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Jean-Claude Turcotte
CBC News Online | Feb. 24, 2005

Jean-Claude Turcotte, the Archbishop of Montreal, was appointed cardinal by John Paul II on Nov. 26, 1994, when he was 58 years old. He has been Archbishop of Montreal since March 17, 1990. Turcotte served as president of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops from 1997-2000. His official title is Cardinal of Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament and the Holy Canadian Martyrs.

Cardinal Turcotte was at the centre of controversy in early 2004 when he required candidates for the priesthood at a Montreal seminary to undergo HIV tests. He later rescinded the order, saying it was not meant to keep gays out of the priesthood.

"Somebody's sexual orientation is not what counts for the church – it's a person's ability to live in celibacy that counts," he said.

Timeline

1997-2000:
President of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops.

Nov. 26, 1994:
Named a cardinal by Pope John Paul II.

March 17, 1990:
Appointed Archbishop of Montreal.

June 29, 1982:
Received his episcopal ordination.

April 14, 1982:
Appointed titular Bishop of Suas and Auxiliary to the Archbishop of Montreal by Pope John Paul II.

Sept. 25, 1981:
Appointed Vicar General of the Diocese, and general co-ordinator of the pastoral programs.

1974:
Became director of the department for the parish's pastoral care.

1967-74:
Various posts in the Office for Clergy: responsible for seminarians in the Diocese of Montreal, Secretary of the Commission des Traitements, and in charge of the studies and ongoing formation of the clergy.

1965-67:
Diocesan Chaplain of the Movement of Christian Workers.

1964-65:
Studied in France, earning a diploma in social ministry.

1959-61:
Vicar to the parish of St. Mathias.

May 24, 1959:
Ordained a priest in the Church of St. Vincent de Paul by Auxiliary Bishop Laurent Morin of Montreal.

1955:
Entered Montreal's Major Seminary to study theology.

1947-1955:
Classical education at the Andr�-Grasset school.

June 26, 1936:
Born in Montreal.



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