CCCB Plenary Receives Progress Report on Review of From Pain to Hope

Sunday, October 20 2002

CCCB General Secretary Msgr. Peter Schonenbach, President Bishop Jacques Berthelet, C.S.V., and Vice President Archbishop Brendan O’Brien during Plenary Assembly meeting

(Cornwall – CCCB) The Plenary assembly of bishops today accepted a progress report from the ad hoc committee reviewing the ten-year old guidelines on sexual abuse entitled From Pain to Hope.

Committee member Archbishop Brendan O’Brien of St. John’s, Nfld., told the bishops that the review would consider expanding the terms of reference for sexual abuse to include all those who are vulnerable in the Church and the community. The ad hoc committee might also recommend new guidelines for all those working in pastoral ministry in the dioceses. Archbishop O’Brien also indicated the ad hoc review committee is consulting the dioceses across Canada for an overview on the current situation. The ad hoc committee will report back the next Plenary Assembly in October 2003 with its findings.

The review process began last year when the Plenary assembly voted to revisit From Pain to Hope after ten years of use.

Roman Missal

The Bishops also voted on certain adaptations required in the new Roman Missal that are to be sent to Rome for approval (recognitio). The Roman Missal is the book of liturgical prayers and the ritual for use at the Mass. During the past year, the adaptations were studied by members of the Episcopal Commissions for Liturgy of the English and French sectors as well as the regional assemblies of Bishops in Atlantic Canada, Quebec, Ontario and the West. The proposed adaptations will be sent to the Congregation for Divine Worships and the Discipline of the Sacraments, the Vatican office responsible for the Roman Missal.

They include provisions for: