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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.
CCRL Cosignatory on Letter to Prime Minister Voicing Opposition to Covid-19 Vaccines from Abortion Derived Cell Lines
The executive director of the Catholic Civil Rights League (CCRL) Christian Elia cosigned a letter sent yesterday 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 Catholic Civil Rights League (CCRL) asks our supporters and friends to fulfill the request of Dr. Robert Walley for prayers for a good and peaceful death following the news from MaterCare International regarding his diagnosis of terminal cancer.
Fr. de Valk was a passionate defender of life, and of free speech, and stood for a robust understanding of freedom of conscience and religion. Fr. de Valk was born on Easter Sunday, 1932. He died during the Easter Octave, and just prior to Divine Mercy Sunday. His witness to the Gospel of Life was always centred on his relationship with Jesus Christ, in his case, through the priesthood. May he be richly rewarded with the promises of the same Christ, our Lord.
In response to our Holy Week message and call to action, supporters and friends of the Catholic Civil Rights League (CCRL) are placing crucifixes in their windows and on their front porches to demonstrate a public witness to our faith during the Covid-19 pandemic. This is our outward sign of the veneration of the cross.
The closure of churches is depriving the faithful of the sacraments in the short term, at the most sacred time of the Christian calendar. Perhaps for this year’s Easter Triduum, let’s take a moment to place crucifixes in the front windows of our homes, or on our front porches, if possible. It would be an outward sign of our veneration of the cross, through which we come to the glory of the resurrection. Placing a candle in those places on Easter would be a further sign of the light of Christ.
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