Henry Morgentaler Dies. God have mercy on him

Morgentaler, an Auschwitz victim who parlayed that status into a bully pulpit for imposing the abortion regime on Canada was a living embodiment of the Nancy Kerrigan Principle which states “Just because you are a victim doesn’t mean you can’t be a jerk too.”

God have mercy on this man with so much blood on his hands.

  • Fabio Paolo Barbieri

    …although, with due respect, if He does, He will leave me at least rather surprised.

    • Marthe Lépine

      But Jesus died for him too!

      • chezami

        Hence, “God have mercy on him.”

      • Fabio Paolo Barbieri

        That is beyond dispute. But you either accept that grace or you do not, and nothing Dr.M. did or said suggested any such acceptance.

    • Imp the Vladaler

      Pleasantly, surprised, I hope. Because if he’s getting into Heaven, so are you.

      • http://www.likelierthings.com/ Jon W

        if he’s getting into Heaven, so are you

        I don’t know if I’d be too quick to say that. The Pharisee who was condemned was a good deal more moral than the publican who was justified.

        • Fabio Paolo Barbieri

          The publican begged for mercy. If Dr.M ever did, I have yet to hear of it. He not only justified mass murder, but also his own sexual self-indulgence, which was colossal.

          • Tucker

            but also his own sexual self-indulgence, which was colossal.

            Really? Can you elaborate? I hadn’t heard about this, but it may explain a lot.

            • Fabio Paolo Barbieri

              Three wives in a row, each elaborately cheated on with hosts of one-night-stands, as I heard it.

              • Tucker

                Well, I’m loathe to subscribe to things I can’t substantiate, but certainly there is a correlation between licentious sexual behaviour in general and one’s support for abortion in particular.

          • http://www.likelierthings.com/ Jon W

            I’m sure. All I was trying to do was point out that comparing ourselves to others and using them as a standard by which to judge our own worthiness to enter heaven is absolutely, 100%, not a Christian thing to do.

            • Fabio Paolo Barbieri

              Actually, that’s nonsense. God never said: Don’t judge. He said: Don’t judge, unless you want to be judged by the same standards as you judge. And frankly, there are certain areas where I don’t feel too worried about the comparison.

              • http://www.likelierthings.com/ Jon W

                Okay, once again, using that comparative judgment as a basis to judge your worthiness for heaven (which was my original point) is non-freaking-sense with a cherry on top. None of us, no matter how chaste and moral in ourselves, are “worthy” to enter heaven. The moment you start comparing yourself to other people you’ve stopped fixing your eyes on Jesus.

                • Fabio Paolo Barbieri

                  Did I say that? I did not mention Heaven in connection with me. But assuming that I am morally comparable with Morgenthaler is simply unacceptable to me, not because I think I amount to much, but because I am not a freaking Calvinist and NO, I DON’T THINK ALL HUMAN BEINGS ARE EQUALLY DEPRAVED, THANK YOU VERY MUCH. But if you insist, great: YOU’RE no better than Morgenthaler. Happy?

  • Armand Vazque

    LORD Have mercy on him and may his coreligionists one day see the light. http://tinyurl.com/ohnp44v

  • Jack Picknell

    Today, 180 Canadian children will be hacked to death in his honor.

  • Cbalducc

    I remember reading that Morgentaler became an abortionist because, according to him, he thought the Nazis were unwanted and unloved children. I think his Holocaust experience distorted his view of humanity.
    http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/story/2013/05/29/obit-morgentaler.html

    • tedseeber

      That is sad, though likely has a core of truth to it.

    • Tucker

      Yes, it’s a terrible, awful story of how evil begets evil, and it should remind us that the only solution is Jesus’: someone has to take the step to end the cycle by initiating forgiveness. How utterly horrible that a man who was the victim of a dehumanizing ideology could turn around and call others less than human.

  • Marthe Lépine

    “distorted his view of humanity” – that is very possible. I have intimately known victims of abuse (although not as severe as being a victim of a concentration camp) and I have also read some material about the consequences on crimes, not only on the direct victims, but on their families and friends also. The emotional and even mental health consequences can be very serious and affect the rest of one’s life, and as such can distort one’s view of not only humanity, but reality and the concept of right and wrong. Of course I am not a mental health professional, and I would appreciate the comments of someone who is working in that area. But without excusing Morgentaler’s actions, we can never know what is really in the mind and heart of anyone, only God knows.

    Maybe it is true that “nothing Dr. M. did or said suggested his acceptance” of grace… but we do not really know. This reminds me of a story I heard a long time ago about the Curé of Ars, who one day was comforting the widow of a man who had committed suicide by jumping off a bridge by telling the woman that her husband had had the time to repent between the time he jumped and the time he reached the water.

  • Alias Clio

    There is one small fact I can cite in Dr Morgentaler’s favour, and that is that when he was informed that some provincial governments were paying for women to have late-term abortions in the United States (because few Canadian doctors will perform them, although no law prevents them from doing so), he was horrified that abortions were taking place at such a late stage at all.

    I know that this makes little difference to those of us who understand that a fetus is a person from the moment of conception, but it does suggest a man who was not yet as lost to understanding the reality of abortion as, for example, Barrack Obama.


CLOSE | X

HIDE | X