Church in Dialogue

Within the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB), the Bishops of Canada maintain ecumenical and interfaith engagement primarily through the Commission for Christian Unity, Religious Relations with the Jews, and Interfaith Dialogue. As one of the CCCB’s three National Commissions, this Commission acts as a liaison with other churches and ecclesial communities, with other religious traditions, as well as with national and international ecumenical organizations. Relationships are built and sustained through a variety of high-level conversations, some supported officially by the CCCB as “Dialogues” or “Consultations.” Regular meetings are held to advance mutual understanding and respect consistent with the unique goals proper to each instance. When opportune, the Commission also facilitates joint initiatives or statements regarding concerns related to the common good which the CCCB shares with its ecumenical, Jewish, and interfaith partners. The CCCB’s commitment to ecumenical and interfaith dialogue is likewise a service to Canada; it strengthens bonds at the grass roots between believers belonging to different religious communities across the country, contributing to the advancement of social harmony.

List of Ecumenical and Interfaith Dialogues and Consultations Supported by the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops

Ecumenical Relations

Religious Relations with the Jewish People

Interreligious Dialogue

Statements Endorsed by the CCCB

Documents by the Holy See

Advisor and Commission Secretary

Brian Butcher, Ph.D.

Ecumenical and Interfaith Relations


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