- Three questions
The tragedy in New Orleans showed to
the face of the world an aspect of the United States unknown
to many: some extreme poverty and a lack of organization. Did
these images surprise you?
When I saw on the television all these
devastations they seemed to me to happen in another country than
United States. I discovered an unusual America: a country with
poor black people.
- During the September 11 attack,
all were equal in front of the death. Before and during Katrina,
the Whites had more chance to escape than the Blacks. The most
powerful country in the world could not deal with this disaster.
It can coordinate humanitarian actions at the other end of the
world but it was powerless in New Orleans to a point to accept
help from other countries!
Katrina disaster has given a face to the 37 millions of American
citizens living in poverty. It is a strong message to those who
make decisions in this country.
- It just happened that the United
States announced their return to the moon. Do you think that
it is a way to cling to the glorious image of a powerful America?
Are these 104 billions of dollars reserved to another mission
to the moon well spent?
- When New Orleans is still flooded
I don't think it is the right time to impress people by making
an announcement that I consider like an insult to the poverty.
To show to the American people that their country can still do
this kind of great achievement is a way to distract our attention
from the tragedy lived by the poor.
- One always gets money to go to the
moon or to make war. But there is none if one wants to build
housing, schools, hospitals
more so to develop healthcare
insurance for every body.
- You just had a trial where you
were accused of accepting a paedophile priest in your previous
diocese without due consideration of his past already known to
you. At the end of the trial you expressed excuses and recognized
your mistake. What did you learn from this experience?
- First I learn the importance of
a trial. It allows the judges to examine and clarify some complex
situations. It is important for every body.
In our days there is a great sensitivity
about paedophilia. Civil society is helping us to put our priority
on children and young ones. They have to be protected first and
not the paedophile adults.
Almost 20 years ago, it was another time. It was different. When
the person in charge from Quebec gave to me his approval to receive
one of his priests, I did not know that he was a paedophile.
I learned it only later. Today the law of silence is over in
the Church. This new practice is doing its way. It is good.
(Interviewed by Olivier Galzi)