Roman Catholics and Same-Sex Marriage in Quebec

Roman Catholics and Same-Sex Marriage in Quebec

Roman Catholics and Same-Sex Marriage in Quebec

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Lefebvre, Solange et Breton, Jean-François. 2011. «Roman Catholics and Same-Sex Marriage in Quebec». Dans Faith, Politics, and Sexual Diversity in Canada and the United States , sous la dir. de David Rayside et Wilcox, Clyde, p. 219-233. Vancouver & Toronto: UBC Press.

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1. Objectifs


Intentions :
In this chapter, the authors explore the «[...] various aspects of the recent debate on same-sex marriage and civil unions in Quebec.» (p. 219)

2. Méthode


Échantillon/Matériau :
Les auteurs utilisent des données documentaires diverses

Type de traitement des données :
Réflexion critique

3. Résumé


«In general, we have sought to show that Quebec’s population has responded with comparative liberality to issues defined by the Roman Catholic Church as moral. The Catholic hierarchy in that province has at times reflected a degree of liberal inclination but less so in the last few years. On marriage, particularly, the Quebec and Canadian bishops have been in line with the Roman Catholic authorities. There are also no visible Catholic gay militants and only a few individuals pressing for change quietly here and there. The gay community is battling outside of the Roman Catholic Church in Quebec to gain equality, not inside (at least not explicitly or publicly). Nevertheless, dissent has been more widespread, and more public, in Quebec than elsewhere in Canada. Quebec bishops also show signs of flexibility and conciliation in their response to that dissent. They have regularly adopted a ‘pastoral’ approach, taking into account the needs and sensibilities of the faithful, by adapting doctrine (more or less formally) to these needs and sensibilities. Monsignor Ouellet stands in some contrast to that pattern – ‘Roman’ in his background, style, and positions. His appears to be a more ‘doctrinal’ approach, strictly endorsing Catholic doctrine both publicly and within Christian communities.» (p. 232-233)