By Andrew Macdonald
Religious News For Religious Folk: Martin Currie Submits Resignation as Archbishop – Source
As The Macdonald Notebook dips its feet into creating another news beat, religious news – because spirituality is important for many earthlings – I am hearing the word that a very enlightened bishop or prelate has submitted his resignation to Pope Francis.
I speak of Roman Catholic Archbishop Martin Currie, who heads up the archdiocese in St. John’s Newfoundland.
The word is that he has just submitted his resignation to the Holy See in Vatican City.
On the eve of his 75th birthday, Currie’s resignation has not yet been accepted by the big guy, Pope Francis.
During my 30-year news career, I used to speak regularly with Currie – when he was parish priest at Halifax’s St. Mary’s Basilica.
When he was named a bishop, first of Grand Falls, Newfoundland, it was seen in the Church of Rome as a big surprise.
That’s because Pope John Paul II had a habit of only appointing conservative theologians as bishops around the world.
Currie is a liberal minded Catholic.
So much so, in one news interview with him around 1995, he publicly told me from St. Mary’s Basilica that the Church of Rome should begin allowing married men to be priests.
Now, 25-years after he made that declaration, I noted last weekend in another Notebook scoop, that Pope Francis has instructed the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops to begin the process to discuss allowing married Mickies to be ordained as priests.
The word given to me is that the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops has had preliminary chats about the matter.
Currie was named a bishop, or prelate, in 2001. He is a graduate of Saint Francis Xavier University, in Antigonish.
He was born in Sheet Harbour in 1943, the third nine children of Everett and Mabel (Walsh) Currie.
“Upon graduation from Sheet Harbour High School in 1961, he studied at St. Francis Xavier University, earning a Bachelor of Arts Degree in 1964″, says his bio on his website.
“That same year he entered the Seminary, Halifax, and was ordained to the priesthood in Sheet Harbour on May 12, 1968″.
From 1968-1974, Fr. Currie served as assistant in St. Patrick’s Parish, Halifax and St. Charles Parish, Amherst.
From 1975-1980 he served in the Archdiocesan mission parish of San Jose Obrero, Chiclayo, Peru, informs his website.
Fr. Currie served as pastor in several parishes including St. Joseph’s Parish, Bridgewater, St. Norbert’s Parish, Lunenburg and St. Vincent de Paul Parish, Dartmouth.
He served as Chaplain at the Halifax County Regional Rehabilitation Centre and was appointed Vicar General of the Archdiocese of Halifax in 1992.
Following a brief study period in Israel, Msgr. Currie was appointed full time Chancellor of the Halifax Archdiocese in 1994.
In 1995, while remaining Chancellor and Vicar General, Msgr. Currie was elected Administrator of the Archdiocese, serving in this capacity for a year.
In 1999, Msgr. Currie became pastor of Immaculate Conception Parish, Truro while continuing to serve as Vicar General of the Archdiocese, member of the Personnel Board and as Archdiocesan Representative at the Atlantic School of Theology.
In addition, he served as Chaplain to the RCMP. Msgr. Currie has been Chaplain of the St. Vincent de Paul Society and Archdiocesan Director of Propagation of the Faith.
His website bio says has served on the boards of Nova Scotia Drug Dependency, St. Mary’s University and St. Vincent’s Guest House.
On December 12, 2000, Msgr. Currie was appointed Bishop of the Diocese of Grand Falls, NL. Upon his Episcopal Ordination on January 31, 2001, he became the 8th bishop of the Diocese.
“During 2006-2007, he was also named Apostolic Administrator of the Diocese of Saint John, NB. As a member of the CCCB he has served on the National Council of the Canadian Catholic Organization for Development & Peace, founded by the Bishops of Canada 40 years ago”, says his bio.
“Pope Benedict XVI named Most Rev. Martin William Currie as Archbishop of St. John’s, Newfoundland Labrador on October 17, 2007″.