The Evangelization Station

Best Catholic Links


Search this Site


Home


Contact


Feedback


Mailing List


Pray for Pope Francis


Scroll down for topics


100+ Important Documents in United States History


Anti-Catholicism


Apostolic Fathers of the Church


Articles Worth Your Time


 Biographies & Writings of Notable Catholics


Catholic Apologetics


Catholic Calendar


Catholic News Commentary by Michael Voris, S.T.B.


Catholic Perspectives


Catholic Social Teaching


Christology


Church Around the World


Small animated flag of The Holy See (State of the Vatican City) graphic for a white background

Church Contacts


  Church Documents


Church History


Church Law


Church Teaching


Demonology


Doctors of the Church


Ecumenism


Eschatology

(Death, Heaven, Purgatory, Hell)


Essays on Science


Evangelization


Fathers of the Church


Free Catholic Pamphlets


 Heresies and Falsehoods


How to Vote Catholic


Let There Be Light

Q & A on the Catholic Faith


Links to Churches and Religions


Links to Newspapers, Radio and Television


Links to Recommended Sites


Links to Specialized Agencies


Links to specialized Catholic News services


Liturgy

General Instruction of the Roman Missal


Mariology


Marriage & the Family


Modern Martyrs

Mexican Martyrdom


Moral Theology

****

Pope John Paul II's

Theology of the Body


Movie Reviews (USCCB)


New Age


Occult


Parish Bulletin Inserts


Political Issues


Prayer and Devotions


Pro-Life

****

Hope after Abortion

Project Rachel

****

Help & Information for Men

****


Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults


Sacraments


Scripture


Spirituality


The Golden Legend


Vatican


Vocation Links & Articles

 


What the Cardinals believe...


World Religions


Pope John Paul II

In Memoriam


John Paul II

Beatification


Pope Benedict XVI

In Celebration



Visits to this site

Quebec Priests Bash Church on Homosexuality - Real Problem is the Bishops

LifeSiteNews Publishes All Names of Rebellious Priests

John-Henry Westen

MONTREAL, February 27, 2006 (LifeSiteNews.com) - Making international news from Canada today is a letter signed by nineteen priests in Quebec denouncing the Catholic Church teaching on homosexuality.  The nearly 1000 word missive rejects the recent submission by the Canadian Conference of Catholic bishops to Parliament on same sex marriage, and also the recent Vatican documents barring persons with deep seated homosexual tendencies from the priesthood. 

Published in La Presse yesterday, under the headline "Enough is enough", the letter takes issue with the Church's official teaching that the homosexual tendency is disordered, suggesting that the teaching contributes to "homophobia", and is grossly outdated. 

The spokesman for the group, Rev. Raymond Gravel, is not new to LifeSiteNews.com readers since Fr. Gravel has taken similar actions at least twice before.  Each time LifeSiteNews.com readers contacted Gravel's bishop for action on the matter, but no decisive action was taken. 

When in 2003 Gravel wrote an open letter condemning then-newly issued documents on homosexual unions, LifeSiteNews.com readers expressed their concerns to his bishop, Joliette Bishop Gilles Lussier.  (http://www.lifesite.net/ldn/2003/aug/03080705.html ) The following year, Fr. Gravel appeared on radio saying, "I am pro-choice and there is not a bishop on earth that will prevent me from receiving Communion, not even the Pope."  After the incident a pro-life leader in the province publicly called on Bishop Lussier to intervene.  Campagne Québec-Vie president Luc Gagnon asked the bishop to suspend the priest or "at the very least to publicly admonish him."

Gagnon told LifeSiteNews.com, "By its silence in the face of such a scandal, the Catholic hierarchy gives the impression that it approves of the serious doctrinal errors of Father Gravel who continues obstinately to speak to the Quebec media." (http://www.lifesite.net/ldn/2004/jun/04062505.html )

Now, Bishop Lussier has five more publicly dissenting priests in his diocese to deal with. In addition to Gravel, Joliette priests Eric Genereux, Bernard Houle, Pierre-Gervais Majeau, Guylain Prince, and Claude Ritchie signed yesterday's open dissent letter.

One of the authors of the current letter, Father Claude Lefebvre of the Saint-Étienne parish in Montreal, also spoke to the media about the letter.  His archbishop, Montreal Cardinal Jean-Claude Turcotte, has also been repeatedly begged for years by the faithful to take action on dissenting priests to no avail.

Although not a current signatory to the dissent letter, Fr. John Walsh, the parish priest of St. Jean de Brebeuf parish in LaSalle Quebec, went so far as to tell the media he was considering marrying homosexuals.  When LifeSiteNews.com contacted Cardinal Turcotte's spokesman Fr. Toupin, the priest had no comment about Fr. Walsh's frequent public statements in the media contradicting Catholic teaching.  Frustrated by repeated questions, Fr. Toupin hung up without responding. (http://www.lifesite.net/ldn/2005/feb/05021005.html )

Five priests from the Montreal diocese have signed the current letter.  Their names: Andre Anctil, Jose V. Arruda, Jean-Pierre Langlois, Claude Lefebvre, and Claude Lussier. 

Four priests from the diocese of Saint-Jean-Longueuil signed the letter. Jean-Yves Cedilot, Jocelyn Jobin, Alain Leonard, and Lucien Lemieux.  Msgr. Lemieux is a regional vicar of the diocese and a professor at the University of Montreal.

Completing the nineteen signatories were Benoit Fortin, Michel Lacroix, and Claude St-Laurent from the diocese of Gatineau and Jacques Pelletier from the diocese of Gaspe.

Notably, none of the dissenting priests hailed from the diocese of Quebec City where Cardinal Marc Ouellet has been outspoken in expounding and defending the Church's constant teachings on these issues.

Canon Lawyer Peter Vere told LifeSiteNews.com that the situation is now beyond local bishops and that the faithful should contact the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith to express their concerns.  Noting that the story on the dissent has made international news, Vere said, "It's no longer just a scandal for a particular diocese.  It is a scandal for lay people who are legitimately confused by the antics of these priests, who will likely mistake silence (on the part of the bishops) for consent."

"At this point I would encourage people to write the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF) because it no longer concerns priests or bishops but concerns a direct attack on the faith and morals of the Catholic Church," Vere added. 

To send respectful communications:
Mail or fax (most effective):
Cardinal William Levada
Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith
Piazza del S. Uffizio, 11, 00193 Roma, Italy
Fax: 06.69.88.34.09

To email the CDF:
Cardinal William Levada
E-mail: cdf@cfaith.va

 

webmaster  www.evangelizationstation.com

Copyright © 2004 Victor Claveau. All Rights Reserved