For 11 weeks bodies have not been buried at Montreal’s Notre Dame des Neiges Catholic cemetery. Instead they are stored in an on-site freezer because the cemetery’s workers have been locked out in a labour dispute.
Representatives of 500 Catholic families plan to march next week on Cardinal Turcotte’s offices to pressure him into getting involved in the dispute. Under provincial law, Turcotte has authority “to ensure the maintenance of decency and good order” in Catholic cemeteries in Montreal and Laval.
The Cardinal agrees that “the law confers a certain number of powers to the bishop.” But he also says that the cemetery is actually under the administration and management of the Sulpician Order which bought all of Montreal Island in 1663.
This sounds like a technicality to me. One of the grieving persons whose grandmother has been in the fridge since the lockout began on May 6, accuses the Cardinal of “washing his hands of his responsibilities.”
Do you think the Cardinal should get involved to help settle this dispute?