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OTTAWA - Canada's Catholic bishops and the Canadian Council of Churches sent congratulations and a wish list to Prime Minister Trudeau Nov. 4, highlighting climate change and poverty. The Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB) also reiterated its call to Parliament to invoke the notwithstanding clause to suspend the Supreme Court assisted suicide decision that will come into effect in three months.
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It was standing room only at the Archdiocese of Edmonton's recent Life and Death seminar on euthanasia and assisted suicide. More than 150 people attended the Nov. 4 event at Providence Renewal Centre. The evening featured talks from two of Canada's foremost Catholic speakers on euthanasia and assisted suicide: Alex Schadenberg, executive director of the Euthanasia Prevention Coalition, and Dr. Moira McQueen of the Catholic Bioethics Institute.
MONTREAL - For two major Canadian Catholic agencies, the Liberal government's decision to stop airstrikes against Islamic State positions in the Middle East begs the question: How must Canada act in that region? Shortly after his Oct. 19 election, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced his intention to pull out of the U.S.-led airstrikes campaign against Islamic State positions in Iraq and Syria.
Discerning God's will when one choice is clearly immoral is easy, but discerning among good options can be helped by advice from St. Ignatius, Father Timothy Gallagher told a retreat in Ottawa Nov. 4. Discerning whether God is calling you to marriage, to the priesthood or to consecrated life is an example, said Gallagher, a member of the Oblates of the Virgin Mary (OVM).