November 14, 2016

Exchange on CJAD with host Neil McKenty.

The Lines Are Blazing!

On this show, Neil discusses with Clark Davey, Montreal Gazette publisher and the live callers.

Jean P.


November 8, 2016

Since it’s election day at our friend’s house down on south street, I dug up a 1984 election radio show Exchange.


November 2, 2016


McKenty Live! with host Neil McKenty

The Lines Are Blazing!!

On this episode, Neil is discussing sex with guest Tobi Klein and the live callers.

Jean P.


November 1, 2016


”The Zaniest Show I Ever Did”

No one in talk radio knows for certain what will resonate with listeners.  Or why.  To Neil’s consternation and surprise, one of his most popular ”Exchange” programs was ”Driving With your Mate.”  These are his crib notes for the program, which elicited comments from callers for two months running.

Did you ever get lost, really lost?  How did you get unlost?

Why are male drivers reluctant to ask directions?

Are men better than women at driving?  I know my own wife, Catharine, gives up as a map reader and as a navigator at least once on every trip we take.

Do you think men change personalities when they get behind the wheel?

I do most of the driving in my family.  I consider myself a good driver, and I am uncomfortable with someone else behind the wheel.  i wonder why that is?  I don’t like driving with drivers I don’t know.  It makes me nervous.  I feel more comfortable behind the wheel than sitting in the passenger seat.

There is something darn funny about how a car affects people.  Why do we always pack so much luggage?  Going let’s say, to Rawdon, we have enough luggage in the trunk to go on a cruise around the world on the Queen Mary.  Why do we need so much luggage?

Catharine’s reply:

The darling man was directionally challenged, known to go through the occasional stop sign or red light unless the navigator, me, could stop him.  Never a dull moment!  The luggage, on the other hand, was mostly mine, and never ceased to amaze him.  Can you believe we made it?

Jean P.


October 31, 2016


Exchange on CJAD with host Neil McKenty.

On this episode, Neil discusses pets and guest Dr. Michael Milts with the live callers.

sorry for the bad audio, just crank up the volume.

Happy Halloween!!


October 28, 2016


It was my birthday, New Year’s Eve 1994, about six months after my depression had lifted for good and the happiest summer of my life.  Catharine and I had spent the afternoon cross-country skiing and were relaxed before supper in the lounge of the Laurentian Lodge Club at Prévost, amid the soft rolling foothills.  Outside the frosted windows, the moonlight was glittering on the fresh snowfall; inside, a roaring fire flamed up the chimney of the large stone fireplace.  A splendid dinner was prepared by our talented chef, André.  I was presented with a birthday cake and a rousing chorus of three score years and ten.  I don’t remember feeling happier.  I felt connected in a way I had never felt connected before to these people who were my friends.  I laughed, and it was a genuine laugh.  In some measure I had become real.  I was comfortable in my skin.  As I sat there in the dancing light of the fireplace and happy sounds of singing, I thought of all the people including my family and the Jesuits and my friends who had helped me on this journey.  I thought of how God does indeed write straight with crooked lines.  And then I thought, with Catharine smiling beside me, the best is yet to be.

From Neil’s book, The Inside Story.


October 27, 2016


Here are some friendly reminder for tomorow’s Conference on Mental Health

The Conference will take place at the Toronto Don Valley Hotel, all day Friday Oct. 28th 2016.

Neil McKenty Memorial Lecture.  The fear of Labeling: Shame Stigma, Silence & Suicide among Youth, Adults and Seniors. Given by Dr. Anne Hallward, md (Harvard). At 9:00 am.


October 26, 2016

McKenty Live with host Neil McKenty

Never will I forget the story of this man. He spent forty two years in prison. As a youngster he had stolen a bicycle to go to the funeral of his mother, a prostitute. One thing led to another, prison, holding up banks, more prison. All parole refused.

Forty two years later in a moment of desperation he says the word “help”. A feeling like the effect of ten Valiums comes over him. He finds the courage to write one more request for parole to one of the strictest judges who decides to give him one last chance. He meets his future wife. Now he is telling his story on air. Not an ounce of bitterness. “I was wrong,” he says simply. I sit close to our radio as a policeman phones in, “You’re the reason people in my job keep on going” he says. It’s the only time in ten years Neil leaves the studio to come downstairs and talk to his guest, who is there with his wife. I treasure the book“42 ans en prison” given that day by Gilles Thibault to Neil.

Catharine McKenty

Gilles Thibault was Neil’s most memorable guest.  After the show, Neil went and met Thibault’s wife and saw beside her, a man at peace with himself.

Catharine asks: Who has been the most memorable person in your life?

Jean P.


October 25, 2016

The Senior Times

Pit Stop by Neil McKenty

Pope’s reaction to Williamson curious and disappointing

It is now clear that Catholic-Jewish relations have been seriously damaged by the Vatican’s lifting the excommunication of a schismatic bishop who is a Holocaust denier.

Vatican authorities claim Pope Benedict XVI was unaware of the anti-Semitic attacks that Bishop Richard Williamson has launched in the past. Is this claim credible? Williamson’s diatribes have been in the public domain for years. In 1989, for example, Canadian police considered filing charges against Williamson under Canada’s hate speech laws after he gave an address in Quebec charging that Jews were responsible for“changes and corruption” in the Catholic church, that“not one Jew”perished in Nazi gas chambers, and that the Holocaust was a myth created so that the West would “approve the State of Israel.”

Williamson also praised the writings of Ernst Zundel, the Germanborn Canadian immigrant whose works include Did Six Million Really Die? and The Hitler We Loved and Why, both considered mainstays of Holocaust denial literature.

A 2008 piece in England’s Catholic Herald documented Williamson’s anti-Semitic record and included a judgement from Shimon Samuels, director of international relations at the Simon Wiesenthal Center, to the effect that Williamson is “the Borat of the schismatic Catholic far-right.” Samuels also said at the time that Williamson is “a clown, but a dangerous clown.”

To be sure, the subjects of Williamson’s controversial views are not confined to Jews. He has also suggested that the 9/11 bombings were not the result of airplanes hijacked by terrorists but rather “demolition charges,” has criticized The Sound of Music for a lack of respect for authority and has expressed sympathy for what he described as the “remotely Catholic sense” of the Unabomber for the dangers of technology.

A number of strong voices have spoken to condemn Rome’s rehabilitation of Bishop Williamson and none more so than Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel, who reminded the Pope that in her country denying the Holocaust is a crime. Several Jewish groups have suspended all dialogue with the Catholic Church and, by all accounts, the French bishops are furious. Recently the New York Times questioned why no U.S. or Canadian bishops had publicly deplored the Williamson scandal.

It is also curious that the moderate German Cardinal Walter Kasper was not consulted in this whole damaging affair. Cardinal Kasper is the head of the Pontifical Commission for Religious Relations with Jews.

Nevertheless, the Vatican moved swiftly to try to contain the widespread damage done by the Williamson affair. The Pope confirmed that he was looking forward to his visit to Israel this May. The Secretariat of State said that Bishop Williamson must retract his views unequivocally if he is ever to serve as a bishop in the Catholic Church. In the meantime Bishop Williamson has been dismissed from his post running a seminary in Argentina and the government there has expelled him from the country.

To make matters worse, the Pope named a new bishop in Austria whose well-known public utterances are as outrageous – he described Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans as divine punishment for homosexuality and abortion, and the Harry Potter books as Satanic – as Bishop Williamson’s are evil.

This appointment raised such a storm of opposition in the Austrian Church that the appointment has been rescinded. The irony here is that when a bishop is appointed the diocesan authorities submit three names for the Pope’s consideration. In the Austrian case the Pope rejected the three names and appointed another candidate so unpopular he had to withdraw.

There may well be a silver lining to the affair in Austria. If the Vatican backed down because of opposition at the local level, will this set a precedent for future Episcopal appointments. At the very least it would seem that Rome must take more seriously the views of the local church. In fact, this would be in the spirit of Vatican 11, which urged a more collegial governance for the Church.

Both the fracas over Bishop Williamson and the aborted appointment in Austria beg the question of whether the universal Catholic Church can be competently led by a small group of male celibates isolated in Rome. It is a question that requires an urgent answer.

Originally published in March 2009

Jean P.


October 24, 2016



Exchange on CJAD with host Neil McKenty.

On the show today, Neil is discussing  looks.  Is it a factor in today’s world.  With the live callers.

Catharine asks: What do you think Donald Trump would say?

Jean P.