian and Catholic principles. Part of the vision includes support for what Catholics call the “Culture of Life,” a respect for human life in all its stages. According to this view, the government should adopt policies that ban research on embryonic stem cells or human cloning as well as outlaw assisted suicide and euthanasia.

The Knights of Columbus was founded in 1882 and have 1.75 million members internationally. The Quebec branch is the largest branch in North America and also raises more money for charity and social causes than any other branch worldwide. This year the Quebec knights raised $10 million.

With a topic as divisive and contentiously debated as abortion it's unfortunate to see such a one-sided article in the QCT.
I would much rather read a balanced article which provides both sides of a topic so that the reader can form informed opinions on a topic. 
-Matthew Anderson
 
COMMENT PUBLISHED IN AUGUST 27TH, 2008 PRINT EDITION 

 

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