QUEBEC CITY, May 12, 2010 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Quebec City Cardinal Marc Ouellet, the Cardinal Primate of Canada, has erupted into the national spotlight after he defended Christian teaching about the immorality of abortion in all circumstances at a Campaign Life Coalition Conference in Quebec City Saturday.
Asked by a reporter about the Church’s teaching on abortion in cases of rape, the cardinal said: “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 victim.”
“I understand very well that a woman who’s been raped is dealing with trauma and that she needs to be helped,” he added later. “But she needs to do so with respect for the being that is in her womb. It is not responsible for what happened. It’s the rapist who is responsible. But there’s already a victim. Do we need to have another one?”
The comments have sparked outrage among politicians, the media, and even some Catholic clergy in Quebec.
Parti Québécois leader Pauline Marois told the Montreal Gazette “I am completely outraged by his declarations.”
In one of the most strident reactions, La Presse columnist Patrick Lagace said that he hoped the cardinal would die a “long and painful” death. The Canadian Press reports Lagace as writing: “Cardinal Ouellet will die someday. I hope he dies from a long and painful illness … Yes, the paragraph I’ve just written is vicious. But Marc Ouellet is an extremist. And in the debate against religious extremists, every hit is fair game.”…
Cardinal actually teaches Catholic faith. Cardinal gets violent reaction. Question: what are the rest of the Quebec bishops doing or saying?
Not too much.
In fact, I see the Judas priest himself, Raymond Gravel, stabbing the Cardinal in the back. I’m sure there will be no repercussions for him either. Because, you know, we’re all one big happy family and we are in “communion” with one another. When, I wonder, will the bishops of this country and in Quebec realize that the sham unity they are acting in is fooling no one.
If it quacks like a duck and walks like a duck, it’s a duck. And right now the Quebec Church is a lame duck.