CORNWALL, Ontario, October 27, 2011 ( – “The most outrageous injustice today is the attacks against the child in the womb,” says Archbishop Richard Smith of Edmonton, the newly elected president of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops.

“If there is any example of injustice, it is that,” he added in a recent interview with Canadian Catholic News’ Deborah Gyapong.

At their annual plenary assembly last week in Cornwall, Canada’s bishops approved a new national pastoral plan for life and family, developed in conjunction with the Catholic Organization for Life and Family (COLF).


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At their 2009 plenary assembly, the CCCB established an ad hoc committee on life and family, and announced at last year’s plenary that they would develop a “concrete plan” for taking a greater leadership role in promoting the culture of life in Canada.

The plan, which launches in 2012 with a year of preparation in the dioceses, is aimed to encourage the faithful to take a stand for the life of the unborn, and at all stages.

“We want to find ever new ways to take the lead on this,” Archbishop Smith told Gyapong.

“The heart of justice is recognizing the inherent dignity of every human person,” he said. “We begin to appreciate that in the family.”

The plan is centered on the “mystery and beauty of the family, because that’s where life begins, where life is nurtured and where growth in Christian living takes place,” he explained.

Contact Information:

Most Rev. Richard Smith, Archbishop of Edmonton
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Edmonton (AB) T6A 0L1
(780) 469-1010
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