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.

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About the CCRL

Catholic Civil Rights League (CCRL) ( 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