Each of the candidates opposing Gravel has taken potshots at everything from his refusal to take part in all-candidates' debates, to his adherence to Catholic doctrine.I guess the Bloc has become the new home for spiritually aging Liberal priests. It'll be interesting to see if Father Gravel can avoid turning the teachings of the Catholic Church into a joke in parliament.
Contrary to most Catholic priests, Gravel supports the ordination of women, the legalization of abortion, and the rights of homosexual couples to marry.
His outspoken stances against Church convention even earned him a personal letter of rebuke signed by then-Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, now known as Pope Benedict XVI.
In a provocative 2005 interview with Fugues, a magazine that caters to Montreal's gay and lesbian community, Gravel said most priests don't respect their vows of celibacy, and added "50 per cent of priests in Quebec are gay. But if I became a priest it's because I have faith and I believe in the message of Christ."
When Priests Become Politicians
You have to wonder how some Quebec bishops think when they allow priests to enter politics:
....Posted Monday, November 27, 2006