Statement on Appointment of Cardinal Marc Ouellet by CCCB President Bishop Pierre Morissette

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It is a joy and pleasure for me as President of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops to congratulate His Eminence Marc Cardinal Ouellet on his appointment by the Holy Father as Prefect of the Congregation for Bishops and President of the Commission for Latin America. In my letter to him earlier today, I have noted that his appointment is a tremendous honour not only for him but also for the Church in Canada.

Cardinal Ouellet is accompanied by the prayers and good wishes of all the Bishops of Canada, and by our full collaboration with him in his new responsibilities for the Universal Church. Each of us looks forward to the pleasure of meeting him from time to time in Rome, where he will be assisting the Holy Father in the appointments of all the Bishops of the world.

The Bishops of Canada join me in thanking Cardinal Ouellet for the years of pastoral service that he has so generously given to the Church in Canada in various capacities -- as professor and later Rector at the Grand Séminaire in Montreal; Rector of Saint Joseph’s Seminary, Edmonton; Archbishop of Quebec City, which historically is considered the “mother Church” for all Catholics in our country; and since 2002 as a member of our Conference and its Permanent Council. His presence among us and his contributions to the life of our Conference are greatly appreciated.

In his new appointment, Cardinal Ouellet continues his own personal witness and dedication in serving the Universal Church, first as a Sulpician priest and theology professor, then as Bishop, and since 2003 as Cardinal. His previous responsibilities have included serving as a seminary professor in Latin America, professor at the John Paul II Institute for Studies on Marriage and Family at the Pontifical Lateran University, and Secretary of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity.

Cardinal Ouellet currently serves as a member of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments, the Congregation for Catholic Education, the Congregation for the Clergy, the Pontifical Council for Culture, the Pontifical Committee for International Eucharistic Congresses, the Pontifical Commission for Latin America, the Pontifical Academy of Theology, and the Pontifical Council of Cardinals for the Study of the Organizational and Economic Problems of the Holy See. He was also General Relator of the Twelfth Ordinary General Synod of Bishops on the Word of God, and now serves on its Post-Synodal Council.

He will be greatly assisted in his new ecclesial ministry by his ability to communicate in English, French, German, Italian and Spanish, as well as by his post-graduate academic formation in both philosophy and theology, including his doctorate in dogmatic theology from the Pontifical Gregorian University.

With his varied and enriching forms of experience in Rome as well as in Canada and elsewhere in the world, Cardinal Ouellet brings with him in his new responsibilities an extensive knowledge of the Church today, and a deep appreciation of its challenges and opportunities in the contemporary world. The Bishops of Canada look forward to working with him as Prefect of the Congregation for Bishops.

+ Pierre Morissette
Bishop of Saint-Jérôme
Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops

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