OTTAWA, Ontario, November 3, 2011 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Despite his support for legal abortion, Liberal MP Justin Trudeau is complaining after a Tory MP pointed out that the late Prime Minister’s son opposes key teachings of the Catholic faith.
Dean Del Mastro, parliamentary secretary to Prime Minister Stephen Harper, said last month it was “outrageous” that the Catholic school board in his Peterborough riding would give a platform to the Liberal leadership prospect for the second time in three years.
“Are there any tenets of the Catholic faith that Justin supports?” Del Mastro wrote on Facebook Oct. 12th ahead of Trudeau’s Oct. 13th talk.
On Tuesday, Trudeau said he was “surprisingly upset” that someone would question his faith and accuse him of being a “bad Catholic.”
“My own personal faith is an extremely important part of who I am and the values that I try to lead with,” he told the Canadian Press.
However, in 2009 Trudeau himself openly acknowledged that his views are contrary to Catholic teaching in an interview with CBC. “As a politician I have political positions on gay marriage and on abortion that don’t at all resemble those of the Catholic Church,” he said.
In speaking with the media about the current controversy Trudeau noted that like his father the late Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau, he sees no inconsistency between his Catholic faith and his promotion of homosexual “rights” and legalized abortion. He claimed he is personally against abortion, but believes in letting women make decisions about their own bodies.
“My own credo is completely consistent with that, and I’ll defend my own faith and my own values to the utmost extent,” he said.
The teacher who organized Trudeau’s talk, which was given to about 300 students, accused Del Mastro of acting as the “faith police,” and claimed Trudeau’s beliefs are a “private matter.”
“When we invite speakers, we don’t go out and do a police record check on their faith, unless they’ve done something outrageous,” Trevor Digby, the department chair of Canadian and world studies at Holy Cross Secondary School, told the Canadian Press.
But Del Mastro affirmed his comments to the Canadian Press Wednesday, insisting that Trudeau’s positions “are often not in any accordance with the Catholic faith.”
Suresh Dominic of Campaign Life Catholics praised Del Mastro for his courage in calling out Trudeau’s duplicity. “A pro-abortion politician like Trudeau has no place on a platform at a Catholic school,” insisted Dominic.
“Trudeau’s claim that you can be a faithful Catholic while supporting legalized abortion is an outright lie and demands correction,” Dominic continued. “The Catholic Catechism is absolutely clear that the lives of all humans deserve protection in law, not just those of us who happen to be born.”
Trudeau, 39, was first elected a Member of Parliament for the riding of Papineau in October 2008 and is considered by pundits a leading contender for Liberal Party Leader.
He is a regular participant in Gay Pride parades and has been a guest speaker for the homosexual lobby group Egale.
Nevertheless, he has been a frequent speaker at Catholic events, often held up as an inspirational figure to Catholic students.
Catholic bishops throughout the world have consistently rejected the “personally opposed, but…” argument originally advanced by Catholic politicians such as Pierre Trudeau as a justification for legalizing abortion.
In 2001, Calgary Bishop Fred Henry compared it to an argument that one is “personally opposed to child abuse” but unwilling to defend abused children. “We [impose morality] all the time; it’s a matter of what morality we’re going to impose,” Henry said.