When the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB) was created 60 years ago, the bishops set out to work together and combine their forces to help each other meet their pastoral responsibilities, and to give themselves the tools that would allow them to collectively address the major issues of Canadian society and the Church.
Through the CCCB, the bishops set out their collective commitment by putting forward new ideas, values and projects geared to transform the Church and challenge Canadian society.
Some of the areas the CCCB is actively involved include:
· Youth: The CCCB has set up a national co-ordination office for young Canadians who will be attending World Youth Day in Cologne, Germany, next summer. As well, through CCCB Publications, a number of catechetical textbooks are available for students across the country.
· Vocations: As a follow-up to the Third Continental Congress for Vocations held for North America in Montreal in 2002, a pastoral plan to encourage vocations to the ordained ministry and religious life was published, setting out ways of promoting vocations in every area of our Church and families.
· Adult Faith Formation: The CCCB has led workshops across the country and recently held a national conference on adult faith formation. As well many publications and books have been developed to help adults with their faith journey. Recently it was announced that that there would be a national pastoral plan developed for adult faith formation.
· The Family: The CCCB has spoken out in defence of the fundamental values of the family, pointing out its essential role in our society.
· Social Justice: The bishops have repeatedly called on Canada’s decision-makers as well as Canadians as a whole to improve living conditions for children, Aboriginal Peoples, immigrants, seniors and other forgotten individuals across Canada.
· War: The need to avoid conflicts around the world has often been the subject of interventions by the bishops to government leaders, urging them to adopt peaceful solution to world problems.
· Respect for Life: The CCCB has spoken out strongly in defence of human life from the moment of conception to the moment of natural death. Annually, the conference, through the Catholic Organization for Life and Family, gathers together researchers, ethicists, theologians and philosophers to reflect on recent developments in biotechnology and how they impact on the fundamental questions affecting human life.