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Canadian bishops discuss euthanasia, indigenous peoples

September 30, 2016

The Canadian bishops have gathered for a five-day meeting to discuss several topics, including euthanasia and relations with indigenous peoples.

Following the imposition of euthanasia by the nation’s high court, the bishops’ conference has advocated for conscience protection for healthcare workers.

“The liberalization, legalization and championing of euthanasia and assisted suicide are further evidence of how ours is a ‘throw-away culture,’ to use the phrase so often invoked by Pope Francis,” said Bishop Douglas Crosby of Hamilton, the president of the bishops’ conference.

In discussing relations with indigenous peoples, Bishop Crosby praised Blessed Paul VI’s encyclical Populorum Progressio for its balanced treatment of colonization, as it recognized the good done by the missionaries from colonizing nations.


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