Claude Lacaille: Rebel Priest in the Time of Tyrants

Thursday, February 25, 2016 - 21:28

People oppose dictators like Pinochet in great numbers, but few actually take action and risk their lives doing so. Claude Lacaille did, particularly in Chile from 1975 to 1986. And he has never ceased fighting for social justice and freedom. His inspiration is Liberation Theology, which led him and others to join the resistance and thus find themselves on a collision course with Popes John-Paul II and Benedict XVI.

Rebel Priest in the Time of Tyrants  is Lacaille’s first-hand account of the extraordinary oppression and poverty he witnessed in Haiti, Ecuador, and Chile between 1965 and 1986 where thousands shed blood simply for resisting oppressive regimes, politics and economic doctrines. The men and women featured in Lacaille’s story are an inspiration for those who still believe in a better world. This is an impressive story of courage and solidarity, inspired by a left-wing Christianity truly faithful to the Gospel. His book helps understand what “the preferential option for the poor” really means.

Miguel d’Escoto Brockman, former Nicaraguan Minister of Foreign Affairs with the Sandinista government, wrote the Foreword and described the book as “(a) wonderful testimony… inspired and inspiring pages.”

Claude Lacaille is a priest of the Foreign Mission Society (Société des missions étrangères) and a Biblicist who lived in Haiti and Ecuador from 1965 to 1974 and in Chile from 1975 to 1986. Prevented from returning to Chile by both Chilean and Ecclesiastical authorities, Claude Lacaille continued to fight for justice and freedom. He lives in Trois-Rivières, Québec.

7 PM
Thursday, Feb. 25 2016
Octopus Books Centretown
251 Bank St. 2nd floor


A short documentary will also be shown.

This event is part of Freedom to Read Week events from Feb. 21 ~ 27.


“Lacaille’s autobiography has all the ingredients of great fiction, which makes it more astonishing as truth.” Matthew R. Anderson. (Read entire review in Montreal Review of Books.)

“(a) wonderful testimony… inspired and inspiring pages.” Miguel d’Escoto Brockman, M.M.

“This is a moving book.” Ted Schmidt, Editor, The New Catholic Times and Theology in the Vineyard.

“The story of the struggles against Pinochet’s neo-liberal dictatorship is an epic… So much courage and solidarity, inspired by a left-wing Christianity truly faithful to the Gospel, impresses, moves, and stirs one’s admiration.” Le Devoir, Montréal

“Lacaille’s story is at times harrowing.  At other times, it is heroic, although he would most certainly deny any heroism.  … Rebel Priest is a valuable document.  It provides a personal story of a movement in the Catholic Church that stood up against monopoly capitalism and dictatorship.” Ron JacobsCounterpunch.

Octopus Books Centretown
2nd Floor, 251 Bank St.
Ottawa , ON
45° 24' 58.7052" N, 75° 41' 48.6744" W
Ontario CA

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