From Cardinal Marc Ouellet’s intervention at the Bouchard-Taylor Reasonable Accommodation Commission on October 30th, 2007. Translation by The Catholic Register.
The Cardinal’s frank assessment added to a discussion already commendable for its absence of self-congratulatory rhetoric. Even if the commission succeeds at nothing else, it has revealed to the broader public what religious believers long knew.
People of faith, many of whom feel marginalized, already realized that Canadian tolerance didn’t apply to all. And like we’ve always argued, Canadian “shared values” are meaningful only to the extent that they can be defined—like a 1990’s “Magic Eye,” the whole image dissolves when we focus on any one feature.
But the reasonable accommodation debate is more than just an abstract identity exercise. It forces us to confront unresolved distinctions between public and private, church and state, individual rights and the common good. On tonight’s Catholic Focus, we will explain why its outcome has serious consequences for everyone of a religious worldview.
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