Apart from being the drama teacher turned Liberal leader, Justin Trudeau is a self-professed Catholic and abortion extremist. By my read: that earns him the badges of heretic and excommunicant.
Now, before the non-faithful reach for the remote, hang-in. See, what irks me here is this: despite labeling the P-M a panderer to Jewish and Ukrainian communities this week, Mr. Trudeau appears to be paying protective lip service to a faith group while his actions most seriously offend it’s core teachings and truths.
Excommunication, often misunderstood, doesn’t amount to being banned from church or stripped of one’s Catholicism.
(1) Excommunication as ecclesiastical penalty
– Excommunicants remain Catholic because of baptism
– Still obligated to attend Mass
– Deprived of a Catholic burial.)
But it does denote a denial all sacraments, save one: confession. With excommunication comes a spiritual medicine in the form of a wake up call and, hopefully, a movement to repentance. In short, it’s reversible, meant as a last resort.
So, is Mr. Trudeau a candidate for this most severe form of ecclesiastical penalty? And, is it already a done deal? Has he, in effect, done it to himself? Setting aside his support for Parliament’s Transgender Bathroom Bill, Toronto’s tax-payer funded Gay Pride Parade, and his pot obsession; let’s focus on his abortion advocacy, considering these grounds for automatic excommunication, according to Canon Law…
Never mind the point about procuring an abortion; referring to the specific action of obtaining or securing an abortion for himself (unlikely), or for another (which is impossible for me to know, and I don’t wish to speculate).
Trudeau’s not guilty of apostasy either. Justin himself said, “My own personal faith is an extremely important part of who I am and the values that I try to lead with.”
But, I want to draw your attention to this third point: Heresy: defined as the post-baptismal denial of some Catholic truth.
Although the case for excommunication qua abortion advocacy is not clear-cut in Canon Law, there is a precedent in Vatican history, 3 cases by my count. And, a formidable argument can be made that Justin does indeed deny a Catholic truth (namely, that abortion breaks the 5th Commandment, thou shalt not kill), and has, therefore, fallen into heresy, an excommunicable offense.
‘But,’ you say, ‘Justin told us he’s opposed to abortion personally, being pro-choice is just politically pragmatic.” Wonder how a practical politics calculus factored out that time Trudeau threatened to support Quebec secession if Harper opens the abortion debate (something the PM promised never to do, by the way).
“I always say, if at a certain point, I believe that Canada was really the Canada of Stephen Harper – that we were going against abortion, and we were going against gay marriage, and we were going backwards in 10,000 different ways – maybe I would think about wanting to make Quebec a country… Oh Yes. Absolutely. If I no longer recognize Canada. For me, my values, I know them very well. But I believe profoundly in Canada, and I know that Quebec within Canada can [restore] this alll…”
So, abortion is more important a value to Trudeau than national unity. Now, is that the thought experiment of a politically prudent Catholic, or a radical proponent of abortion?
And Justin’s extremism doesn’t stop there.
Asked by a reporter his view on one Conservative MP’s motion to condemn sex-selective abortion, Justin replied with a statement to show his unrestricted support for killing babies in-utero: “For me, a woman’s right to choose is a fundamental right.” Right, Justin. Never mind the targeted holocaust of female fetuses in places like China, India, and even here in Canada.
On the topic of fundamental women’s rights, Trudeau voted against C-510 the bill aimed to protect pregnant women from coercion to abort. What’s more, in 2012, JT voted against MP Stephen Woodworth’s Motion 312 to study, just study, whether a child in the womb can be considered a human being based on developments in medical science over the past 400 years ago, the time from whence our definition of life originates.
Votes, Surveys and Policy Decision
|Motion 312: Studying Canada’s 400 Year Old Definition of Human Being||
|Bill C-510, to protect pregnant women from coercion to abort||
You’ll forgive my callowness, but such votes seem to present the perfect opportunity to reconcile Justin’s alleged personal beliefs with a politically palatable platform. Think about it: “Like, I can’t vote for you, Justin. I saw how you voted. You’re totally anti-abortion.” “Look, generic voter girl, I’m not anti-abortion, I’m pro-science.” What’s Mr. Trudeau so afraid of?
Of equal importance: what’s the church so afraid of today? Don’t get me wrong: nobody should rejoice in someone’s excommunication; we should save that joy for the moment when that Catholic makes the prayerful decision that he needs to change his ways… and come home. But who will remind public figures of in-house rules, if not the Church herself? From Napoleon to Jackie Onassis, political figures have been excommunicated before. The right to excommunicate is a consequence of the fact that the Church is a society. Every society has the right to exclude and deprive advantages to its unworthy or grievously culpable members. Pro-abort politicos who coddle the Catholic vote by flashing membership cards are more popular and powerful than ever. But, despite an established legal structure to do something about it, the Catholic Church is allowing these politicians to get away with murder.