RETIRED RADICAL VAN ISLE BISHOP REMI DE ROO WILL SPEAK TONIGHT AT SAINT MARK’S COLLEGE, University of British Columbia campus, Vancouver, Thursday, September 15, 2016

Published September 15, 2016 by goyodelarosa


This is how retired radical Vancouver Island Bishop Remi De Roo, 92, is being described by St. Mark’s College on the UBC campus, which is hosting his talk Thursday evening:

“Bishop Remi J. De Roo is the last surviving bishop to have participated in all four sessions of the Second Vatican Council, which spanned 1962 to 1965.”

“A self-described “pilgrim” of the Council in the years since its closing, he has kept alive its goal of aggiornamento – the renewal of the Church as it relates with the world.”

This is to say the least.

Well-travelled De Roo has taken his lumps for championing the reforms and ecumenicism of Vatican II, including from Pope John Paul II and Pope Benedict. Both suppressed many of the progressive ideals of Vatican II.
De Roo, who remains active, is much more in tune with the latest pope, Francis, who seems to have a more open, less-doctrinaire and more progressive streak (while staying true to core church traditions).

De Roo will speak Thursday, Sept. 15 at 7:00 pm at St. Mark’s College, 5935 Iona Dr., Vancouver, UBC. The event is free, but registration is strongly recommended.

Here’s an excerpt from a piece I wrote in 2012 on De Roo’s autobiography:

… Within Catholicism, the jury is out on whether Vatican II has achieved its goals. Many believe the reforming movement De Roo took part in building has been resisted by popes John Paul II and Benedict XVI.

But De Roo, the world’s youngest Catholic bishop when he was appointed in 1962, is determined to keep talking about the ecumenical spirit of Vatican II “to whoever will listen.”

Even though De Roo’s autobiography is gracious and tempered, the advocate for married male Catholic priests, and for consideration of females as clergy, is candid about his unfortunate exchanges with John Paul and then-cardinal Joseph Ratzinger.

… It was De Roo’s commitment to truth, as he saw it, that led to his initial conflict with Ratzinger. The exchange occurred in 1986 after De Roo had spoken at a U.S. conference about the need for a dialogue over ordaining women to the priesthood.

De Roo ran into obstacles when he gently urged the Vatican to consider female and married priests. Photo: De Roo with former NDP premier Glen Clark, who was raised Catholic.
De Roo ran into obstacles when he gently urged the Vatican to consider female and married priests. Photo: De Roo with former NDP premier Glen Clark, who was raised Catholic. NETHERCOTT, DIANA / VANCOUVER SUN
Ratzinger, in charge of maintaining doctrinal conformity, called De Roo to Rome to admonish him.

“This was not to be a joyous encounter,” De Roo recalls. “I was not alone in finding it galling to be treated like an errant schoolboy.”

Yet another unpublished letter from Gregory Hartnell to Times Colonist Editor on City of Victoria’s ‘missing green targets’, sent Aug. 18, 2016

Published August 31, 2016 by goyodelarosa

Letters to the Editor
Times Colonist

Re: “Victoria at risk of missing green targets, report says,” Aug. 17; “Victoria’s policies at odds with green targets,” letter, Aug. 18.

Alarmed Victoria Mayor Lisa ‘Helps said she is “hellbent and determined” to meet the 2020 targets.’ Apparently the City of Victoria ‘set a goal six years ago to cut emissions to 33 per cent below 2007 levels.’ Who knew and who really cares?

Erik Kaye, a Victoria letter writer, deplores the fact that ‘the city’s parking and parkade policies make it cheap and easy for residents and visitors to drive downtown, rather than use more sustainable modes of transportation.’

Instead of fretting about so-called ‘sustainability,’ may I respectfully congratulate the Mayor and Victoria City Council on failing to meet their meaningless ‘targets’?

May I also suggest that if the BC NDP are serious about getting elected in coming municipal and provincial elections, that they call for a cessation of the obvious stratospheric geo-engineering of Canada’s skies, and also jump start a new campaign, as they once did, against carbon taxes?

This toxic heavy metal aerosol spraying is the more likely cause of so-called ‘climate change,’ and not the discredited CO2 temperature rising causation theory.

Gregory Hartnell

Gwen Isaacs: BIKE LANES MAKE EMISSIONS WORSE: “$7.6 million being spent on the creation of Biketoria.” Letter to Victoria Times Colonist, August 19, 2016

Published August 19, 2016 by goyodelarosa

Bike lanes make emissions worse


AUGUST 19, 2016 12:15 AM
Re: “Victoria at risk of missing green targets, report says,” Aug. 17.

I read with dismay the news of Victoria’s poor performance regarding greenhouse-gas reductions and increasing emissions.

There has been a major trend in our city to eliminate lanes of traffic to accommodate ever more bike lanes. The object of this exercise, of course, is to discourage driving and encourage cycling. What it is actually doing is slowing cars down more and more so that they spend ever longer times idling at stoplights or waiting for traffic to clear. The emissions from these idling cars are a significant part of the whole problem.

The car is here to stay, preferably electric in the future, but still here. Avid cyclists make up a small minority of our total population — four per cent, according to an unbiased study done by the Capital Regional District — yet they unfortunately have considerable influence on our city council and have succeeded in pushing their agenda to the tune of $7.6 million being spent on the creation of Biketoria.

It is high time we regain our sense of perspective here and admit that more bike lanes are not going to make much impact on the number of cars on the road, only on their efficiency, thus making the emissions problem worse, not better.

Gwen Isaacs


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Published July 29, 2016 by goyodelarosa


Quebec can’t kill them soon enough

Wesley J. Smith


(National Review) —


Waiting periods for reflection are supposed to be a “safeguard” against abuse in euthanasia and assisted suicide.

That has been exposed as mere veneer as Quebec euthanasia advocates are furious that the province has imposed a 10-day waiting period. From the CBC News story:

The federal assisted-dying law requires a 10-day delay between a patient’s request for doctor-assisted death and the administration of the procedure.

Quebec’s law doesn’t stipulate a waiting period before a doctor-assisted death is administered, though patients have typically received the procedure within 48 to 72 hours. “When you’re really ill, you’re at the end your life and you’re really suffering … Each hour, each day can be an interminable agony.”

“They changed the law by simply sending out a letter,” said Hivon, who is among five candidates campaigning to become the new PQ leader.
Once you accept killing as an acceptable answer to human suffering, the time will come when getting dead takes first priority, not protecting the lives of the despairing ill and disabled.

Things are deteriorating in Canada very swiftly. USA take warning!

Reprinted with permission from National Review.