Truth to Power presents the best from twenty years of provocative journalism by Father Andrew Britz, a Benedictine monk at St. Peter’s Abbey in the hinterland of rural Saskatchewan, far from the centres of ecclesiastical and political influence.
Britz was editor of The Prairie Messenger, a prophetic Catholic weekly news journal that has been published by the monks since 1904. He was fearless in speaking truth to the powerful in church and society—to popes and prime ministers, capitalists and clerics. “It is easy producing a prophetic paper year in and year out,” he writes in one of the editorials published in this book. “Prophets call us to a new age.”
The new age for Britz is one that resists an imperial papacy, one in which his church honours and takes seriously the gifts of all the baptized—lay people as well as clerics, woman as well as men, and the poor, especially the poor. Britz’s world is also one where the abuses of liberal capitalism are held in check, where militarization is curtailed, where the earth and all its peoples are treated with respect, and one where all religions act in unity for the common good.
Although Britz is best known for provocative editorials, there is also a deeply contemplative dimension to his writing, the legacy of his life as a monk and a trained liturgist who is deeply steeped in church history.
In Truth to Power, Britz confronts honestly and with clarity the issues that confront us:
The papacy, the bishops, laypeople, women in the church, social justice, economic development, the environment, abortion, birth control, ecumenism, fundamentalism, Christmas, Easter, the mass, Vatican II.