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In Crown and Crozier, we invite leading thinkers to explore how the human experience is shaped by the interplay between Church and State, and what this means for tackling the great challenges of today. Join us as we examine what’s at stake for us as citizens and as a society in the dynamic engagement between civil and religious authority. The common good, basic freedoms, dignity of the person, administration of justice, self-government, the preservation of truth, goodness and beauty - all this and more hangs in the balance.

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In Crown and Crozier, we invite leading thinkers to explore how the human experience is shaped by the interplay between Church and State, and what this means for tackling the great challenges of today. Join us as we examine what’s at stake for us as citizens and as a society in the dynamic engagement between civil and religious authority. The common good, basic freedoms, dignity of the person, administration of justice, self-government, the preservation of truth, goodness and beauty - all this and more hangs in the balance.

    Al Smith, America’s 1st Catholic Presidential Nominee (and Enemy of the KKK)

    Al Smith, America’s 1st Catholic Presidential Nominee (and Enemy of the KKK)

    Long before Joe Biden, John Kerry and JFK threw their hats in the ring for President, Alfred E. Smith blazed the trail in 1928 as the first Catholic nominee for the White House.
    Smith’s story is the stuff of legend.  The son of a poor Irish immigrant, Smith grew up in Lower Manhattan, laboured in the local fish market, served in the New York assembly for over 10 years, and won four elections for Governor.   During the 1928 presidential election, he encountered an avalanche of anti-Catholic bigotry, much of it spearheaded by the Ku Klux Klan.
    Join us as we examine the life and legacy of a good man who lived and defended the faith in public office, and whose witness can help shape our vision of what to look for in any politician, let alone a Catholic one.  Our guest is Dr. Robert Slayton, Professor Emeritus of History at Chapman University and author of Empire Statesman: The Rise and Redemption of Al Smith.

    Documents/Websites Referenced

    Dr. Robert Slayton biography
    Robert Slayton, “Empire Statesman: The Rise and Redemption of Al Smith”
    Alfred E. Smith, “Catholic and Patriot”, The Atlantic (May 1927)
    “How Al Smith and FDR countered the KKK and anti-Catholic prejudice in politics”
    “The Knights vs. The Klan”
    “Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire”





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    Political Vocations, Human Rights, Conservative Leadership ~ Garnett Genuis

    Political Vocations, Human Rights, Conservative Leadership ~ Garnett Genuis

    We take advantage of the Canadian House of Commons’ summer recess to sit down with Garnett Genuis, Member of Parliament for Sherwood Park-Fort Saskatchewan in Alberta.

    We shoot the summer breeze getting to know Garnett better: how his political discernment was partly inspired by a Holocaust survivor in his family and a German bishop who resisted the Nazis; how he juggles his obligations as parliamentarian and father of five; and how the Christian faith is practiced, shared, interpreted and sometimes maligned on Parliament Hill.

    Our discussion also features a lively mix of current events: Pope Francis’ recent trip to Canada and the legacy of Indian residential schools; religious freedom at home and abroad; the state of the national pro-life movement; and the outlook for upstart political parties seeking to challenge the conservative establishment.

    Oh, and there’s that whole Conservative Party of Canada leadership race to talk about too.

    Garnett was first elected to federal office in 2015 and was likewise victorious in the 2019 and 2021 elections.  At 35 years of age, he’s spent nearly 20% of his life representing his constituents.  He’s the host of his own political podcast, Resuming Debate.  Garnett and his wife, Rebecca, live outside Edmonton, Alberta and have five children.


    Documents/Websites Referenced

    Garnett Genuis biography (official website)

    “Resuming Debate” podcast hosted by Garnett Genuis

    “What the bishop who resisted the Nazis can teach us today,” Catholic News Agency (December 17, 2017)

    “Pope Francis in Canada” (official webpage for the July 2022 papal visit)

    “‘Terrible and tragic’: Century-old Catholic Church in Morinville, Alta., destroyed by fire,” CBC News (June 30, 2021)

    Garnett Genuis tweets #1 and #2 endorsements in 2022 Conservative Party of Canada leadership race

    “Canada election: Did the PPC split the Conservative vote? Maybe - but it’s not that simple,” Global News (September 22, 2021)

    “Alberta MP among those calling for re-opening of national Office of Religious Freedom,” Grandin Media (March 10, 2021) 


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    The Pope Comes to Canada ~ John Paul Meenan

    The Pope Comes to Canada ~ John Paul Meenan

    From July 24-29, 2022, Pope Francis will be visiting Canada. During the trip, the Pope is set to deliver an apology on Canadian soil for the involvement of Catholic dioceses and religious orders in the operation of residential schools from the 1870s through the 1990s.

    Residential schools were established under a federal government program which was intended to assimilate Indigenous children into Euro-Canadian culture, and equip them with the education and skills deemed necessary to participate in Canada’s economic and social life.

    In anticipation of the Holy Father’s visit, this episode explores Indigenous reconciliation and ministry, major themes and challenges from Pope Francis’ pontificate, and whether Canada has a unique contribution to make to the Church’s mission in the 21st century.

    Along the way, we take some scenic detours, including reminiscing about the last time a pope visited Canada for the occasion of World Youth Day in 2002, and reminding ourselves of the importance of continuously building communities of faith.

    Our guest is John Paul Meenan, Assistant Professor of Theology at Seat of Wisdom College in Barry’s Bay, Ontario. John Paul was the co-founder of the small academic community which eventually became Seat of Wisdom College.  He's also the Editor in Chief of the online magazine Catholic Insight.

    Documents/Websites referenced

    John Paul Meenan biography (Seat of Wisdom College): https://www.seatofwisdom.ca/academics/faculty-2/jpmeenan/

    “Pope Francis in Canada” (official webpage for the papal visit): https://www.papalvisit.ca

    Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops, “Brief History of Indian Residential Schools”: https://www.cccb.ca/indigenous-peoples/resources/indian-residential-schools-truth-reconciliation-commission/

    Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops, “Statement of Apology by the Catholic Bishops of Canada to the Indigenous Peoples of This Land” (September 24, 2021): https://www.cccb.ca/letter/statement-of-apology-by-the-catholic-bishops-of-canada-to-the-indigenous-peoples-of-this-land/

    Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops, “Pope John Paul II’s Apostolic Visit 2002”: https://www.cccb.ca/the-catholic-church-in-canada/papal-visits-canada/john-paul-iis-third-visit-canada-july-2002/

    Pope Francis, Apostolic Letter Traditionis Custodes (July 16, 2021): https://www.vatican.va/content/francesco/en/motu_proprio/documents/20210716-motu-proprio-traditionis-custodes.html

    Catholic Insight magazine: https://catholicinsight.com/


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    Talking Religious Liberty with One of Canada’s Leading Christian Lawyers ~ Albertos Polizogopoulos

    Talking Religious Liberty with One of Canada’s Leading Christian Lawyers ~ Albertos Polizogopoulos

    2022 marks the 40th anniversary of Canada’s bill of rights, or what is formally known as the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

    Against that backdrop, in this episode we examine the present-day landscape in Canada for freedom of religion – the first fundamental freedom listed in the Charter.

    We talk about the implications of COVID restrictions; why recent federal legislation banning conversion therapy may be the greatest threat to religious freedom at this moment; and what the U.S. Supreme Court’s recent ruling on abortion may or may not mean for Canada.

    We also discuss a unique type of “trial” for members of today’s legal profession – namely, the ability to practice one’s faith while practicing law.

    Joining us is Albertos Polizogopoulos, one of the most prominent legal practitioners in Canada when it comes to cases and questions involving freedom of religion.  On behalf of his broad range of clients – churches, charities, dioceses, schools, universities, hospitals – Albertos has appeared numerous times in front of the Supreme Court of Canada.

    Albertos is a partner and founder at his Ottawa-based law firm, The Acacia Group.


    Documents/Websites referenced

    Albertos Polizogopoulos’ biography (The Acacia Group)

    Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms

    Bill C-4, An act to amend the criminal code (conversion therapy)

    U.S. Supreme Court - Dobbs vs. Jackson

    Supreme Court of Canada - R. v. Morgentaler

    Supreme Court of Canada - Trinity Western University v. Law Society of Upper Canada

    Paul Schratz, “Department of National Defence panel addresses racism with more racism”, Catholic Register (May 5, 2022)

    Legal Leaders for Diversity and Inclusion

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    A Catholic Defense of the Freedom Convoy? ~ Dr. Mary Catherine Sommers

    A Catholic Defense of the Freedom Convoy? ~ Dr. Mary Catherine Sommers

    From January 29 - February 20, 2022, the eyes of the world were upon Ottawa, Canada as hundreds of truck drivers and thousands of their supporters engaged in the self-styled “Freedom Convoy” protest against COVID-19 restrictions and vaccine mandates.

    In this episode of Crown and Crozier, we examine the Freedom Convoy through the lens of key tenets of the Catholic Church’s teaching – especially St. Thomas Aquinas’ formula for what constitutes just law and the principles that underlie when civil disobedience is permissible.

    In particular, we pose the following questions:


    According to the Catholic Church, what constitutes authentic human freedom?Was the Freedom Convoy justified in protesting against COVID restrictions which may not have fulfilled the criteria for just laws?  Could a Catholic participate in the Freedom Convoy in good conscience?
    Our guest is Dr. Mary Catherine Sommers, Professor Emerita of Philosophy and past director of the Center for Thomistic Studies at the University of St. Thomas in Houston, Texas.


    Documents/Websites referenced

    St. Thomas Aquinas, Summa Theologica, 1st part of the 2nd part: Q90


    Catechism of the Catholic Church, Paragraph 2242 (refusing obedience to civil authorities)


    Pope Leo XIII, Sapientiae Christianae - Encyclical on Christians as Citizens (1890)


    Mark R. MacGuigan, “Civil Disobedience and Natural Law”, The Catholic Lawyer (1965) [quotation of St. Alphonsus Liguori - “when it is doubtful, the law is presumed to be just”]


    Ontario Superior Court of Justice decision granting injunction on use of air horns and train horns by Freedom Convoy participants (February 7, 2022)


    Quinton Amundson, “Ottawa basilica cancels Masses due to Freedom Convoy protest”, The Catholic Register (February 9, 2022)


    Rachel Parent, “‘We’re not lawyers’: Ottawa protest organizer says MOU not meant to endorse toppling the Canadian government”, Saltwire (February 10, 2022)


    “‘Blurred lines’ - Ottawa archdiocese says there’s no easy take on trucker protests”, The Pillar (February 11, 2022)




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    Faith, Identity and War in Ukraine ~ Dr. Anatolii Babynskyi

    Faith, Identity and War in Ukraine ~ Dr. Anatolii Babynskyi

    Chances are that you’ve heard about the political forces and players involved in the February 2022 invasion of Ukraine by Russia.  But what may be less familiar is the complex, centuries-long religious and historical backdrop against which the war is unfolding.

    Joining us to help unpackage these dimensions of the conflict is Dr. Anatolii Babynskyi.  Dr. Babynskyi is a research fellow at the Institute of Church History at the Ukrainian Catholic University in Lviv, Ukraine.  He is also the Ukrainian correspondent for the American online Catholic news service, The Pillar.

    Our conversation touches on numerous topics: the rich tapestry of ecclesiological and liturgical traditions that underpin the Christian character of Ukraine; the historical relationships and tensions between those traditions and Russian Orthodoxy; whether Ukrainian national identity is actually a thing; the leadership of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky; and the outlook for Ukraine’s future amidst the fog of war.



    Documents/Websites referenced

    Dr. Anatolii Babynskyi (LinkedIn)

    @MrAnatolius

    Anatolii Babynskyi, “‘Russkiy mir’ - The ‘Russian World’ meets Ukrainian politics and Vatican diplomacy”, The Pillar (March 3, 2022)

    Anatolii Babynskyi, “Split from Kirill is coming, say Ukrainian Orthodox priests”, The Pillar (March 9, 2022)

    Anatolii Babynskyi, “‘I have never seen such fear’ - Ukraine’s refugees, and the Catholics helping them survive”, The Pillar (March 24, 2022)

    Union of Brest

    Ecumenical Council of Florence

    Caritas Internationalis


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