CCCB Forms Ad Hoc Committee to Assist Development and Peace in its Renewal and Appoints Three Bishops to Head a New Committee on Life and Family

Wednesday, December 09 2009

Development and Peace

During its 2-3 December meeting, the Permanent Council of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB) formed an ad hoc committee to assist the Canadian Catholic Organization for Development and Peace (CCODP) in reviewing its operations.

The Committee, made up of Archbishop Pierre-André Fournier, of Rimouski, Archbishop André Gaumond, of Sherbrooke,  Bishop Fred Henry, of Calgary and Toronto Auxiliary Bishop John Boissonneau, will collaborate with Development and Peace on revising its mandate and operational principles in light of the latest papal encyclical Caritas in Veritate. It will also support CCODP in its implementation of the recommendations made this past June by the Committee of Inquiry established by the CCCB to look into allegations concerning five Mexican organizations, which had received project funding from Development and Peace.

The ad hoc committee will report on the progress made by Development and Peace at the 2010 CCCB Plenary Assembly, which will allow the Bishops to decide on future directions.

Life and Family

The Permanent Council also appointed CCCB Vice President Archbishop Richard Smith, of Edmonton, Bishop Ronald P. Fabbro, C.S.B., of London, and Quebec City Auxiliary Bishop Gérald C. Lacroix, I.S.P.X., to an ad hoc Committee on Life and Family. Its mandate is to develop an intermediate and long-term strategy for the promotion of a culture of life and family in Canada and to submit a proposal to the Permanent Council before the 2010 Plenary.

“Catholics have been expressing the need for a stronger and more unified leadership in the areas of life and family,” said CCCB President, Bishop Pierre Morissette. “We are hoping that these initiatives will inspire the faithful to reaffirm their Catholic identity and get involved in creating a culture more respectful of life in its entirety.”

The Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops is the national assembly of Catholic Bishops who have pastoral responsibility for 12.8 million Catholics across the country. The Conference provides ways for assisting the Canadian Bishops in their common pastoral responsibilities in different areas such as doctrine, ecumenical and interfaith relations, justice and peace issues, liturgy and catechesis.