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Citizens’ Forum: The church’s role in modern times

The Story

An institution as huge, rich and powerful as the Catholic Church could theoretically accomplish almost anything it works toward, but what should those goals be? Reverends J.D.N. MacDonald and G.A. Ernst talk to psychiatrist Dr. F.A. Dunsworth and philosopher George Grant about what the church should be trying to accomplish, and where it's wasting its energy by working toward the wrong causes.

Medium: Radio
Program: Citizens' Forum
Broadcast Date: Nov. 2, 1950
Guest(s): Dr. F.A. Dunsworth, Rev. G.A. Ernst, George Grant, Rev. J.D. Nelson MacDonald
Host: Frank W. Peers
Duration: 44:38
Photo: Joe Thorn/Flickr Creative Commons

Did You know?

• In the year this program was aired, Canadians were much more committed churchgoers than they are today. In 1950, 75 per cent of Canadians, including 88 per cent of Quebecers, regularly attended church. By 2000, those numbers had plummeted to 32 and 22 per cent respectively.

• Panellist George Grant's family tree is a who's who of distinguished Canadians. His father and maternal grandfather were principals of Upper Canada College, and his paternal grandfather was once principal of Queen's University. He is related to Vincent Massey, the first Canadian-born governor general and is uncle to Canadian intellectual and politician Michael Ignatieff.



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