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Archdiocese Cancels School Program Over Ad

September 27, 2003|From Times Wire Reports

VANCOUVER, Canada — Vancouver's Catholic archdiocese has canceled a long-standing partnership with Canada's largest credit union because the financial institution actively supports the city's gay and lesbian community.

Vancouver Archbishop Adam Exner ended a VanCity Credit Union program operating in four Catholic schools.

The credit union had launched an ad campaign featuring two men sitting cheek to cheek, saying: "I want to bank with people who value all partnerships."

As a result, the 350,000-member Catholic archdiocese forbade four of its Catholic schools to continue to take part in VanCity's in-school junior banking program.

It teaches students how to save and invest their money, run a business, and develop mathematical and leadership skills.

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