Conversations with Archbishop J

Plenty fathers, need more dads

Q: Archbishop J, is fatherhood undervalued in today’s family? I meet many men who make significant sacrifices for their children. When I enquire about their experience […]

‘Vene’ crisis: What do you see?

  Q: Archbishop J, how can we meet the needs of Venezuelans who have come to our shores? In 50 years, history will judge us on […]

Conversations with Archbishop J

Going back to our baptismal roots Q: Archbishop J, Why an AEC Missionary Congress? Pope Francis has called for an extraordinary mission month in October 2019. […]

In the Cross – love, discipleship, victory

Q: Archbishop J, If Jesus is risen from the dead, why do we still focus on the cross? Great question! One would think that once the […]

Mary, our Queen Mother

  Q: Archbishop J, La Divina Pastora—Is Mary a god? Mary is not God! She is not part of the Trinity! She is not a god! […]

The challenges of Catholic media

Q: Archbishop J, What are the challenges facing Catholic News? This month Catholic News celebrates 127 years of faithful, uninterrupted journalism. Congratulations to all who work […]

The Resurrection – ultimate sign of Mercy

Q: Archbishop J, Why should I show mercy? Our natural inclination is to go for justice. Every child knows what fairness is. It is built into […]

The Resurrection – process and power

Q: Archbishop J, What is the Resurrection? Some people see the resurrection as an event that happened 2,000 years ago. It is! It is the most […]

The empty tabernacle – what God has done for us

Q: Archbishop J, Why is there a special altar on Holy Thursday? The Triduum is the celebration of all celebrations in the Catholic calendar. As the […]

Partnering with the strangers among us

Q: Archbishop J, What has been your Lent highpoint? Now that is a hard question! I have three: (1) The sacrifice people made towards the upkeep […]

Marriage prep and beyond

Q: Archbishop J, How are we forming people for the vocation of Marriage? Marriage is a vocation; it is a sacrament, a commitment for life! It […]

Prayer, Fasting and Almsgiving to rebuild a community

Q: Archbishop J, what is the Generation S challenge? Each year Generation S challenges young people to sacrifice for something bigger than themselves: this is at […]

Calling our men to mission, mentorship

Q: Archbishop J, Why launch a men’s ministry? At a meeting with Catholics some time ago, I asked the group to look around. They did. I […]

Renewing our Baptismal call

Q: Archbishop J, What is the inner meaning of Lent? Lent is a time of renewal—either a time of preparation for Baptism or recommitment to our […]

The rhythm and routine of prayer

Q: Archbishop J, teach us ways of praying. TO pray is to live and become fully alive in Christ. I will focus here on methods and […]

Movement towards God

Q: Archbishop J, why is it so hard to be consistent in prayer? If a profound and deep prayer life is so advantageous, why do so […]

‘Daddy, deliver us from temptation’

Q: Archbishop J, How do we pray? Pt 4 The ‘Our Father’ is a gym for spiritual development and growth in discipleship, stretching the one praying […]

Trusting Daddy for our daily bread

Q: Archbishop J, How do we pray? Pt 3 The ‘Our Father’ is an ancient prayer. Originally spoken in Aramaic, it was written in Greek, translated […]

Meeting Daddy in our true home

Q: Archbishop J, How do we pray? Pt 2 God is daddy! A loving father! This as we have seen is the foundation of Christian prayer. […]

God is our daddy!

Q: Archbishop J, How do we pray? Jesus’ disciples asked the same question—“Lord, teach us to pray, just as John taught his disciples” (Lk 11:1). At […]

Prayer – Covenant and Communion

Q: Archbishop J, what is prayer? Having looked at why we pray in last Sunday’s column, now we will look at what is prayer. Remember from […]

Alive in Christ

Q: Archbishop J, why do we pray? Prayer for the Christian is like water for fish. It is through prayer that we realise the full measure […]

All have a part to play for Peace

Q: Archbishop J, how do we promote peace in T&T for 2019? Peace is not the absence of war or murder; it is the establishment of […]

Give a gift of support to our priests

Q: Archbishop J, why is the Christmas collection for our priests? At Christmas and Easter the whole collection from all parishes goes to the support of […]

The many titles of Our Mother

Q: Archbishop J, which is more important, the Immaculate Conception or Guadalupe? The Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception is the patronal feast of our cathedral and […]

Declare a different kind of ‘war’

Q: Archbishop J, with the high murder rate do you have hope for T&T? The high rate of criminal activity has fostered a deep anxiety and […]

Live Advent fully

Q: Archbishop J, why do we celebrate Advent when everyone is celebrating Christmas? The early celebration of Christmas is commercial. Merchants have realised that the season […]

Petrotrin – a pastoral perspective

Q: Archbishop J, What does Catholic social teaching say about the layoff of workers? The Petrotrin workers are in the hearts and minds of our nation […]

This poor man cried and the Lord heard him

Q: Archbishop J, Why a World Day of the Poor? We live in a world with a widening gap between rich and poor. The gap is […]

A plan to transform our Church

Q: Archbishop J, why a pastoral plan? The Church today is facing some difficult challenges. The things we have done as Church in the last 50 […]

Remembering those who have ‘fallen asleep’

Q: Archbishop J, why do Catholics pray for the dead? On November 2, All Souls’ Day, many people light up the tombs of their ancestors. Days […]

God in times of disaster

Q: Archbishop J, is God still a Trini? I will say a resounding ‘yes!’. God is still a Trini. But we must also hold that God […]

A mission we all must accept

Q: Archbishop J, what is Mission Sunday? Many think the Church has a mission. St John Paul II thought, however, it is rather the mission which […]

Answer Pope’s call – pray against evil

Q: Archbishop J, why is the Pope asking for special prayers? In this month of the rosary, the Holy Father invites the whole People of God […]

A time for reparation

Q: Archbishop J, Why should we do penance and fast for this crisis? We did not do anything wrong. The Church is the body of Christ; […]

Decriminalise it, not legalise

Q: Archbishop J, should we legalise marijuana? Trinidad and Tobago’s response to this very important conversation about marijuana has deep implications for our society. Marijuana is […]

We need to take back our schools

Q: Archbishop J, how can we help our Catholic schools? Catholic education is one of the most vexing, troubling and complicated areas of pastoral life in […]

We all have a responsibility to protect God’s children

Q: Archbishop J, what has the Church done to protect our children? The Bishops of the Antilles Episcopal Conference (AEC), on April 23, 2007, issued a […]

We Must Protect Our Children

Q: Archbishop J, What is happening to our Church? The recent publication of the 1300-page grand jury report in the United States, detailing the systemic abuse […]

A Church in Service to the Nation

Archbishop J, what is the Church’s contribution to the nation over the last 56 years? In many significant ways the Church has contributed to the life […]

Our earth groans in travail

Archbishop J, What does the Church teach about our care for the environment? Pope Francis begins his encyclical on the environment with the words Laudato Si’(LS). […]

The Pope’s Death Penalty Position

Q: Archbishop J, can the pope really change the teaching on the death penalty? This is a complicated question that needs an appreciation of paradox. The […]

Opportunities for ongoing faith formation

Q: Archbishop J, why does the Church have so many schools during July-August? In every field of life we need to update constantly. Our faith is […]

Moving towards a Pastoral Plan

Q: Archbishop J, what has happened to the Parish Consultation you began? First, I would like to thank all the priests, religious and laity who participated […]

The family – our Caribbean reality

Q: Archbishop J, what is the AEC bishop’s plan to transform the Caribbean family? The Afro-Caribbean family has a unique history. For 400 years we have […]

The reality of family life 50 years after Humanae Vitae

Q: Archbishop J, was Pope Paul VI right about Humanae Vitae? Humanae Vitae (HV) was an encyclical letter issued by Pope Paul VI 50 years ago, […]

Symbol of authority in the call to serve

Q: Archbishop J, what is a pallium? The pallium is a woolen vestment conferred by the pope on an archbishop. It signifies his authority as the […]

Parents, first teachers on human sexuality

Q: Archbishop J, what is Comprehensive Sex Education Guidance? In January UNESCO, as part of its Education 2030 initiative, issued the ‘International Technical Guidance on Sexuality […]

The truth about justice

Q: Archbishop J what is Restorative Justice (RJ) and why does the Church support it? Restorative Justice (RJ) is a system of justice that brings together […]

The ‘heart’ of our Archdiocese

Q: Archbishop why SOS—Support our Seminarians? Some 75 years ago the Seminary of St John Vianney and the Uganda Martyrs was established. Five young men offered […]

The real presence of Christ in the world

Q: Archbishop, what is Corpus Christi? Many years ago, anticipating the feast of Corpus Christi and the holiday, a teacher asked: “Why do we have a […]

The Trinity: love perfect

Archbishop why a Trinity? Why not just one God? The Holy Trinity is central to our faith. As the Catechism says: “The mystery of the Most […]

Pentecost, renewal and the Church

Archbishop, what is the meaning of Pentecost? The word Pentecost means ‘50th’. It refers to the Jewish feast of Pentecost, which is held on the 50th […]

Mary, A Sacred Vessel

Archbishop, why do Catholics worship Mary? Catholics venerate and love Our Blessed Mother: we do not worship her. Worship is due to God and God alone. […]

In each parish, a ministry to refugees

Archbishop, if we keep accepting refugees to Trinidad and Tobago how are we going to cope when we have so many poor people with no jobs […]

Archbishop, what is an ad limina visit?

Conversations with Archbishop J QUESTION: Archbishop, what is an ad limina visit? Every Sunday at Mass we say in the Creed, “I believe in the one, […]

Marriage: a Covenant

Given the Church’s position on decriminalising buggery does it mean the Church will endorse same-sex marriage? In a 2015 statement, the AEC bishops defined marriage as […]

Thinking with the Church

QUESTION: Archbishop would you tell me clearly the teaching of the Church on decriminalising buggery in Trinidad and Tobago? I will begin by saying that in […]

Jesus, I trust in you

QUESTION: Archbishop, How can I trust in the mercy of God when I have done such bad things? Divine Mercy calls us to a radical trust […]

Easter hope

QUESTION: Archbishop, with all the darkness around is the resurrection real for us living in Trinidad and Tobago 2018? The Gospel for Easter Sunday has a […]

Make Holy Week a memoria

QUESTION: Archbishop, what is the significance of Holy Week? In the life of the Church, Holy Week is our most important week. We celebrate the central […]

Archbishop Pantin, the founder

Your Grace, Why did you use the crozier of Archbishop Anthony Pantin for your Installation?  God gives a special spirit and grace to founders. Their pastoral […]

In the midst of human weakness…

Dear Archbishop, how does Pope Francis propose that we help couples in irregular unions? I would begin with another question: How did Jesus treat people in […]

Amoris Laetitia – Mercy and Truth have met

Dear Archbishop, is it true to say that “a small section of Chapter 8 of Amoris Laetitia raises very serious questions to us Catholics who would […]

A time and a season for everything

Question: Why do you ask Catholics not to partake in Carnival-like activities during Lent? In the February 11 column that focused on Carnival, I raised the […]

Sacrifice for something bigger than yourself

by Archbishop Jason Gordon A sacrifice is giving up something good for something that is better. This is the hidden dynamism of Lent. Prayer, fasting and […]

The Holy Spirit and the Church II

by Archbishop Jason Gordon Today, we speak of the Holy Spirit as if the Spirit relates only to individuals, people who are gifted and anointed for […]

The Holy Spirit and the Church

by Archbishop Charles Jason Gordon When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place. Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a […]

God calls YOU

by Archbishop Charles Jason Gordon You have a vocation! This is a truth you may not have wrestled with deeply enough as a Catholic man or […]

Let’s work in solidarity

Welcoming, protecting, promoting, integrating migrants and refugees by Archbishop Jason Charles Gordon, January 9 Men and women in search of peace.  This is how the Holy Father, […]