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Week of June 9, 2008
Church 'meltdown' affects all Canada
By DEBORAH GYAPONG
Canadian Catholic News
The "meltdown" of the Catholic Church in Quebec "has had a profound impact on Canadian politics," says a leading constitutional lawyer.
Peter Lauwers told a May 30 panel session at the Catholic Media Convention that the 1960s Quiet Revolution undermined "the ability of the Church to speak truth to power in any area outside of the traditional bounds of social justice."
Even though Canada has had five Catholic prime ministers to one Catholic president in the United States, "it has simply not been acceptable for a Catholic politician in Canada to be seen to obey the Church," Lauwers said.
"Instead the custom is to take a distance from the Church in some rite of 'political correctness,'" he said.