There were 102 full news stories posted on CC.com in 2008. An analysis reveals that 13 concerned the Roman Catholic Church, nine featured mainline Protestant churches, nine featured evangelical churches and two featured charismatic churches. Those ratios very generally correspond to the relative sizes of the various church traditions in Canada.
Religion was prominent in the mainstream Canadian news in 2008, but mostly for its conflicts with mainstream society and hardly ever for its contributions.
TRINITY Western University’s Institute for the Study of Religion hosted a study conference February 9, bringing together scholars from a variety of disciplines in both Christian and secular academic institutions. What they had in common was an interest in the study of religion in Canada.
One of the major stories in Canadian religion in 2008 was the bitter division of the Anglican Church of Canada (and the worldwide Anglican Communion). This is a major change in one of Canada’s largest denominations.
One of the largest gatherings of Canadian Christians in 2008 was Heaven’s Rehearsal, held in Toronto’s Air Canada Centre November 1.