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This site on occasion carries information on questions of particular interest for the Catholic Church in Canada. The various texts and resources provided include official documents issued by the Conference or by the Holy See as well as analyses, comments and reflections.


From Pain to Hope - Report by the Ad Hoc Committee on Child Sexual Abuse

Following a lengthy period of serious reflection, the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops in June 1992 published From Pain to Hope, a report by the Ad Hoc Committee on Child Sexual Abuse, which can be found by clicking here. Concacan Inc. holds copyright on this report. For reproduction of any of its material, permission is necessary from the Publications Service of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops.
 

Diocesan resources from the CCCB concerning sexual abuse

Engaged in the prevention of sexual abuse for more than 20 years, the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB) is among the pioneers of the religious world in this area. The Bishops of Canada continue to be pro-active in developing diocesan measures by which each Bishop, in his respective diocese, not only responds to the cases brought to his attention but also ensures secure pastoral environments for minors as well as for volunteers and personnel involved in pastoral ministry.

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Apology on Residential Schools by the Catholic Church

The Catholic community in Canada has a decentralized structure.  Each Diocesan Bishop is autonomous in his diocese and, although relating to the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops, is not responsible to it.

Approximately 16 out of 70 Catholic dioceses in Canada were associated with the former Indian Residential Schools, in addition to about three dozen religious communities.  Each diocese and religious community is legally responsible for its own actions. The Catholic Church as a whole was not associated with the Residential Schools, nor was the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops.

These are the reasons why an apology on Residential Schools has not been made by the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops or in the name of the Catholic Church in Canada.

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Debate on Marriage in Canada: CCCB and COLF statements, briefs, comments and other backgrounders

Since the beginning of the debates on the redefinition of marriage in 2002, the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops and the Catholic Organization for Life and Family (COLF), an organization jointly founded by the CCCB and the Supreme Council of the Knights of Columbus, published numerous documents.

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