Sin of Omission

The priest was Haitian and unpopular, sent from Halifax to lift the church’s sinking numbers. Someone made a joke about     colonialism. Someone made a joke about how he choked on …

The priest
was Haitian and unpopular, sent
from Halifax to lift the
church’s sinking numbers.
Someone made a joke about
    colonialism.
Someone made a joke about
how he choked on certain words:
    roshery, Simmeritin,
    Good instead of God.
He liked his vestments arranged
in a reliable order, would
reach for them blindly, one
finger on his scripture.
He had me come in early to
heat and light the room, dust
the Christ-bearing frames
of the Passion. On the Sunday
of the crash, he
decided not to mention it, said
Those people
in the ocean, those people
are not us.

This appeared in the June 2010 issue.

Jacob McArthur Mooney
Jacob McArthur Mooney’s latest is Don’t Be Interesting. He works, under a different name, for Firmex, a virtual data room provider.
Amber Albrecht

Enjoy What You’re Reading?

Fact-based journalism is our passion and your right.

We feature Canadian voices and expertise on stories and events with a global impact, from the mainstreaming of cannabis to the fallout of the SNC-Lavalin affair to Canada's response to COVID-19, and we firmly believe that this reporting can change the world around us.

We’re asking readers like you to support The Walrus so we can continue to lead the Canadian conversation.
Every contribution makes a difference.
Please support The Walrus from as little as $2.
Donations of $20 or more will receive a charitable tax receipt.