Catholic communities return Order of Canada medals
Two Order of Canada medals have already been returned since abortion-rights activist Henry Morgentaler received his just over a week ago. Both medal denyers are Catholics who oppose Dr. Morgentaler's pro-abortion work.
The medals represent the highest Canadian honour and are awarded for lifetime contributions to Canada.
Representatives of Madonna House, a Catholic lay community in Combermere, Ont., will today return the Order of Canada medal awarded to their founder to protest against the appointment of abortion-rights crusader Henry Morgentaler.
It will be the second medal that has been returned by those opposed to the doctor, who was made a member of the order on Canada Day. Father Lucien Larré, a Catholic priest in Coquitlam, B.C., who was named to the order 25 years ago, shipped his award back to Ottawa saying that granting the country's highest civilian honour to Dr. Morgentaler "degrades" it.
Catherine Doherty, founder of Madonna House in the community east of Ottawa, was named to the order 32 years ago for her service to the underprivileged. She died in 1985, but had written a letter telling staff that the medal belonged to all of them, said Susanne Stubbs, one of three directors.
Ms. Stubbs said yesterday that staff voted unanimously to return the honour.