John Reynolds, M.P., West Vancouver-Sunshine Coast, chief justice critic for the Canadian Alliance, yesterday reminded British Columbia Attorney General Andrew Petter that the Canadian Parliament has already defined the institution of marriage. “On June 8, 1999, Parliament supported a Reform Party motion that stated marriage is and should remain the union of one man and one woman to the exclusion of all others,” said Reynolds. It was supported by 216 MPs. Reynolds was responding to the B.C. Attorney Generals’ demand that the federal government change the definition of marriage to include same-sex couples.
The New York Times reported May 26 that Catholic priests in the border city of Mexicalli would not allow a pro-abortion activist to be the godmother of a child who was being baptized. Sylvia Resendiz, a feminist, said the clergymen urged her to recant her support for abortion rights if she wanted to be the boy’s godmother.
Catholic World News reports that A Chinese Catholic priest was sentenced to six years in prison on Thursday after he was convicted of printing Bibles and other religious materials in an eastern province of the country. Father Jian Shurang of Zhejiang province, a priest in the underground Catholic Church which remains loyal to the Pope, was convicted of illegally operating a business and illegally publishing materials.