Canadian report recommends widening access to physician-assisted suicide

OTTAWA, Ontario (CNS) — The mentally ill and consenting minors should be allowed to choose physician-assisted suicide, a federal parliamentary committee recommended. The committee’s 70-page report was introduced in the House of Commons Feb. 25. A Supreme Court of Canada decision — known as the Carter case — unanimously struck down the Criminal Code of…

Canadian bishops issue synod questionnaire, will keep results private

OTTAWA, Ontario (CNS) — The Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops has invited dioceses to prepare for the worldwide Synod of Bishops with a set of questions on marriage and family life, but the conference said any questionnaire results will remain private. Msgr. Patrick Powers, conference general secretary, stressed that the questionnaire — slightly rearranged and…