Bishops not planning pastoral guidelines on assisted suicide

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OTTAWA – Canada’s Catholic bishops are unlikely to issue national pastoral guidelines on how to accompany Catholics considering euthanasia, the bishops’ conference president said. “I don’t foresee the CCCB (Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops) will be putting out guidelines, at least not at this point,” said Hamilton Bishop Douglas Crosby at the close of the bishops’ plenary Sept.26-30 in Cornwall, […]

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Canadians shouldn’t have to compromise their conscience

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As a result of the Supreme Court’s ruling in the Carter v. Canada case, the federal government passed Bill C-14 on June 17, 2016. C-14 legalized physician-assisted suicide. While we are heartened that C-14 did include some protections, unfortunately these protections alone are not enough. C-14 also leaves major regulations concerning conscientious objections to provincial governments. In certain provinces, such […]

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Bishop Bergie’s Statement on Assisted Suicide

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March 4, 2016 My dear brothers and sisters in Christ, In response to the Supreme Court of Canada’s decision to legalize physician-assisted suicide the Government of Canada formed a Parliamentary Committee to assist in writing new legislation. The Committee has now made their recommendations known. What they have suggested is startling and should cause us great concern. I wish to highlight the most troublesome. […]

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