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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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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