Dean Del Mastro, parliamentary secretary to Prime Minister Stephen Harper, said last month it was “outrageous” that the Catholic school board in his Peterborough riding would give a platform to the Liberal leadership prospect for the second time in three years.
Trudeau reacted with surprise that anyone would question his Catholicity. Although in a CBC interview in 2009, he admitted that his views on gay marriage and abortion were at odds with Catholic teaching.
Once again, we have a politician who claims that he can keep his personal faith and beliefs separate from his public life. That it is perfectly reasonable to be personally against abortion and yet to support a government that makes abortion legal. There is a huge disconnect here in the minds of these politicians, when they think that their personal morals shouldn't influence their public life. Precisely the opposite should be true. We want politicians who will stand for what they believe in, not politicians who will simply be weather-vanes of the prevailing culture.
If the bishops would speak clearly on this issue, such confusion wouldn't exist. But I have only heard Archbishop Prendergast address this issue a few years ago, when he said that he would deny Communion to a politician who publicly supported abortion.
This is a great oppportunity for the Catholic Church to set the record straight. Because it didn't with Pierre Trudeau, Justin's father, and that is the legacy we are living with now.
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