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Week of September 18, 2006
Politicians cannot push their faith aside
By RAMON GONZALEZ
"Our country deserves laws that are more respectful of the human life from its very beginning until the end."
- Cardinal Marc Ouellet
And he said Canada also deserves laws that are respectful of the institution of marriage, which is not just a human institution but also "an institution of the Creator."
"He made us different: male and female. He created us for the future of the human race and also for love and so politicians must take into account the foundation of the constitution, which is the recognition of the supremacy of God."
Ouellet's comments on Canadian politics echoed Pope Benedict's thoughts on the same issue. Speaking to a group of Ontario bishops Sept. 8 the pope said Canada has excluded "God from the public sphere" with laws supporting same-sex marriage and abortion.
Ouellet said the pope was not directly criticizing any government but simply "reaffirming fundamental values for the common good."
"Marriage is between a man and a woman and the pope has been saying that very simply," he said. "He's been saying you don't need a scientific demonstration . . . nature is there and marriage is between a man and a woman and it is so in all cultures."
Same-sex marriage was legalized by Canada's Parliament last year but Prime Minister Stephen Harper has said there will be a vote in the House of Commons this fall to determine whether the issue should be revisited.
"I think they (politicians) must vote in conscience," Ouellet said. "They are Catholic and they have to take into account the teaching of their Church. But it is not only a question of religious teaching; it's a question of human reason."
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