2020 Report of the CCCB PresidentFriday, September 25 2020
Dear Brother Bishops and members of the staff,
I am delighted to welcome you all to the annual Plenary Assembly of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops. This is indeed a historical first for us as we gather not in person but by means of videoconference. Thanks to this technological innovation, we are still capable of coming together in order to reflect and pray, discern and decide, listen and learn – and with the divine assistance of the Holy Spirit. We meet by means of a virtual platform to continue our common commitment, supported by the bonds of communion, friendship and mutual esteem and always trusting that the Good Shepherd guides to his Bride the Church and those called to ecclesial leadership as Pastors. We will reflect together on the questions that lie before us, confident in the abiding virtue of hope which opens our gaze and frees our hearts from anxiety and fear, even in the presence of numerous challenges and difficulties. Allow me to review some highlights from this past year and those which will require our attention and labour during this Plenary meeting and in the year to come.