July 13, 2009 (LifeSiteNews.com) – In what some critics of the embattled Canadian human rights commissions say could be the most intrusive human rights case in Canada thus far, the Ontario Human Rights Commission (OHRC) has accepted the complaint of a homosexual man who was dismissed by the Bishop of Peterborough as an altar server. While the bishop has refused to publicly comment on the matter, the complainant in the case says that the bishop asked him and his same-sex partner not to serve on the altar so as to avoid public scandal…. Corcoran is seeking monetary damages of up to $25,000 from the bishop and $20,000 each from the 12 parishioners. But his primary interest is in restitution of a non-financial nature, he says. He states in his complaint that he wants the $20,000 from each of the parishioners to be allocated “towards a charity of my choosing.” And the $25,000 from the diocese will be used to cover his legal expenses; but, he told LSN, he will be returning it through parish contributions.He has also requested six other “remedies.” First, he indicates that he “would like the group of 12 parishioners to be held accountable for their un-Christian actions, in front of their peers in a public forum, by the Bishop or the Bishop’s superior.” Second, he wants the Bishop to preach at his parish “on the consequences of practicing discrimination and the slanderous spreading of rumours, hate and innuendo.”Third, he wants to be restored as an altar server, and fourth, for the bishop to apologize for having removed him. Fifth, he wants the bishop to write an article for the diocesan newspaper “on the rights of persons with same sex attractions to practice their faith within the Catholic Church without fear of threats, recrimination or discrimination.” And finally, sixth, he wants the diocese to develop policies “that support the human rights of all people within the church.” (Source)
I am not sure on what basis the OHRC is accepting this complaint. It does not fall within their jurisdiction at all. There was no employment contract or business contract involved. This was purely a voluntary association and therefore falls outside of the OHRC’s jurisdiction. Not surprisingly however, when you’ve got the totalitarian itch like Canada’s HRCs do, you just need to scratch in places that are supposed to be forbidden to you.
The Bishop is making a mistake in attending the preliminary mediation session. First of all, he is conceding too much to the thugs at the HRC. What business does the government have in a dispute over a doctrinal and liturgy matters? They have no mandate or authority to adjudicate or even moderate such a dispute. The bishop is simply not going to accept the star chamberlain’s judgement against the Church, so why even bother acknowledging its role in the first place?
If Corcoran will not accept to meet the bishop face to face and if he does meet with him and there is still no resolution, then that’s the way the rainbow cookie crumbles. The bishop is not mandated to go through mediation, but he does have to show up to the Tribunal under the force of the law. If I were the bishop, I’d give them the old Italian salute and tell them I’ll wait for the Star Chamber where all the media can be present to see the Religious Inquisition unfold.
I’m not sure when people are going to clue in to what’s happening to Canada. We are becoming a Gay Stasi State. The bishops still have not clued in; that much is for certain. But that’s going to change very quickly when they finally figure out that the cumbaya moral theology they’ve been teaching us these past 40 years, and their refusal to assent to Humanae Vitae and retract the Winnipeg Statement is going to have grave consequences for all of us. The Gay Sex Parade is going to roll right down the center aisle of the Church in this country because the bishops let the Snake into the Garden back on September 27, 1968.
Contraception’s a bitch, eh?
April 9, 2005. Parliament Hill. That’s when I told Catholics and all Canadians what would happen if we let marriage fall. Schools are now long gone. Churches are next. And after that? Read on….
…My fellow Canadians, at this critical moment in our history when our country is on the brink of moral collapse, all of us are faced with the central question: Shall we defend marriage or shall we retreat? If we retreat to buy a little time, what will become of our freedoms when our opponents seek to dictate what is taught in our schools, our churches, and even our homes? And what will be left for our children and their posterity? What will become of their freedoms? Of their divine right to practice their faith and enjoy their civil liberties? Will we lie to ourselves today and say it won’t impact us because we fear the sacrifices that come with it?…(Source)