April 29, 2016

April 25, 2016

Dear Father,

The Canadian Catholic Bishops are supporting five campaigns that promote life and argue for life as Legislators begin debate on what is being called “Medical Assistance in a Death” or “Maid”,

Each campaign provides background information on euthanasia and assisted suicide.




  1. The Respect for Conscience bilingual campaign involves a proposal on how to

respect the conscience rights of doctors and health-care facilities when faced with the

situation of a patient requesting assisted suicide. The project is an initiative of the

Coalition for HealthCARE and Conscience. Involving the Archdiocese of Toronto,

the Christian Medical and Dental Society of Canada, the Catholic Organization for

Life and Family, the Canadian Federation of Catholic Physicians’ Societies, the

Canadian Catholic Bioethics Institute, and Canadian Physicians for Life, it represents

5000 physicians and 110 healthcare facilities with 18.000 care beds and 60,000 staff.

Concerned Canadians can indicate their support, as well as write to the appropriate

officials in each province or territory with respect to its plans to protect the conscience

rights of health-care workers and facilities. http://www.canadiansforconscience.ca/


  1. Life-giving Love is a bilingual information campaign for palliative care, and against

euthanasia and assisted suicide. It was launched by the Catholic Organization for Life

and Family in cooperation with the Canadian Catholic Conference of Bishops.



3. Religious leaders of Canadian Catholics, Orthodox, Evangelical Christians, Jews,

Muslims and Mormons have issued a bilingual joint Declaration on Euthanasia and

Assisted Suicide. Over 20,000 Canadians have signed, urging federal, provincial and

territorial legislators to enact and uphold laws to make good-quality home care and

palliative care accessible, and to implement regulations and policies that ensure

respect for the freedom of conscience of all health-care workers and administrators

who will not and cannot accept suicide or euthanasia as a medical solution to pain and

suffering. http://www.euthanasiadeclaration.ca/



  1. The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Vancouver has launched a campaign to protect

and safeguard freedom of conscience and religion for health-care workers. It

includes a petition to the House of Commons for a national strategy on palliative care,

as well as a postcard to the Minister of Justice. http://rcav.org/assisted-suicide/



  1. The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Edmonton is sponsoring a campaign to promote

the true dignity of life and death. Every Life Matters includes a website with a video

to help parishes and ordinary Catholics understand the issues involved, and provides a

list of practical suggestions on how to choose life. http://www.commitlife.com/



The following also are excellent sources of information on physician-assisted suicide:


Your own diocese/eparchy or parish


The Catholic Organization for Life and Family




Living with Dignity




Physicians’ Alliance Against Euthanasia




Euthanasia Prevention Coalition



It is important to inform the faithful as best we can of the many pro-life voices in

Canada. Please use the above information in an effective way to keep our people

informed this widespread effort to maintain the value of life as much as possible

especially now as the debate moves quickly through the Houses of Government.


Sincerely Yours in Christ,

+ Bishop Richard Grecco