OTTAWA, November 4, 2015 (LifeSiteNews) – On a warm July night in 2001, a slender, 29-year-old, tousled-haired man paused to pray before taking the stage at Toronto’s Nathan Phillips Square as thousands of young people wildly cheered.
“I am Justin Trudeau,” he announced. “I am Catholic.”
Thirteen years after this appearance at a kick-off event to the Catholic World Youth Day, Trudeau made another announcement, now as leader of the Liberal Party: Anyone opposed to abortion could not run as a Liberal candidate. And henceforth, Liberal MPs would be expected to vote “pro-choice.”
In defending his unilateral and controversial edict, the eldest son of former Prime Minister Pierre Elliot Trudeau invoked his patrimony.
“I had an extraordinary example in a father who had deeply, deeply held personal views that were informed by the fact that he went to church every Sunday, read the Bible regularly to us, and raised us very, very religious, very Catholic,” he wrote in anemail to supporters.
“But at the same time he had no problem legalizing divorce, decriminalizing homosexuality and moving in ways that recognized the basic rights of the people.”
Trudeau, 43, was sworn in Wednesday as Canada’s 23rd prime minister – and by any reasonable measure, the most pro-abortion the country has elected in its history – after leading the Liberals to an unprecedented comeback majority on October 19.
The fact is that this sad reality may never have come about were it not for the support given by the Catholic Church, sometimes implicit and other times very open, as one of her most public sons flouted her basic moral teachings and did so even in the name of the faith.
‘The first manifestation of a dynasty’
Revealing the Church’s attitude to one of her most famous Canadian families, when Trudeau père died aged 80 on September 28, 2000, the Montreal archdiocese arranged what the New York Times billed “the largest state funeral in Canada’s history” for the man who legalized abortion in 1969.
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