Thursday, December 08, 2005

Canadian bishop "won't be muzzled"

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CALGARY -- An outspoken Roman Catholic bishop in Alberta says federal laws banning partisan attacks from the pulpit won't muzzle him if the need to speak out arises.

Fred Henry says he is cautious about appearing partisan, but adds if any of the parties take aim at the religious community's freedom of expression, he won't stand idle.

"If somebody does make some outrageous, stupid comment I'm liable to be there, Elections Act or no Elections Act, if there's a misinterpretation of the separation of church and state."

Henry said he was threatened by Revenue Canada with losing his diocese's tax-free charitable status during the 2004 campaign when he criticized Prime Minister Paul Martin -- a Catholic -- for his failure to oppose abortion and same-sex marriage.

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