Posts Tagged ‘Quebec’

New law bans religious symbols Comments 0

Thursday, June 20th, 2019

Quebec’s bishops fear a new law banning religious symbols in the public sector will ‘nourish fear and intolerance’ rather than contribute to social peace. The new law (formerly known as Bill 21) prohibits some government employees, including public school teachers, state lawyers, judges and police officers from wearing religious symbols or clothing. However, the religious Read more

Secularism bill aims to ban all religious symbols Comments 0

Monday, April 1st, 2019

A secularism bill currently before the Quebec government aims to ensure the religious neutrality of the state. The preamble to Bill 21, entitled “An Act respecting the laicity of the State,” explains the Coalition Avenir Québec (CAQ) government’s motivation. It says the Quebec nation “has its own characteristics, one of which is its civil law Read more

Married priests on the agenda in Quebec Comments 0

Monday, April 9th, 2018

Married priests were one of the options discussed at a conference dedicated to the future of the Catholic Church in Quebec. Consolidating parishes was not a solution to the lack of priests, theologian and Auxiliary Bishop Marc Pelchat told the 80 people at the conference. The conference was organised by a lay group Le Parvis Read more

Quebec debates civil servant ban on religious garb Comments 0

Tuesday, September 10th, 2013

Quebec’s public sector employees – including at hospitals and schools – may be forced to abandon head scarves, turbans, crucifixes and other religious apparel and symbols, if a controversial proposal passes. A report by Agence France Presse said the province has been working up changes for its “charter of values.” The government says its proposal Read more