Sean Murphy

Sean Murphy is a Catholic layman. He retired from the Royal Canadian Mounted Police in 2009 after almost 35 years’ police service. While not a specialist in sexual assault, during the course of his service he was responsible for the investigation of current and historical sex crimes against children and adults (including false allegations), leading, in one case, to the conviction of a Catholic priest. 

Over the years he was described by superiors as “tenacious,” “conscientious” and “meticulously thorough.”  This article should not be understood to represent the views of the RCMP or its members. Sean Murphy is not related to Lawrence Murphy.

Mr. Murphy has made a special study of the documents of the Second Vatican Council and Catholic teaching on sexuality and marriage. His paper on the nuptial meaning of the Eucharist was among three chosen for presentation at the 1993 conference of the Canadian Fellowship of Catholic Scholars, and later published in the conference proceedings.

His articles have appeared in Catholic periodicals, including the BC Catholic, Catholic Insight magazine and the Journal of the Fellowship of Catholic Scholars (Canada). Others are posted on the Internet at the Catholic Education Resource Centre, Catholic Exchange ( and the Catholic Civil Rights League website.  His comments and responses to attacks on religious freedom and Catholic teaching have appeared in the media, including some BC community papers, the Vancouver Sun, The Province, Xtra West, the Ottawa Citizen, Halifax Daily News, the BC Catholic, and Christian Week.

To kill — or not to kill? That is the question.
4 Feb 2020 | CAREFUL! |  
tags: Canada, euthanasia
An answer for a Dying With Dignity clinical advisor

Where freedom of conscience over abortion is conditional upon gestational age
10 Sep 2019 | FEATURES |  
tags: abortion, New South Wales, Queensland
The NSW abortion bill may be unique

Who will protect Canadian doctors if they are forced to refer for euthanasia?
28 Sep 2018 | CAREFUL! |  
tags: Canada, euthanasia
The World Medical Association should not follow the example of its Canadian associate in euthanasia policy

Canadian euthanasia raises weighty conscience issues for doctors
1 Feb 2016 | FEATURES |  
tags: assisted suicide, Canada, conscience, conscientious objection, euthanasia
Complicity in evil is a legitimate concern.

A bureaucracy of medical deception
23 Nov 2015 | CAREFUL! |  
tags: assisted suicide, Canada, death certificates, euthanasia, lying, Quebec
Quebec physicians told to falsify euthanasia death certificates

Waiting for the goalposts to move
11 Feb 2015 | CAREFUL! |  
tags: assisted suicide, canada, euthanasia
Doctors who are unwilling to participate in assisted suicide have justifiable fears of being forced to refer.

Canada’s medical totalitarians
21 Jan 2015 | FEATURES |  
tags: Canada, conscience, conscience rights, conscientious objection
Doctors are at risk of killing against their consciences or of losing their jobs.

How can you tell when moralizing is wrong?
6 Nov 2014 | FEATURES |  
tags: assisted suicide, ethical thinking, morality
Brittany Maynard's death exposed a flaw in the arguments of moral relativism.

Is conscience an unaffordable luxury?
24 Sep 2014 | FEATURES |  
tags: conscience, conscientious objection, rights of conscience
Precisely because we live in secular states, we must make room for believers, religious or not, in public life.

Entrenching a ‘duty to do wrong’ in medicine
25 Mar 2014 | FEATURES |  
tags: Canada, conscience, freedom of conscience
Canadian government is funding a project to suppress freedom of conscience and religion

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