Highlights from the CCCB

JUSTICE AND PEACE … by applying Christian principles to the major questions of social justice, poverty, ecology and human equality. Special attention has been given to the widespread injustices which affect human rights in Saudi Arabia, Nigeria, Egypt and the Islamic Republic of Iran. The CCCB Episcopal Commission for Justice and Peace also addressed a pastoral message to Young Catholics on Social Justice. 

LIFE AND FAMILY … by exercising leadership on questions relating to respect for life, the dignity of the person, and the protection of the family. In collaboration with the Catholic Organization for Life and Family (COLF), jointly founded by the CCCB and the Knights of Columbus, the Bishops of Canada at their October 2011 Plenary Assembly adopted a plan to implement a national pastoral initiative for life and family during 2013, with 2012 to serve as a preparatory year. 

RELATIONS WITH INDIGENOUS PEOPLES …  by encouraging renewed partnerships and dialogue between Indigenous peoples and the Church, often in collaboration with the Canadian Catholic Aboriginal Council. The Conference also assists the Bishops in preparing for the hearings of the Truth and Reconciliation
Commission (TRC). In Saskatoon, in June 2012, the Canadian Catholic Aboriginal Council released a statement on the occasion of the TRC National Event. The CCCB has added a new section to its website dedicated to the Catholic Church and Indigenous Peoples in Canada, and is helping organize celebrations so the canonization of Blessed Kateri Tekakwitha will be a truly meaningful event for the Church, both in Canada and around the world.    

DOCTRINE … by advising on how to best ensure the full teaching and tradition of the Church in the areas of dogma, ethics and theology.  The Episcopal Commission for Doctrine collaborated in the publication of the Pastoral letter on freedom of conscience and religion issued by the CCCB Permanent Council in May 2012.   ECUMENICAL AND INTERFAITH RELATIONS … by participating in dialogues and meetings with Orthodox, Anglican and Protestant Churches, including Evangelical Christians, as well as with the Jewish and Muslim communities. The Conference is a member of the Canadian Council of Churches and the Kairos coalition. Among CCCB activities over the past year were the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, celebration of the 40th anniversary of the Anglican-Catholic Dialogue, and exploration of new opportunities for discussions with Lutherans and Hindus.

RELATIONS WITH CATHOLIC MOVEMENTS AND ASSOCIATIONS  … by involvement in ongoing conversations and exchanges, including the 2011 Forum involving participants from 26 Canadian Catholic movements and associations to discuss how they might grow in communion in service of the wider Church, and to share with the Bishops their respective challenges and hopes. The Standing Committee for Relations, with Movements and Associations issued a letter on the Feast of Pentecost on how the Holy Spirit distributes gifts for the building up of the Church.

LITURGY..... by working on the development of liturgical resources and offering formation in liturgical and sacramental ministry. Through its French Sector National Liturgy Office, the CCCB is currently working on the new French translation of the Roman Missal. The new English translation for Canada was launched in October 2011 and is now for sale from the CCCB Publications Service.

PUBLICATIONS  … by collaborating with the other sectors of the Conference in producing high-quality resources. The Publications Service is the official source in Canada for documents and publications of the Holy See. As the publishing house of the Bishops of Canada, it supports the Bishops in proclaiming the Good News and sharing the Church’s teachings.

The CCCB is not only at the service of the Bishops, but of all the Church in Canada. 

For other information or questions, call Louis Hradecki, Director of Social Justice/Missions at 922-4747 ext. 233 or socialjustice@padiocese.ca 


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