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Report: Quebec’s loss of faith seen triggering social problems

November 1, 2007

From Catholic World News:

Quebec, Oct. 31, 2007 (CWNews.com) – The people of Quebec “really need to rediscover their religious identity,” Cardinal Marc Ouellet of Quebec City told a public commission on October 30.

Speaking at hearings on the challenges that immigration has posed to Quebec French-speaking culture, Cardinal Ouellet said that the problem of cultural identity can be traced back to “the malaise of the Catholic majority, which needs to find a religious reference point.”

The cardinal said that the secularizing trends of the past generation have deprived Quebec of its cultural heritage, leading to a general breakdown in traditional society. Cardinal Ouellet pointed to the rise in divorce, the drop in births, and the frequency of abortion and suicide as indications of this social breakdown.

“Quebec is ripe for a profound new evangelization,” the cardinal concluded.

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