Trudeau pro-choice rant ruffles Catholics

Justin Trudeau. JOEL LEMAY/QMI Agency

Justin Trudeau. JOEL LEMAY/QMI Agency

Mark Dunn, Senior National Reporter

, Last Updated: 6:44 PM ET

OTTAWA — The Catholic Archbishop of Toronto wants Justin Trudeau to reconsider barring candidates who don't share his pro-choice views.

In a rebuke of the Liberal leader's declaration last week to screen future candidates, Cardinal Thomas Collins wrote Trudeau and said political leaders should not exclude people "no matter how challenging they find their views."

He said he was deeply concerned about Trudeau's decision "that citizens who, in conscience, seek to assure the protection of the most vulnerable among us are not acceptable as candidates in your party."

Collins said Wednesday all views are welcome in his Toronto archdiocese, as are allegiances to political parties.

"It is worth noting that if Pope Francis, as a young man ... had moved to Canada and sought to serve in the noble vocation of politics, he would have been ineligible to be a candidate for your party, if your policy were in effect," he wrote.


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