Skip to comments.Quebecer fined for arranging Catholic Mass in rented building
Posted on 01/03/2013 12:05:08 PM PST by massmike
A Montreal prosecutor told a Quebec court recently that holding a religious ceremony in a building not zoned as a place of worship, even if it is a private home, is illegal.
The statement came during a trial in the case of Paula Celani, who was fined for holding a gathering of her Catholic group in a building rented from the municipality. The group, Fondation En Route, had rented the facility, the Maison du Brasseur in the Montreal borough of Lachine, twice before for a Mass, a potluck lunch, hymn singing and to show a religious video. The group also sold rosaries made by members children to raise money for schools in Africa.
After renting the building for their event in 2009, Celani was given a ticket for $144. The ticket stated she was in contravention of a zoning bylaw for using the building for a religious purpose, even though she had informed the city employee with whom she arranged the rental that the building would again be used for their religious gathering.
I was very, very clear, Celani told the court, according to a National Post report. She added that the employees only concern was to ensure the video being shown was not sexual.
After Judge Bernard Mandeville asked the prosecutors if a strict interpretation of the bylaw would ban a religious event even in a private home in the area, another city lawyer, Veronica Mollica, was reported to have told him that the letter of the law would prohibit such an event.
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“A Montreal prosecutor told a Quebec court recently that holding a religious ceremony in a building not zoned as a place of worship, even if it is a private home, is illegal.”
I thought that only used to happen in communist Russia.
(Maybe they won the cold war after all?)
What were these people thinking? Everyone knows you can’t just pray anywhere you feel like it. The government has to tell you where you can pray to God and where you can’t. Otherwise somebody might decide to pray out in public where children might see and ask their parents “what is that man doing”. Then the parents would have to explain what praying is and why they don’t do it and who is this God person anyway.
Government is the religions of the psychopath.
Let’s see if they have the guts to fine taxicab drivers who pray in public parks to the R.O.P.
The Blooming idiot, mayor of NYC, is doing something similar in Manhattan, with all denominations.
But, but , but , but, but the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms it says that Canadians have the right of Free Assembly and Freedom of Religion !
( so much for those rights....paha!)
Can someone remind me again why they fought the nazis?
This story is 3 years old and I didn’t find any updates. Are the any updates I missed? If she appealed we shouldn’t there be some more news by now?