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As we prepare for the Sacred Triduum, it is time to reflect on the great truth of our faith, the joy of the resurrection. We are comforted in the sure knowledge of the great love and mercy of God, as we are confronted by the sadness and tears of our broken world.
As of yesterday evening, Canadians can be killed by a doctor more easily.
The CCRL asks Friends and Supporters to Contact their MPs in Opposition to Assisted Suicide and Euthanasia Expansion with Bill C-7
It is the opinion of the CCRL that Bill C-7 is worse than the status quo of the euthanasia and assisted suicide regime in Canada. We ask our friends and supporters to contact their Members of Parliament, asking them to reject C-7 and the expansion of lethal injection eligibility, especially to Canadians suffering from mental illness.
The Catholic Civil Rights League (CCRL) is disappointed to learn of a cheap anti-Catholic comment made recently by Liberal Party MP Adam Vaughan (Spadina – Fort York) via Twitter. The implications of the tweet, subsequently deleted, that the Church is engaged in an ongoing cover-up of sex offenders, and that the Church evades the terrible abuse of these scandals, remain troubling cheap shots, and are unacceptable.
Father Anthony Van Hee, S.J. Constitutional Challenge Reaches the Stage of Cross-examinations – Support Needed for Defence Fund
Fr. Tony has engaged in a regular prayerful protest to oppose abortion and in support of life, on Parliament Hill, which he commenced in September of 1989. He has kept his faithful vigil for over 30 years. Fr. Tony was arrested on October 24, 2018 for silently protesting within 50 metres of the Morgentaler abortion clinic in Ottawa. Father Van Hee cannot face this challenge alone. Supporters can assist with his legal defence by donating to the Catholic Civil Rights League, specifically to the Fr. Tony Van Hee Defence Fund.
The CCRL argued that civil society requires a healthy respect for religious freedom, and that ecclesiastical decisions of religious communities cannot be the subject of state intervention. Decisions on liturgy, ministry, sacraments, or discipline should not be the subject of court oversight, given our constitutional matrix.
The League Asks Supporters and Friends to Contact their MPs in Opposition to Bill C-7 and the Expansion of Euthanasia
The current bill moves us from what the CCRL deemed to be a national climate of “suicide relativism”, which is a half-hearted opposition to suicide in general, but sanctioned allowance when requested through the medical system. Canada has now moved to a regime of full “suicide facilitation”, with further expansion expected.
Two attacks against Catholic churches in Canada this month follow four other attacks since May 2020, including the damaging of eight statues at Our Lady of Lourdes Grotto in Sudbury and vandalism to statues at St. Patrick’s Parish in Markham, ON, Sacred Heart Church in Calgary, and the Basilica of Our Lady in Guelph, ON.
Dr. Walley will be laid to rest in St. John’s, NL tomorrow. Through his work in Africa’s developing nations, Dr. Walley has saved the lives of thousands of mothers and their babies from the tragic implications of obstetric fistula, an avoidable condition exacerbated in Africa by the lack of quality maternal healthcare present in developed nations.
Letter Opposing Covid-19 Vaccine Development Using Abortion Derived Cell Lines Cited in Science Magazine Article
On May 21, 2020 the executive director of the Catholic Civil Rights League (CCRL) Christian Elia cosigned a letter which was sent to Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Patty Hajdu, Minister of Health, calling for funding for Covid-19 vaccine research that is ethically acceptable to the millions of Canadians who vehemently oppose the use of abortion derived cell lines.
The letter was cited in the Science magazine article “Vaccines that use human fetal cells draw fire” authored by Meredith Wadman.
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