Four years ago, I wrote an article entitled “Thinly Disguised Totalitarianism” for the religious journal First Things, surveying the erosion of Canadian religious liberty under various regulatory bodies, professional associations and human rights tribunals. I wrote then that “there are no restrictions on freedom of worship in Canada today.” That’s no longer true.
As Ezra Levant details below, the Stephen Boissoin case is an egregious assault on religious liberty, press freedom and freedom of speech. And for those of us who previously underestimated the threat to religious liberty, it serves as a rude correction…. (Source)
Fr. Raymond de Souza is probably the best known Catholic writer in Canada today. He’s also a very strong conservative voice, and he’s definitely “bishop material” to fill in a vacancy in the future. This bodes very well for the Canadian Church. I just wonder what kind of Church Fr. De Souza will be inheriting. One under the jackboot or in the catacombs no doubt, on the run from the Canadian Religious Authority (otherwise known as the Human Rights Commissions).
Anyhow, Fr. de Souza gave a very interesting talk at St. Pat’s Basilica a few years ago on the creeping and veiled totalitarianism creeping into Canada. He was right on the money, but for some strange reason when a questioner asked him about the Human Rights Commissions, he still thought they were a good idea.
I doubt he thinks that any more given what they’ve become.
In the near future, the National Post’s resident priest and theologian might be hit with a complaint if he keeps writing about what the Catholic Church teaches.