Tuesday, April 26, 2011
Monseigneur Pierre Morissette
President of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops
Dear Monseigneur Morissette,
The Canadian Religious Conference has learned about the very uncomfortable, and even unjust, situation facing Development and Peace, which is once again the target of attacks concerning its commitment to the vulnerable peoples of Latin America.
We are sorry to see your organisation for international solidarity being attacked by right-wing conservative ideologies that do not seem to understand the work accomplished by Development and Peace and its partners in Southern countries. And yet, a large number of religious communities, members of the CRC, engaged in these Southern countries, have nothing but praise for Development and Peace, with whom they have been in collaboration since its foundation.
Some of our communities are concerned about these attacks and would like to offer their support to the Catholic Church in Canada's organisation for international solidarity. They strongly hope that the CCCB will renew its unfailing support of Development and Peace.
We are aware that tensions exist among our national organisations. However, we must learn to deal courageously with the various tendencies and preserve the Church's prophetic voice: be the voice of the voiceless, the voice of these vulnerable populations who at times can only count on us to defend their rights and stand against the forces trying to drive them to their knees.
Development and Peace still has the confidence of the majority of Catholics in Canada, of the CRC and, we are certain, of the majority of Catholic Bishops in Canada. As such, please know that you have our support in confirming Development and Peace in its mission, and to let it be known loud and clear.
Mary Finlayson, RSCJ