|Bishop of Pembroke Michael Mulhall|
My dear Faithful of the Diocese of Pembroke,
On Wednesday, the Minister of Education of the Government of Ontario stated that certain teachings of the Catholic Church, namely, the teaching regarding the sanctity of life with regard to abortion, should not be permitted in Catholic schools. The statement is very disturbing but hardly surprising.
As we begin this Year of Faith, I take this opportunity to assure you, the faithful, parents, children and administrators of Catholic Schools and other Catholic institutions that the Catholic Church will continue to preach the beauty of the Gospel of Christ in its fullness and without compromise.
As Bishop of Pembroke I will continue this mission in the parishes and in those recognized Catholic institutions in the Diocese of Pembroke. The Church will also defend her legitimate autonomy from outside organizations which attempt to define the content of Roman Catholic teaching. As a Bishop of the Catholic Church, this is a sacred obligation and a joyful mission which was entrusted to me on the day of my ordination.
Please know of my continued prayers as we begin the year of reflection on the beauties of our faith.
Yours sincerely in Christ,
Bishop of Pembroke
(Note: we encourage readers, if they wish, to let both bishop Mulhall and Cardinal Collins know that you fully support their decision to speak out to defend Catholic education and Catholic schools.)