Loyola High School makes its case before the Supreme Court

Fighting Quebec government's ethics and religion course

N.D.G.'s Loyola High School took its fight for the right to teach ethics and religion as it sees fit to the Supreme Court of Canada.

The private Jesuit Catholic high school for boys made its arguments today against the Quebec government's Ethics and Religious Culture curriculum, which forces high schools to teach comparative religions and ethical questions independent of any religious perspective.

Principal Paul Donovan says their Catholic instruction respects the Quebec government's stated ends — the pursuit of the common good, and the recognition of others.

"And that's really what we were challenging, we were saying, well, 'no, a religious perspective can achieve those goals,'" Donovan said.

In December 2012, the Quebec Court of Appeal overturned a lower court ruling which allowed Loyola to opt out of the state-sponsored ethics and morality course.

The Supreme Court isn't expected to deliver its ruling until about November — at the earliest.

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