Trinity Western University Drops the Mandatory Requirement of the Community Covenant

Toronto, ON August 16, 2018 – The Catholic Civil Rights League (CCRL) acknowledges the Trinity Western University (TWU) decision to no longer require students to sign its Community Covenant as an inevitable compromise that removes a point of contention that will now hopefully lead to the actual pursuit of a Christian law school. The TWU board of governors released the following statement effective August 9 In furtherance of our desire to maintain TWU as a thriving community of Christian believers that is inclusive of all students wishing to learn from a Christian viewpoint and underlying philosophy, the Community Covenant will no longer be mandatory as of the 2018-19 academic year with respect to admission of students to, or continuation of students at, the University. Robert G. Kuhn, president of TWU, stated that TWU, “will remain a Biblically-based, mission-focused, academically excellent University, fully committed to our foundational evangelical Christian principles.” He noted that staff and faculty would still be required to comply with the Community Covenant. The League notes that the change to the TWU policy comes following the 7-2 decision of the Supreme Court on June 15, upholding decisions of two law societies in refusing accreditation of future TWU law school graduates, based on the Community Covenant’s assertions on traditional marriage. It is hoped that TWU will proceed eventually with its application to open a law school, which will serve both Christian students and other stakeholders, by infusing the study of law with Christian witness, as in other professional faculties at TWU. The addition of law school focused on pro bono and smaller legal practice environments would fill a...

David Warren’s CCRL AGM Keynote Available Online

On Friday, February 2, at the League’s Annual General Meeting (AGM) in Toronto, our guest speaker David Warren gave the following talk: https://www.davidwarrenonline.com/2018/02/05/church-twisted-nanny-state/ Journalist and author David Warren is the proprietor of the blog Essays in Idleness.   He is a regular columnist for The Catholic Thing.   Lenten Almsgiving Appeal Lent is now upon us. Can we request that you consider including the CCRL in your Lenten almsgiving? One hundred percent of our operational budget comes from individuals and church groups who, like you, generously donate from time to time. Because of the nature of our work, which includes advocacy of a political nature, we are unable to offer tax receipts, and this makes your donation even more impressive. Our ability to advocate your behalf is based on the generosity of our donors. In particular, we are especially grateful to those of you that contribute a fixed amount on a regular basis. We literally operate on hope and prayers that an appeal for funding twice per year will provide us the modest means of allowing us to continue with our work. Thankfully our prayers are always answered, yet we also know that the Lord helps those who first attempt to help themselves. I humbly ask you to consider donating a fixed amount on a monthly basis. We have the capability to set this up so that it is drawn from either your bank account or from your VISA or Mastercard. This can be done yourself by checking the “Make this a Monthly Gift” box with your donation via VISA or Mastercard at https://ccrl.ca/support/. If a monthly bank withdrawal is preferable, please...