Vancouver archbishop asks officials to ease ban on religious services

CNA Staff, Feb 26, 2021 / 05:05 pm (CNA).- As religious services in British Columbia are still shut down by government orders, a Catholic archbishop is asking the government to reconsider and offer religious institutions the same rights as businesses. 

On Feb. 19, Archbishop J. Michael Miller of Vancouver issued a 19-page statement asking B.C. health officials to grant the Church the same treatment as bars, gyms, and restaurants. 

He asked the government to permit in-person Masses that follow COVID-19 restrictions, such as a 10% capacity limit, masks, social distancing, and other sanitation requirements. 

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Supreme Court quashes B.C. pro-life activist Mary Wagner’s final appeal

Mary Wagner’s long road toward achieving legal recognition of the humanity of the unborn has come to an end as the Supreme Court of Canada dismissed her leave to appeal Feb. 18.

In a statement to her supporters, Wagner wrote, “We are saddened and disturbed by the scandal of this refusal to hear our plea for the most vulnerable members of our human family, whose own pleas are too weak to be heard.”

Wagner had hoped to take a constitutional challenge of the Criminal Code to the country’s top court to address what her lawyer Charles Lugosi described as a “once-in-a-century question” — whether Parliament has unlimited authority to define who is and who isn’t a human being.

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