Thursday, August 24, 2006

Canadian Bishop Urges Boycott of Event Keynoted by Bill Clinton

(Hat tip: Catholic World News)

Somebody give the USCCB whatever that guy eats for breakfast:
A Hamilton bishop wants Catholics to stay away from a Kitchener fundraiser starring former U.S. president Bill Clinton.

Clinton will speak Nov. 8 at a fundraising luncheon for the Catholic Family Counselling Centre.

The appearance was widely seen as a coup for the agency. But Clinton's support for abortion, his marital infidelity and his promotion of condom use for AIDS prevention in Africa have angered some Catholics.

"We felt it wasn't appropriate to have Mr. Clinton as a speaker, based on the fact that they were a Catholic counselling centre," said Most Rev. Gerard Bergie, the auxiliary bishop of the Roman Catholic diocese of Hamilton.

Bergie said he has received e-mails from people across Canada.

"They find it difficult to reconcile the fact that an organization that calls itself Catholic has extended an invitation to an individual whose views, in particular regards to life, go against the Catholic church."

While in office, Clinton twice vetoed a ban on partial-birth abortion, which is performed after 20 weeks of pregnancy.

Tickets to the fundraiser cost about $500 and go on sale Sept. 7.

Read the whole thing to get some choice quotes from the group sponsoring the event.


At 8/24/2006 3:27 PM, Blogger Corey said...

I wonder why the Bishop Gerard Bergie is not more concerned about the recent request to defrock a priest in the London, Ontario, diocese over sexual abusing more than 40 girls.


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