Just before he left for Rome to ask Pope Benedict 16 to come to Quebec for the Eucharistic Congress next summer, Quebec’s Cardinal Ouellet publicly issued a sweeping apology.
His Eminence apologized for the Church’s attitude toward women, Jews, homosexuals and for the widespread sexual abuse of young people in Catholic Church institutions.
But how serious is this public apology? When he sees the Pope this week will the Cardinal bring up the shortage of Canadian priests and ask him to rescind the church-made law of celibacy? Will he ask the Pope to revise Church teaching that gay people are “intrinsically disordered”? Will he point out to the Pope that the theological reasons for not ordaining Catholic women are flimsy?
Unless he does, how much weight should Catholics give to Cardinal Ouellet’s apology?
As The Globe and Mail said in an editorial this morning: “The implicit message is that the church still wants pride of place in Quebec, while refusing to budge on contraception, women’s rights and gay marriage.”