TORONTO, October 29, 2013 – The Catholic Civil Rights League is pleased to announce that “An Anthology of Witness,” a collection of writings by the late Tom Langan, League co-founder and long-time president, has been released.

The writings were selected from columns, speeches and articles Professor Langan wrote for the League, primarily between 1995 and 2007. They cover a wide range of topics, including issues such as anti-Catholic defamation, Catholic school rights, re-definition of marriage and the ethics of stem cell research. There are also reflections on the re-organization of the League as a national advocacy organization.

The League was founded in Toronto in 1985 by a small group of clergy and academics, including Professor Langan, who later served as president until 2004. It was substantially re-organized in the mid-90s to include directors and members from across Canada. 

“As I read these articles, I realized how much the Catholic Civil Rights League still follows the direction and philosophy that Tom set during his many years of leadership,” said League Executive Director Joanne McGarry. “His emphasis on defending the civil rights of Catholics with insistence but also with civility remains our guiding principle.”

All donors to the League’s Fall Development drive will receive a copy of the booklet. It can also be ordered separately, for a suggested donation of $10 per copy, by contacting the League by e-mail at or by surface mail at 1000 – 120 Eglinton Ave. East, Toronto ON M4P 1E2.

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 and has chapters across Canada. 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;