As I’ve mentioned before, I am actively involved in the work of the Canadian Centre for Ecumenism. Today the Centre received a special guest: Bishop Bagrat Galstanian, the Armenian Orthodox Primate of Canada. Bishop Galstanian was accompanied by Deacon Hagop Arslanian, his assistant and representative for ecumenical affairs.
I've been thinking a lot lately about the duty of Christians to promote the dignity of the human person, given that we are created in the image and likeness of God. Modern society typically codifies the practical dimension of this dignity in the forms of legal charters, such as the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. In such charters, there is usually an operational equivalence principle, in that the legal text does not elevate one right or freedom over another (i.e. they are held in a legal balance with each other).