June 6, 2011
Michael Coren, Catholic author and journalist, has been chosen this year's recipient of the Catholic Civil Rights League's Archbishop Adam Exner Award for Catholic Excellence in Public Life.
The annual award recognizes outstanding lay achievement in advocacy, education, life issues and philanthropy.
Joanne McGarry, executive director of the CCRL, said Coren was chosen because of his "consistent and clear defence of Catholic teaching in the media."
"I'm more than happy to be out on the front lines defending the Church, my Church, but the blows, the abuse and the attacks certainly cut deep at times," said Coren, host of The Michael Coren Show on CTS television.
"So this honour, this affirmation, is wonderful.
For someone who always has something to say, I'm almost speechless."
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