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Joseph Charbonneau †
|Archbishop Emeritus of Montreal|
|Church||Roman Catholic Church|
|In office||August 31, 1940 – February 9, 1950|
|Predecessor||Georges Gauthier †|
|Successor||Paul-Émile Léger †|
|Born||July 31, 1892
|Died||November 19, 1959
Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
On June 22, 1939, Charbonneau was appointed Bishop of Hearst by Pope Pius XI. He received his episcopal consecration on the following August 15 from Archbishop Joseph-Guillaume-Laurent Forbes, with Archbishop Emile Yelle, PSS, and Bishop Louis Rhéaume, OMI, serving as co-consecrators. Charbonneau was later named Coadjutor Archbishop of Montreal and Titular Archbishop of Amorium on May 21, 1940. He succeeded the late Georges Gauthier as Archbishop of Montreal on August 31, 1940.
He is best known in Canada for his pro-labour role in the Asbestos Strike. Upon his resignation on February 9, 1950, Charbonneau was made titular Archbishop of Bosphorus and accepted work in British Columbia as a hospital chaplain.
For his interest in interdenominational dialogue, the rights of organised labour, and the well-being of minority groups, Archbishop Charbonneau has been seen as a precursor to the Quiet Revolution.
- TIME Magazine. Resignation, with Rumors February 20, 1950
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