Failure to protect religious services sends ‘disturbing message’

Posted October 31, 2017 7:07 pm by Editor

Failure to protect religious services sends ‘disturbing message’

OTTAWA – Parliament would be sending a “disturbing message” to Canada’s religious community if it eliminates a law that currently makes it an offence to disrupt a religious service, Cardinal Thomas Collins told a parliamentary committee.
“More than ever we need to legislate protection for religious services taking place,” the Toronto cardinal told the House of Commons Justice Committee.Speaking by video conference on Oct. 30, Collins expressed a “grave concern” shared by Canada’s bishops over Bill C-51. It proposes to remove a section of the Criminal Code that makes it an indictable offence to disturb the solemnity of religious services or

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