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Comment by the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops on Dr. Henry Mortantaler receiving the 2005 Couchiching Award

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The President of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops, Archbishop Brendan M. O’Brien of St. John’s, Newfoundland, has expressed great dismay that Dr. Henry Morgentaler received the 2005 Couchiching Award for Public Policy Leadership on Friday, 5 August 2005, during the 74th annual Couchiching Conference. 

“How someone who has led a movement that causes the death of approximately 100,000 innocent persons a year in Canada can be said to ‘have had a positive impact on Canada or a community within Canada’ defies the imagination,” said Archbishop O’Brien.

According to Canadian Press, “The Couchiching Award is presented to a 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.” 

Archbishop O’Brien expressed the hope that the Couchiching Institute on Public Affairs, which describes itself as “Canada’s largest, oldest and most influential public affairs forum”, will find recipients in the future who are more worthy of its Award for Public Policy Leadership.


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Canada’s oldest diocese, the Archdiocese of Quebec, was established in 1674. Most Reverend François de Laval was its first Bishop.