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Vatican leans on Canadian politicians

Catholic MPs urged to fight same-sex marriage. Church of Chrétien, Cauchon, Martin opposes policy

by Janice Tibbetts

The Vatican is raising the stakes in Canada’s plans to legalize same-sex marriage by issuing a directive for Catholic politicians around the globe to make their politics consistent with their faith.

The Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops predicted yesterday the appeal may give pause to Parliament, where Catholicism is the dominant religion.

“What it may do is that it will cause some conscience problems for several MPs,” said general secretary Msgr. Peter Schonenbach.

But a spokesman for Justice Minister Martin Cauchon, one of many Catholic MPs, said the minister will base his vote on equality rights, not religion.

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