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Decrees, Statements, Letters, Briefs

The Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB) releases numerous official documents every year. Some are under the form of decrees, while others are public statements, pastoral letters, or briefs. Only a few documents published before 1996 are available online.

List of official documents by the CCCB in chronological order

Decree No. 38: Maximum Amount for Alienation of Church Property


Friday, April 03, 2020

In accordance with the prescriptions of Canon 1292 §1, as well as Decree No. 38 of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops, and after taking into consideration the 2019 national cost-of-living increase of 2.2%, the CCCB Executive Committee at its meeting of 31 March – 1 April 2020, determined that…

Letter to Pope Francis to mark his 50th anniversary to the priesthood


Friday, December 13, 2019

A congratulatory letter from the Most Rev. Richard Gagnon, Archbishop of Winnipeg and President of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB), was addressed to Pope Francis on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the Holy Father’s ordination to the priesthood. Letter to Pope Francis

Christmas Message 2019


Monday, December 09, 2019

Dear Friends, Reconciliation is a much used word in our present-day culture, but we seldom ponder in our hearts what a treasure and mystery reconciliation really is. In the Christmas season, its meaning and implications are vividly concrete as the birth of Christ brings a new light and a saving…

A Transformative Journey – An Update on the Implementation of the Guidelines on Protecting Minors From Sexual Abuse


Friday, November 15, 2019

In light of questions recently raised regarding the efforts of the Catholic Church in Canada to respond to the legacy of clergy sexual abuse, for example by way of the publication of names of the “credibly accused”, the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB) wishes to provide an account of…

CCCB Releases Statement on Poverty in Canada


Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Today, the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB), through the Commission for Justice and Peace, is releasing a statement entitled Poverty in Canada: Ensuring Safe, Secure and Affordable Housing in anticipation of the Third World Day of the Poor to be held on 17 November 2019. Poverty is a serious issue…

Joint Statement by the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops and the Anglican Church of Canada on the Canonization of Blessed Cardinal John Henry Newman


Thursday, October 10, 2019

In anticipation of the upcoming canonization of Blessed Cardinal John Henry Newman, to be celebrated on Sunday, 13 October 2019, in Rome, the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB) and the Anglican Church of Canada (ACC) have issued a joint statement of thanksgiving to mark the occasion. The statement is…