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