November 1, 2018 — On October 25, in the context of the Convention of the Catholic and Ecumenical Media Association, our collaborator Frédéric Barriault won a prize for excellence awarded by this association for his article on remembering the struggles.
Brother Bertrand Girard died at the infirmary in Richelieu on October 26, 2018, at the age of 97, after 76 years of religious life. He lived and served in Montreal for most of his religious life and was sent later on, to the indigenous people of the St. Regis Mission.
October 25, 2018 — Everybody feels anger at one moment or another. Whether it be the time that you were on your bike and the car beside you cut you off, or when you hear of billionaires avoiding their fair share of taxes, you could feel anger welling up inside you. In those moments of anger, what do you do?
October 25, 2018 — Bernard Carrière, SJ remembers Fr. Jean-Marie Rochealeau, SJ as he celebrates his 101th birthday. He remembers him as the incarnation of the gentleman, or even more of the distinguished and reserved Jesuit.
Our companion Adam Hincks, SJ, a Ph.D. in physics from prestigious Princeton University, New Jersey, is a fascinating and puzzling person. On October 9th, he was visiting his alma mater Regis College, where he gave a lecture on the contribution of Jesuits to the development of science.
Catholic feminist organizations collected 8,000 names in a petition that calls on the Vatican authorities to allow women religious superiors to work and vote as equals alongside their brothers in Christ at meetings of the 15th Synod of Youth, Faith and vocational discernment. The Dominicans, the Jesuits and the Conventual Franciscans support them.
October 16, 2018 — Just as all roads used to lead to Rome, it now seems that all conversations eventually lead to Trump. Or Trudeau. Or Ford. And while up until recently most people got their news in two daily doses, morning and evening, in the Twitterverse it’s like being on a 24/7 cortisol drip which stimulates exasperation, fury, anxiety and/or total anomie.
From January 12, 2010, passing by October 4, 2016, to October 6 this year, the Calvary of the Haitian people has not stopped. Their rosary beads of misfortunes has not ceased to roll out. To accompany our people in the permanent quest for dignity and hope is not an option but a duty which comes from the Gospel itself.
October 11, 2018 — On October 4, the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB) released its new policy on the prevention of sexual abuse. It’s really an update of their first policy on this topic, published in 1992, under tragic and dismal circumstances; namely, the pedophile scandal at the Mount Cashel Orphanage in St. John’s, NL.
We were 17 social and international delegates, meeting across borders, including from the Antilles, Mexico, Central America, US and Canada. Our number included Rafael Moreno, coordinator of Justice and Ecology for CPAL and Xavier Jeyaraj, secretary for the Social Justice and Ecology Secretariat in Rome. Several times, we had the presence of Padre Melo, Yolanda Gonzalez and Pedro Landa of ERIC/Radio Progreso.
October 10, 2018 — The most recent issue of the jesuit magazine Relations (in french) looks at the issue of regional development. Titled A Fragmented Québec, this edition of Relations is an attempt to celebrate in its own way the 30th anniversary of a significant issue of the magazine.
On October 7, various Catholic media, including the Vatican, released an open letter from Cardinal Marc Ouellet, in which the current Prefect of the Congregation of Bishops responds to accusations by the former Apostolic Nuncio of the Holy See to Washington, Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò, concerning the McCarrick situation. This letter is worth reading. Really.
October 5, 2018 — The Commission had its first meeting on September 28th. Colleagues from Toronto, Montréal, Guelph and Sudbury held a virtual meeting to learn about each other and see how they can collaborate together.
October 5, 2018 — In the beginning of September our Provincial, Fr. Erik Oland SJ, visited the Jesuit community of St. John’s NL, which coincided with the 30th anniversary of the Mount Cashel orphanage affair. Erik Oland reminded the Jesuit community of St. John’s that he shared their suffering.
October 4, 2018 — The recent spate of news of abuse and cover-ups, primarily in the United States Church, brought the name of Mount Cashel Orphanage to the ears of many Canadians, primarily those from St. John’s, Newfoundland.