“But bishop why don’t you write theologically, Isn’t that what bishops do?”

Over the last year in my other blog: thebishopsviews.wordpress.com I have spent time looking at the issues of the day from my perspective as a human person, a citizen and as a bishop in the Anglican Church of Canada. I have not written as a journalist, an academic, a politician or as an expert of anything. I have written as myself a person like any other person who lives many roles and has many opinions. The joy of writing in a blog is that anyone can do it and no one is forced to read the texts that you supply.

Now that doesn’t mean that those who write blogs have total license to write whatever they choose with no responsibility for what they express. We must be accountable to the laws of decency and mutual respect. I have said some very hard things regarding a number of politicians and a number of political parties. I was known during my time as an elected member of the Legislative Assembly of Ontario as particularly hard on my own government and party. I believe we have a democratic right to hold politicians and governments accountable whether they agree when they are in power or not.

Recently, I have been asked by a number of people to write the theological basis for the political views that I hold. I have decided to do this by setting up a different blog which will afford me opportunity to write in a different way about many of the same issues. We are fortunate as Anglican Christians and as Canadians not to have to subscribe to the mindless doctrine that has gained much acceptance south of the border known as “separation between church and state”. This is not something we have traditionally believed in and this is clearly seen in the fact that the churches in Canada have a long history of engaging in public discussion and political activity throughout the history of Canada.

So, on these pages I will wax theological and grapple with the issues of our day and write from a slightly different perspective. I hope that if you resonate or take umbrage with something that I have written that you will so indicate. I include virtually all comments save those that are obviously hurtful and belittling to others or comments that could transgress the bounds of decency.

One last note if I may. I will post a few theological pieces that I have written for various addresses over the last few years as a means of starting this blog off.  Welcome, and let the exchange of ideas begin!

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About Dennis P Drainville

Dennis Paul Drainville is the twelfth Anglican bishop of Quebec. He began his episcopate on Pentecost Sunday 2009. Born in Joliette, Quebec, Bishop Dennis attended Trinity College, Toronto, earning degrees in arts and divinity. Ordained to the diaconate in 1982 and to the priesthood a year later, he first served a rural parish in the Diocese of Ontario. He later served as executive director of STOP 103, a non-profit, multi-service agency responding to the needs of the poor and marginalized in Toronto’s downtown core. He has also served as an associate priest at Christ Church Cathedral, Montreal, Anglican chaplain at McGill University in Montreal, and as parish priest in the Diocese of Toronto. In 1990 Bishop Dennis was elected to the Legislative Assembly of Ontario, where he served in various capacities, including as a deputy speaker. In 1993 he resigned from the government caucus to protest his party’s decision to introduce casino gambling to Ontario. Bishop Dennis arrived in the Diocese of Quebec in 1994, as a teacher of English, drama, history, and humanities at the CÉGEP de la Gaspésie et des Îles in Gaspé. He also served as an honorary assistant in the Greater Parish of Gaspé, and later as Archdeacon of Gaspé. In addition to his responsibilities as diocesan, Bishop Dennis also sits on the Anglican Church of Canada’s Council of General Synod, and is co-chair of the Anglican-Roman Catholic Dialogue of Canada. A lifelong social activist, and compelling public speaker, Bishop Drainville has never hidden his commitment to social change and the creation of relationships based on the principles of justice and peace.

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