Synod for America: The Canadian Bishops Will Speak of Family, Life and Economy

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Cap-de-la-Madeleine (CCCB) - The Canadian shops spent the third day of their annual Plenary Assembly discussing the presentations they will make at the Synod for America being held in Rome November 16 to December 12, 1997. The theme of the Synod is "Encounter with the Living Jesus Christ: Way to Conversion, Communion and Solidarity."

The 15 CCCB delegates and two alternate delegates could make as many as 15 separate interventions at the Special Assembly of the Synod of Bishops for America. The topics include: the family; the global economy; defending and promoting the ethic of life; stewardship of the earth; women and the Church; the native peoples of Canada and their spirituality; the phenomenon of new religious movements; the media; the Gospel and the cultures of the Americas; missionary links between the Catholic Church in Canada and the Church in Latin America; solidarity; ministries and the community; the ministry of priests and the shortage of vocations to the priesthood; and the shift to a post-immigrant Catholicism. Depending on the interventions of other episcopal conferences at the Synod from North, Central and South America, the Canadian delegates could modify or even present new interventions.

The Canadian Delegation is made up of: Jean-Claude Cardinal Turcotte of Montreal; Archbishop Michael Bzdel, Metropolitan for the Ukrainian Catholics of Canada; Archbishop Andre Gaumond of Sherbrooke; Bishop Anthony Tonnos of Hamilton; Archbishop Henri Goudreault, OMI, of Grouard-McLennan; Archbishop Marcel Gervais of Ottawa; Archbishop Maurice Couture of Quebec; Bishop Gerald Wiesner, OMI, of Prince George; Archbishop Roger Ebacher of Gatineau-Hull; Bishop Raymond Lahey of St. George's; Bishop James Wingle of Yarmouth; Archbishop Francis J. Spence of Kingston; Bishop Jacques Berthelet of St. Jean-Longueuil; Archbishop Peter Sutton of Keewatin-LePas; and Rev. Emilius Goulet,p.s.s., CCCB General-Secretary. Bishop Gilles Cazabon, OMI, of Timmins and Bishop James Weisgerber of Saskatoon are alternate delegates.

Resource persons selected to assist the Canadian delegates are: Rev. Pierre Gaudette, professor of moral theology at Laval University in Québec City; Rev. Ronald Rolheiser, O.M.I., former Provincial Superior of St. Mary's Province of the Oblates of Mary Immaculate and visiting theology professor at Newman College in Edmonton; and Dr. Sylvia Santin, a family life and education advisor and former General Secretary of the Ontario Conference of Catholic Bishops.

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