Msgr. Foy you really made the world such a better place
for all who were so blessed to know you.
There are no words that can convey the sadness that we feel that our dear friend Fr. Foy has left us all – no doubt to a far far better place than the imperfect world in which we remain. We have known this wonderful man for almost fifty years, more closely still since he married us away back in 1968, not ever imagining that his funeral would take place during our 49th anniversary year.
In more recent years we have managed to stay in even closer touch and have always been deeply honoured that he always far managed to write his own personal messages to us at Christmas.
Although we are seldom in Toronto anymore and have not seen him for a long time we are very happy to say that Fr. Foy will be honoured and remembered often at churches up here in the Algoma – Sudbury area in the weeks, months and years ahead.
You really made the world such a better place for all who were so blessed to know you. It was wonderful that God left you with us for so long before eventually calling you Home!
God Bless you Father Foy; yes, Monsignor Foy too!
Tribute from Rory and Victoria, April 2017
The February 14, 2018 issue of the Prairie Messenger, printed the letter to the editor below at this link: http://www.prairiemessenger.ca/18_02_14/letters_18_02_14.html
Clarification about Msgr. Foy and Gregory Baum
The Editor: In the Oct. 25, 2017, issue of the Prairie Messenger, the article about the death of ex-priest Gregory Baum erroneously stated that Msgr. Vincent Foy “popularized a theory that Mr. Baum had excommunicated himself by marrying before his laicization was formally recognized by the Vatican.”
This was not a “theory.” In fact, as a canon lawyer Msgr. Foy was assigned and in charge of the sad duty of the laicization of priests. Msgr. Foy was informed that Gregory Baum initially got civilly married without first being laicized as a priest. Msgr. Foy knew the superiors of the order that Baum was a member of.
In his 1996 article, “Notes on Gregory Baum,” Msgr. Foy reported: “In its issue of Jan. 14, 1978, the Catholic Register reported that ‘Gregory Baum, noted Canadian theologian and outspoken critic of the church, married a former nun in a private ceremony recently in Montreal . . . the bride is Shirley Flynn, who left her religious order about 15 years ago.’ He had previously cancelled an application for laicization. According to canon 2388 of the Code of Canon Law in force at that time, he was automatically excommunicated.”
Baum wrote in his autobiography, “I decided to leave informally. I published a brief statement in the Globe and Mail saying that I was leaving the priesthood because of my disagreement with the church’s sexual ethics . . . .” See www.msgrfoy.com
— Jean Ladouceur, Ottawa