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Duly Quoted: Thomas Cardinal Collins, Archbishop of Toronto

“I question, however, why provincial legislation should make [gay-straight alliances] normative in a Catholic school, which has its own different but effective methods for attaining the goal of addressing bullying and providing personal support for all students, ones which…arise out of its own fundamental principles… If the point is that there is something unacceptable about those Catholic principles, then I find that troubling… [P]lease consider the implications for all when legislation is enacted that overrides the deeply held beliefs of any faith community, and intrudes on its freedom to act in a way that is in accord with its principles of conscience.”

—From a statement released yesterday by the archbishop of Toronto [PDF], in protest of the Liberal government’s announcement that it would include specific language protecting the creation of gay-straight alliances in its anti-bullying legislation.