Prefect of the Congregation of Bishops
Marc Armand Ouellet is a Canadian Cardinal, consecrated Archbishop and created Cardinal by Karol Wojtyła (aka John Paul II); Ouellet appears to be in a shortlist of possible successors of Mr. Joseph Ratzinger as leader of the Catholic Church.
Ratzinger appointed Ouellet as Prefect of the Congregation of Bishops in June, 2010. The Congregation of Bishops is in charge of the selection of new bishops and the scheduling of certain papal audiences. He also holds the title of President of the Pontifical Commission for Latin America.
Mr. Ouellet, member of the Society of St. Sulpice, is as well known for his academic career as philosopher and theologian inside the clergy.
Ouellet’s opinions on controversial topics such as abortion and gay marriage are not unknown. According to The Guardian, Ouellet has testified before the Canadian senate urging the legislators to vote against legalising gay unions; on 2010 he said even women impregnated after having been raped should be denied abortion.
There’s already a victim (after a rape). Should we be making another one? Taking the life of another is always a moral crime: Marc Ouellet.
PolicyMic‘s editor has openly stated Marc Ouellet “next pope” is gaining momentum in Rome, prior to a conclave which some actual experts anticipate to be swift and smooth given the weeks of lobbying and negotiations provided by Ratzinger’s resignation announced on February 11th.
Ouellet might be a strong candidate considering he is not as old as other Cardinals (he is 68 years-old) and in view of his supposed closeness to Latin American believers.
February 25th, 2013.