Every revolution evaporates and leaves behind only the slime of a new bureaucracy.
- Franz Kafka
And so with this letter the CCCB's preoccupation with bureaucratic irrelevancies continue...
The Honourable Tony Clement, M.P, P.C.
Minister of Industry
Department of Industry
C.D. Howe Building
235 Queen Street
Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0H5
On behalf of the Catholic Bishops of Canada, I ask that you reconsider your position on the census and continue to require the completion by some citizens of the “long form”. A great deal of this information, based on data gathered by Statistics Canada, is most helpful to all faith groups.
One of the reasons frequently cited for the elimination of this practice is that the questions are intrusive. However, it is important to remember that the form is anonymous. Furthermore, in order to build a more harmonious society, it is in our government’s best interest to inquire into these areas. It seems reasonable to ask these questions so as to better meet the needs of Canadians. No aspect of Canadians’ lifestyles should be neglected in the effort to strengthen our nation’s identity. This is a holistically healthy practice. It allows that services provided are much more effective when the target is known.
The results provide precisely the type of data that we need. For instance, the question concerning one’s religion is asked every ten years. This is one of the only ways in which we, at the national, regional and diocesan levels can gain knowledge of the demographics and identify the geographic areas where our services are required. From an ecumenical and inter-faith perspective, for all religions, this information is vital. The purchase of specific information on age, language, levels of education and physical needs in any given province or territory assists us in knowing where we should focus our services, especially vis-à-vis minority groups. Finally, many of our charity and outreach groups count on these results to help them fulfill their mission more effectively.
It is our hope, Minister, that you will take our viewpoint into account and modify your position. I thank you for having taken the time to hear our needs. It would be our pleasure to discuss this further with you or your representatives. With every good wish, I remain,
Sincerely yours in Christ our Lord,
+ Pierre Morissette
Bishop of Saint Jérôme
Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops
- The "long form" of the census? This is a priority of the CCCB? Are you serious?
- So as "to build a more harmonious society"? Spare us the politically correct, utopian Trudeauisms.
- "No aspect of Canadians' lifestyles should be neglected in the effort to strengthen our nation’s identity"? What identity when the current Dictatorship of Multiculturalism, which the CCCB endorses, is absolutely antagonistic to the notion of a singular "national identity"?
- It is "in our government's best interest"? Greater government intrusion is advocated by the CCCB?
- It is a "holistically healthy practice"? Did Oprah and Deepak Chopra help in drafting up this letter?
- "From an ecumenical and inter-faith perspective, for all religions, this information is vital"? What about the Catholic perspective? Or is this specificity too embarrassing for the CCCB?
- Why does Statistics Canada manipulate and cover up its data/information on abortion? Never thought to ask? Not a priority? Not surprised.
- Is it ethical that Statistics Canada makes a hefty profit by selling its data to marketers? Not a concern? Not surprised.
- Why do hardly any Canadian bishops attend the annual Right to Life rally? Not a concern? Not surprised.
- Why is it that the Development and Peace scandal has not been resolved but this Statistics Canada issue necessitates immediate attention? Not a priority? Not surprised.
- Why is it that Canadian bishops do not admonish and, if necessary, excommunicate unrepentant heretics teaching at seminaries and so-called Catholic universities? Not a concern? Not surprised.
- Why do the Canadian bishops not admonish and deny Holy Communion to Catholic pro-abortion politicians? Not a priority? Not surprised.
- Why do the Canadian bishops tolerate (to obscene levels) apostate priests and nuns? Not a concern? Not surprised.
- Why do the Canadian bishops remain silent on the plague of liturgical abuses in parishes throughout the country? Not a priority? Not surprised.
- Why have the Canadian bishops yet to retract the "Winnipeg Statement"? Not a concern? Not surprised. That document pertained to bishops of the past and we no longer have connections to that issuance? Sorry. Read the Catechism: Bishops form an "unbroken succession going back to the beginning" (no. 1555), meaning continuity with the past.