Have we got a thread on this?
It is a rare lawsuit in which one of the parties feels obliged to spell out his belief of when life begins. But the case of Raymond Gravel v. Life-SiteNews.com et al. is no ordinary dispute.
It pits two extremes of Canadian Catholicism against each other, a rebel priest claiming he has been defamed by a take-no-prisoners pro-life news service. And as Father Gravel sees it, his reputation has suffered because he has been falsely portrayed as an abortion advocate. "The plaintiff is against abortion and considers human life to be sacred," he states in a court document, adding later: "The plaintiff sincerely believes that human life begins with conception."
Featuring two parties who have both, in their own way, rankled the Catholic establishment, the case before Quebec Superior Court is being watched closely within the Church. LifeSiteNews says that if successful, Fr. Gravel's $500,000 lawsuit would force the 14-year-old operation out of business. Fr. Gravel says he has tried other avenues to stop LifeSiteNews's incessant criticism of him and decided the courts were his only hope.
It is when we all play safe that we create a world of utmost insecurity. It is when we all play safe that fatality will lead us to our doom. It is in the "dark shade of courage" alone that the spell can be broken.
-- Dag Hammarskjöld