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Calgary’s Bishop Henry, who opposed LGBT school rule, resigns

Henry says he’s resigning for health reasons


 

CALGARY — The Calgary bishop known for his hardline stances on protections for LGBTQ youth and the HPV vaccine says he is leaving the role he has held for almost two decades due to ailing health.

In his resignation letter to Pope Francis posted Wednesday on the Calgary Catholic Diocese website, Most Rev. Fred Henry said he has an incurable type of arthritis that is also an autoimmune disease.

A spokesman for the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops says the church usually requires bishops to resign at 75.

Henry, who is 73, said he started writing the letter to the pontiff more than three years ago. He said when he was 35, he was diagnosed with ankylosing spondylitis, which has severely reduced mobility in his spine over time.

“I can no longer turn my head sideways but must turn the whole upper body to look left or right,” Henry wrote.

“In addition, I can’t really look up but have a permanent stoop and my feet are much more familiar to me than the sky.”

He said the inflammation from the disease has also affected his eyes and lungs while his hearing has been diminished.

“My condition cannot be reversed. I have jokingly said that ‘pain is my best friend, we are always together’ but it is wearing me out and limiting my ministry,” Henry wrote.

“I believe that someone younger with more energy, stamina and pastoral vision should take over the role of Ordinary for the Diocese of Calgary.

“The needs of this ever-expanding diocese are enormous. I have given it my best and I am past my ‘best due date’ — it is time to retire.”

The pontiff has appointed Most Rev. William Terrence McGrattan, bishop of the Peterborough, Ont., diocese, to succeed Henry.

McGrattan, who is 60 and a native of London, Ont., is to be installed in Calgary on Feb. 27.

Henry, who oversaw 67 parishes and missions with a Catholic population of more than 435,000, was one of three Catholic bishops to criticize the Alberta government last year over its plans to protect LGBTQ students in schools, particularly transgender children.

“Totalitarianism is alive and well in Alberta,” Henry wrote in a public letter to his faithful last year.

“This approach and directive smack of the madness of relativism and the forceful imposition of a particular, narrow-minded, anti-Catholic ideology … and must be rejected.”

Education Minister Dave Eggen later said he had reached common ground with the religious leaders, based on a shared concern for having safe and caring schools.

Kristopher Wells, with the Institute for Sexual Minority Studies and Services at University of Alberta, said he hopes the tone will be different when McGrattan takes over.

“Bishop Henry has certainly been no friend to the LGBT community and has been, I think, constantly out of step with progressive values of the majority of Albertans,” said Wells, an assistant professor at the university.

“I really hope that a new bishop will seek to build bridges and use faith as a way to include rather than exclude.”

Henry was also staunchly opposed to administering a vaccine against the human papillomavirus, or HPV, in schools. HPV is the primary cause of genital warts and leads to most cases of cervical cancer.

Juliet Guichon, an assistant professor at the University of Calgary who specializes in bioethics, said she wishes Henry well in the next phase of his life, but believes he was misguided on issues such as the HPV vaccine.

“He lacked important information and he might have engaged with the health-care community, but he chose not to despite requests,” she said.

“I hope that the incoming bishop engages with Catholics and the greater community and focuses on Pope Francis’ main messages, which are mercy, love and following one’s conscience.”

Alberta Environment Minister Shannon Phillips, speaking on behalf of the NDP government, said Henry has been a strong advocate for climate change action and poverty reduction initiatives.

As for the LGBTQ issue, Phillips said “he was to be accountable to his folks and we have to be accountable for safety of children in classrooms.”

“People are not always going to agree in a democracy, and that’s OK.”


 

Calgary’s Bishop Henry, who opposed LGBT school rule, resigns

  1. Religion; is the biggest bully on the block!
    The Torah; Bible and Koran have become books of terrorism — against the gay community and should be banned!

  2. Being black, left-handed or being gay is just as natural. It is a sometimes rare occurrence to fall in Love and to hold that person in your heart and be loved in return … it is something that should be celebrated! If it’s between two guys or two girls — all the better. It takes even more courage to defend that LOVE!

  3. Enough with the religious corruption from the lunatic fringe; who have gotten away with kids committing suicide — driven by ignorant family members manipulated by the insane clergy. Religion has no place in today’s society of thinkers and intellectuals … who can see though the lies!
    Where is the LOVE & compassion – that this filthy black book is supposed to represent? It is the most evil book of fiction ever published! Kids are being bullied into suicide by religious; lunatic parents and society –!

  4. This holier than thou – written so there it shall be — fallacy; should be stopped! Those lunatic orthodox jews should state that the torah is total evil; fiction and removed – as the first testament – then deal with the rest of the Christian fiction; of that black book!

  5. The bible and the torah should be banned!

    Here are several really loving excerpts from the Torah; the first five books of the Old Testament in the bible — perhaps read to the congregation on Friday night at a synagogue or a Sunday morning church in the meadow.

    1. Kill any friends or family that worship a god that is different than your own. Deuteronomy 13:6-10
    2. Kill all the inhabitants of any city where you find people that worship differently than you. Deuteronomy 13:12-16
    3. Kill everyone who has religious views that are different than your own. Deuteronomy 17:2-7.

    Rabbinical / Priestly rules: Leviticus 21:17-18 … “No one who is blind or lame or has a defect or any blemish may approach to offer the bread of his God.” Leviticus 18:22 … “You are not to go to bed with a man as with a woman; it is an abomination; they shall surely be put to death; their blood is upon them.”

    The pope and churches fully aware that Leviticus 18:22 applies to rabbis and priests … refuse to remove this stigma maliciously persecuting gays.

    • Umm… okay, *spoiler alert* may be in order here… you kind of missed the prequel where they were coming out of Egypt, and on their way to their promised land… and then you missed the sequel where they entered the promised land, but they did not receive the promise of rest… and then you missed the next sequel where they were carried away to captivity… and then you missed the next sequel where they did return to the land but all those commandments even if they followed them, they would be guilty of having broken all of them, because they had already broken one of them… and then you missed the next sequel where Jesus fulfilled all those commandments because no one in the world can obey all those commandments. Jesus called himself the way and the truth and the life… followers of Jesus were called followers of the Way…

  6. Einstein stated in a letter recently auctioned that the bible was a collection of primitive legends. He said believing in God was childish and he as a Jew is no different than another person and are not chosen by God.

  7. Justin Trudeau Submits to LGBT Demands – REALity

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    Justin Trudeau can’t say “no” to any demands made by the LGBT community, (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered). He is an obedient servant to their cause.

    In July, 2016 he made two specific controversial commitments to them:

    I. Blood donations from homosexuals to be accepted after only one year’s abstinence from their having same-sex relations;

    However, a tragedy occurred in the 1980’s when Canada experienced one of its greatest health disasters due to tainted blood donations causing 800 deaths, mainly due to blood donations contaminated by AIDS. Consequently, Canada, along with many other countries refused blood donations from homosexuals who had sex with another man during their lifetime.

    Under political pressure from homosexual activists, this ban was relaxed in Canada in 2013 to permit blood from homosexuals who have not had sex with a man for a five-year period. This latter decision, however, was unacceptable to homosexual activists who claimed that this five year ban was discriminatory and “intrinsically abhorrent to the fundamental Canadian values of equality and non-discrimination”. They screamed, of course, that the Canadian Blood Services was “homophobic”. There was no concern at all expressed by them about the public’s right to protection from receiving contaminated blood. The latter was irrelevant to them even though gay men make up 49% of new HIV cases in Canada.

    As a result of this pressure, on July 12, 2016, the Liberal government reduced the waiting period to donate blood for homosexual men even further, from five years to one year’s sexual abstinence.

    Although there is a still-imperfect scientific technology to test for HIV, the LGBT community is still disappointed with the one-year deferral period, as is also, apparently, the Liberal government, as Canadian Health Minister, Jane Philpott, cheerfully announced in July, 2016:

    There is an incredible desire and certainly a commitment on the part of our government to work toward further decreasing that donor deferral period. The desire is to be able to have those deferrals based on behaviour as opposed to sexual orientation.

    It is homosexual behaviour that contaminates the blood system. Is she going to rely on a homosexual donor’s assertion that he never has homosexual relations, or if he does not, he always uses condoms, and as a result, his behaviour is safe? Some protection for the public that is going to be!

    II. Lowering the age of consent for anal sex.

    Trudeau has announced that his government will be lowering the age of consent for anal sex from eighteen to sixteen years of age in the Criminal Code. This will make it legal for adult men to engage in anal sex with 16-year old adolescents.

    It is a concern, however, that the homosexual lobby organization EGALE forwarded to the Liberal government in June, 2016, a report (see below) listing numerous demands. Included among these demands was one that the government repeal entirely S.159 of the Criminal Code which provision legalizes anal sex conducted in private for consenting adults 18 years and over. S.159 also provides that anal sex must be in private i.e. only two persons take part, or be present. Since there is no other provision in the Criminal Code directly relating to anal sex, repealing S.159 entirely means that there will be no limits on anal sex. That is, anal sex would be permitted at any age, in Canada, with any number of persons whether or not it takes place in public.

    It may well be that reducing the age of consent from 18 to 16 is only for public consumption, and is a cover-up for the real intent of the homosexual activists i.e. to remove all limits on age and consent for anal sex whether performed in public or in private.

    In its report, EGALE also calls for the repeal of the bawdyhouse laws (S.210 and S.211 of the Criminal Code). A “bawdy house” is defined in the Criminal Code to mean a place used for the purpose of prostitution, or acts of indecency. This provision also prohibits public sex. This latter provision has been used in the past by police in its bathhouse raids.

    In effect, if S.159 is removed in its entirety as well as the provisions against bawdy houses, as demanded in EGALE’s June report, it would mean that anal sex would be available anywhere, anytime with anyone without any restrictions as to age. This is alarming!

    Age of Consent for Anal Sex

    The issue of “age of consent for anal intercourse” first arose in 1987, when the Criminal Code was being amended. Homosexual MP Svend Robinson, requested, at that time, that consent for homosexual sex be the same as that allowed for sex between male and female. The Minister of Justice Raymond Hnatyshyn stated:

    Medical evidence does indicate different kinds of psychological or physical harm may attach to different types of intercourse for young persons. Medical experts are not certain at what age sexual preference is established, and many argue that the age is fixed only in the later teen years. Also the question here is the heightened danger of contracting Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome or other sexually transmitted disease from penetration.

    The reason for the age discrepancy for anal sex and other sexual acts was to protect adolescents from exploitation and health complications of anal sex. This fact is apparently of no concern to homosexual activists.

    The Liberals are also now studying even further demands submitted to the government by the homosexual organization EGALE in its report.

    These include:

    (i) Individual compensation to those who suffered past discrimination because of “who they were or whom they loved”;

    (ii) Providing all police officers or others in the justice system with human rights training with regard to the historic wrong of treating members of sexual minorities as criminals, etc.;

    (iii) Providing training to Customs officials to prevent banning homosexual materials from crossing the border;

    (iv) Implementing procedures to protect the dignity of transgender or intersex persons in prisons or jails;

    (v) Eliminating laws re keeping a bawdy house or criminally charging those who visit a bathhouse or who practise group sex.

    III. Trudeau to Apologize to Homosexuals.

    In August, 2016, Trudeau agreed to publicly apologize on “behalf of all Canadians” to those who were imprisoned, fired from their jobs or otherwise persecuted in the past because of their homosexuality.

    However, there has been a law prohibiting homosexuality since 1892 when the Criminal Code first came into effect. This law reflected the views of the Canadian public at that time, who rejected homosexuality because they thought it repugnant. (This is the reason that British writer Oscar Wilde was jailed for homosexuality in England in 1900, since he contravened the law prohibiting the unacceptable homosexual activity of sodomy). Because homosexuality was illegal and unacceptable to society, homosexual persons in the military and public services in Canada and elsewhere were particularly vulnerable to blackmail and a security risk. That is why they were dismissed from employment in the past.

    Like much else about Justin Trudeau, he doesn’t think very deeply, and doesn’t understand the history, complexity and ramifications of his decisions on this issue and most others. As a result, he may well accede to these unreasonable homosexual demands.

    REALity Volume XXXV Issue No. 10 October 2016

    September 28th, 2016|Categories: Current Newsletter Articles|Tags: age of consent, anal sex

  8. The Homosexual Lobby has become a powerful force in Western World. However, ultimately, this power is not theirs, for , the people with the real power in the world, the Power Elite, have allowed the homosexual activists to garner for themselves what power they have vicariously. If the evil men who control society, the Power Elite, the Global Elite, did not want homosexuals to have this political power they would not have it. Therefore, there is a reason for the sudden rise in the power and expectations of the sodomite.

    The reason why the Homosexual Lobby has been gifted such power is this. The Global Elite that control much of the temporal affairs of the world and especially the political process, media and academia of the Corrupt Liberal Democracies that now make up Western Civilisation are the front group for a much darker, concentrated power. Behind this coterie of wealthy and powerful people –the likes of the Rockefellers and the Rothschilds- are a few men who truly control much of the temporal affairs of this world. These very few men are the true Lords of Power on Earth.. Gentle reader, the true temporal power on Earth is not found and exercised in parliaments, senates, and congresses, but in the Dark Empire of the Secret Societies. Moreover, true world power is held by very few men; by a Secret Cabal of Power.

    These are the Secret Masters of the Dark Empire of Secret Societies. The Occult Hierarchy, the Black Adepts of the Cult of Evil, which is the ancient Luciferian Priesthood who can claim an ancient lineage of service to Evil going far back in history, back before recorded history began. They are the custodians and guardians of Ancient Plan to Transform Society, which is the five thousand year old Luciferian Conspiracy for World Government that intends to set up World Empire and eradicate all human liberty and freedom from the face of the Earth. To do this, they must destroy Natural Moral Order on Earth set in place by the supreme Will of God.

    Organised Evil sits at the heart of the dark Empire of Secret Societies and the Occult Hierarchy is at its head. They are main human agents of Evil on Earth and the orchestrators of the Evil Agenda for the establishment of World Government. They are the arbiters of the Ancient, Sinister Plot to Change the World. That is, they orchestrate the five thousand year old Luciferian Conspiracy for World Government that is often called the New World Order. In other words, they seek to establish conditions on Earth that will be propitious for the establishment of a World Empire under their direct control, that is, the Last Secular Global Kingdom on Earth, which is the Kingdom of Antichrist on Earth.

    The New Age One World Conspirators seek the destruction of what they call the “Old World Order,” which is Natural Moral Order on Earth set in place by the supreme Will of God. Hence, for centuries, the Confederacy of Evil has marshalled its hosts, and organised itself for its calculated assault on Natural Moral Order, its assault on the Church of Christ and its assault on Western Civilisation. This ancient assault on Moral Order is multifaceted. It is the five thousand year old Luciferian Conspiracy, the Evil Agenda for the establishment of World Government, called by insiders the “Great Plan.”

    A major target of Organised Evil is Natural Moral Order. It has to destroy this before they can claim victory on Earth over God. Thus, the Confederacy of Evil marshalled by the Occult Hierarchy, the Black Adepts of the Cult of Evil, the ancient Luciferian Priesthood who are the main human agents of Evil on Earth, has worked ceaselessly to bring moral decay to the world, but especial to the Western World. Chief amongst these strategies to destroy Natural Moral Order and so destroy Western Civilisation is homosexuality.

    The Lords of Power on Earth have chosen Homosexuality to be the ”inner foe” of moral, ordered society. Moreover, they have foisted it upon modern society by a carefully orchestrated strategy. They have empowered, financed and heavily promoted the Homosexual Lobby, the shocktroops of this unholy and immoral assault on Natural Moral Order on Earth.

    Sodomite at Mardi GrrasThe ancient interdiction of homosexuality was predicated on Scripture: and especially the condemnation by God that it is as one of the most loathsome sins. The term Sodomite was not only censorious but also damning when used. The grave connotations attached to this term are the main reason why the Homosexual Lobby has vigorously attempted to render its use Politically Incorrect.

    The practice of homosexuality is not merely a political concern but a profoundly spiritual concern. Homosexuality is a spiritually deadly condition that threatens, for different reasons, both its zealots and its enemies. It is this capacity to do great evil to a morally ordered society that homosexuality has been used as an instrument of destruction by the dark spiritual forces plotting to destroy Natural Moral Order on Earth. Very wicked men who are the human agents of Evil have actively supported the rise of the Homosexual Lobby by channelling funding from the great “tax exempt foundations” to support the political and ideological assault on Natural Moral Order on Earth. The Homosexual Lobby has been cultivated and empowered by powerful forces that want to use it as an agent of change and the prominent activists as “change agents.” This is the function of another great lie called Humanism, which is the Rationalist attack on the faith of religion and of the concept of God and the Incarnation of Christ.

    Homosexuality is one of many weapons in the armoury of Evil in its assault on Ordered Creation on Earth. Moreover, it is also fundamental to the wicked and evil strategy of the Confederacy of Evil to collapse Western Civilisation. Hence, their lackeys and Useful Idiots posing as Humanists and Professional Liberals use it to attack Natural Moral Order on Earth. The Humanist and the Professional Liberal in the guise of “social libertarians” have sought to move the argument over the morality of Sodomy out of the philosophical and religious arenas and into the political arena.

    The rationalist attacks upon organised religion and the successes of science have left the Churches exhausted and secretly shamed. They have all but given up the fight to stop the Homosexual Agenda from succeeding. The Anglican Church is almost destroyed by the twin threats to moral, ordered society: Feminism and Homosexuality. It is a grave situation indeed.

    Humanist-Homosexual-Agenda

  9. NWO says: Eat it till you like it.

  10. Umm… okay, *spoiler alert* may be in order here… you kind of missed the prequel where they were coming out of Egypt, and on their way to their promised land… and then you missed the sequel where they entered the promised land, but they did not receive the promise of rest… and then you missed the next sequel where they were carried away to captivity… and then you missed the next sequel where they did return to the land but all those commandments even if they followed them, they would be guilty of having broken all of them, because they had already broken one of them… and then you missed the next sequel where Jesus fulfilled all those commandments because no one in the world can obey all those commandments. Jesus called himself the way and the truth and the life… followers of Jesus were called followers of the Way…

  11. Everyone needs to be protected against discrimination; but that also includes Catholics, who should not be forced to disobey what they believe to be God’s commands given in His Word, the Bible. After all, it isn’t as if the public school system doesn’t exist for the people who aren’t Catholics.