A Canadian bishop known for his liberal views has been ordered by the Vatican to cancel plans to speak at an upcoming conference on the issue of married priests, conference organisers said on Monday.
    Bishop Remi De Roo, who retired in February as bishop of Victoria, British Columbia, had accepted an invitation to speak in Atlanta on 3 July at the fifth worldwide congress of the International Federation of Married Catholic Priests.
    CORPUS, a US-based organisation of married priests involved in arranging the conference, said the Vatican -- through its diplomatic mission in Ottawa -- ordered De Roo to withdraw.
    Charge d'affaires Luigi Bonazzi told De Roo in a letter that the presence of a bishop at a conference on married priests ``would be a great source of possible scandal and confusion to the faithful''.
    De Roo has declined to comment, though conference organizers said he notified them by phone about his decision to cancel his speech.

11:58am 19/5/99 / AP


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