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.
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.
?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.
September 27, 2018 — Fr. Mario Brisson, SJ, shares his views about how the Quebec Minister of Immigration, Diversity, and Inclusion (MIDI) ended the moratorium that forbade groups and organizations wishing to sponsor refugees privately.
September 13, 2018 — From roots planted in the troubled North-Central neighbourhood of Regina has blossomed a unique group of youth who are making strides to break the cycle of poverty that is their everyday reality.
Beginning in 1960 he taught for ten years in the Jesuit Faculties of Montreal and served as guest professor for several Canadian universities. In 1970, he became a professor at Laval University, a position which he held for 25 years.
September 6, 2018 — The Jesuit Refugee Service took part in the latest assembly of the Jesuit Network for Migrants (JNM), the Caribbean region, in Port-au-Prince August 21 - 22, looking at the issue of migration flows in the Caribbean.
August 30, 2018 — On May 15th and 22nd, Frédéric Barriault, joined 15 people on a consultative committee on reconciliation with the First nations organized by the Jesuit Forum for Social Faith and Justice.