The Canadian cardinal discusses his chances as pope in a CBC interview
Does he want it?
On whether he would like to be pope
I have to be ready even if I think that probably others could do it better.—
On the hype surrounding the papal candidates
So I mean, this discernment will be quite unexpected. It has always been the case, in a way. We did not expect the election of John XXIII and we did not expect the election of Ratzinger, so he was not on the list.—
The sex scandals
Has the Vatican apologized enough for sexual abuse?
Who knows? In Canada we started in the nineties, early nineties – I remember being part of the commission, you know, for prevention of those facts when the crisis of Mount Cashel in Newfoundland [happened]. And so, the zero-tolerance policy started in the early nineties in Canada. Canada was ahead of the times and so we were not so …hurt by the second wave from the United States. But we have learned from our mistakes….—
The Church and the abuse
On the role of the Roman Catholic Church in the abuse
It is not a Catholic problem; it is a human problem. Most of the abuse occurred in families in very general society, and my hope is what was done by the Catholic Church, which is not yet perfect, but could be also of example for others in society. And I hope it will create an atmosphere in the whole society for respect of youth, for creating, you know, a safe environment everywhere, you know, in sports environments and others.—
What he tells his mother about the selection
To wait for God’s will on the life of the church. So that’s my act of faith in God’s grace, and so I am confident that the cardinals would make the right choice for the future of the church.—