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Canada human rights tribunal: diocese, gay altar server sign confidentiality agreement

Catholic World News - May 12, 2010

An Ontario diocese and a gay altar server have consented to a confidentiality agreement following a May 11 mediation session at the Ontario Human Rights Tribunal. “Hopefully it is an acceptable outcome for both sides,” the diocesan chancellor said.

Contending he was the victim of discrimination after he was removed from his position, the altar server, Jim Corcoran, had filed a complaint with the tribunal against Bishop Nicola de Angelis of Peterborough and 12 parishioners.

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  • Posted by: John J Plick - May. 14, 2010 11:35 AM ET USA

    Canada has become an oppressive tyranny?

  • Posted by: ColmCille - May. 13, 2010 2:42 AM ET USA

    The article specifically says he is gay, i.e. living the life, not just that he has same sex attraction. If that is true, then yes, he should not be serving (or receiving Communion) by his own choice. But if he makes another choice (gay people usually claim to be doing nothing wrong) he should be removed (and denied Communion). The Church has a right to discriminate in these cases. The message to the gay community should be that we love them, but they are living in sin and need to repent.

  • Posted by: cloudchaser64 - May. 12, 2010 6:16 PM ET USA

    We have to be careful that we are not sending the wrong message to the gay community. As long as this young man is not living in the gay lifestyle, there is no reason for his not serving at the altar. God loves him as much as he does me. If, on the other hand, he is living the gay lifestyle, then he should not be serving by his own choice.

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