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On March 19, 2015, the Supreme Court of Canada rendered its judgment in favour of Loyola in the case of the government mandated "Ethics and Religious Culture" (ERC) course. Please follow the links below to read the official documents.
We are very grateful to the firm of Borden Ladner Gervais (www.blg.com), and lawyers Mark Phillips and Jacques Darche, for the time and effort they dedicated to this case, the majority of which was generously done on a pro-bono basis.
We thank all members of the Loyola community for their prayers and support in the course of this case.
We look forward to continue forming "Men for Others", in the Jesuit, Catholic tradition.
Can the "pursuit of the common good" and the "recognition of others" be taught from a Catholic perspective or does it have to be secular?
The following documents outline the key issues at stake:
Initial Request to the Ministère de l'Éducation, du Loisir et du Sport (MELS)
Superior Court of Quebec
Loyola was in court from June 8 to 12, 2009. On June 18, 2010, Loyola received the 63-page ruling by the Honourable Justice Gérard Dugré J.S.C. The Superior Court concluded that the decision to refuse Loyola's request was invalid because it assumed that a confessional program could not achieve the goals proposed by the ministry program.
Court of Appeal of Quebec
In a judgment issued December 4, 2012, the Quebec Court of Appeal overturned the Superior Court's ruling that allowed Loyola to teach its own version of the government mandated "Ethics and Religious Culture" (ERC) course. Sitting on the bench were the Honourable Judges Hilton, Wagner and Fournier.
The Supreme Court of Canada
On June 13, 2013, the Supreme Court of Canada granted Loyola leave to appeal the December 4, 2012 judgment of the Quebec Court of Appeal. On March 24, 2014, Loyola was heard by the court. On March 19, 2015, a judgment was rendered by the Supreme Court in favour of Loyola.
Supreme Court of Canada Judgment - March 19, 2015