Canadian cardinal defends seven accused orders
Cardinal Jean-Claude Turcotte of Montreal defended seven religious orders implicated in a child abuse scandal involving Catholic-run institutions in Quebec.
“I wholeheartedly defend the devoted religious women who gave 40 to 50 years of their lives working in the institutions. They shouldn’t have to make apologies,” the cardinal said in mid-February.
He spoke after about 150 former residents of the institutions demanded public apologies from the government, religious orders and the medical profession and compensation for lives they say were ruined by a system that falsely labeled them mentally ill.
The Catholic church and the religious orders that ran the institutions have never agreed to discuss the issue with orphan groups, and has remained reluctant to comment. After several requests for an interview over more than a week, a spokesman for Cardinal Jean-Claude Turcotte, the archbishop of Montreal, said she could not find anyone who was available.
This was from back before he got his promotion, probably for his amazing closing of ranks around the church. The Church has been complicit in a number of serious crimes in Canadian History, population control for the greater good has never been one of them.
I guess what we should be saying is “Oh Wow, he gave back his Order of Canada I think he’s just trying to maintain the herd on principle.”