This Friday, after far too many years, Conrad Black will be "re-admitted" into Canada on a one year permit. Personally, I believe that his incarceration, persecution (in the fullest sense of that word, for indeed he was viciously persecuted, not merely by the State - but also by those who claim to be the outsiders, but in reality are very much the insiders).
An example of this hideousness was the the rambling talk given by a local Toronto-based journalist named Linda McQuaig to the hard-left trade union Ontario English Catholic Teachers Association (OECTA). I should note, that prior to her association with OECTA I had never heard of McQuiad. I digress.
The talk - part of the recent OECTA AGM - was an uninspiring and vapid event. Far, far worse: it was uncharitable, it was unChristian. Introduced by OECTA President, Kevin O'Dwyer, McQuiag commenced with a false and disgusting attack on Conrad Black. In her words he is: a "right-wing jerk"; also a man who has "spent his entire life fighting against social justice". The reaction? A challenge, perhaps concern, shame? No, just mocking derisive laughter from the assembled rabble. Contrary to what McQuaid said, Conrad Black is a man who is supportive of a number of Church charities; a man who is openly supportive of, for example, the Society of Saint Vincent de Paul. It is sick to defame another human being, it is sick to sit back and laugh, and it is sick to do so all the while claim to be Christian, Catholic. Monstrous.
Yet this speaker, her content, the reactions etc. are only the effects. Not much can be expected from people who take delight in slander, lies and defamation. The cause is the crisis of faith with its attendant destructive of children's moral and spiritual life through false teaching and disobedience to the bishops.
An example of dissident in matters of faith is the open support given to the alleged issue of priestesses. OECTA openly rejects Pope John Paul II's infallible declaration that women's ordination to the ministerial priesthood in an impossibility.From OECTA's Handbook:
3.111 That the Association support equal opportunity and treatment of all members of
the Roman Catholic church, including women and men, in matters pertaining to
service as a member of the clergy
188.8.131.52 to make recommendations to eliminate gender discrimination in clergy ordination