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Quebec's proposed diversity law would aggravate divisions, says cardinal-elect

January 14, 2014

Quebec’s Archbishop Gerald Lacroix has objected to proposed legislation that would bar public employees from wearing religious symbols in their workplaces.

Archbishop Lacroix—who will be elevated to the College of Cardinals in February—said that the legislation would aggravate divisions within society. “People are every day more afraid of each other,” he said. “Instead of bringing us together and bringing our cultures together and sharing the richness of who we are, we're starting to build walls and be afraid of each other.”


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  • Posted by: normnuke - Jan. 16, 2014 4:37 PM ET USA

    @jg: This is a fascinating question, really. I it coincidence that both Ireland and Quebec were populated by poor people who had little to do in their wretched winters but watch TV showing them ads for goods they could not afford and people being made happy by living in a culture that looked down on them? Anglophone people? Just a thought.

  • Posted by: jg23753479 - Jan. 14, 2014 6:06 PM ET USA

    An important question imposes itself here: How is it that seemingly the most Catholic place on earth in 1950, Quebec, became in a breathtakingly short time the most hedonistic and anti-Catholic? (The same query applies in almost identical terms to Ireland.) Reject out of hand the facile (and wrong) answer that Vatican II did this. I don't know the answer exactly, but I know enough to say categorically it had NOTHING to do with Vat II. The spiritual rot was seemingly already there but hidden.

  • Posted by: Randal Mandock - Jan. 14, 2014 2:30 PM ET USA

    Is this how it started in the USSR and Red China?

  • Posted by: geraldodoire7287 - Jan. 14, 2014 1:54 PM ET USA

    It seems that the politically-correct, totalitarian ideologues of Quebec are determined to sweep any manifestation of religious belief( (Catholicism in particular) from the public square and restrict them to the local church or home. This atheistic revolution has been going on for 50 years or more, with catastrophic results for the province, as it becomes stripped of it's Catholic identity. It is time for committed Catholics and other Christians to evangelically counter these trends.