TORONTO, Nov. 1, 2004 – The Catholic Civil Rights League ( is happy to announce the election of Philip Horgan as president. Mr. Horgan, a Toronto lawyer, has been vice president since 1995.

With the election, confirmed at the league’s recent annual general meeting, league founder Thomas Langan, president for many years, becomes president emeritus. He will continue to enrich the board with his experience, and contribute regularly to the quarterly newsletter. Dr. Langan was professor of philosophy at the University of Toronto for much of his career.

 “Tom has given the league its mandate and direction throughout its 20-year history,” notes Mr. Horgan. “The league owes its existence to his dedication, and we’re very glad that he has agreed to remain on the board to offer his advice and support.”

In other elections to the league’s executive, Ontario director C. William French becomes vice president, while John Sidle is treasurer. The league also has directors in most regions of Canada.

About CCRL

Catholic Civil Rights League ( 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. CCRL was founded in 1985 as an independent lay organization. The Catholic Civil Rights League is a Canadian non-profit organization entirely supported by the generosity of its members.

For further information: Joanne McGarry, Executive Director, 416-466-8244,