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Thursday, March 31

Bishop faces human rights investigation

By MICHAEL VALPY

From Thursday's Globe and Mail

Calgary's Roman Catholic Bishop, Fred Henry, faces an investigation by the Alberta Human Rights Commission for having advocated in a letter to his flock that the state "use its coercive power" to proscribe homosexuality in society's interests.

The bishop subsequently acknowledged that if he were to rewrite his letter he would omit the reference to coercive power. But when he met reporters yesterday, he forthrightly declared he was entitled to say what he said under the Charter of Rights and Freedoms' protections of freedom of speech and religion.

"If the Human Rights Commission is successful, it will prevent me from expressing my views and the position of the Roman Catholic Church," he said in a statement faxed to The Globe and Mail.

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