Bishops launch campaign against euthanasia

September 22, 2014

BEAUPRÉ, QUEBEC – The Canadian bishops are launching a national strategy to fight the push for euthanasia.

Archbishop Paul-Andre Durocher, president of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops, said the CCCB will launch a "campaign to combat the movement in Canada to facilitate access to euthanasia" with the help of the Catholic Organization of Life and Family (COLF) and the Euthanasia Prevention Coalition.

Durocher said the CCCB website has already added a new section on euthanasia and assisted suicide in its life and family section.

"It's a campaign for palliative care and against euthanasia," he said in an interview during the CCCB's annual plenary.

Durocher, archbishop of Gatineau, Quebec, described it as an "educational campaign to get people to be aware of the difference between the two."

The campaign called a National Campaign for Palliative Care and Home Care, and against Euthanasia and Assisted Suicide, launches Sept. 28. It includes a flyer and website materials that the bishops can use in their dioceses.

"We are promoting a vision of life, a vision of care of the dying and that vision is best embodied in good palliative care," the CCCB president said.

"The idea is to make the faithful conscious of what's happening," COLF executive director Michele Boulva said in an interview.

"It's designed to educate people and promote their responsibility as citizens to get involved in the public debate and to defend life."