Quebec Cardinal Marc Ouellet's Apology to Homosexuals and Women

See the Cardinal's full open letter (in English) here: Open Letter to Quebec Catholics



Editorial by John-Henry Westen

Cardinal.jpgQUEBEC CITY, November 21, 2007 ( - An Open Letter to Quebec Catholics by Cardinal Marc Ouellet published today in Quebec newspapers and on the website of the Archdiocese of Quebec has caused a media uproar in the French-speaking province. Cardinal Ouellet, both the Archbishop of Quebec and the Primate of Canada, apologized for historical attitudes of some Catholics which promoted "discrimination against women and homosexuals."

He noted also that those "narrow attitudes of some Catholics, before 1960, have promoted Anti-Semitism, racism," and "indifference to the First Nations."

The open letter comes in response to an outpouring of public reaction to the Archbishop's recent statement detailing various problems in the province of Quebec (see coverage: )

His inspiration in apologizing comes, he says, from similar actions by the late Pope John Paul II in 2000. And like John Paul, Cardinal Ouellet also strongly affirms the Church's stands against homosexual acts and the so-called woman's right to choose.

Excesses, prior to 1960, by some clergy and religious in the province who unjustly discriminated against persons with homosexual inclinations with name-calling and belittling attitudes were hurtful, and indeed the source of much bitterness. For the Church, the opposition to homosexual acts, comes not out of any type of disdain for persons with same sex attractions, but just the opposite.

It is out of love for those afflicted with these sexual temptations that the Church speaks out against homosexual acts. She recognizes the physical, emotional and especially the spiritual harm that results from these behaviours.

Thus, like Pope John Paul, Cardinal Ouellet has regularly spoken out against homosexuality. As the same-sex marriage legislation was being debated in Canada, the Cardinal warned that he may be brought "to the court because I am teaching against homosexuality as part of the doctrine of the Catholic Church."

Whereas feminists would have the public believe that suppression of women is seen in the Catholic Church's refusal to condone a "woman's right to choose" abortion, the Cardinal instead apologized for some clerics who hampered women's right to vote, to gain employment and for especially being inconsiderate of mothers and their family responsibilities.

Cardinal Ouellet, like the Polish Pope, condemned abortion as an "abomination" but sees the right to life of the unborn child as a pro-woman stance.

Were the Cardinal to make apologies for the Church's discrimination against women and homosexuals for the period after 1960, he may well apologize for Catholic leaders not being strong enough in their opposition to homosexuality and abortion since these two evils harm women and persons with same sex attraction disorder more than words can ever tell.

Indeed in John Paul II's 2000 "Universal Prayer" of "Confession Of Sins And Asking For Forgiveness", the Pope included asking forgiveness for Christians who failed to defend the unborn against abortion.

The late Pope prayed: "God, our Father, you always bear the cry of the poor. How many times have Christians themselves not recognized you in the hungry, the thirsty and the naked, in the persecuted, the imprisoned, and in those incapable of defending themselves, especially in the first stages of life. For all those who have committed acts of injustice by trusting in wealth and power and showing contempt for the "little ones" who are so dear to you, we ask your forgiveness: have mercy on us and accept our repentance. We ask this through Christ our Lord."

" the Cardinal warned that he may be brought "to the court because I am
teaching against homosexuality as part of the doctrine of the Catholic


History is repeating itself time and again. The Roman Catholic Church is full of sinners and it hurts the innocent. However, when someone asks to be forgiven it leaves the choice up to others to follow their heart. It is logical for me to forgive the Catholic Church and it wasn't Jesus that sinned, but his followers.


For the government or any court to deny the Catholic Church of their beliefs will be like copying the sins of the Catholic Church. They shouldn't control others. However, it is no surprise or shouldn't be surprising to hear the Catholic Church and their beliefs during our time, as they have been very consistent during their 2000 years.


If the Government of Canada or Supreme Court of Canada wants to start persecuting instead of prosecuting the Catholic Church.... I must warn them that if the Christians could take down the Roman Empire, anything a Supreme Court full of unelected officials can throw at them is light.


Bravo to the Cardinal !!