Bill C-384, a private members bill introduced into the Canadian Parliament is coming up for a vote on November 18th. Advocates of the pro-euthanasia camp are starting to ramp up the publicity in advance of this vote. Here are some examples. The Australian assisted suicide activist Philip Nitschke will be speaking at a Unitarian Church in Vancouver. Nitschke was denied use of a public library in Vancouver a few weeks ago. Nitschke is known for his role in developing the "Peaceful Pill" and his promotion of going to Mexico to purchase a veterinary euthanasia pill. Link: http://www.ottawacitizen.com/news/Vancouver+church+hosts+right+doctor/2142389/story.html An article in the Ottawa Citizen indicates that the police do not intend to prosecute William Melchert-Dinkel, the man who has confessed to abeting and counseling Nadia Kajouji (18) and at least 4 others to commit suicide. Link: http://www.ottawacitizen.com/news/Police+charge+encouraging+suicide/2142330/story.html An excellent article was written about the pressure in Quebec to legalize euthanasia by Dr. Manual Borod, the director of palliative care of the McGill University Health Centre. The link: http://www.montrealgazette.com/health/Euthanasia+never/2140927/story.html For more information on this important topic, visit the website of the Euthanasia Prevention Coalition at: www.euthanasiaprevention.on.ca Let us pray that our Catholic leaders, lay, priests and bishops will actively, forcefully and publicly will join this debate in both the real and virtual arenas.
Here is an excellent website for any and all interested in the pro-life cause. The Sisters of Life are a religious order than began in New York City under the authority of Cardinal Jon O'Connor (RIP) in the 1980's. Their traditional religious lifestyle and clear charism have led them to grow much faster than many other orders. As a result, these wonderful women are moving beyond the boundaries of NYC and have opened a convent in Toronto. Here is a link to a news account from LifesiteNews which explains in greater detail their history and mission in Toronto. The Sisters of Life count among their numbers a woman from our Parish here in Mattawa who is soon to take her final profession. This is one of the greatest blessings that we have received as a parish. Anytime a religious vocation comes forward from a parish community, many graces flow back to the local church. I can only pray that as the Sisters of Life establish their ministry in Canada that more and more women will join