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Quebec bishop says Cardinal Ouellet was out of touch

Catholic World News - August 19, 2010

Cardinal Marc Ouellet, the new prefect of the Congregation for Bishops, was the target of some pointed criticism from another Catholic bishop in Quebec as he left for his new Vatican assignment.

Bishop Martin Veillette of Trois-Rivieres, the president of the Quebec Bishops’ Assembly, said that Cardinal Ouellet “sometimes gets carried away by emotions.” He hinted that this was the case when Cardinal Ouellet stated that abortion is morally wrong in all circumstances. “There are times when it is more important to keep silent than to speak,” Bishop Veillette said.

During his tenure as Archbishop of Quebec City, Cardinal Ouellet was handicapped by the fact that he had been away from the province for so long, teaching and serving at the Vatican, Bishop Veillette added. He said: “It’s not surprising that Cardinal Ouellet, who was absent for many years, does not have the same grasp of the questions, the situations.”

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  • Posted by: Chestertonian - Aug. 19, 2010 11:45 PM ET USA

    Veillette would do well to follow his own advice and keep silent, if he thinks the Cardinal was was "carried away" when call abortion morally wrong in all circumstances. What part of "intrinsic evil" does Veillette not understand? He could stand to be "carried away"--for a little reeducation in moral theology. And to think he's president of the Bishops' Assembly!

  • Posted by: Father Fetus - Aug. 19, 2010 11:28 PM ET USA

    I'd rather listen to Cardinal Ouellet.

  • Posted by: lauriem5377 - Aug. 19, 2010 8:57 PM ET USA

    I found Cardinal Ouellet's pronouncement that abortion(the killing of an innocent child)is morally wrong in all circumstances quite in touch with our Lord's teaching - and that of so many pro-life people today. Each day I pray a beautiful prayer from the National Shrine of Divine Mercy to end abortion-part of what I pledge in that prayer is to 'never be silent,never be passive,never to forget the unborn...' Bishop Veillette would do well to follow Cardinal Oulette's courageous example.

  • Posted by: Bernadette - Aug. 19, 2010 6:57 PM ET USA

    lette should follow his own recommendation - and keep his thoughts to himself!'' Disunity among bishops on moral issues, liturgical issues, and now more and more criticism of fellow bishops has caused confusion and lack of confidence and faith in the people.

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