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Canada trying to suppress religion in public arena, warns Primate

Posted on: January 8, 2002 11:13 AM
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'Faith and culture are intimately connected'

Archbishop Michael Peers began the new year with a warning that Canada seems to be moving toward a secular society, devoid of any mention of faith.

The warning came in a sermon delivered New Year's Day at Ottawa's Christ Church Cathedral, reports the National Post. As evidence, Archbishop Peers pointed to the deliberate exclusion of religion from the 11 September memorial service on Parliament Hill, while mainline denominations were part of the same services in the United States and the United Kingdom.

Many Anglican bishops, the national church's executive council and the Canadian Armed Forces' chaplaincy committee decried the absence of religion from that memorial service. The military chaplains had even been asked by the federal government for an "appropriate protocol for a prayerful interfaith response to the terrorist attacks," but its suggestions were not followed.

Article from: ACC