Euthanasia and Assisted Suicide in Canada

One of the pillars on which the Diocese of Victoria is founded is health care. We have a long history of taking care of people, providing loving assistance for the sick, and compassion and comfort for those who are dying; we are committed to promoting high quality palliative care. But with Euthanasia and Assisted Suicide legislation, physicians across our country who have devoted their lives to healing patients will soon be asked to do the exact opposite. They will not be asked to ease their suffering by providing them with treatment and loving care, but by putting them to death. In fact, killing a patient will no longer be considered a crime, but will actually be seen as a kind of health care, complete with legislation to regulate it.

The legacy of health care entrusted to us by our forebears, those on whom this Diocese is built, must be protected. It is critical that we do our utmost to ensure that we safeguard the vulnerable, and defend the conscience rights of institutions and of doctors, nurses, care aids, and other health care workers. Individuals and institutions must be free to refuse to participate in euthanasia or assisted suicide, without prejudice.

Click here to find out how you can help.

A Catholic Perspective on Health Decisions and Care at the End of Life

Sr. Nuala Kenny has written a booklet that explains how someone might deal with end-of-life decisions in accordance with the teachings of the Catholic Church. It addresses the issues that arise during this last stage of caregiving, and offers a guide to understanding the ethics needed for rational thinking when individuals are faced with those vital decisions. It touches on important concepts such as palliative care, medical treatments and procedures, and how to best assist the dying—for doctors and nurses, for families and friends, and for concerned Catholics everywhere.

It is available in digital format here. To order a hard copy, please contact Novalis Canada.

To have your name included on a list in the event the Diocese orders enough copies to receive a discount, please email Rafael Oei:

Protecting the Least of Among Us:  The Enduring Universal Wisdom of the Church on Euthanasia [Keynote Address to Canadian Catholic Bioethics Institute by Gerhard Cardinal Müller]

Click here to access the video (on St. Michael's Cathedral's website)
Click here to access the transcript (on St. Michael's Cathedral's website)

Catholic Bioethics Moments

Watch videos from Drs Moira McQueen and Bridget Campion explaining Church teaching about mainstream issues in bioethics.

Click here to access the videos (on YouTube) provided by the Canadian Catholic Bioethics Institute (

Events sponsored by the Canadian Catholic Bioethics Institute

Click here to access the Calendar of Events for the Canadian Catholic Bioethics Institute (in Toronto, Ontario)

Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops Resources

The Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB) has centralized resources against euthanasia and assisted suicide on a user-friendly webpage. Click here to access the CCCB Resource webpage.

Cardinal Thomas Collins, Archbishop of Toronto, is the spokesperson for the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB). Watch his video staement about Euthanasia and Assisted Suicide:

Some content courtesy the Archdiocese of Toronto

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