Father John Mole, a Missionary Oblate of Mary Immaculate, died peacefully at the Oblate residence in Ottawa on Feb. 14. Born in England and ordained a priest in 1947, he soon developed an interest in media communications, especially in their written form, and went on to teach the subject first at Ottawa University, and then at St. Paul University. Along the way, he developed a friendship with famed media guru Marshall McLuhan and founded the School of Communications at St. Paul. Mole also spent many years as a military chaplain.
One of his most influential publications was the 2000 book, Whither the Roman Rite?, which talked about the legitimacy of the old Latin Mass (which was generally replaced by vernacular languages after the Vatican II council) and how a place should be maintained for its legitimacy in current practice. The publication of that book garnered front-page coverage in no less a publication than the Ottawa Citizen.