The Catholic Bishops of Canada have concluded their 2016 Plenary Assembly, which took place from September 26-30 in Cornwall, Ontario.
“We had many interesting presentations,” said Bishop Douglas Crosby, OMI, President of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB). “It was a very full Plenary; the agenda was perhaps too packed.”
In an interview with Vatican Radio, Bishop Crosby spoke about some of
the most important themes of the Plenary Assembly. Notably the Bishops
discussed the recent legalization of euthanasia in the county.
is called ‘Medical Assistance in Dying,’” said Bishop Crosby, “which I
think we would all want medical assistance in dying. So it really is
misleading in terms of the title but this is really assisting suicide.”
The Bishops heard from Cardinal Willem Eijk, Archbishop of Utrecht,
Holland, on the social and cultural impact of legalized assisted suicide
and euthanasia in The Netherlands and beyond. They also discussed
pastoral responses to euthanasia.
Another item on the agenda was the environment. Bishop Crosby told
Vatican Radio, “Father Michael Czerny, [S.J.], from the Pontifical
Council of Justice and Peace, gave us a very good understanding and
background for Laudato sì, which we received of course, last
year but didn’t have the opportunity to have kind of an in-depth look at
it. He gave us a very interesting presentation and helpful to
understanding its formation and its importance.”
Among other topics, the Bishops also discussed the commemoration of the 5th centenary of the Protestant Reformation; as well as the Post-Synodal Apostolic Exhortation, Amoris laetitia,
On Love in the Family; and the commitments made by Catholic parties in
response to the Calls to Action of the Truth and Reconciliation