Msgr. Foy knew what was at stake

Last week I wrote about ordination of a friend for the Archdiocese of Kingston. Priestly ordinations are joyful occasions. They are not as common as they should be, but they are not rare. This coming Saturday something truly rare will be celebrated when Msgr. Vincent Foy will celebrate the 75th anni­versary of his priestly ordination, which took place on June 3, 1939. Continue reading

Ascension is our goal

The late Cardinal Aloysius Ambrozic of Toronto used to say that priestly ordinations were his favourite liturgical occasion of the year, even if they were not the most important theologically. I think many Catholics, both priests and laity, feel the same way. I am looking forward to our ordina­tion in Kingston this Saturday of Francis Zambon, whose progress through the seminary I have been blessed to accompany over the years. Continue reading

Economic reform will be key to Vatican change under Francis

- in Vatican City -

Canonization week in Rome served as something of an informal annual general meeting. The universal Church was catching up with herself after a momentous year since Conclave 2013, and everyone was talking about our new Holy Father. Over these weeks, I hope to share with readers some of what I heard about Francis’ reforming papacy from those in Rome from around the world. Continue reading

Francis, the decider

- in Vatican City –

Canonization week in Rome was about more than just the new papal saints. With three-quarters of the College of Cardinals in at­tendance, hundreds of bishops and Catholic scholars and com­mentators in abundance, it was akin to an informal annual general meeting. The universal Church was catching up with herself after a momentous year since Conclave 2013, the last time the whole gang was together. Continue reading