Monday, October 30, 2006

Huh? There Has to Be More to This Story...

From The Globe and Mail:

First, Rev. Raymond Gravel had to get permission from the Vatican to run in a federal by-election. Now, the former prostitute who used to work in gay leather bars has to convince the voters of Repentigny riding that he is the right man to represent them.


Mr. Gravel gave up prostitution after being so severely beaten by a client that he ended up in hospital.

His tenure as a priest has not been low key, either. An outspoken advocate, Mr. Gravel has publicly decried the Roman Catholic Church's position on same-sex marriage. He also received a disciplinary letter from Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger before he became Pope Benedict XVI.

Mr. Gravel was also one of 19 priests who created a tempest in February when they signed an open letter criticizing the church's position on same-sex marriage and its opposition to ordaining gays.

"I would say that 50 per cent of the priests in Quebec are gay, but if I became a priest, it's because I'm a believer and I believe in the message of Christ," he said in an interview last year with Fugues, a gay magazine.


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  2. As far as I know, JPII's ban on clergy running for political office hasn't been lifted.

  3. This guy is a walking embarrassment for me as a Quebec Catholic. He's running for the Bloc Quebecois, which has members in Parliament, yet also has as its avowed aim the establishment of Quebec as an independent state (treason, anyone?)... There has been no mention of this situation in any homilies from our pastor, and no one at our parish has talked about it. People just seem to shrug and accept it. The Church in Quebec is in sad shape. Pray for us!

  4. I was following the discussion of this on Amy's blog. This will cause scandal in the Canadian Church and will also further confuse the already confused lay faithful in this country. I second the last commenter and ask dear reader for your prayers. We need it up here. I also note the irony of this dissident progressive priest who is a throwback to when priests did have too much clout in the secular realm in Quebec in the days of the Union Nationale. Oh and please pray for this priest's bishop who appears to have foolishly allowed this to happen and pray as well for the other canadian bishops and the nuncio that they have the wisdom and courage to head this off at the pass. This priest will be used, or allow himself to be used, for political gain at the Church's expense. No good will come of this if it is allowed to continue unchecked.