Urgent: the coming marriage amendment.Ottawa -- The movement within the U.S. Catholic Church on defending marriage (see above, under U.S.) is more than can be said about Canada. Here a pall of silence has descended on the national and regional Conferences of Catholic Bishops since the enactment of Bill C-38 as law in July 2005. A look at the Canadian bishops' website (CCCB CCCB Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops
CCCB Central Christian College of the Bible (Missouri)
CCCB Center of Contemporary Culture of Barcelona (Barcelona, Spain)
CCCB Child Care Choices of Boston ) indicates that no public statements have been made by the bishops for over a year. It is as if the subject has disappeared from their radar. This is despite the fact that a free vote on the marriage issue is scheduled to take place in the House of Commons House of Commons: see Parliament. some time in the coming fall or winter, as promised by Prime Minister Stephen Harper.
It is imperative that Canadian bishops urge all Canadian Catholics, to prepare for the coming free vote on marriage in the House of Commons. The family unit, and Canada as a whole, can ill afford to squander squan·der
tr.v. squan·dered, squan·der·ing, squan·ders
1. To spend wastefully or extravagantly; dissipate. See Synonyms at waste.
2. what may be the last opportunity to overturn the same-sex "marriage" travesty foisted on this nation by the former Liberal government and its accomplices in the homosexual homosexual /ho·mo·sex·u·al/ (-sek´shoo-al)
1. pertaining to, characteristic of, or directed toward the same sex.
2. one who is sexually attracted to persons of the same sex. and left-liberal communities.
Readers are invited to sign the online petition at www.restoremarriage.ca. Please write your bishop asking for a new pastoral letter Pastoral letters are open letters addressed by a bishop to the clergy or laity of his diocese, or to both, containing either general admonition, instruction or consolation, or directions for behaviour in particular circumstances. with specific reference to the Church's teaching about same-sex "marriage" and the role of Catholic Members of Parliament.