CCCB to limit media to their Assembly

(CCCB – Ottawa)… The Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB) will hold its annual Plenary Assembly October 25-29, 2010, at the Nav Canada Centre, Cornwall, Ontario. About 90 Bishops from across the country will gather to review pastoral activities of the past year and share their experiences and insights on the life of the Church and the major events that shape our society.

Appointed observers, invited guests of various faiths and accredited media professionals are welcome to attend the public session of the Plenary Assembly only, which is on Monday, October 25, 2010 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Relations with Muslims are at the heart of this first session. Ms. Alia Hogben, Executive Director of the Canadian Council of Muslim Women, will share interfaith greetings and reflections with the Bishops of Canada. The Episcopal Commission for Christian Unity, Religious Relations with the Jews, and Interfaith Dialogue, in collaboration with the National Muslim Christian Liaison Committee will also conduct pastoral animation and facilitate discussions on this theme.

In addition to reviewing the work carried out over the past year by CCCB councils, commission and committees, the Bishops will discuss a number of pastoral issues. Topics to be discussed during the working sessions include the CCCB restructuring process; the role of Bishops in life issues, and the Canadian Catholic Organization for Development and Peace (CCODP).
The working sessions of the Plenary will also include presentations, reflections and workshops on the theme: “Principles of evangelization in contemporary culture”. This year’s keynote speaker, the Most Reverend Gianfranco Ravasi, President of the Pontifical Council for Culture, will deliver two presentations.

The Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB) is the national assembly of the Bishops of Canada. It was founded in 1943 and officially recognized by the Holy See in 1948. After the Second Vatican Council (1962–65), the CCCB became part of a worldwide network of Episcopal Conferences, established in 1965 as an integral part of the life of the universal Church.

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Media accreditation form (Word format or PDF format)

Rules and regulations for journalists attending the CCCB Plenary Assembly

Well, we must be thankful for small blessings.

1) They mentioned D&P (albeit, last). 

2) They have not invited a dissenter to address them, unlike last year.


Notice the strict guidelines they place on “media accreditation” and access to the bishops?  Now just who are they trying to exclude?  Major Networks? National Newspapers, perhaps?  How about the official Catholic lapdog media outlets? 

Naaaaaaaahhhhhh.  We all know that these groups are all kosher with the CCCB.

I think we all know they are – at the very least – trying to exclude members of the Catholic blogosphere like Socon or Bust who have been very critical of them in the past.  I’m not surprised at this, of course.  When one is not transparent on abortion-group funding scandals, or gives short shrift to pro-life issues in general, one seeks to control and diminish one’s critics from reporting on the elephants in one’s room.

I think it is very ironic that this organization has spent – in the last several months and in one capacity or another – over 5 hours on this website, but now seeks to exclude lowly bloggers from covering their assembly.  I think that’s rather uncharitable and not very reciprocal or ecumenicalish, for that matter.  Apparently all are welcome, except those who call out the elephant in the room.  Only softball questions or coverage are tolerated, thank you very much.

The one thing that I will be very interested to know is if LifeSiteNews gets denied.  I wonder if the CCCB’s  ‘media accreditation’ control machine will seek to deny access to the most important pro-life news source in the world.

I think this is a very bad omen for what is coming down the pipe regarding the  decision-making funding process of Development & Peace.  After all, why would they seek to control the media reporting, if what they were going to propose would clean up the problem?


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  1. After the Second World War The Nuremberg War Crimes Tribunal indicted ten Nazi leaders for encouraging and compelling abortions, which our justices then considered crimes against humanity. We will have to wait and see what our Development and Peace, Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops will say and do on October 25-29 at the Nav Centre.

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