Mar 10, 2013 / 3:05 pm
A Quebec group representing people abused by priests hopes Cardinal Marc Ouellet will be the next pope, though not necessarily because it feels he's the best candidate.
Carlo Tarini, a spokesman for the group, says a Ouellet papacy would thrust a number of sexual abuse cases involving Quebec priests into the spotlight.
"The people here today are not here in jest supporting his nomination as pope," Tarini said at a small rally on Sunday on the steps of a Montreal church.
"They are really hopeful that he is elected, because 1.2 billion Catholics will be made aware of the victimization of children here in Quebec by pedophile priests over several generations."
Many at the rally, which included supporters from other victims groups, said they are hopeful for progress on cases that have been stalled for years.
Tarini suggested appointing a mediator between the church and victims such as former Supreme Court justice Michel Bastarache, who took on a similar role in New Brunswick, to help move things forward.
"What's important is that these cases get addresses in the next few months, not in the next few years," Tarini said.
The Quebec-born Ouellet is considered one of the contenders to succeed Pope Benedict, who announced his resignation last month.
He has come under fire in the past from critics who say he didn't do enough to address the issue of sexual abuse in his home province.
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