Pope Francis

Pope Francis

April 18, 2016

OTTAWA - Canada's Catholic bishops welcomed Pope Francis' post-synodal exhortation Amoris Laetita: On Love in the Family April 8, noting in its teachings its rejection of euthanasia.

As the Canadian government is in the process of crafting a law that would permit doctor-assisted death, the statement from the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB) notes: "Amoris Laetitia reiterates the necessity of protecting human life from beginning to its natural end."

The pope also stressed the duty of conscientious objection in health care facilities and the "urgency to assert the right to a natural death without aggressive treatment and euthanasia," the CCCB statement said.

The bishops urged a "prayerful reception" of the document by the faithful and recommended its study by married couples and families.

At a news conference, Gatineau Archbishop Paul-André Durocher who attended both the 2014 and 2015 synods that led to the exhortation, said the final document represents a more than three-year process of consultation, that included a survey of the faithful around the world.

"The pope is inviting us to be a Church of dialogue and mutual listening," Durocher said.

"The text is an invitation to rediscover the beauty of marriage and the family and to protect it and cherish it," he said.