Newspaper article The Canadian Press

New Calgary Bishop Says His Views Won't Be That Different from Predecessor

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

New Calgary Bishop Says His Views Won't Be That Different from Predecessor

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New Calgary bishop says he'll be firm

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Calgary's new bishop says he may choose softer language but his views on issues such as gay-straight alliances in schools might not be that different from his controversial predecessor.

William McGrattan, 60, of London, Ont., was installed Monday as the replacement for Bishop Fred Henry, who resigned earlier this year for health reasons.

Henry, 73, was known for his outspoken opposition to the Alberta government's plans to protect LGBTQ students in schools and the idea of administering a vaccine against the human papillomavirus, or HPV, in schools.

Henry equated the guidelines issued by the province with "totalitarianism'' and called the process a "forceful imposition of a particular narrow-minded anti-Catholic ideology."

McGrattan says he believes that rather than promoting a certain lifestyle by calling them gay-straight alliances, in Ontario they preferred to say "respecting differences. …

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