Sunday, December 15, 2002

Canadian Archbishop's letter scolding clerics leaked to press

Archbishop Marcel Gervais delivered an unprecedented rebuke to the Ottawa archdiocese's priests and deacons last week.In a copy of a letter that was accidentally faxed to the Citizen and Ottawa-area Roman Catholic school boards along with a Christmas message, the archbishop said he was "quite angry at the poor turn-out" for a celebration at Notre-Dame Cathedral last Monday."In fact, I was ashamed at such indifference," the Archbishop told the archdiocese's 93 priests and 79 permanent deacons.The Feast of the Immaculate Conception, celebrated last Monday, is one of four annual events that Archbishop Gervais has previously told priests they must attend and promote. Permanent deacons have also been told they must promote the events.However, the archbishop wrote in the letter that he recognized this year's event "was held on a Monday night and that, for many of the priests, Monday is a much-needed day off."



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