Msgr Steenson blogs about the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops’ plenary

DSC04813I attended the early days of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops’ annual plenary in Sainte-Adele, Quebec, but had to leave on Tuesday when the part of the gathering open to observers and media ended.   So, I was disappointed our Ordinary, Msgr. Jeffrey Steenson had not arrived before I left.  Anyway, he has made it to Sainte-Adele, Quebec where the leaves are already changing color in the beautiful Laurentian Mountains north of Montreal.

Msgr. Steenson has a new blog at the revamped Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter website and he writes about the plenary here.

I am enjoying the cool weather and the warm welcome from the members of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops in Sainte-Adèle, Québec, about an hour north of Montreal.  The Bishops are struggling with similar challenges to religious freedom posed by modern secularism, but in a very different constitutional context than in the U.S. (separation of church and state is not established in Canadian law).  Constitutional differences aside, it is the same enemy we struggle against.  On this Feast of the Canadian martyrs, we are reminded again of the cost of discipleship.

 

You can find his blog post here.

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3 Responses to Msgr Steenson blogs about the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops’ plenary

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  2. EPMS says:

    Separation of church and state is what the Quebec Charter of Values seems to be trying to reinforce, although that may be a cloak for a deeper, racist game. But in any event the American constitutional context does not seem inherently friendlier to religion. Or am I misinterpreting Msgr Steenson?

    • Rev22:17 says:

      EPMS,

      You wrote: in any event the American constitutional context does not seem inherently friendlier to religion. Or am I misinterpreting Msgr Steenson?

      Perhaps you are relying on a widespread misunderstanding of the First Amendment to the Constitution of the United States of America. The words “separation of church and state” do not appear anywhere therein. Here is the actual text.

      Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.

      Note that this amendment does NOT forbid religious speech in the public forum, including in the halls of our government, as some Atheist groups have tried to do. In fact, quite the opposite: this amendment, correctly understood, protects it!

      Norm.

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