CCCB releases submission to the Expert Panel on physician-assisted suicide

October 22, 2015

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The Most Reverend Douglas Crosby, O.M.I., Bishop of Hamilton and President of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB), has sent a submission this past October 19 to the Expert Panel on Options for a Legislative Response to Carter v. Canada. The submission includes references to Church teaching with pertinent citations from the Catechism of the Catholic Church, together with excerpts from the CCCB Plenary Assembly’s statement on assisted suicide released on September 18, 2015, supplemented with further comments on the urgency and importance of palliative care. The submission is structured according to the following five points: the common good; assisted suicide; palliative care; protecting the vulnerable; and freedom of conscience and religion.

Last week, a League ad hoc committee released its response to the federal government’s consultation on legislative options on assisted dying

Link to the CCCB submission (PDF)
Link to the Plenary Assembly’s statement of September 18, 2015

Excerpt from cccb.ca