Quebec Religion, Gossip, and the English Community in Quebec City

Quebec Religion, Gossip, and the English Community in Quebec City

Quebec Religion, Gossip, and the English Community in Quebec City – it’s all here in Peter Stuart’s latest missive.

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THE NEW EVANGELIZATION: HOW A ONCE PROUDLY CATHOLIC PROVINCE HAS NOW BECOME FERTILE TERRITORY FOR EVERYBODY FROM PRACTICIONERS OF THE OCCULT ARTS, SATANISM AND WITCHCRAFT, TO ALL SORTS OF SECTS, EASTERN RELIGIONS AND EVANGELICAL CHRISTIANITY. SO WHERE DOES THIS LEAVE HOLY MOTHER CHURCH?

Living in the small, tightly-knit English-speaking community of Québec City, one quickly finds out who’s who in the zoo. It’s like a virtual small town inside a big village. Everybody knows everybody’s business whether you like it or not. One of the ways this occurs is by belonging to a Church. Not that you go to Church as such to gossip, although this sometimes ends up being the end result during the inevitable period of ‘fellowship’ in the Church hall after the service over a cup of Joe and some goodies, but I digress.

In my case, I belong to St. Patrick’s Parish and in the 40 or so years I’ve been going there I’ve come into contact with many other English-speaking people from other English-language Churches in town, mostly Protestant and a few from the Jewish Synagogue. I also went to both Catholic and Protestant schools, when such animals still existed in our Province and had a chance to observe, on the Protestant side, the tendency for schools such as QHS to be populated with the children of various Protestant clergymen, some mainstream, others Evangelical, who rotated in and out of Québec City over the years.

I eventually came into contact with somebody in the community who confirmed this phenomenon to me and it got me thinking about my own denomination’s official policy of the ‘New Evangelization’. It would seem that word has gotten out across the entire world that the Province of Québec is a fertile ground for all manner of proselytization, both for good and evil. I see this because Rome now considers North America, including Québec, as a land in need of evangelization and Christian missionaries from as far as the southern USA have been now flocking here for at least over 30 years now preaching their own version of Christianity.

The worrisome part is that this leaves the door open to just about every other Tom Dick and Harry to do the same. There has been an incredibly rapid proliferation in our Province of pagan worship, occultism, Satanism, including the proliferation of some pretty scary Heavy Metal bands amongst Québec youth, especially young men, witchcraft, black and white magic, sects such as the Jehovah’s Witnesses, the Mormons, as well as a whole host of Eastern philosophies, practices and religions such as Buddhism, Hinduism, Taoism, martial arts, not to mention all manner of esoteric philosophies, New Age spirituality, fringe forms of quasi spiritual or quasi scientific Psychology, Native Indian spirituality and health crazes such as spas, herbal remedies, neutraceutic medicine, homeopathic remedies and so on.

And this doesn’t even include the less-than savoury pursuits which many people have chosen to pursue as substitutes for a spiritual existence: Sex, drugs, alcohol, pornography, gambling and compulsive spending on material things.

Therefore, as the title of this article suggests: Where does leave Holy Mother Church? What is the Mother of all Churches doing to win back some of the lost sheep of her fold? Personally I don’t see the Roman Catholic Church as being very visible in the public forum in this regard. Maybe this is wilfully construed and vehiculated so as to work in a more low-profile manner.

However, if this Province is to experience some sort of spiritual renewal or ‘Epiphany’, to use this Sunday’s theme, we’re all going to have to work harder as Christians and as Catholics to win back for Christ the lost sheep of La Belle Province.

Just a little ‘Epiphany’ of my own as we celebrate that particular feast today, when the Magi brought their gifts to Bethlehem to worship the King of Kings. Hope you have a good one in the virtual town within the ‘Grand Village’. I know I’ll do my best to try not to gossip today about old Mrs. so and so’s cataract operation….Ooops, too late!!!

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About the author:


Peter Stuart is a freelance writer based in Quebec City, Quebec, Canada.
He has a degree in Canadian Studies from the University of Ottawa.
He has written Op-Ed pieces for the last ten years for publications including: Le Soleil, La Presse, Quebec Chronicle Telegraph and Impact Campus.
Peter writes in both French and English, and and has published his first book, entitled ‘The Catholic Faith and the Social Construction of Religion: With Particular Attention to the Québec Experience’.

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