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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…

2020 Easter Message


Friday, April 03 2020

“So they left the tomb quickly with fear and great joy, and ran to tell the disciples.” (Matthew 28:8) Dear friends, The Gospel for this year’s Easter Vigil underscores both the fear and the joy that was present among the first witnesses of the resurrection and continues to be our…

Statement by the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops on the Coronavirus (COVID-19)


Friday, March 13 2020

A unique and special time for prayer, hope and care Together with all Canadians, the Catholic Bishops of Canada are following with deep concern the current developments in Canada and throughout the world regarding the rapid global spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19) which can in certain cases be the cause of…

Letter to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Proposed Changes to Federal Legislation for Medical Assistance in Dying (MAiD)


Friday, January 31 2020

The Most Reverend Richard Gagnon, Archbishop of Winnipeg and President of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB), wrote to the Prime Minister of Canada, the Right Honourable Justin Trudeau, regarding the proposed changes to legislation on the expansion of eligibility criteria for euthanasia/assisted suicide (which the government refers to…

Letter to Prime Minister Paul Martin: The Catholic Bishops of Canada stand united in their opposition to legislation that would redefine marriage


Sunday, January 30 2005

The Right Honourable Paul Martin, P.C., M.P. Prime Minister of Canada Langevin Bldg. 80 Wellington Street Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0A2 Dear Mr. Prime Minister: The Roman and Eastern Catholic Bishops of Canada stand united in their opposition to legislation that would redefine marriage in such a way that it is…

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