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Statement by the 2009 Plenary Assembly of the Bishops of Canada on the Canadian Catholic Organization for Development and Peace

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The Bishops of Canada, gathered in Plenary Assembly, have discussed the mandate and operations of the Canadian Catholic Organization for Development and Peace in the light of Pope Benedict XVI’s most recent encyclical, Caritas in Veritate. They also considered other issues that, during the past months, have shaken the trust of some of the faithful who support this organization with their donations.

The Bishops believe in the project of Development and Peace and appreciate the excellent work this organization has done throughout the years. They also want to support the continuation of this important apostolate of the Church in Canada. To this end, the Bishops wish to collaborate with Development and Peace to ensure that the implementation of its mandate is in harmony with the identity and mission of the Church.

They are encouraged by the intention of Development and Peace to review the implementation of its mandate in the light of Caritas in Veritate, and to improve its oversight of the mandates and operations of its partners in collaboration with local episcopates. For the Bishops of Canada, these are essential initiatives.

The Bishops have decided to establish an ad hoc committee which will collaborate with Development and Peace in this work of revision and in implementing the recommendations this past June of the CCCB Committee of Inquiry. The ad hoc committee will report on the progress made by Development and Peace on these issues at the Plenary Assembly of the Bishops of Canada in 2010, which will then allow the Bishops to decide on future actions.

Aware that Development and Peace is already engaged in this process of renewal, the Bishops decided, in the interval, to support Development and Peace and its 2010 Share Lent collection.

Last Updated on Thursday, October 29 2009  
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Canada’s oldest diocese, the Archdiocese of Quebec, was established in 1674. Most Reverend François de Laval was its first Bishop.