enemy within are becoming bolder in their
attacks on our authentic Catholic faith.
This has been a big part of the strategy
of the enemy, to undermine and even destroy
(they will not succeed of course) the
Church from within. We must oppose them
vigorously. We must not tolerate their
works and their words, but must confront
them when given the opportunity.
ask our brethren in Canada to sign the
petition in support of Cardinal Quellet
(see below). I also ask everyone else,
outside of Canada, to do so. Please pass
on to your networks.
Quebec Priest Once Again Rebukes
Canada's Catholic Primate
Patrick B. Craine
June 1, 2010 (LifeSiteNews.com)
- Notoriously dissident Catholic priest
Fr. Raymond Gravel has again publicly
criticized Cardinal Marc Ouellet, Archbishop
of Quebec City and Primate of Canada,
following the Cardinal's strong defense
of unborn life in recent weeks.
a Monday op-ed for Le Trait D'Union, Fr.
Gravel notes that a recent survey showed
94% of Quebeckers disagreeing with Cardinal
Ouellet's call for the recriminalization
of abortion. "Since it is not the
first time that Monsignor Ouellet has
been almost unanimously opposed,"
the priest writes, "may we remind
him that his role as bishop is one of
a pastor that gathers and unifies rather
than one that judges, condemns, divides
Gravel goes on to declare that "it
is high time that we stop entrenching
ourselves into one of two extreme options
that have been confronting each other
over the last forty years: pro-lifers
Church's deep conviction about life is
well known, but it is not shared by the
whole of Quebec society," the priest
observes. "Which is why, as a Church,
we ought not to impose our conception
of life under penalty of excommunication
or of exclusion."
is at least the third time Fr. Gravel
has publicly denounced Cardinal Ouellet,
the highest Catholic prelate in Canada.
a September 2006 letter to the editor
for the Quebec newsweekly Actualité,
Fr. Gravel wrote that "Cardinal Ouellet
is not a true Catholic, that he is not
representative of Quebec Catholics, and
that, indeed, he is against the Gospel."
condemned the prelate again two weeks
ago after Cardinal Ouellet sparked a frenzy
in Quebec by simply reiterating the Church's
teaching of the immorality of abortion
in all cases, including rape. The Cardinal
told a reporter, after speaking at a pro-life
conference in Quebec City: "The child
is not responsible for how he was conceived,
it is the aggressor who is responsible.
We can see him (the child) as another
Gravel reacted by saying it is "deplorable
that a man who is a cardinal, archbishop
of Quebec, would hold views like these."
as if women were nothing and what is important
is to save their fetus, however it was
conceived," he told Radio-Canada.
"We are dealing with rape here."
attacks on Cardinal Ouellet by Fr. Gravel
are only the latest in a series of public
statements and actions he has made in
direct disobedience to the Church and
her teachings on life and family.
2003, Fr. Gravel wrote an
article criticizing the
Vatican's stance on homosexuality.
told Radio-Canada that
he would not stop receiving Communion
despite his support for abortion.
led a group of 19 Quebecois
priests in signing a letter condemning
the Church's teachings on homosexuality.
in 2006, he
defied Vatican directives
by taking up a position as Member of Parliament
for Repentigny, Quebec.
MP in 2007, he opposed
the Unborn Victims of Crime Act, stating
that he feared it would "open the
door to a re-criminalization of women
who have abortions, and that's not to
in 2008, he backed
the decision to award infamous
abortionist Henry Morgentaler the Order
of Canada, and criticized the Canadian
bishops for their opposition.
are growing concerns among Canadian Catholics
regarding the fact that Gravel, who has
so often publicly opposed essential Catholic
teachings, somehow still manages to retain
his priestly faculties.
sign a petition in support of Cardinal
coverage of Fr. Raymond Gravel click
Rev. Gilles Lussier (Gravel's bishop)
Bishop of Joliette
2, rue Saint-Charles-Borromée Nord
Joliette, Québec J6E 6H6
Tel: (450) 753-7596
Fax: (450) 759-0929
Pedro López Quintana, Apostolic
Nuncio to Canada
724 Manor Avenue
Phone: (613) 746-4914
Fax: (613) 746-4786
Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith
Piazza del S. Uffizio, 11, 00193 Roma,
(Mail or fax is most effective.)
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to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain."