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Life and Liberty

Vie et libertéOur society is currently at the heart of ethical debates concerning each individual's right to life and liberty. To better understand the various related issues on the subject, here are some topics to consider and explore. Over the course of the next few weeks, this feature will include additional articles and videos intended to help increase awareness of the issue.

Your comments are welcome, and please feel free to share any suggestions and remarks following each article.

Montreal archbishop: ‘Physician-assisted suicide plants seed of death in democracy’

(2016-12-05) (Crux) What can the U.S. Church do faced with the drive to assisted suicide in so many states? The first thing is to look north of the border, where the experience in Quebec holds important lessons. Christian Lépine, Archbishop of Montreal, shares some of them with Crux contributor Chris White.

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Statement on Bill C-14 by the CCCB

(2016-04-15) Following the introduction of Bill C-14 legalizing medical-assisted dying, the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops reaffirm the sacred nature and dignity of human life.

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Speaking notes by Cardinal Thomas Collins of presentation before the Special Joint Committee on Physician-Assisted Dying

(2016-02-03) His Eminence Thomas Cardinal Collins, Archbishop of Toronto, and Deacon Larry Worthen intervened on February 3, 2016, before the Joint Parliamentary Committee on Physician-Assisted Dying. Cardinal Collins and Deacon Worthen spoke on behalf of the Coalition for HealthCARE and Conscience.

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Joint Statement On Euthanasia And Assisted Suicide

(2015-11-02) Christian, Jewish and Muslim leaders in Canada call on the new government to focus on palliative care instead of euthanasia and assisted suicide.

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Fragility and value of life

Following the tabling of Bill 52, the Archbishop of Montreal publishes a message to the faithful of the diocese. 

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Letter from the CCCB President

Most Rev. Paul-André Durocher writes to the Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada on assisted suicide.

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The Death of a Human Being

Referring to his homily at the Mass for Life on May 3, 2013, Archbishop Christian Lépine publishes this reflection.

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What is a Man Worth?

"The loss of health and disability are never a good reason for excluding, or worse, for eliminating a person" - that's what Pope Francis says in a message dated February 19th to the Pontifical Academy for Life.

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Living my Life to the End

Having been diagnosed with skin cancer, Rolande Parrot, a woman of faith and hope who has worked on numerous ecclesial projects, retired a few months ago. We recommend that you read what she wrote on this great trial.

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DEFINING HUMAN DIGNITY

In a short series of video clips, Archbishop emeritus Bertrand Blanchet, renowned author and speaker on bioethical issues, provides elements for understanding human dignity.

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Video : Mass for the World Day of the Sick

Mass for the World Day of the Sick celebrated February 11, 2014, by Archbishop Christian Lépine at Mary Queen of the World Cathedral.

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End of Life Vocabulary

end of life vocabularyIn order to participate in the current debate, it is important for all of us to understand the terms used by the main actors.

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Ressources pour en savoir plus

Dans le contexte du débat actuel sur l'euthanasie et le suicide assisté, voici une section dont l'objectif est de donner accès et de faire connaître les ressources relatives à cette question importante qui occupe une grande place dans les nouvelles à travers le pays.

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