OTTAWA, Ontario (CNS) — When Canadian bishops meet in late September, they will discuss the legalization of euthanasia and assisted suicide in Canada.
Deacon Rene Laprise, communications director for the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops, said the bishops will hear about euthanasia in Netherlands from Utrecht Cardinal Willem Eijk, a moral theologian, ethicist and physician. The cardinal will address the bishops Sept. 26, the opening day of the five-day meeting in Cornwall, Ontario.
The bishops also will discuss the Truth and Reconciliation Commission calls to action that specifically targeted churches and faith-based organizations, reported Canadian Catholic News. The bishops will look at the commitments made by Catholic parties to show how they plan to bring their policies in line with the 2007 U.N. Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and on the repudiation of the so-called “Doctrine of Discovery” and “terra nullius,” which gave explorers the right to seize lands they said were empty, but belonged to native peoples. The calls to action also asked that Pope Francis visit Canada to apologize for Indian residential schools.
When Catholic entities and bishops responded to the calls to action last March, they pointed out Catholic policies are already in line with the U.N. declaration regarding indigenous peoples’ rights to self-determination, self-government, their own institutions, and their rights to their cultural traditions and customs, including spiritual beliefs.
At the plenary, the bishops will also hear an update on the transition of six former missionary dioceses under the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples to the common jurisdiction of the Catholic Church. These dioceses with large territories, which serve many indigenous communities, will now rely more heavily on other Canadians dioceses to support their parishes and missions. The bishops’ plenary will hear about the continuing outreach and reconciliation work being done with Canada’s native peoples.
The meeting’s workshops will include discussion of the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation; Pope Francis’ environmental encyclical, “Laudato Si’, on Care for Our Common Home”; and a reflection on Pope Francis’ postsynodal apostolic exhortation, “Amoris Laetitia.”
Join the CatholicPhilly.com family
CatholicPhilly.com works to strengthen the connections between people, families and communities every day by delivering the news people need to know about the Catholic Church, especially in the Philadelphia region, and the world in which we live.
By your donation in any amount, you and hundreds of other people become part of our mission to inform, form in the Catholic faith and inspire the thousands of readers who visit every month.
Here is how you can help:
- A $100 gift allows us to present award-winning photos of Catholic life in our neighborhoods.
- A $50 gift enables us to cover a news event in a local parish, school or Catholic institution.
- A $20 gift lets us obtain solid faith formation resources that can deepen your spirituality and knowledge of the faith.
- A small, automated monthly donation means you can support us continually and easily.
Won't you consider making a gift today?
Please join in the church's vital mission of communications by offering a gift in whatever amount that you can ― a single gift of $40, $50, $100, or more, or a monthly donation. Your gift will strengthen the fabric of our entire Catholic community and sustain CatholicPhilly.com as your trusted news source. Thank you in advance!
Make your donation by credit card here:
Or make your donation by check:
222 N. 17th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103