QUEBEC, August 16, 2010 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Amidst the congratulations and best wishes imparted this week to Cardinal Marc Ouellet as he heads to his new post in Rome, the head of the Quebec Bishops’ Assembly has publicly criticized certain aspects of the Cardinal’s efforts to restore faith and morality in the once vibrantly-Catholic province.
In an interview with the Canadian Press on Friday, only days before the Cardinal’s farewell Mass, Bishop Martin Veillette of Trois-Rivières called Ouellet “an emotional person, who reacts quickly enough and who sometimes gets carried away by emotions, feelings, affection.”
Bishop Veillette noted that Ouellet is a teacher, and as such “his desire was to emphasize certain points of view that he considers important.”
“The bishops here have also taught, but in the way to do it, at the time to do it,” he continued. “There are times when it is more important to keep silent than to speak. There are things like that, sometimes, that you need to know how to manage. It’s a bit delicate.”
The bishop remarked further that the cardinal’s long absence from the province caused an “inevitable” gap between him and Quebec society. Apart from a couple stints in Canada, Ouellet has spent much of his career as a seminary professor in Latin America and Rome, as well as serving at the Vatican before his appointment to Quebec.
Quebeckers who spend a long time away, explained Bishop Veillette, lose touch with the province’s religious and social landscape. “When they return, they are a bit uneasy, they have more difficulty understanding the situations where we have arrived,” 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.”
There are so many subtle insults here, it’s hard to know where to start. Well, actually I do know where to begin.
Let’s start here to give us a bit of background on Bishop Martin Veillette and his diocese of Trois-Rivières.
Now back to the story above….
According to the bishop, Cardinal Ouellet is an “emotional person who gets carried away”. What does this say if not, “the man’s unbalanced and not very prudent, unlike me, of course”?
Then there’s “certain points of view” that Cardinal Ouellet “considers important”. Like what? Publicly opposing abortion, for instance? That’s a quirky belief of Cardinal Ouellet, after all. Not something apparently shared by the province’s bishops. Makes sense. Look at the state of Quebec and the Church there. It’s a disaster. In truth, it cannot be much worse.
“There are times”, the bishop says, “when it’s important to keep silent.” Indeed, the silence of the Quebec bishops on life issues these past 50 years makes you wonder if they will ever break their self-imposed and bogus vow of silence. You’d think that seeing their culture being completely destroyed would cause them to open their mouths and actually teach the Gospel of Life once in a while.
But why don’t they? Well, folks, the bishop tells us: “it’s a bit delicate“.
When you’re endorsing radical feminist and pro-abort groups on your own diocese’s website, things can get very delicate indeed, considering you’re supposed to be representing the Catholic Church.
I don’t doubt the situation around Auschwitz was “delicate” too, as the gas chambers were exterminating thousands of innocent people. But unlike Auschwitz, speaking out in this case might actually save lives. Then again, when you’re in the tank for the feminists, what’s to talk about?
These men are not acting like bishops. They’re acting like marshmallow elites who are drowning themselves in delicacies and diplomacies instead of facing the verities like men of Christ.
“When they return, they are a bit uneasy, they have more difficulty understanding the situations where we have arrived,” 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.”
For some reason, this Scripture seems wholly appropriate as a response:
Jesus said to them, “If you were blind, you would have no sin; but since you say, ‘We see,’ your sin remains. (John 9:10)
It is not Bishop Veillette who has a correct understanding of the situation in Quebec. It is Cardinal Ouellet who has the correct understanding of the situation in Quebec. And, as a bonus, he’s lived outside the limp-wristed ghetto which the Church has become in that province these past 50 years. He’s gained a fresh perspective on how things should work.
Besides, over the next 10 years, as Prefect for the Congregation for Bishops, he’ll have the satisfaction of not only approving Bishop Veillette’s successor, but approving most of the bishops in the province, as well. Thanks be to God.
When his term is over (if he’s not elected Pope first), Cardinal Ouellet will have reshaped the Quebec hierarchy in Christ’s image, while Bishop Veillette’s milk-sop views and tragic abdications will be a sad memory of a disastrous and tragic era of the Church.