Trudeau's Catholicism in question

Daniel Proussalidis, National Bureau

, Last Updated: 6:14 PM ET

Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau is in trouble with the Roman Catholic Church over his recent edict that Liberal MPs will have to support abortion as a right, regardless of their personal beliefs.

Archbishop of Ottawa Terrence Prendergast responded by circulating a letter to priests in his archdiocese.

“The position of the Catholic Church in favour of life at all stages is clear and unchanging,” Prendergast says in his letter. “One may not dissent from these core teachings on life issues and be considered a Catholic in good standing.”

Priests were to make the letter available to churchgoers on Sunday, reminding them “a human being is always sacred and inviolable, in any situation and at every stage of development.”

Trudeau has said in the past that he is Roman Catholic, and has bristled when political opponents suggested he was unfaithful.

Last week, his office brushed off a letter from the archbishop of Toronto criticizing his pro-abortion stance.


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