a catholic with guts
I'd been led to believe that only in America could a Christian politician make public mention of his religion. Canadian Kathy Shaidle quotes MP Pierre Lemieux addressing the federal parliament on the same-sex marriage debate.
The Church also teaches, unchangingly, that marriage is a covenant in which husband and wife express their mutual love, and join with God in the creation of a new human person, destined for eternal life.
Eternal life? Did someone say eternal life? Clearly this man hasn't been listening to his neighbors at the Catholic Alliance for the Common Good. When was the last time you heard the following consideration advanced in a public arena (or in a homily at your own parish, for that matter)?:
I also remind my fellow MPs that our time as an MP is short -- even when we think it is long -- and that when we cease to be MPs, sadly we will likely be forgotten by our fellow man -- but not by God, who knows each of us intimately. If God Himself is truly the author of marriage, then let us be able to give a good account of ourselves when we stand before Him, as we all must stand before Him.
Lemieux seems heedless of the danger of Canada's becoming a theocracy:
I will be voting in favour of the traditional definition of marriage for us, for my children, for the children of our country. I ask all MPs in this House to join me in voting to defend and promote the traditional definition of marriage.
You'll remember that Lemieux's fellow MP and fellow Catholic Father Raymond Gravel announced his intention to vote against the traditional marriage initiative. His bishop believes in celebrating diversity.
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Posted by: -
Dec. 08, 2006 1:35 PM ET USA
Would MP Lemieux care to run for U.S. President in '08?
Posted by: -
Dec. 07, 2006 9:11 PM ET USA
Fr. Gravel didn't vote at all. His party, which represents ostensibly Catholic Quebec, was voting to keep gay marriage, so he neglected to show up. The whole spectacle was a sickening charade. PM Harper said he was fulfilling an election promise by holding the vote, knowing perfectly well that the measure couldn't pass in the present parliament. Now he says the matter is closed. Voters have been suckered by a promise he knew he couldn't keep. P.S. Lemieux comes from Ontario, not Quebec.
Posted by: Heathcliff -
Dec. 07, 2006 3:41 PM ET USA
Lemieux is a politician who should be cloned for every riding in Canada. He is a politician who keeps his eye on the good of the country and not merely on getting favors for the folks back home and placating vociferous homosexuals. He is a true statesman, a rarity among politicians. God bless him.
Posted by: -
Dec. 07, 2006 2:05 PM ET USA
Of course, the other side of this great news is that, apparently a politician-priest voted the other way. What's wrong with this picture? Why must Catholics endure priests who side with evil. Where is this priest's bishop? Off somewhere, no doubt worrying about offending the hellish homosexual gang. If cloning were morally permissable, I'd vote to clone Bishop Bruskewitz for all mothers who intend their boys to be priests.
Posted by: -
Dec. 07, 2006 1:01 PM ET USA
May God protect and bless Pierre Lemieux. Impressive. I think I will make a copy of his statement and then give it to all of our CINOPS here in Calfornia. I am sure none of them will agree with any of it. BTW CINOPS = Catholic in Name Only Politicians
Posted by: Pseudodionysius -
Dec. 07, 2006 12:57 PM ET USA
I could barely hear Lemieux's eloquent defense: he was being drowned out by the cricket chirping from the Quebec episcopate.
Posted by: ladybird -
Dec. 07, 2006 12:41 PM ET USA
My francais is pretty old and wasn't that great when it was young, but ... Bravo a la meilleur MP qui parle "Le Mieux!" I love it when word-play works! M. Lemieux is the "meilleure" man and he speaks "le mieux" too!
Posted by: Tony D -
Dec. 07, 2006 11:39 AM ET USA
The Sam Brownback of Canada.