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Outspoken Canadian bishop recalls quarrels with two Popes

November 07, 2012

A controversial Canadian prelate, Bishop Remi De Roo, recalls heated arguments with two different Popes in a newly published book.

Bishop De Roo, who was appointed to the Victoria diocese in 1962 and served there until his retirement in 1999 at the age of 75, recounts his disputes with Pope John Paul II and with then-Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger about the possibility of ordaining married men and women to the priesthood.

Bishop De Roo’s book, in which describes himself as a “Vatican II bishop” and laments that the vision of that Council is now in jeopardy, carries a foreword by Cardinal Jean-Claude Turcotte, who retired in March after nearly 20 years as the head of the Montreal archdiocese.


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  • Posted by: SacredHeart - Nov. 08, 2012 7:32 PM ET USA

    Ironic that he laments the vision of the council being in jeopardy. This is actually a cause for great rejoicing.

  • Posted by: normnuke - Nov. 08, 2012 6:34 PM ET USA

    Incredibly, this man's resignation appears to have been accepted the moment it was offered.

  • Posted by: ltoscan2645 - Nov. 08, 2012 11:43 AM ET USA

    as a Canadian Catholic, dont know what is worse that this liberal secularist ex-active bishop wrote a book or that a Catholic Cardinal would write a forward for a man that has done great harm to the Church including being involved in financial scandals by using diocesan funds to invest in the horse racing business...what is wrong with our leadership