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Cardus president quoted in National Post coverage of Loyola case

Montreal's Loyola High School is bringing their plea for the right to teach ethics and religious culture from a Catholic perspective before the Supreme Court of Canada today. For a briefing on the Loyola case, click here.

Cardus president Michael Van Pelt was interviewed extensively for an article published in the National Post entitled "Montreal Catholic school fighting for the right to teach ethics and religious culture in its own Jesuit style."

Mark Phillips, the lawyer (Borden Ladner Gervais) who is arguing the case,
with Loyola principal Paul Donovan during a break this morning

From the article by Joe Brean:

"Michael Van Pelt, president of the Christian-focused think tank Cardus, said a key legal question is whether religious freedom is a right of an institution, not just individuals.
The answer is not clear. Judge Dugré clearly found that, as an institution, Loyola has religious freedom and it was violated. But by the letter of the law, that was something of a leap. [...]
A ruling against Loyola would mean any religious institution that works in the public interest would be hesitant to express its own values in Canadian public life, [Van Pelt] said. Religious service groups, from schools to charities, regularly display a connection between deeply held beliefs and day to day actions.
'Do we want to create this kind of hesitancy among religious institutions in Canada?' Mr. Van Pelt said.

Read the full article on the National Post website.

Loyola: A Momentous Case for Religious Freedom in Education

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