Supreme Court Decision on Assisted Suicide
This is a black day for our nation. This morning as expected, the Canadian Supreme Court struck down any lasting protection for the sick, elderly, disabled and vulnerable in our country. In a unanimous decision, Section 241 (b) and Section 14 of the criminal code which prohibits assisted suicide was struck down. The court is allowing physician assisted killing for “a competent adult person who 91) clearly consents to the termination of life and (2) has a grievous and irremediable medical condition ( including an illness, disease or disability) that causes enduring suffering that is intolerable to the individual in the circumstances of his or her condition.”
The Justices made it very clear that the secular principle of autonomy trumps any sanctity of life or the protection of the weak and vulnerable persons. In a feat of stunning legal ju-jitsu they overturned the Rodrigues case from 20 years ago and blatantly ignored the hardened reality of the slippery slope towards open mercy killing in any other countries.
We have entered a new chapter in our battle in Canada. The Catholic Church (and its other Christian allies) the Pro-life movement and especially the Priests for Life Canada will have to fight hard and long to reverse this horrific decision. We are not called to lose heart or waver but to think clearly about new strategies, to gird ourselves for a long hard battle and to pray even more fervently for the direction and help of the Lord in our time.
The 2015 Clergy Pro-Life Symposium
Priests for Life Canada warmly invites all bishops, priests and deacons to attend a Pro-Life Symposium in our Nation’s Capital, Ottawa ON on April 13-15, 2015. The Symposium will focus on “Life and Family."
Report on the 40 days for Life
After witnessing tremendous success from the 40 Days for Life initiative which originated in the United States, Campaign Life Coalition brought this global campaign to Canada for the first time in 2007.
A Catholic Understanding of Death
A group of seminarians from Christ the King Seminary in Mission, BC have released a seven-part video series on the Catholic understanding of death. Deacon Paul Goo, one of the producers says, "We want them [people of all faiths] to appreciate how radically different the Catholic understanding of death is from the secular understanding, and further, how much more hopeful and beautiful it is."
The videos address a number of aspects of dying. Several priests, monks, and lay people were interviewed to provide their perspectives, including two members of the Priests for Life Canada Board; Fr. Teodosy Kraychuk and Fr. Bryan Duggan. The video series has been granted a nihil obstat by the Archbishop of Vancouver, His Grace Michael Miller, CSB.
Please click on the following links to see the video series.
Pondering Death [duration, 3:58]:
Do You Fear Death? [duration, 3:41]:
Own Mortality [duration, 5:35]:
Resurrection [duration, 4:58]:
What Will Heaven Be Like? [duration, 6:27]:
Culture of Death [duration, 4:49]:
Helping Someone Who is Suicidal [duration, 3:00]:
Update On Bill 52: Quebec's Euthanasia Law Is Being Challenged
Quebec has become the first Canadian province to legalize medically assisted death. Bill 52, entitled “an Act respecting end-of-life care”, passed in the National Assembly by 94 votes to 22 in a free vote on June 5, 2014. Health Minister Gaétan Barrette said the law will come into force within 18 months, as soon as the province has established a commission on end-of-life-care to oversee implementation.
On July 17th, two groups: Living with Dignity and Physician’s Alliance Against Euthanasia, filed a lawsuit before the Superior Court of Quebec challenging Bill 52, which introduced euthanasia as part of the province’s health care package. In their press release, the groups said, “This Act not only allows certain patients to demand that a physician provoke their death, but also grants physicians the right to cause the death of these patients by the administration of a lethal substance.” The groups contend that euthanasia is homicide and prohibited by the Criminal Code, which is a under federal jurisdiction. The press release goes on to say that “it is a subject matter which is at the core of the exclusive federal legislative power in relation to criminal law… Quebec therefore does not have the power to adopt these provisions.” They also contend that the provision “unjustifiably infringe upon the right to life and to security of patients guaranteed by the Canadian Charter of Human Rights and Freedoms …. And that they also infringe upon the right to the safeguard of the dignity of the person, which is protected by the Quebec Charter.”
Both groups have requested an accelerated management of the case before the Act takes effect in December 2015.
Let us support the efforts of these two groups both financially and with our prayers asking that God would grant the Superior Court Justices an abundance of wisdom and understanding. May God grant great favour to the representatives of Living with Dignity and Physician’s Alliance Against Euthanasia.
Join the 40 Days for Life (September 24 - November 2, 2014)
This fall there will be hundreds of communities in North America, including many Canadian cities, simultaneously hosting a 40 Days For Life campaign from September 24 - November 2, 2014.
40 Days for Life is a focused pro-life effort that consists of:
40 days of prayer and fasting for an end of abortion
40 days of peaceful vigil
40 days of community outreach
Throughout biblical history, God has used a 40 day challenge to transform his people.
These campaigns produce tremendous fruits. In many Canadian cities, dozens of babies have been saved from abortion. If you wish to join the next 40 Days For Life in your community, please contact Campaign Life Coalition to find out how you can sign up as a vigil volunteer. Please consider becoming a prayer volunteer by donating at least 1 hour of prayer and fasting in front of the local abortion facility.
Priests for Life Canada Facebook Page
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Priests for Life Canada Answers Questions on Incremental Abortion Legislation (including the gestational limits approach)
Humanae Vitae overview
Priests for Life Canada is an association of Canadian Catholic priests and lay people who give special emphasis to promoting and defending the sanctity of human life. A ‘Priest for Life’ is not asked to leave his diocese or specific ministry.
But isn’t every priest ‘for life’?
Yes, in fact, every person is called to stand for life. ‘Priest for Life’ means that being ‘for life’ is ESSENTIAL to the life of EVERY priest. (Just like, while every priest is for Jesus, there is also a Society of Jesus.)
Why are so many lay people involved in Priests for Life Canada?
Lay people lend support to the operations of Priests for Life Canada. It is also important for Catholic lay people to become involved in pro-life issues. Most information distributed by Priests for Life Canada is designed or directly approved by priests.
What is the purpose of Priests for Life?
Priests for Life brings together and encourages priests and all Catholics to fight the culture of death, particularly abortion and euthanasia.
What specific objectives does Priests for Life Canada have?
Priests for Life seeks to link up priests across Canada who are actively involved in the pro-life movement;
Read more about Priests for Life Canada
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Pregnant? Need help? Or hurting after an abortion?
If you or someone you know is pregnant and needs support, there is help available.
40 Days for Life is a peaceful-prayerful witness for the unborn and their moms. Supporters gather "around the clock" at an abortion clinic for 40 days and nights bringing witness to the plight of the unborn.
Support this effort. Cities taking part are listed at www.40daysforlife.com.
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Prayer for Life
We worship You, O Holy Spirit, and we rejoice in You. We know no matter how strong the forces of death may be, we can still find in You the endless source of life. Renew that life in each of us, and make us worthy apostles of the Culture of Life in our day! Amen.
Join the International Perpetual Rosary for Life
(Dedicated to Fr. James Whalen (Deceased 2008), Founding National Director of Priests for Life Canada)
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