Through his new blog on Substack, Dr. Douglas Farrow has been tackling head on the deeper, more troubling significance of what’s been taking place over the course of the COVID-19 pandemic at a social, cultural, political, and spiritual level.
In this episode, we chat with Dr. Farrow about how certain actions by the Church and the State during the pandemic have raised fundamental questions around what it means to be human. We also touch on what it’s like to live in a place where a prerequisite for getting through your local parish doors is flashing your vaccine passport. And with a convoy of trucks hunkered down in Canada’s capital city, we reflect on freedom, autonomy, and opportunities for evangelization.
(N.B. the trucks rolled into Ottawa on January 29, 2022. We recorded this interview on February 4 and are posting it on February 16).
Dr. Douglas Farrow has lectured and taught at universities for nearly 30 years, with most of that spent at McGill University in Montreal, Canada, where he serves as Professor of Theology and Ethics. Among the most well-known of his many publications are the books Nation of Bastards: Essays on the End of Marriage, Ascension Theology, and Desiring a Better Country.
00:00 - Introduction
03:10 - Vax pass for Mass? Time to say something
06:35 - Two years of pandemic - just what the heck is going on?
13:30 - Discerning the motives of civil authorities
17:45 - When citizens become biometric datapoints
25:05 - The Church acting as a creature of the State
34:00 - This far shall you come...and no further
40:10 - A time to obey, a time to resist
47:10 - The thirst for freedom as a road to conversion
54:25 - Conclusion
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Dr. Douglas Farrow (biography)
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