In this episode of Crown and Crozier, we chat with Vancouver Archbishop Michael Miller about his interaction with government on some of the most consequential issues of our day.
Our conversation explores how public health restrictions on worship eventually induced the Archbishop to signal willingness for court action against the province of British Columbia. We also hear His Grace’s thoughts on COVID vaccine mandates and their implications for our life in common.
In addition, we look at some unique issues facing the local church in Vancouver, including the legacy of Canada’s Indian residential school system as well as the contemporary model of Church-State partnership in public education.
Archbishop Miller was appointed shepherd of the flock in Vancouver in 2009. Prior to that, he served as Secretary of the Vatican’s Congregation for Catholic Education and in multiple senior administrative roles (including President) at the University of Saint Thomas in Houston, Texas.
0:00 - Introduction
4:10 - Speaking up to Caesar
9:10 - Surely worship is "essential"?
12:50 - Lessons from engaging civil authority during a pandemic
18:20 - Canadian Bishops' take on COVID vaccines
20:35 - Implications of vaccine mandates
25:55 - Got division? Get charity
29:00 - The history of residential schools
34:10 - Ministering to Indigenous people
36:30 - Rose Prince: the residential school student turned teacher
38:45 - Apology from the Canadian Bishops
43:05 - An audience with the Pope
46:10 - Reflections on Catholic education
51:25 - Conclusion
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Agnieszka Ruck, “Archbishop prepared to take religious service ban to B.C. Supreme Court if necessary”, The BC Catholic (March 5, 2021)
Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops, “CCCB Note on Ethical Concerns Related to Currently Approved COVID-19 Vaccines” (March 11, 2021)
Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, “Note on the morality of using some anti-COVID-19 vaccines” (December 21, 2020)
Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops, “Statement of Apology by the Catholic Bishops of Canada to the Indigenous Peoples of This Land” (September 24, 2021)
Tristin Hopper, “While some cheer on the destruction of churches, First Nations pick up the pieces”, National Post (July 7, 2021)
Diocese of Prince George (British Columbia), Rose Prince Pilgrimage
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