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Msgr Vincent Foy death

TORONTO, March 14, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) — Canadian Catholics are mourning the loss of one of the local Church’s most ardent defenders of life. Monsignor Vincent Foy, who died March 13 from natural causes at age 101, is remembered especially for his decades-long battle to promote the Church’s authentic teaching on procreation.

A canon lawyer and priest of the Archdiocese of Toronto for 78 years, Msgr. Foy was “an inveterate defender of the sacredness of all human life, especially that of unborn babies,” said Basilian Father Alphonse de Valk, former editor of The Interim and founding editor of Catholic Insight Magazine.

“His greatest and most courageous contribution to Canada’s pro-life cause came when he decided that he could no longer be silent about the betrayal by a large majority of Canada’s bishops” of the Church’s teaching on contraception, Fr. de Valk told LifeSiteNews.

That betrayal came in the form of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops’ 1968 Winnipeg Statement, released two months after Pope Paul VI published Humanae Vitae in July 1968, which reaffirmed Catholic teaching that contraception is intrinsically evil.

In the Winnipeg Statement, the bishops “contradicted and opposed” Humanae Vitae, “virtually nullifying the encyclical in large part in North America and elsewhere,” said Fr. de Valk.

The “bishops fell into the trap of moral relativism,” Msgr. Foy wrote in Tragedy at Winnipeg, his major critique of the document first published in Challenge Magazine in 1988.

It gives a play-by-play account of the lead-up to and fallout from the Statement’s publication on September 27, 1968, which Foy described as “the saddest day in the history of the Catholic Church in Canada.”

The Statement’s Paragraph 26 tells Catholics if they sincerely try but cannot follow Church teaching in this matter, “whoever chooses that course which seems right to him does so in good conscience.”

Msgr. Foy was unflagging in his opposition to the Winnipeg Statement, even though “he often seemed like a lone voice” speaking out against it, “with many Canadian Catholics welcoming the document,” noted a 2014 LifeSiteNews article.

“Despite advice that he was wasting his time, reprint after reprint appeared, article after article continued to savage contraception,” de Valk told LifeSiteNews.

‘A hero in every sense of the word’

“Monsignor Foy was a hero in every sense of the word,” noted John-Henry Westen, co-founder and editor-in-chief of LifeSiteNews.

“He battled on the most difficult field, against his own confreres in the hierarchy who refused to remain true to the teaching of the Church on the intrinsic evil of contraception.”

“Through his writings and clarity he likely saved countless souls,” added Westen.

“Not only of those Catholics who would otherwise have been led astray into a false vision of their warped consciences as supreme arbiter, but also the souls of clergy who would otherwise have misled many of the faithful resulting in their own damnation.”

“He was solid as a rock,” echoed Jim Hughes, president of Campaign Life Coalition, who knew Msgr. Foy for 50 years.

Lianne Laurence, Lifesitenews.com , March 14, 2017

Fr Somerville dies

Fr. Stephen Somerville died in November 2015. He was a longtime member of the Fellowship.

Requiem Mass was celebrated in the CHURCH OF THE TRANSFIGURATION, (Society of St. Pius X) at 11 Aldgate Avenue, Toronto, at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, December 17th. The mass was a traditional mass for the death of a priest.

Mass of the Resurrection will be celebrated in OUR LADY OF LOURDES CHURCH, 520 Sherbourne Street, Toronto, at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, December 18th. Interment will follow at ST. AUGUSTINE'S SEMINARY – QUEEN OF THE CLERGY CEMETERY at 2661 Kingston Road, Toronto.

Fr Somerville will be remembered for many things, including his work in music as well as for his involvement in the production of Mel Gibson's the Passion of the Christ. He celebrated mass daily for the actors, actresses, producers and other staff making the film.

May he rest in peace.

Book published by Robert Stackpole

Robert Stackpole and Paul D Brown, have edited a book More than Myth? Seeking the full Truth about Genesis, Creation and Evolution.  It is published by the Chartwell press, 2014

Deceased members 2013-4

We note with sadness  the deaths of the following members in 2014 and 2013:

John Buell, retired professor

Reginald Gallop, retired profesor of Food Science, author, lecturer and gardener

Joanne McGarry, Executive Vice President, Catholic Civil Rights League

Mary Shea, specialist in dietetics


May their souls rest in peace.


news from Madonna House Toronto

Fr. James Duffy, priest and chaplain to Madonna House Toronto,movedto Combermere in November.  Hewill be deeply missed by his many friends in Toronto.

On september 14th, there was a joint anniversary celebration of Trudi's 60th and Marie's 50th year of promises in Madonna House.  Both were very thankful for the food, flowers andgifts theyreceived.  They donated cash gifts to help the ebola crisis in Liberia.

Trudi Cortens recalled some events of her 60 years ofservice.

"One night about 11 PM, we received a phone call from a lady askingif we're Catholic andif it was a sin to commit suicide.It turned out that she passed by our house everyday and although she wasn't a Catholic, she decided thatgood people lived here and she would phone us to talk about suicide.  We were able to go over to her house and endedup convincing her that suicide was not the way to go. We returned home at 3 am."

"A fellow from Ethiopia named Michael called and needed our help.  When asked how he knewof Madonna House, he said he was in the refugee camp in Sudan and met an American volunteer who had been to Madonna House Combermere.  She recommended to him to call Madonna House whenhe arrived in Toronto.  We endedup findinga one room apartment and helped furnish it for him."

"Oneof theholiest experiences we had was with a lady who required help to go to the bathroom due to muscular dystrophy. She could not bend her knees.  Fortunately we lived only a few doors away and every time a bathroom need arose, we dashed over to give a hand.  We also had the occasion to go to court with er to assist her with legal matters."

"While working on the island of Carriacou in the Caribbean, we met a humble fisherman by the name of Canute Calliste.  Attending a local baptism, one of our staff noticed on the doorway & on the back of chairs some drawings which made her wonder whether the artist could possibly be an authentic primitive painter.  We were able to get him to paint on a pressboard canvas and we sent it to the Regina Public Library where weknew of a man who would be acquainted if this was genuinely primitive.  A quick reply was received that Canute was indeed a primitive painter and we should continue to encourage him to paint.  This he did and his art pieces were sold to the many tourists in the West Indies.  In time they went further afield and his pieces are now owned by many including the Smithsonian Institute and even Buckingham Palace!  However, Canute at 68 could not write his own name in order to sign incoming cheques.  So we set ourselves to teach him and what a thrill this was for him and for us - watching him practice writing his name.  It was like letting a man out of prison!"

Finally, Marie will long be remembered for founding a Madonna House in Magadan, Russia, thus bringing Catherine's spirituality back to her roots.

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