SUDBURY, Ontario, Dec. 18, 2012 ( – A campaign stop at a Sudbury Catholic high school by Liberal leadership hopeful, Justin Trudeau, has stoked outrage amongst local Catholic ratepayers as well as Catholics across the country who are calling it a “grave scandal.” 

Local Catholics, along with Campaign Life Catholics, are planning protests this week to call on trustees to cancel Trudeau’s talk, which is set for Friday, December 21 at St. Charles College.

“Trudeau’s virulent opposition to key Catholic moral teachings on abortion and homosexual ‘marriage’, while deceptively calling himself a faithful Catholic, makes it grossly inappropriate for the school to give him a platform,” said Suresh Dominic, President of Campaign Life Catholics, a division of Campaign Life Coalition.

“The Board may be inviting spiritual harm to children who, seeing Justin’s anti-Christian witness, may come to believe that it is acceptable for a Catholic to support the grave sins of abortion and homosexual ‘marriage’,” Dominic added.

“It’s disappointing to think that he would be invited because we all know that as far as the Roman Catholic Church is concerned, it is definitely against abortion, and we know that he is not,” said Nora Ryan, a local Catholic ratepayer and Campaign Life Sudbury leader who will be attending the school board protests. 

“All Sudbury Catholics who are concerned about the moral confusion that this supporter of abortion-on-demand will cause in the minds of youth, should join the protest and lobby the trustees,” said Dominic.

Protests will be held Wednesday, Dec. 19 and Thursday, Dec. 20 from 7:15am – 9:30am and from 2:45pm – 4:30pm at the Sudbury Catholic District School Board office, 165A D’Youville St, Sudbury, ON, P3C 5E7. If the talk does not get cancelled, a protest the day of Trudeau’s talk will take place at St. Charles College High School, 1940 Hawthorne Dr., Sudbury, ON, P3A 1M8.


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