A Catholic Journey: Paul Martin Sr., Religion, and Politics

2012-2013 John J. Wintermeyer Lecture


A Catholic Journey: Paul Martin Sr., Religion, and Politics

Catholicism defined the private life and public career of Paul Martin Sr. (1903-92), one of Canada's leading politicians in the decades after World War Two. His youthful Catholicism shaped his approach to political life and sanctified his ambition. As a young man, he rejected the classical conservatism of a junior seminary in Québec, embracing instead the more tolerant version of Catholicism he encountered during the 1920s at St. Michael's College in the Protestant University of Toronto. In this talk, Professor Donaghy will explore Martin's early faith experiences, and examine the resulting philosophy of social justice and political change that drove this young Catholic to challenge the status quo in Depression Canada.

Greg Donaghy

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Greg Donaghy, PhD

Greg Donaghy was educated at the University of Saint Michael's College in Toronto (BA), Carleton University (MA), and the University of Waterloo, where he received his PhD in 1998. He joined the Historical Section of the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade in 1989 and was promoted to Head of the Section in 2003. Dr. Donaghy has edited six volumes in the series Documents on Canadian External Relations, as well as several collections of essays on post-war Canada, including (with Patricia Roy) Contradictory Impulses: Canada and Japan in the 20th Century (2008). His recent publications include the monograph, Tolerant Allies: Canada and the United States, 1963-68 (2001) and the collection, Canada and the Hungarian Revolution: A Documentary Perspective (2004), for which he was awarded a Medal of Freedom in 2006 by the Hungarian Government.

Friday, November 30, 2012 - 7:30pm
Siegfried Hall(1036)
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Honourable John J. Wintermeyer Fund