The news stories were shocking. We saw in black and white a list of Ottawa priests implicated in the sexual abuse of minors published in the city’s English-language dailies.
Yet, there were not many surprises in the published articles, as people in Ottawa have heard the stories in the news of abuse and the conviction of priests over the years as they were
reported. Rather, the shock came from seeing all the details displayed in one place. This laid out the enormity of the evil committed and the need for ongoing healing.
In response to the articles on cases relating to the abuse of minors by priests of the Archdiocese of
Ottawa that appeared in the print edition of the Ottawa Citizen on May 18th, the Archdiocese provided the following comment
Today the federal government tabled the legislation on assisted suicide and euthanasia. We need your help to protect healthcare workers, facilities and vulnerable Canadians!
We are a coalition representing more than 110 healthcare facilities (with almost 18,000 care beds and 60,000 sta) and more than 5,000 physicians across Canada.
"The Church’s first truth is the love of Christ. The Church makes herself a servant of this love and mediates it to all people: a love that forgives and expresses itself in the gift of oneself. Consequently, wherever the Church is present, the mercy of the Father must be evident. In our parishes, communities, associations and movements, in a word, wherever there are Christians, everyone should find an oasis of mercy."
(Misericordiae Vultus 12)
He called his first formal message—known as an apostolic
exhortation—Evangelii Gaudium, the “Joy of the Gospel.” It’s
something the Church needed to hear because Catholics can look and
act dour. Once he quipped, “often Christians look as if they are going to
a funeral procession rather than going to praise God.”
The Most Reverend Terrence Prendergast, SJ, Archbishop of Ottawa, and his Auxiliary Bishop Christian Riesbeck, CC will celebrate or participate in the following activities for the March for Life
EWTN Global Catholic Network (EWTN) will once again offer extensive LIVE coverage of the March for Life in Ottawa, ON on Thursday, May 12 at 11:30 AM ET. Programming will include all of the speeches as well as interviews with religious and political leaders on the Hill. Can’t make it to the March for Life this year? Make sure to watch it LIVE online at www.ewtn.com, on our FREE mobile app or on cable. An encore airing will take place on Saturday, May 14 at 1 pm ET. For more information, feel free to contact Sarah Du Broy, EWTN’s Regional Marketing Manager of Canada: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Universal: Respect for Women
That in every country of the world, women may be honored and respected and that their essential contribution to society may be highly esteemed.
Evangelization: Holy Rosary
That families, communities, and groups may pray the Holy Rosary for evangelization and peace.
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It was a sad day in Canadian history when the Supreme Court of Canada struck down the Criminal Code
provisions against assisted suicide in the Feb. 2015 Carter decision, opening the way for Canada to join
the small minority of countries and legal jurisdictions that allow either the direct killing of a patient or
indirectly through prescriptions for lethal drugs.
Today, the Government of Canada has introduced Bill C-14, An Act to amend the Criminal Code and to make related amendments to other Acts (medical assistance in dying). This proposed legislation, which responds to the decision of the Supreme Court of Canada in early 2015, will make euthanasia and assisted suicide legal and more accessible in our entire country.
The Most Rev. Terrence Prendergast, S.J., Archbishop of Ottawa, and The Most Rev. Paul-André Durocher, Archbishop of Gatineau, will present the Apostolic Exhortation Amoris Laetitia published in Rome on April 8 and will be available to answer questions from the press about this exhortation.
The Most Reverend Terrence Prendergast, S.J., Archbishop of Ottawa, on learning that Fr.
Jacques Faucher, a retired priest of the Archdiocese of Ottawa, had been convicted of criminal
charges of indecent assault and gross indecency made the following statement
A Pastoral Exhortation on Euthanasia and Assisted Suicide. A Pastoral Exhortation on Euthanasia and Assisted Suicide
The Special Joint Committee of the Government of Canada on “Physician-Assisted Dying” this past February 25 released its report, Medical Assistance in Dying: A Patient-Centred Approach.
The Special Joint Committee on Physician Assisted Dying's recommendations for assisted suicide and euthanasia are far-reaching and more extreme than the Canadian public may be prepared for. Called "politically wild" by some,* the 60-page report, offering 20 recommendations to Parliament have every chance of being put into law by the June 6th deadline this year.
Apr. 15-16. This two day conference will bring together speakers who are leaders in the New Evangelization (including Auxiliary Bishop Msgr. Chrisitan Riesbeck) to provide inspiration on how Catholics can effectively evangelize.
Archbishop Prendergast will ordain to the presbyterate Deacon Tavis Goski on Fri., June 3, 7:30 p.m. at Notre Dame Cathedral. All are welcome.
The celebration this year will take place at Notre Dame Cathedral on Thurs., June 9, 7:30 p.m.
Two spots have opened up for the Archdiocese of Ottawa’s pilgrimage to World Youth Day 2016 to Krakow, Poland at the end of July. For young adults age 18-35.
Organized by Physicians' Alliance against Euthanasia together
with Living with Dignity and the Euthanasia Prevention Coalition. On Parliament Hill, Wed., June 1, 12:00 noon - 1:30 p.m.