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Cardinal Ouellet, headed for Rome, sounds conciliatory tone in final homily

August 16, 2010

As he said farewell to Quebec to take up new duties at the Vatican, Cardinal Marc Ouellet expressed his apologies to any Canadians who had been hurt or offended by his public statements.

Cardinal Ouellet, who was appointed by Pope Benedict to head the Congregation for Bishops, had roused controversy earlier this year with his strong public stand against legal abortion. He provoked howls of protest when he said that abortion should be illegal in all circumstances.

The Canadian cardinal made his conciliatory remarks in a homily as he celebrated Mass at the basilica of St. Anne de Beaupre.


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  • Posted by: samuel.doucette1787 - Aug. 17, 2010 7:49 AM ET USA

    Cardinal Ouellet, you have nothing to apologize for. You speak the truth, and those who hate the truth should apologize.

  • Posted by: - Aug. 16, 2010 11:32 PM ET USA

    Why in the world should anyone 'apologise' for saying that the most innocent and helpless of our kind should never be murdered?