Quebec cardinal who could succeed Pope has mixed following

Posted By: Canadian Press · 2/12/2013 3:56:00 PM

Word that a Canadian cardinal is a presumed contender to succeed Pope Benedict has been met with a mixed response in his
own backyard.

Advocates for victims of sexual abuse by priests and even a member of the clergy aren't quite in Marc Cardinal Ouellet's cheering section.

The idea of a global icon emerging from here has stirred the local imagination. 

But that excitement is tempered by the fact that Ouellet's home province has become intensely secular and even anti-clerical over the years.

Rev. Raymond Gravel says amid this decline the Catholic church should be looking for a pope who has worked closely to the world's poor — not another theologian.

The former Bloc Quebecois MP says he doesn't know if Ouellet fits this bill.

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