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Ethics and Religious Culture in Court

Loyola's dealings with the Ethics and Religious Culture Course entered a new phase on December 4, 2012. The Court of Appeal heard the Ministry's appeal and overturned the Superior Court's ruling that allowed Loyola to teach its own version of the government mandated "Ethics and Religious Culture" (ERC) course. Please follow the links below to read the official documents. Once again we thank everyone for their continued support on this issue.

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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)

First Request to the Minister - Version française

 

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.

Letter to Loyola Parents Explaining Positions

Letter to the Editor - The Gazette

Loyola's Motion

MELS defense

Second Letter to the Minister - Version française

Final Pleading - Loyola

Final Pleading - MELS

Superior Court Ruling - Full Text (French)

Translation of Judgment rendered June 18, 2010

Summary of Judgment rendered June 18, 2010

Fr. Brennan's press statement

Press Release - Loyola High School reacts to the decision of the Superior Court of Québec (June 21, 2010)

Communiqué de presse - L'École secondaire Loyola réagit au jugement de la Cour supérieure du Québec (21 juin 2010)

 

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.

Appellants Factum - January 24, 2011

Appeal Factum - Filed April 21, 2011

Court of Appeal Judgment - December 4, 2012 (French)

 

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 Supreme Court of Canada. It is anticipated that a judgment will be rendered by the end of November 2014.

Webcast of the Supreme Court of Canada proceedings, March 24, 2014

Notice of Application for Leave to Appeal, February 1, 2013

Loyola High School's press release, February 4, 2013 (English, French)

Loyola High School's press release, June 13, 2013 (English, French)


Other

Excerpt from "La religion sans confession" - Chapter Written by Paul Donovan