What in Quebec in the 1960s was called the “Quiet Revolution” has been transformed year after year into a “quiet dechristianization” or “silent apostasy” of all of Canada.
The Catholic Riposte website on April 27, 2021 recalls this slow and inexorable decline in Northern Ontario: “On July 16, 2017, Radio-Canada listed some fifteen churches that had been closed and sold since 2004, while the Diocese of Timmins had closed five. In 2010, the diocese of Sault-Sainte-Marie closed five others, and sold three of the English-speaking churches in Sault-Sainte-Marie itself.
“The same year, the French-speaking churches of the Resurrection and of the Sacred Heart, in Sturgeon Falls (demolished in 2015) and North Bay, ceased their activity, while the diocese of Hearst sold the church and the presbytery of St. Rita (Val-Rita). In 2011, the same diocese closed the St. Stanislas Church in Harty.”
“Finally, in 2016, the church of St. Mathieu de Wahnapitae, bilingual French-English, ceased its activity. In addition, the Youville Orphanage in Sudbury was closed and destroyed in 2005.”
“These closures have since continued and have accelerated across Canada with the coronavirus crisis and the severe restrictions put in place in the regions - thus, in Quebec, the number of faithful allowed to attend Mass had been maintained for months at fifty, and since April 6 has been reduced to 25.”
“In Quebec, the number of worshipers, which had been declining by 3 to 4% per year, fell by 10% in the year preceding Covid-19 and by a fifth in the year of the pandemic – the number of the faithful who watched Masses at home but did not return to churches - complicating the financial situation of parishes largely forced to separate from their churches.”
The motto of Quebec currently seems to be rejected by this Catholic amnesia. Historian Thomas Chapais said in 1895: “This motto has only three words: ‘I do remember’; but these three words, in their simplicity, are worth the most eloquent speech. Yes, we do remember.”
“We remember the past and its lessons, the past and its misfortunes, the past and its glories. May the Belle Province realize that without this memory it has no future, because it is impossible to know where we are going when we do not know from where we come!”