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Week of February 25, 2002
Bishop Alexander Carter dies at 92
By ART BABYCH
Canadian Catholic News
Bishop Alexander Carter, a former head of the Canadian bishops' conference, a participant at Vatican II and brother of Cardinal Emmett Carter, has died at the age of 92.
Carter, the bishop emeritus of Sault Ste. Marie, Ont., died in North Bay, Ont., Feb. 17. The cause of death was not announced.
Born in 1909, Carter was ordained to the priesthood in 1936 and appointed as bishop in 1957.
He was president of the CCC, the predecessor of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops, during the organization's controversial debate on the papal encyclical, Humanae Vitae, in Winnipeg in 1968.
Many Catholics criticized the bishops for what they believed was the conference's lack of support for the birth control encyclical. Carter said such major matters affecting conscience "call for more previous pastoral consultation and a wide range of theological opinion."
Carter was one of 63 Canadians who made an oral presentation before the Second Vatican Council.
The funeral was to be held Feb. 21 in the pro-cathedral of the Assumption, in North Bay.
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