Skip to comments.Ontario Bishop Mulhall: We Won’t Let the Government Define Catholic Teaching
Posted on 10/17/2012 7:06:32 AM PDT by marshmallow
PEMBROKE, Ontario, Oct. 16, 2012 (LifeSiteNews.com) After Ontarios Education Minister shocked Catholics last week by declaring that under the law their schools should not be teaching that abortion is wrong, the Bishop of Pembroke insists that the Church has no intention of letting the government define the Catholic faith.
The Church will defend her legitimate autonomy from outside organizations which attempt to define the content of Roman Catholic teaching, Bishop Michael Mulhall stated in a letter to parishes on Oct. 11th. As a Bishop of the Catholic Church, this is a sacred obligation and a joyful mission which was entrusted to me on the day of my ordination. Bishop Michael Mulhall of Pembroke
On Wednesday, Minister Laurel Broten told media that Catholic teaching on abortion is misogyny and therefore violates the governments newly-enacted anti-bullying legislation. Were very clear with the passage of Bill 13 that Catholic teachings cannot be taught in our schools that violates human rights and which brings a lack of acceptance to participation in schools, she said.
The Minister also claimed that there is no contrast or conflict between choosing a Catholic education for your children and supporting a womans right to choose.
The bombshell prompted a quick rebuke from Cardinal Thomas Collins of Toronto, who heads the Assembly of Catholic Bishops of Ontario. Campaign Life Coalition demanded Broten resign.
Calling the remarks totalitarian and a declaration of war on Catholic education, CLC on Friday launched a petition campaign that has since yielded over 5,000 signatures.
In Bishop Mulhalls letter, e-mailed to LifeSiteNews by the Diocese of Pembroke, he said Brotens statement was very disturbing but hardly surprising.
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I’m not Catholic, but good for the bishop! It’s ironic that the government is invoking “anti-bullying” legislation. The government is bullying the Catholic Church.
Good on him.
American laws of “hate speech” and “hate crimes” are direct attacks on the First Admendment.Hate speech laws are passed at the behest of those who want to shut down all opposition to their views;in other words,it is the intolerant “tolerance” crowd.