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. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Not by might, nor by power, but by my Spirit,' says Yahweh Sabaoth" Zach 4:6 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Dio di Signore, nella Sua volontà è nostra pace!" . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety." Ben Franklin 1759

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

A Change In Direction for the CCCB?

While this news is very welcome, there are still a lot of changes that need to take place up there from what I have seen & been told by my reliable sources. However they are steps in the right direction. & as the article points out the type of Bishops to be expected with Cardinal Oullet in charge of the Vatican Congregation for Bishops. For me, the sure sign of a major change for the better will be when the CCCB retracts the infamous Winnipeg Statement. (Check out an excellent look at what is wrong with it here.)

Meanwhile, for us down below, we can only hope that similar types of Bishops will be appointed in the USA. (For me, esp in 2015 for the Archdiocese of DBQ.) Archbishop Chaput's appointment to Phliadelphia is hopefully a sign of things to come.

2 dioceses in particular have Bishops retiring that will be hard acts to follow.

Across the river Bishop Doran is 75 & awaiting the acceptance of his resignation & the appointment of a successor. Hopefully, his successor will build on the excellent leadership of Bishop Doran, esp in the Pro-Life area. The fruit of Bishop Doran's leadership is very apparent, esp in the priests & seminarians that I have met. He has done much to ensure that they are orthodox in their faith. He has been very outspoken when it comes to upholding Church teaching. Something I can avow to having heard him myself.

The diocese has a prayer for his successor on the website home page. Part of that prayer says "Grant us a shepherd who will preach the Word joyfully, teach the faith fearlessly, celebrate the sacraments reverently, doing all in a spirit of love and compassion, for the unborn who have no voice, for the poor who are often forgotten, for the young who seek guidance, for the sick who need healing, for the aged who yearn for hope, and for all your faithful people who come together as one Body in Christ to profess, one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one Church." All I can add is "AMEN!"

Then there is Bishop Bruskewitz in Lincoln NE who is also 75. You might remember his decree of excommunication a few years ago for Catholics involved in groups like Call to Action. He too has been a strong defender of orthodoxy. Bruskewitz once said that "the orthodoxy, conservatism, and enthusiasm of the clergy, both young and old, bear witness to the splendor of the Catholic priesthood in southern Nebraska."

Their successors will hopefully be of the same mold & a sign of a sea change in the USA as well.

Sea change: three strong pro-life, orthodox bishops appointed in Quebec
Quebec, July 26, 2011 ( - Pope Benedict XVI has appointed three strong pro-life and orthodox bishops in Quebec in the last two weeks. The appointments appear to confirm the beginning of a massive sea change for the province in the wake of Cardinal Marc Ouellet’s appointment as head of the Vatican’s Congregation for Bishops.
On Tuesday, the pope announced that Bishop Luc Cyr of Valleyfield will take over as Archbishop of Sherbrooke. Among other strong statements of his pro-life and orthodox views, Bishop Cyr has travelled to the National March for Life in Ottawa, and has defended the Vatican’s decision to bar men with deep-seated homosexual attraction from the priesthood.
This latest appointment comes after the July 11th appointments of Fr. Christian Lepine and Rev. Thomas Dowd as auxiliary bishops of Montreal.
Rev. Lepine is known to pro-life and pro-family advocates for having attended pro-life conferences and shown support for reparative therapy for those experiencing unwanted homosexual attractions. In the fall of 2009, his parish was at the centre of media controversy in Quebec after they hosted a session for parents on how to instill an integrated sexual identity in their children. He had to cancel the last two sessions of the series after homosexual activists threatened to protest.
Fr. Dowd, whose status as Canada’s first blogging priest has sparked a great deal of media coverage following his episcopal appointment, has shown himself to be unafraid to tackle the key issues of our time, such as abortion and homosexual marriage. He has promoted Humanae vitae, and made headlines when he addressed the concerning debacle over Fr. Raymond Gravel’s election to Canada’s Parliament.
Church watchers had predicted that Ouellet’s appointment last year as prefect of the Congregation for Bishops would have a major positive influence on his home province, where Church leaders have for the last several decades been a leading force in the spread of liberalism throughout the Church in Canada.
Notably, in his first two years Ouellet will have had a hand in naming the heads of nine of Quebec’s 19 dioceses, including four out of its five major ‘metropolitan’ sees, due to the current bishops of those sees reaching the mandatory retirement age of 75.
Before taking up the position last summer, Ouellet had emphasized that bishops “need spiritual discernment and not just political calculation of the risk of the possibility of the message being received.” “We have to dare to speak to the deep heart, where the Spirit of the Lord is touching people beyond what we can calculate,” he said.
These comments came in the wake of a massive backlash against him in Quebec after he reiterated the Church’s teaching that abortion is wrong in all circumstances, even in cases of rape.
Perhaps Ouellet’s most significant appointment to date was of his successor as Archbishop of Quebec City, Gerald LaCroix, who has shown himself to be a valiant defender of life. Ouellet will also soon have a hand in choosing a replacement for Cardinal Jean-Claude Turcotte of Montreal, who recently submitted his resignation at the mandatory retirement age.


  • At 28/7/11 1:00 AM , Blogger TH2 said...

    It's good to see that Cardinal Ouellet is starting to make the necessary changes in la belle province. Now for the rest of the provinces...


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