CCCB Forms Ad Hoc Committee to Assist Development and Peace in its Renewal and Appoints Three Bishops to Head a New Committee on Life and Family
09 December 2009
Development and Peace
During its 2-3 December meeting, the Permanent Council of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB) formed an ad hoc committee to assist the Canadian Catholic Organization for Development and Peace (CCODP) in reviewing its operations.
The Committee, made up of Archbishop Pierre-André Fournier, of Rimouski, Archbishop André Gaumond, of Sherbrooke, Bishop Fred Henry, of Calgary and Toronto Auxiliary Bishop John Boissonneau, will collaborate with Development and Peace on revising its mandate and operational principles in light of the latest papal encyclical Caritas in Veritate. It will also support CCODP in its implementation of the recommendations made this past June by the Committee of Inquiry established by the CCCB to look into allegations concerning five Mexican organizations, which had received project funding from Development and Peace.
The ad hoc committee will report on the progress made by Development and Peace at the 2010 CCCB Plenary Assembly, which will allow the Bishops to decide on future directions.
Life and Family
The Permanent Council also appointed CCCB Vice President Archbishop Richard Smith, of Edmonton, Bishop Ronald P. Fabbro, C.S.B., of London, and Quebec City Auxiliary Bishop Gérald C. Lacroix, I.S.P.X., to an ad hoc Committee on Life and Family. Its mandate is to develop an intermediate and long-term strategy for the promotion of a culture of life and family in Canada and to submit a proposal to the Permanent Council before the 2010 Plenary.
“Catholics have been expressing the need for a stronger and more unified leadership in the areas of life and family,” said CCCB President, Bishop Pierre Morissette. “We are hoping that these initiatives will inspire the faithful to reaffirm their Catholic identity and get involved in creating a culture more respectful of life in its entirety.”
The Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops is the national assembly of Catholic Bishops who have pastoral responsibility for 12.8 million Catholics across the country. The Conference provides ways for assisting the Canadian Bishops in their common pastoral responsibilities in different areas such as doctrine, ecumenical and interfaith relations, justice and peace issues, liturgy and catechesis. (Source)
While it is encouraging that the bishops claim they will start moving on initiatives which will “inspire the faithful to reaffirm their Catholic identity and get involved in creating a culture more respectful of life in its entirety”, readers should be soberly reminded that it has taken them 40 years to get to this point and they are still funding pro-abort groups. The first obvious step they can take in order to gain some credibility in this area is to stop making Canadian Catholics the useful idiots of the international abortion lobby!
Oh yes, one more thing. Did you catch the date about when the ad hoc committee will release their report? Next October 2010. Lovely, just lovely. Nothing says “priority” like another 365 days.
I guess all that time will be taken up fine-tuning that sleek new communication strategy which they have been developing.
Are babies’ lives not important enough to them?
Why is it so difficult to cut the funding right now? Why?
Shoot first. Ask questions later. For once.
|Pro-Abort/Anti-Catholic Groups Funded by the Canadian Bishops|
|2||Mexican Network for Action Regarding Free Trade||Mexico||Abortion||LSN|
|3||Center for Economic and Political Research for Community Action||Mexico||Abortion||LSN|
|4||National Center for Social Communication||Mexico||Abortion||LSN|
|5||All Rights for Everyone Network||Mexico||Abortion||LSN|
|9||CONAG – DCF||Guinea||Abortion||SCB|LSN|
|11||Movimento de Mulheres Camponesas||Brazil||Abortion||SCB|LSN|
|16||Fokupers||East Timor||Abortion, Anti-Catholicism||SCB|LSN|
|19||March 8th Women’s Collective||Nicaragua||Abortion||SCB|LSN|
|29||CANTERA||Nicaragua||Reproductive “Health”, Anti-Catholic||SCB|
|31||Réseau Siggil Jigéen||Senegal||Reproductive “Health”||SCB|
|33||WfC||South Africa||Reproductive “Health”||SCB|
|34||Freedom from Debt Coalition||Philippines||Contraception||SCB|
|35||PETA||Philippines||Reproductive “Rights”, Anti-Catholicism||SCB|
|38||Rede Feto||East Timor||Abortion||SCB|
|39||Banteay Srei||Cambodia||Reproductive “Rights”||SCB|
|41||Ecuarunari||Ecuador||Reproductive “Rights”, Anti-Catholic||SCB|