The Diocese of Calgary learned from a media report in The Calgary Herald on May 24, 2018 that a parishioner at St. Frances de Sales Parish with an affiliation to the Liberal Party of Canada asked to place an advertisement for his business in the parish bulletin and was refused.
It is the practice of the Roman Catholic Church to remain politically neutral, and accordingly, the Church does not promote political advertisements. Clearly, the parishioner’s request for the advertisement of his business in the parish bulletin does not fall in the category of political advancement.
His Excellency, the Most Reverend Bishop William T. McGrattan, is facilitating a Clergy Retreat outside of the Diocese but he was made aware of the parishioner Mr. Gary Ladouceur’s request and the response of the pastor, Fr. James Hagel.
Review of the matter has prompted the need to revisit the initial decision of the Pastor.
Fr. Hagel has apologized to Mr. Ladouceur for his response and has offered to publish the advertisement of his taxi company in the parish bulletin.
Bishop McGrattan and Fr. Hagel offer their apology on behalf of the Parish Office of St. Francis de Sales to Mr. Ladouceur for any unnecessary upset or burden this has caused him.
Media Contact: Rev. Wilbert Chin Jon, Incoming Moderator of the Curia, 403-930-3356