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The Catholic Civil Rights League Mourns the Death of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI
We have been blessed and are incredibly grateful to have had the guidance from Pope Benedict XVI to assist and sustain us with the fullness of Catholic teachings in matters of public importance in Canada and the world. We can find numerous references in his words where he brought Christ and the theology of the Church to the public square, against the onslaught of efforts to remove positions of faith from public engagement. May our former Supreme Pontiff find peace and rest in the comfort of the promises of Christ. May we be inspired to find our own friendship with Christ, as Pope Emeritus Benedict encouraged.
The CCRL in 2022 – Message from Phil Horgan, CCRL President and General Counsel
We find a Light in the Darkness!
The CCRL Submits Critical Feedback to the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario (CPSO) Decrying their Proposed Changes to the Euthanasia/Assisted Suicide Policy for Ontario’s Doctors
The acceptance of abortion, or euthanasia, soon to be provided for those with mental illness, should not be allowed to undermine the charism of Catholic hospitals. That was not the intended effect of such changes to the law. The people of Ontario, whether of faith or no faith, have not turned against Catholic hospitals with such a fierce intolerance.
Crown drops charges against Fr. Anthony Van Hee S.J. under the Safe Access to Abortion Services Act
Today, over four years from the original charges, Crown Attorney Meaghan Cunningham advised the Ontario Court of Justice that it would not proceed with its prosecution of 87-year-old Jesuit priest, Father Anthony Van Hee.
The Catholic Civil Rights Leagues Mourns the Death of Elizabeth II, Queen of Canada
Queen Elizabeth II reigned with dignity for over 70 years. She was the Head of the Church of England, and she lived her life as a faithful Christian glorifying God first, ahead of her own earthly kingdom. May other leaders and Heads of State learn from her example.
Hate Crimes Against Catholics Increases by 260 Percent According to Statistics Canada
On August 2, Statistics Canada released a report on police reported violent crime in Canada, revealing that the largest increase in targeted crime occurred against Catholics, with a 260 percent increase between 2020 and 2021.
The CCRL Calls for Prayer and Christian Witness as Pope Francis Visits Canada
The League calls on its supporters and friends and all Catholics in Canada to pray not only for successful engagement with our Indigenous brothers and sisters in Christ, but for true advancement of reconciliation between the Church and Indigenous peoples who suffered in residential schools or through their legacy. We also ask that Canadian Catholics also pray that the media responsibly covers the Holy Father’s visit.
CCRL Easter Message 2022
Let us show courage and fortitude as we fight the battles and bear witness.
Christ is risen. Indeed, He is truly risen! Alleluia, alleluia!
CCRL Christmas Message 2021
As we celebrate the incarnation of God as man, we remain resolute in prayer: Jesus, come and find rest in the hearts of your faithful, and renew the face of the earth.
The CCRL Mourns the Passing of Janine Langan, DSS
The CCRL is saddened to report that our dear friend and mentor, Janine Langan, has died, at the age of 88, on Sunday, December 12, 2021.
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