Canadian Named Secretary of Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity

Monday, March 05 2001

(CCCB – Ottawa)  His Holiness Pope John Paul II has named Rev. Marc Ouellet, PSS, as Secretary to the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity.  As a result of the appointment, Rev. Ouellet has been elevated to the episcopacy and named Bishop of the Titular See of Agropoli.

Bishop-elect Ouellet will replace Cardinal Walter Kasper as Secretary of the Council, who is in turn succeeding Cardinal Edward Cassidy who has resigned as president of the Council for reasons of age.

Bishop–elect Ouellet was born in 1944 in La Motte, Québec, ordained to the priesthood in 1968 as a member of the Company of Saint Sulpice, served as rector at the Grande Séminaire de Montréal from 1990-1994, and of St. Joseph’s Seminary  in Edmonton from 1994-1997. He is Chairman of Dogmatic Theology at the John Paul II Institute of the Pontifical Lateran University of Rome.  From 1995 to 2000, Father Ouellet was a consultor for the Vatican Congregation for the Clergy.

In October 1995, Bishop-elect Ouellet acted as a resource person on the spirituality of diocesan priests for the annual plenary meeting of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops, held that year in Edmonton, Alberta.

The Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity is entrusted with the promotion within the Catholic Church of an authentic ecumenical spirit and to develop dialogue and collaboration with the other Churches and world communions.