Monday Quickie

Just a quick posting for this Monday.

Here is the Catholic Church’s official position on abortion.

Here is Maclean’s flattering article on Thomas Mulcair, leader of our federal NDP.

From the article we quote the following;

Mulcair was a stellar student and a tough athlete. Religion figured prominently in his upbringing. “As kids, we would often go to church before breakfast on weekdays,” he says. He eventually attended the local Catholic high school…

and;

Julius Grey, a Montreal lawyer who has known Mulcair well since the late 1970s, sees his friend as an example of Quebec’s distinctive sub-species of Catholic “centre-left progressive.” Many in the CCF and then the NDP were inspired, like Grey himself, by socialist ideas close to those at the heart of the British Labour Party. But in Quebec, Grey says, Catholic progressives—like Trudeau, his friend Gérard Pelletier, the journalist and politician, and Claude Ryan, whom Mulcair would come to revere—blazed another trail. They were a varied group, but a common denominator was the influence of “personalism,” a French intellectual movement that spread among liberal Catholics in the middle of the last century. It emphasized individual responsibilty—rather than, say, class conflict—as the moral underpinning for Catholics seeking reforms such as greater economic equality.

With his religious upbringing and formative high school experiences, Mulcair naturally leaned toward this progressive stream. He bonded with others of the same bent at McGill. Among them was his law school pal Steve Foster, who went on to become an Ontario judge before resigning from the bench in 2011 to work on Mulcair’s leadership campaign, and then join his staff as a policy adviser. Mulcair says Foster is “a guy out of the Catholic left, and a lot of the people he brought on board are out of the Catholic left.” In fact, Foster’s network was extensive enough to give Mulcair a ready-made support base in Toronto, where his leadership rivals had expected the Quebec-rooted candidate to be weak. “That was really stealth,” Mulcair says with palpable satisfaction. “They didn’t see that one coming.”

So, in a fawning article, clearly meant to bolster Mr. Mulcair’s credentials as the credible option to Stephen Harper, we are beaten over the head again and again with references to his Catholicism, and how that background has provided him with moral underpinnings to seek economic justice and equanimity.

Super.  So why then did he betray his “Catholic” upbringing by whipping his party’s vote last week on Stephen Woodworth’s motion?

Why then does he stand idly by while his NDP co-horts try to drum up support for removing Rona Ambrose as Minister, when she voted for something Mr. Mulcair should have supported as well, in keeping with his alleged “Catholic” values.  Contrast that with Jason Kenney, a renowned Catholic, who voted based on his convictions, against the wishes of his leadership.  Yet Mr. Kenney’s Catholicism is regularly trotted out to beat him on the head as being anti-gay, anti-women, anti-choice.

Yet again, the left shows that the only true convictions they have are to morality of convenience; avoid hard truths, say what needs to be said to avoid conflict and offending anyone, put your “true” beliefs away when asked to take a stand.  Issue after issue you can see this is the pattern of the NDP and leftist wing of the Liberal party.

So, besides being yet another lawyer, a career bureacrat and politician who has never created a dime of wealth in his lifetime, another wanna-be Prime Minister who won’t give up his foreign citizenship (France), add hypocrite and political opportunist to Thomas Mulcair’s resume.

 

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