MONTREAL, June 25, 2004 ( – Rev. Raymond Gravel deserves church censure, says Campagne Québec-Vie (Campaign Life Coalition Quebec) after the Quebec Catholic priest appeared on radio program saying, “I am pro-choice and there is not a bishop on earth that will prevent me from receiving Communion, not even the Pope.” 

Father Gravel, a priest at Saint-Joachim de La Plaine parish in the diocese of Joliette, made the comment on June 20 on the French-language radio program SRC Dimanche Magazine (CBC-French’s Sunday Magazine).  Campagne Québec-Vie notes that Rev. Gravel is already well know for his dissident position, having come out publicly in favour of homosexual ‘marriage’.

Campagne Québec-Vie has called on church authorities, principally the Bishop of Joliette, Most Rev. Gilles Lussier, to suspend the priest or “at the very least to publicly admonish him.” 

Luc Gagnon, President of Campagne Québec-Vie said, “By its silence in the face of such a scandal, the Catholic hierarchy gives the impression that it approves of the serious doctrinal errors Father Gravel who continues obstinately to speak to the Quebec media.” 

Listen to the radio show with the priest’s comments (in French) 

Contact information:

Most Rev. Gilles Lussier
Bishop of Joliette
2, rue Saint-Charles-Borromée Nord
C.P. 470 Joliette, Québec
J6E 6H6
Tel:(450) 753-7596
Fax:(450) 759-0929
E-mail: [email protected] jhw


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