Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Prof. Christian Elia explains the Implications of the Supreme Court's Trinity Western decision

At the 2018 Conference of the Fellowship of Catholic Scholars (Canada) in Calgary, Alberta, Professor Christian Elia spoke on the Trinity Western decision. He explains the implications of the Supreme Court of Canada's opinion of the Trinity Western University Community Covenant, and the popular response in the court of public opinion.The Conference Theme was: Keeping Faithful to the Faith in a Post-Christian Society. 
 The Executive Director of the Catholic Civil Rights League, gave the following talk. (see video below) He spoke about the Trinity Western University decision, where the proposed law school, was refused accreditation. Law societies of Ontario and British Columbia refused to accept the possible law school graduates because the private, evangelical Christian university has a community covenant that prohibits sexual activity outside of traditional marriage.
Archbishop J. Michael Miller was disappointed with the Supreme Court of Canada's decision.
 “I am saddened to see the Supreme Court of Canada’s Trinity Western University law school decision, with its potential to undermine freedom of religion, conscience, and association in Canada,” Miller said in a statement June 15, 2018.
See Also Video by Philip Horgan: 

Lawyer Philip Horgan of the Catholic Civil Rights League speaks on the Trinity Western University decision

Biography: Christian Domenic Elia, PhD, is an Assistant Professor at Niagara University, where he is also serving as Chair for the College of Education’s Department of Ontario Studies. He is the Program Coordinator for the Bachelor of Professional Studies (BPS) in Teacher Education. Dr. Elia has been the Executive Director of the Catholic Civil Rights League (CCRL) since 2014. He is a Sessional Instructor at the University of St. Michael’s College in the University of Toronto. Prior to these appointments, he served as the Director of the Office of Catholic Youth (OCY) for the Archdiocese of Toronto, responsible for youth and young adult ministry. Dr. Elia and his wife Linda live in Toronto, always busy with their three children, Francis, Julian, and Catherine.

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