are very fortunate to have had the very long pontificate
of John Paul II (27 years), in which time he was
able to appoint many traditional orthodox bishops,
who are now serving. Many liberal bishops have
already passed away. Now the Church is much more
secure in the authentic Catholic faith. The current
pontiff, Benedict XVI, is also very traditional
and orthodox. With Cardinal Ouellet helping him
choose the next generation of bishops, we have
even more reason to rejoice.
We Need Bishops With ‘Spiritual Discernment’
over ‘Political Calculation’
Patrick B. Craine
August 19, 2010 (LifeSiteNews.com)
– Bishops “need
spiritual discernment and not just political calculation
of the risk of the possibility of the message
being received,” said Cardinal Marc Ouellet,
the newly-appointed prefect of the Vatican’s
Congregation for Bishops, in an interview this
have to dare to speak to the deep heart, where
the Spirit of the Lord is touching people beyond
what we can calculate,” he told Canadian
Catholic News’ Deborah Gyapong.
Cardinal Ouellet's eight years as the archbishop
of Quebec City and primate of Canada, he has become
known as one of the country’s
greatest defenders of faith, life, and the family.
past spring he drew sharp criticism, from within
and outside the Church, after he
reaffirmed the Church’s teaching on the
sanctity of unborn life, even in cases of rape.
He later unapologetically reiterated his views
on abortion in a press conference arranged to
address the controversy.
this week the head of the Quebec Bishops Assembly,
Bishop Martin Veillette, suggested in a critical
interview that while Ouellet has desired to “emphasize
certain points of view that he considers important,”
“There are times when it is more important
to keep silent than to speak.
are things like that, sometimes, that you need
to know how to manage,” he said. “It's
a bit delicate.”
in the recent interview, Ouellet said that in
addition to fearlessly preaching the teachings
of the Church, bishops must embrace them deeply.
“Then you have the power of conviction,”
“If you state it only formally and in the
end you do not really want to see it applied because
you don’t believe that it is possible that
people accept it, you are in trouble for the transmission
of the message,” he added.
cardinal, further, said the
Church needs what Gyapong called a
“new intellectual dynamism” to “recapture
the spirit of Christianity” and “create
a new Christian culture.”
“We need intellectuals for that, theologians,
philosophers, Christians who really believe in
the Gospel and share the doctrine of the Church
on moral questions,” he said. “We
have suffered from this mentality of dissent”
that is “still dominating the intelligentsia.”
“There is no real discipleship there, real
discipleship,” he added. “The discipleship
that is emerging is from those who believe and
who really love the Church.”
former Primate of Canada and Archbishop of Quebec
City celebrated his farewell Mass on Sunday, the
feast of the Assumption, at Ste. Anne de Beaupre.
The church was packed with over 2,000 faithful,
with hundreds others being turned away for lack
of space. After his homily, he was congratulated
with a lengthy standing ovation.
his new position as head of the Congregation for
Bishops, Cardinal Ouellet will assist the pope
in choosing the next generation of the world’s
that role, he told Gyapong, he
will seek out bold “men of faith”
with “the guts to help people live it out.”
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Penalize the Practice of Abortion’
Ouellet to Canadian Gvmt: Take Stand For Life
at Home Too
to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain."