Sat, 05 Mar 2005
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Bishop calls for PM's excommunication

TORONTO: The Roman Catholic Bishop of Calgary says that if it were up to him, he would consider excommunicating Canadian Prime Minister Paul Martin for his plan to legalize same-sex marriage.

Bishop Frederick Henry said that Martin's politics clash so severely with his religion that the two cannot possibly be reconciled.

"You're either with the (Roman Catholic) Church or you're not," said Bishop Henry during an interview with a Toronto radio station on Tuesday.

Bishop Henry has previously said that former Prime Minister Jean Chretien should be excommunicated for his role in bringing same-sex marriage to the forefront of Canadian politics.

A spokeswoman for the Prime Minister's Office said on Wednesday that Martin is "deeply into the separation of church and state." --Reuters





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