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Philip Francis Pocock (2 July 1906 – 6 September 1984) was the Roman Catholic Archbishop of Toronto from 1971 to 1978.
Born St. Thomas, Ontario, and studied at St. Peter's Seminary, London, Ontario. In 1933 he left his parish to study canon law in Rome (graduating with a doctorate in canon law from the Angelicum University in 1934). He was ordained a priest in 1930 and became a professor at St. Peter's Seminary in London, Ontario, teaching moral theology and canon law.
In 1961, Pocock left Winnipeg and became Coadjutor Archbishop of Toronto and Titular Archbishop of Isauropolis to assist the then ailing archbishop, Cardinal James Charles McGuigan.
He succeeded as Archbishop of Toronto in 1971 and served until he resigned in 1978.
Return to parish workEdit
He resigned as archbishop in 1978 and returned to life as a parish priest at St Mary's Parish in Brampton, Ontario. At St. Mary's, Pocock remained active as a priest, celebrating mass, confirmations, and visiting a senior citizens' home. He was later given the title of Archbishop Emeritus of Toronto.
He died on September 6, 1984 and was interred in Holy Cross Cemetery in Thornhill, Ontario.
During his time as archbishop, Pocock established several institutions and charities:
- Archdiocesan Pastoral Council and the Senate of Priests
- improved Catholic education standards
- create Sharelife - replacing the Council of Catholic Charities due to opposition to United Way's support of Planned Parenthood clinics
- lobbying for legislation against pornography
- encouraging interfaith relations and activities
He encouraged the laity to become involved in church decisions, the liturgy, and charitable works. He helped consecrate two auxiliary bishops; Thomas B. Fulton and Aloysius Ambrozic, with the latter becoming archbishop of the diocese.
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