Crown and Crozier

Shepherding the Flock in the Nation's Capital ~ Archbishop Terrence Prendergast

May 01, 2021 Archbishop Terrence Prendergast Season 1 Episode 3
Crown and Crozier
Shepherding the Flock in the Nation's Capital ~ Archbishop Terrence Prendergast
Show Notes

Archbishop Terrence Prendergast joins us to discuss his time as Archbishop of Ottawa, the interaction between the bishops and the government during the COVID-19 pandemic, and the cultural challenges he sees before us.  Archbishop Prendergast is the Archbishop Emeritus of Ottawa-Cornwall and is currently the Apostolic Administrator for the Diocese of Hearst-Moosonee in Northern Ontario.

0:00 - Introduction

1:43 - The diocese of Hearst-Moosonee 

3:44 - Serving as an Apostolic Administrator

4:59 - Merging of Dioceses - permission from Parliament, please?

6:52 - Serving as shepherd to the capital’s flock

12:20 - Interaction with Catholic elected officials (including a Prime Minister along the way)

17:22 - Collaboration with the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops

18:52 - Sharing the Gospel and engaging the world through the media 

20:52 - Successful engagement with government - Canada Summer Jobs Grant case study

23:11 - Pride of place for religious freedom in the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms

26:52 - The opportunities and challenges ahead with Catholic schools

32:55 - The uncertain future of State funding for Catholic Schools

34:50 - COVID restrictions on religious services and houses of worship - a report card for civil authorities 

45:52 - The Eucharist, a life set apart, and closing thoughts

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Documents/Websites referenced

Archdiocese of Ottawa

Diocese of Hearst-Moosonee

Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms

Deborah Gyapong - “Dioceses tell Catholics not to sign Canada Summer Jobs attestation”, The Catholic Register (January 22, 2018)

Archdiocese of Vancouver - “Archbishop asks health officials to reconsider B.C. public worship ban”, (February 24, 2021)

Archdiocese of Toronto - “A Call to Action from Cardinal Collins: End COVID-19 Restriction Inequities”, (March 6, 2021)

Please note: This podcast has been edited for length and clarity.

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