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Duplessis Orphans boycott the collection plate

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The Roman Catholic Church in Quebec says it has nothing but compassion to offer the Duplessis Orphans. Cardinal Turcotte is interviewed in this CBC Radio report. He says that the church was the sole institution willing to help the orphans. He also states that the church shouldn't be held responsible for systemic abuse. The orphans, however, remain steadfast in their demand for both an apology and compensation. They are asking their supporters to boycott the collection plates until the matter is resolved. 

Medium: Radio
Program: The World At Six
Broadcast Date: Sept. 15, 1999
Guest(s): Carlo Tarini, Jean-Claude Turcotte
Host: Barbara Smith
Reporter: Tim Duboyce
Duration: 2:02

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. The collection plate boycott was organized by Duplessis Orphans advocate Carlo Tarini. He argued that Cardinal Turcotte behaved more like a CEO than a spiritual leader. "So we're going to attack them where their interests are," Roy told the Montreal Gazette. "And so that it's not to be a negative gesture, we're asking worshippers to give their donation to Centraide [the United Way] instead." — in the Gazette, Sept. 14, 1999

. On Sept. 27, 1999, the Duplessis Orphans officially called off their collection plate boycott. As controversy around the protest grew, the committee of orphans explained that they never intended to question or undermine the church's works of benevolence.


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