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Canadian bishop blasts human rights tribunal for considering gay altar server’s complaint

September 11, 2009

In a letter that will be distributed to parishioners at Sunday Masses this weekend, Bishop Nicola de Angelis of Peterborough blasts the Ontario Human Rights Tribunal for considering a claim by a gay altar server that his removal was an act of illegal discrimination.

“I fail to understand how secular powers and government agencies should think they are in a position to tell the Church that she is wrong in her internal rules and regulations, even though these have directed and shaped the life of the church during the last 2,000 years. However, this is what we face today,” he writes.

“If the Human Rights Tribunal should choose to interfere with the Church’s governance, this will be most shocking. The tribunal has no authority to place itself as an arbiter of canonical precepts.”


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