The CCRL in the Media

TORONTO, ON April 8, 2016 –  On March 24, the Catholic Civil Rights League (CCRL) wrote an open letter to the College of Nurses of Ontario (CNO) in opposition to Physician-Assisted Death: Interim Guidance for Nursing in Ontario on grounds that its main recommendation seriously violates a nurse’s freedom of conscience and religion. Later that evening, executive director Christian Elia was interviewed by Brian Lilley on Ottawa’s CFRA News Talk Radio about euthanasia and assisted suicide and healthcare professionals’ conscience rights. That interview can be heard here. In the evening of Easter Sunday, Elia was interviewed live on CTV News Channel regarding the Holy Father’s Urbi et Orbi message. On April 1, president Phil Horgan was quoted extensively by Evan Wilt in a World News Group article titled, “Canada scraps religious freedom office.” On April 5 Christian Elia was interviewed for the article, “New guidelines could force Ontario nurses to help euthanize patients” by Lianne Laurence for LifeSite News. With Phil Horgan currently in Halifax representing the CCRL at Trinity Western University v. Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society, today’s release of Amoris Laetitia, and next week’s first reading of the federal government’s euthanasia/assisted suicide bill, there will undoubtedly be many more media calls in the days to come. A large part of the CCRL’s mandate is to work with the media in order to secure a fair and accurate hearing for Catholic positions on issues of public debate. Always faithful to the teachings of the Magisterium, we seek to help people understand relevant issues from a Catholic perspective. We urge our supporters and friends to visit us regularly at ccrl.ca and...

The CCRL in the Media

TORONTO, ON February 22, 2016 – On February 3, the Catholic Civil Rights League (CCRL) wrote an open letter to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Minister of Foreign Affairs Stéphane Dion in support of the Office of Religious Freedom and Ambassador Andrew Bennett. The CCRL called for the renewal of the office and its crucial mandate. On February 11, executive director Christian Elia was quoted in the article, “Trudeau accused of ‘radical secularism’ over apparent plan to shutter religious freedom office” by Steve Weatherbe for LifeSite News. On February 12, Elia was interviewed live on CTV News Channel as part of their coverage on Pope Francis’ historic meeting with Russian Patriarch Kirill, “1000 years in the making.” Elia is further quoted extensively by Julia A. Seymour, writing for the World News Group in a February 22 article titled, “Canada contemplates closing its Office of Religious Freedom.” A large part of the CCRL’s mandate is to work with the media in order to secure a fair and accurate hearing for Catholic positions on issues of public debate. Always faithful to the teachings of the Magisterium, we seek to help people understand relevant issues from a Catholic perspective. We urge our supporters and friends to visit us regularly at ccrl.ca and to follow us at @CCRLtweets.   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...

CBC documentary questioned

    TORONTO, December 4, 2013 – We have written to the CBC ombudsman and to the the host of CBC television’s ongoing news documentary series The Last Right, which explores euthanasia and assisted suicide, to express concerns about the strong one-sidedness of the first two episodes. “(We are concerned) with the relative lack of coverage of the other side of the issue; the shows airing on October 28 and November 4 totalled almost 40 minutes, and yet I counted no more than three minutes of commentary that was opposed to legalizing assisted suicide, and perhaps 10 minutes that could be considered neutral. This would not be an issue for me if the program had been presented as a docu-drama or other standalone programming. However, the positioning of a program within a national newscast creates an expectation that all sides of an issue will be given at least roughly equal time,” the League said in a letter from Executive Director Joanne McGarry.   A third episode, broadcast after the letter was written, was even more one-sided than the first two. It remains to be seen if future episodes will cover the work of the many individuals and advocacy groups who oppose assisted suicide and euthanasia and articulate thoughtful and well-reasoned grounds for their position. We know of several who have been interviewed for the program but as of this writing none have been featured....

Standing up where apathy won’t

Now that the annual costume-and-sugar festival called Halloween has passed, I will comment on what I believe is a new low reached this year in the sale of adult Halloween costumes. Like many individuals and organizations, I wrote to the retailer Spirit Halloween to question why their management would include sexualized versions of traditional clergy and nun costumes in their inventory. – Catholic Register article by Joanne McGarry, November...

Pope distinguishes between homosexual orientation, gay lobby

July 30, 2013 – Despite some misleading reporting in the media, Pope Francis’ recent remarks to the press about sexual orientation were in keeping with traditional Church teaching. Here is the best report we have seen about the press conference: VATICAN CITY, CWN, July 29, 2013 – Pope Francis has said that he does not judge homosexuals, including homosexual priests. “If they accept the Lord and have good will, who am I to judge them?” the Pope said. The Pope added that a homosexual orientation “is not the problem.” He called for charitable treatment of homosexuals, saying that they should not be marginalized. Article...

CBC uses Tim Bits and coffee in Communion satire

TORONTO, ON February 25, 2013 – The CBC program “This Hour has 22 Minutes” featured a short skit February 19 satirizing the possibilities of a Canadian becoming pope. During a spoof of parishioners receiving Holy Communion, Tim Bits and Tim Hortons Coffee were substituted for the bread and wine.  We have protested the offensiveness of satirizing the Blessed Sacrament to the CBC, and also to Tim Hortons.  While the company would have played no part in creating the skit, viewers associated it with their product and the association may not be a welcome one for the company. We asked the company to discourage “This Hour” producers from using their products in portrayals offensive to Catholics and many others.  Visit our Facebook page for links to this and other problem content in the media, and ways to...