Released March 26, 1967 — perhaps purposefully on Easter — Blessed Paul’s encyclical Populorum Progressio rooted the Catholic Church in solidarity with the world’s poorest nations. He called for the elimination of economic disparity and reminded people to recognize the common threads that unite humanity in a world with finite resources.
Nothing has wounded the church more deeply nor threatened the faith of individual Catholics more certainly than the parade of child sexual abuse revelations. Decades later, Catholics are still trying to comprehend how priests could abuse minors and to understand the church’s unsatisfactory response.
Bill Gliede’s testimony at the Cathedral of the Holy Family in Saskatoon was part of an annual Holocaust Education Program presented by Congregation Agudas Israel, Saskatoon’s synagogue. The 87-year-old Holocaust survivor was also the guest speaker at a Holocaust Memorial held March 19 at the synagogue.