July 9, 2008
Apparently there is some push back in Canada with the decision to give the Order of Canada to Dr. Henry Morgentaler, the "father of abortion in Canada."
The decision to name Dr. Henry Morgentaler to the Order of Canada is too much to bear for the membership of Madonna House.
The 200-plus member Catholic community, based primarily in Combermere, objected to honouring the controversial abortion-rights crusader and decided to take action.
On Tuesday morning, a delegation of five members representing Madonna House went to Rideau Hall, the Governor General's residence, and returned the medal presented to their founder Catherine de Hueck Doherty in 1976 . . .
It is its view such appointments divide the country, instead of uniting it, which he said is what the Order of Canada is supposed to do . . .
The controversial appointment, announced July 1, has been sending shock waves from coast to coast, with many pro-life and religious groups, among others, calling for the honour to be rescinded.
On Friday, the Canada Family Action Coalition and its 41,000 membership filed a formal request that Dr. Morgentaler's Order of Canada be withdrawn, joining a chorus of others pushing to have the decision reversed . . .
Madonna House, which was founded in 1947, is a community which serves more than 200 laymen, women and priests.
Besides its original community in Combermere, there are 18 field houses or missions located in seven countries around the world.