Filmmaker Kevin Dunn is the CCRL’s Guest Speaker at our AGM on December 12, 2018 in Toronto

The following notice is of particular interest to those in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA). On Wednesday, December 12, we will be having Mass at 6:30 pm in the Crypt Chapel of St. Michael’s Cathedral Basilica, 200 Church Street, M5B 1Z2. The CCRL’s Annual General Meeting will follow in the atrium.   Our guest speaker is Catholic filmmaker Kevin Dunn. Kevin Dunn is the director and producer of The Euthanasia Deception (2016). His most recent film is Fatal fLaws: Legalizing Assisted Death (2018).   Kevin Dunn’s presentation will include excerpts from both films. All are invited to this event. Please spread the word on social media and please inform your friends. Kindly RSVP at ccrl@ccrl.ca or by calling (416) 466-8244. We humbly ask a donation from those in attendance who are able to contribute. About the CCRL Catholic Civil Rights League (CCRL) (www.ccrl.ca) assists in creating conditions within which Catholic teachings can be better understood, cooperates with other organizations in defending civil rights in Canada, and opposes defamation and discrimination against Catholics on the basis of their beliefs. The CCRL was founded in 1985 as an independent lay organization with a large nationwide membership base. The CCRL is a Canadian non-profit organization entirely supported by the generosity of its members. To donate to the CCRL, please click here. For further information: Christian Domenic Elia, PhD CCRL Executive Director 416-466-8244...

CCRL Spring Dinner 2018 to be hosted in Toronto on June 18 with Guest Speaker Tanya Granic Allen

Toronto, ON May 30, 2018 – The Catholic Civil Rights League (CCRL) is pleased to announce that its annual Spring Dinner will take place in Toronto on June 18 at 6:30 pm at the Sala Caboto Ballroom at 40 Playfair Ave, west of Dufferin, south of Lawrence. Tickets are $125 each for individuals. We are offering a special rate of $1000 for a table of 10. We encourage organizations, or even groups of friends to save money and help the CCRL by organizing a table. With either option an RSVP is required by calling (416) 466-8244 or 1-844-722-CCRL or by emailing ccrl@ccrl.ca. The evening will include a talk by Tanya Granic Allen. The 2018 Archbishop Adam Exner Award for Catholic Excellence in Public Life will be presented to Dr. Catherine Ferrier. For Spring Dinner tickets, please email ccrl@ccrl.ca or call 416-466-8244 or 1-844-722-CCRL     About the CCRL Catholic Civil Rights League (CCRL) (www.ccrl.ca) assists in creating conditions within which Catholic teachings can be better understood, cooperates with other organizations in defending civil rights in Canada, and opposes defamation and discrimination against Catholics on the basis of their beliefs. The CCRL was founded in 1985 as an independent lay organization with a large nationwide membership base. The CCRL is a Canadian non-profit organization entirely supported by the generosity of its members. To donate to the CCRL, please click here. For further information: Christian Domenic Elia, PhD CCRL Executive Director 416-466-8244 @CCRLtweets  ...

Dr. Catherine Ferrier, Winner of CCRL’s Exner Award

Toronto, ON May 18, 2018 – The Catholic Civil Rights League (CCRL) is pleased to announce that it has chosen Catholic physician Dr. Catherine Ferrier from Montreal as winner of this year’s Archbishop Adam Exner Award for Catholic Excellence in Public Life. The award will be presented at the CCRL’s annual Spring Dinner on June 18 in Toronto at 6:30 pm at the Sala Caboto Ballroom at 40 Playfair Ave, west of Dufferin, south of Lawrence, featuring a keynote address by Tanya Granic Allen, CCRL Ontario Director and President of Parents as First Educators (PAFE). CCRL President Phil Horgan confirmed the League’s selection: Dr. Catherine Ferrier has used her talents and skills far beyond providing medical care to her patients, advancing studies in geriatrics, or teaching future doctors from her base in Montreal, or at McGill University. We recognize the tireless work of Dr. Ferrier in our modest way with the League’s Exner Award and we thank her for her professional excellence. Dr. Ferrier has been an active opponent to euthanasia since the mid 1990s.  From 2010, Dr. Ferrier has been active in the formation of Living with Dignity, an organization established to protect the life and the inherent and inalienable dignity of people who have become vulnerable through illness, old age, or disability. In 2012, Dr. Ferrier was part of the original group of Quebec doctors to form the Physicians’ Alliance against Euthanasia, to take on the challenge imposed by governments and lobbyists who sought to introduce and impose euthanasia into Quebec and Canadian society. She continues to serve as its President since 2014. She continues to participate...

An Easter Message from CCRL President Phil Horgan

TORONTO, ON April 2, 2018 – Please accept the CCRL’s very best for a joyous Easter. Christ is risen! Truly, He is risen! Inspiration for the journey of the next 50 days, and thereafter, can come from the encounter with Jesus on the road to Emmaus. While only a short reference in Mark 16:12-13, the story of that encounter in Luke 24:13-35 later in the day of Easter Sunday holds much to contemplate. We, as disciples, need to be open to the word of God in our midst: “Were not our hearts burning within us while he talked with us on the road and opened the Scriptures to us?” Ultimately, we encounter Jesus in the sacraments – as in the Eucharist, with the disciples at Emmaus, or the parallel story of the encounter with the eunuch by Philip, resulting in his baptism. His presence changes us, and encourages the disciples to be more hospitable, “Stay with us”. After the encounter, the disciples return to Jerusalem, in a missionary zeal, where Christ appears to the apostles gathered there. In some cases, our zeal needs to be incorporated within our own homes, within our own extended families, or within our own parish communities. We may then be better suited to take on the encounter with the broader society with the zeal found in the encounter with the risen Christ. Let us find that time with our risen Lord, and be ambassadors of the joy of His victory over death. Phil Horgan, CCRL President   About the CCRL Catholic Civil Rights League (CCRL) (www.ccrl.ca) assists in creating conditions within which Catholic teachings...

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...

David Warren is the CCRL’s Guest Speaker at our AGM on February 2, 2018 in Toronto

The following notice is of particular interest to those in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA). On Friday, February 2, we will be having our Annual General Meeting (AGM) in the hall of Holy Rosary Church, 356 St. Clair Avenue West, M5P 1N4. The AGM will begin at 7 pm with David Warren speaking at 7:30 pm.   Journalist and author David Warren is the proprietor of the blog Essays in Idleness.   He is a regular columnist for The Catholic Thing.   All are invited to this event. Please spread the word on social media and please inform your friends. Kindly RSVP at ccrl@ccrl.ca or by calling (416) 466-8244. We humbly ask a donation from those in attendance who are able to contribute. TTC: Holy Rosary is only a short walk east from St. Clair West Subway station. About the CCRL Catholic Civil Rights League (CCRL) (www.ccrl.ca) assists in creating conditions within which Catholic teachings can be better understood, cooperates with other organizations in defending civil rights in Canada, and opposes defamation and discrimination against Catholics on the basis of their beliefs. The CCRL was founded in 1985 as an independent lay organization with a large nationwide membership base. The CCRL is a Canadian non-profit organization entirely supported by the generosity of its members. For further information: Christian Domenic Elia, PhD CCRL Executive Director 416-466-8244 @CCRLtweets...