.- The Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishopsâ president expressed great dismay that Canadaâs most notorious abortion doctor received a prestigious national award earlier this month. Dr. Henry Morgentaler received the 2005 Couchiching Award for Public Policy Leadership Aug. 5, during the 74th annual Couchiching Conference. The award was sponsored by SunLife Financial.
âHow someone who has led a movement that causes the death of approximately 100,000 innocent persons a year in Canada can be said to âhave had a positive impact on Canada or a community within Canadaâ defies the imagination,â said Archbishop Brendan OâBrien.
The award is presented to âa nationally recognized Canadian who has demonstrated leadership in a public policy field, often in the face of public opposition, and whose initiatives have had a positive impact on Canada or a community within Canada.â
Archbishop OâBrien expressed the hope that the Couchiching Institute on Public Affairs, which describes itself as âCanadaâs largest, oldest and most influential public affairs forumâ, will find recipients in the future who are more worthy of its award.
This was the second public honor for Morgentaler this year. In June the Western University recognized him with an honorary doctorate. The university proceeded with the award despite protests from faith leaders and pro-life citizens.