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Week of March 3, 2003
Catholic group fights parody
CTV depicted priests luring boys with candy
By ART BABYCH
"The destruction of young lives is no more a matter for levity than would-be jokes about extermination camps."
- Thomas Langan
The panel also stated it would be "as protective of majority communities as of minorities" but that in order for it to render such decisions there must be a breach of the Code of Ethics.
"Merely feeling offended is insufficient grounds to impinge on freedom of expression," it said.
The CCRL is disappointed by the panel's ruling but not surprised by it. The league did not ask to be protected from comments that "merely" offend, it noted. "The complaint specifically referred to the need to protect Catholics and Catholic priests from abusively discriminatory comments erroneously implying that Catholic priests are particularly prone to pedophilia."
Thomas Langan, president of the Catholic Civil Rights League, said, "Pedophilia is an extremely grave matter" and that "the destruction of young lives is no more a matter for levity than would-be jokes about extermination camps."
Langan said "The continent-wide press offensive against the Catholic clergy, based on no fact that could justify stereotyping Catholic priests in this way, is itself such a vile and offensive undertaking that the CBSC must be singularly lacking in human feelings to fail to realize the enormity of the affront."
The league said its initial complaint was "purposefully" directed to the CRTC with instructions not to delegate the matter to the CBSB. "Alarmingly, there is no appeals process with CBSC," it said. "So, efforts at addressing this concern with the CRTC, which was the clear intention at the outset nearly 10 months ago, will resume."
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