Articles by Anne Leahy
By Anne Leahy
October 16, 2017
Former Canadian Ambassador Anne Leahy finds Robert Joustra’s new book a compelling call for greater religious literacy among Canadians, particularly our diplomats.
Robert Joustra's short and dense book, The Religious Problem with Religious Freedom: Why Foreign Policy Needs Political Theology, flows from his doctoral dissertation at the University of Bath in 2013 The core of the book is the elaboration of a Canadian “principled pluralism” for which Joustra advances an avowedly controversial definition of political theology: “understandings and practices” that political actors (not religious ones) as protagonists have of “meaning of and relationship between the religious and the secular and what constitutes political authority
October 1, 2013
Canada's former ambassador to the Vatican, Anne Leahy, on Benedict's abrupt goodbye and looming threats to religions freedom
C: That's a point you made on the panel at the Bridging the Secular Divide conference here in Montreal, where you said Canadian foreign policy has to take into account the role religion plays C: As a Catholic, one who has been very deeply involved in the Church, in World Youth Day and other events, ...
August 1, 2013
Diplomat Anne Leahy warns that Canada’s commitment to religious freedom at home will crown or cripple its efforts to promote religious freedom internationally
Canada's foreign policy and practice of diplomacy have included religious freedom as part of the defence and promotion of human rights for as long as I can remember Advocacy for the rights of people belonging to religious minorities, promotion of understanding in multiconfessional society, and the p...
July 1, 2012
For Anne Leahy, Canada's ambassador to the Holy See, World Youth Day 2002 was a true "we event".
Even though the Toronto World Youth Day was the 17th such event for its official convener, the Holy See, it was a first for Canadian organizers Notice the "we": I considered World Youth Day more than just a Church event, and government officials who worked very hard on this for over two years came t...