Loading
Complaints filed with human rights commission against Catholic bishop

.- A Canadian Catholic bishop may face a human rights tribunal within the next year due to a pastoral letter he issued to parishioners in January against homosexuality and same-sex marriage. Two private Canadian citizens said they were offended by and concerned about the pastoral letter, lodging separate complaints against Bishop Fred Henry of Calgary to the Alberta Human Rights Commission.

"Since homosexuality, adultery, prostitution and pornography undermine the foundations of the family, the basis of society, then the State must use its coercive power to ... curtail them in the interests of the common good," Bishop Henry wrote.

In the complaints that they filed, Norman Greenfield and Carol Johnson said the bishop attacked homosexuals with his comments. Gay-rights advocates have called the bishop’s remarks “hateful and harmful.”

At a news conference March 30, Bishop Henry refused to retract the statements he made in his pastoral letter and said his rights to freedom of religion and free speech have been violated.

"Those that support same-sex marriage want to shut the churches out of this important debate," the bishop said.

"Those who favor same-sex marriage have been given a full opportunity to state their views on the issue,” he said. “But now they are saying anyone who speaks out against same-sex marriage is discriminating against homosexuals."

Numerous pro-family groups, such as the Catholic Civil Rights League in Toronto and Focus on the Family in Langley, B.C., have expressed their support for Bishop Henry.

"If anyone is successful in bringing charges against Bishop Henry … it shows that religious freedom protections that the government talks about really aren't there," Focus on the Family’s Derek Rogusky told the Canadian Press.

The first step of the human rights investigation will be to attempt a conciliation between the complainants and Bishop Henry, but the bishop is doubtful such a process would be fruitful, reported the Calgary Herald.


Ads by AdsLiveMedia(What's this?)

* The number of messages that can be online is limited. CNA reserves the right to edit messages for content and tone. Comments and opinions expressed by users do not necessarily reflect the opinions or beliefs of CNA. CNA will not publish comments with abusive language, insults or links to other pages

RESOURCES »

Ads by Google (What's this?)
Ads by Google (What's this?)

Featured Videos

Pope Francis celebrates the closing Mass and announces site of next World Youth Day
Pope Francis celebrates the closing Mass and announces site of next World Youth Day
Pope Francis visits poor neighborhood and meets with young people from Argentina
Pope Francis celebrates Mass at the National Shrine of Our Lady of Aparecida
Denver rally draws hundreds in support of religious freedom
Pope Francis prays over a sick man in St Peter's Square
Denver women's clinic will offer natural, Catholic care
Interview Clips: Barbara Nicolosi speaks to CNA
US Cardinals press conference at North American College
Pope Benedict to retire to monastery inside Vatican City
Pope cites waning strength as reason for resignation
Hundreds convene in Denver to urge respect for life
New Orange bishop encourages Catholic unity in diversity
Chinese pro-life activist calls for reform, international attention
At Lincoln installation, Bishop Conley says holiness is success
Mother Cabrini shrine reopens in Chicago after a decade
Ordination of 33 deacons fills St. Peter's with joy
Cardinal says "Charity is the mother of all the virtues"
Augustine Institute expands evangelization effort with new campus
Bishops recall 'Way of St. James' as chance to trust in God
Los Angeles cathedral's newest chapel houses Guadalupe relic
Apr
18

Liturgical Calendar

April 18, 2014

Friday of the Passion of the Lord (Good Friday)

All readings:
Today »
This year »

Catholic Daily

Gospel of the Day

Jn 18:1 - 19:42

Gospel
Date
04/18/14
04/17/14
04/16/14

Daily Readings


First Reading:: Is 52:13-53:12
Second Reading:: Heb 4:14-16; 5:7-9
Gospel:: Jn 18:1-19:42

Homily of the Day

Jn 18:1 - 19:42

Homily
Date
04/18/14
04/17/14
04/16/14

Ads by AdsLiveMedia.com

Ads by AdsLiveMedia.com
     HTML
Text only
Headlines
  

Follow us: