Thursday, October 6, 2016
Vatican II's Youngest Bishop at Age 92
He was ordained both priest and bishop in the Extraordinary Form of the Roman rite. Meeting him is a bit like meeting a Tyrannosaurus rex.
Today he is 92 and one of the last living Council Fathers. A farm boy from Canada, he was ordained priest in 1950. He studied at the Angelicum in Rome for two years from '50 - '52. After being ordained bishop in 1962, he was installed as the Bishop of Victoria, British Columbia. When he retired in 1999, he left a local church in serious financial and spiritual ruin.
I was very disappointed to see him in a business suit. The talk, too, he gave was disappointing. I was also disappointed to hear that since his retirement he lives in a private apartment in Nanaimo, with his friend since 1953, a lady named Pearl Gervais. Her website describes her as a coach of "enneagram" (http://www.pearlgervais.com/about/).
An example of their speech can be heard here: https://vimeo.com/64918980.
Pray for the healing and conversion of this man, a bishop almost 55 years.
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