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URGENT LETTER FROM THE
MOST REVEREND BISHOP GARY GORDON
Dear Pastors and People of God,
On Monday, 13 January 2020, the Government of Canada, through the Department of Justice, launched a two-week general public consultation on the expansion of eligibility for assisted suicide – euthanasia (“Medical Assistance in Dying”, commonly referred to as MAID) following the September 2019 Superior Court of Québec ruling that found it unconstitutional to limit access to MAID only to people nearing the end of life. The Government of Canada has not appealed the Québec court ruling, but instead has indicated it would be prepared to change the law for the entire country.
While the Government is committed to a full review of the legislation five years after it was passed (June 2016-June 2021), the present
consultation targets one specific component of the legislation, the “Eligibility Criteria”, and is intended to help the Government form its response to the Québec court ruling.
Canadians are being invited to share their views online, or PDF through the links provided below, by the close of the consultation period on Monday, 27 January 2020, at 11:59 p.m. (PST).
The questions in the survey do not ask whether or not euthanasia/assisted suicide should be expanded to include persons with disabilities. That is assumed. The only direct questions in the survey regard:
However, there is space within three sections of the survey for comments to be made. Here, you could include, for example:
The CCCB’s previous statements on assisted suicide/euthanasia, and links to the consultation, are posted on the CCCB website. Please bring to the attention of your faithful some or all of the resources provided on the assisted suicide/euthanasia web page of the CCCB website:
It is of critical importance that a Catholic response is heard in this survey for the sake of future generations in the preservation and protection of the sanctity of
human life to natural death. I strongly encourage you, people of God, to participate in this very important Federal Consultation.
Most Reverend Gary Gordon
Bishop of Victoria
Thank you to all those who have pledged!!
We have now reached our Diocesan Goal for the Parish!
PARISH GOAL $40,000
[2018 TOTAL: 126 gifts for $38,420]
2019 Pledges to DEC 18: 145 gifts for $41,985 104.96% of Goal
THIS IS WHAT THE APPEAL IS ABOUT
For this years appeal our DIOCESE GOAL iss $750,000 and our PARISH GOAL is $40,000 – same as last year. In 2018 the Diocese raised over $1,000,000 and our parish gifts from 126 families of 416 in total was $38,420. Our average parish gift was $305! Thanks for your generous support. This year we have the same goal and pray for more participating families. Did you know that over the past 9 years the Appeal has given $2.8 million back to parishes for specific parish projects. Provided a Sacramental program and breakfast for children on the Cowichan reserve. Provides clergy salaries for smaller parishes that would otherwise not be able to afford to pay a priest. Assists our Island Catholic Schools as they grow future leaders and educate approximately 1,550 students.
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