Catholic church warns Quebec government its secular charter will create ‘cultural ghettos’
There’s a warning from the Catholic church to the Parti Quebecois government: the push for a more secular state could backfire.
Msgr. Pierre-Andre Fournier, the head of the Assembly of Quebec Catholic Bishops, suggests the proposed charter could have unintended consequences.
Instead of a more secular Quebec, he foresees more resistance: more protests in the street, and more women isolated at home in what he calls cultural “ghettos.”
“The more you try to have an identity by pushing back others, the more you create ghettos,” Fournier told a news conference Thursday in Trois-Rivieres.
“Women will stay at home and will not integrate — and neither will their children.”
He suggested the PQ plan would be particularly unfair to Muslim women, pushing some to the margins while religious Muslim men could continue wearing beards while working for the state. (Ryan Remiorz / THE CANADIAN PRESS)