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Urgent Letter Regarding Physicians’ Freedom of Conscience – Sample Letter Attached

The Diocese is inviting all parishioners to consider sending an email or letter expressing your concerns about a possible policy revision that would infringe on physicians’ freedom of conscience.  Attached below is a sample letter for your consideration.

The sample letter was composed by a local pastor, and one of our local Catholic physicians has recommended that such a letter be sent to the e-mail addresses listed below.

You can make a copy of this email letter with your own signature and address and send it to these addresses :

College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario (CPSO) humanrights@cpso.on.ca

AND the Ontario Medical Association asking them to please protect physicians’ freedom of conscience as they did publically in 2008 : ved.tandan@oma.org ; virginia.walley@oma.org ; michael.toth@oma.org.

This letter can also be mailed to: the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario, 80 College Street, Toronto, Ontario  M5G 2E2

Please click here for a Word document of the Sample Letter – Physicians’ Conscience Policy Review

Father Bob Writes – July 2014

“For my yoke is easy, and my burden light.

So go Jesus’ words at the end of today’s passage from St Matthew’s gospel.

The art of making a good yoke was to fashion it so as to fit the neck of each ox just right…not too loose that it moved around and chafed the animal…not so tight that it pinched and made the animal sore. From his carpenter days, Jesus knew how to make a yoke for a team of oxen. He would have measured the animal and tried the yoke several times as he fashioned it. Jesus knows how much we can “bear” and fashions his yoke for us accordingly.

A young ox was often joined in the yoke with an older more-experienced animal. In this way the younger one learned the right pace and manner of working. Initially the yoke would be unequally fashioned so that the older animal would take the major share of work.

When Jesus invites us to take his yoke upon our shoulders, he wants to get work out of us…the particular mission given to each Christian. He wants to fashion the yoke that will be just right for each person. He doesn’t leave us alone to do the work. He is the other experienced “ox” who will accompany us, do the major share of the work and teach us to do our part

On our part, it takes humility to accept being yoked with Jesus. More mature Christians must also have the humility to be willing to take on the major share of any Christian ministry, such as evangelization or any parish task, while younger Christians are learning the “ropes.” Sometimes, the “wise and learned” among us may tend to trust too much in their own wisdom and intelligence, and, thus, not seek the Lord’s guidance.