Thursday, August 24, 2006

Bishop Gerard Paul Bergie - Diocese of Hamilton (Canada)

A Hamilton bishop wants Catholics to stay away from a Kitchener fundraiser starring former U.S. president Bill Clinton.

Clinton will speak Nov. 8 at a fundraising luncheon for the Catholic Family Counselling Centre.

The appearance was widely seen as a coup for the agency. But Clinton's support for abortion, his marital infidelity and his promotion of condom use for AIDS prevention in Africa have angered some Catholics.

"We felt it wasn't appropriate to have Mr. Clinton as a speaker, based on the fact that they were a Catholic counselling centre," said Most Rev. Gerard Bergie, the auxiliary bishop of the Roman Catholic diocese of Hamilton.

Source: Boycott Clinton: bishop The Hamilton Spectator August 24, 2006.