Montreal prelate criticizes proposed ban on religious garb
September 24, 2013
Archbishop Christian Lépine of Montreal has criticized a proposed “Charter of Quebec Values” that would ban the wearing of most religious garb by doctors, teachers, and other public employees.
“If you are going to be free to have your belief system and your value system, you are going to be called on to respect others’ value system,” he said, according to the Catholic Register.“Behind that is a call to trust other human beings, to trust the human heart and trust in the possibility to live in a society with different belief systems and different value systems.”
Nuns in schools “won’t be allowed to wear their religious clothes,” he added. “Why not? That’s who they are. They’re nuns. Why hide the fact they are nuns?”
- Lépine warns against enshrining Quebec values in charter (Catholic Register)
- Quebec contemplates ban on religious garb, crucifixes for doctors, teachers (CWN, 8/27)