Life is God’s gift to us. We are not its masters to do with it what we will. We can make decisions about how we will use the life God has given us, but we must not reject that life. The Church teaches, and has always unequivocally taught, that it is gravely immoral to kill a person or to accept being killed as a way to relieve suffering or to control when and how to die.
The Church also teaches, clearly and firmly, that a person who is dying does not need to accept all the medical... Read More
With recreational use of cannabis now legal in Canada, Catholics are understandably asking themselves some questions: Is the use of cannabis now morally permissible? How should I respond to the availability of legal marijuana?
To begin, it’s important to recall that Catholics look to the teachings of Jesus, Sacred Scripture and the Church for guidance on moral matters. The mere fact that an activity is made legal by the government does not automatically mean that it is morally acceptable.... Read More
VANCOUVER (August 17, 2018) – Vancouver Archbishop J. Michael Miller, CSB, today released a statement regarding the recent revelations of abuse in the Church.
To the faithful of the Archdiocese of Vancouver:
Over the past few weeks, a number of very serious accounts of sexual abuse in the Catholic Church have become public.
Like you, I am devastated by these accounts of profound evil.
VANCOUVER (June 15, 2018) – Vancouver Archbishop J. Michael Miller, CSB, today released a statement expressing his disappointment with the Supreme Court of Canada’s ruling on the Trinity Western University law school.
I am saddened to see the Supreme Court of Canada’s Trinity Western University law school decision, with its potential... Read More
VANCOUVER, Feb. 22, 2018 – Archbishop J. Michael Miller, CSB, released the following statement in response to health authorities in B.C. forcing assisted suicide into hospice and palliative care homes:
As health authorities in B.C. start to impose euthanasia in palliative and hospice care facilities, two things are clear: the government is mistaken in its policy, and we as a society are doing something wrong.
First, the Fraser Health Authority and other branches of... Read More
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
As we approach the beginning of Lent, Pope Francis reminds us “in every suffering brother and sister that we embrace, we embrace the suffering Body of Christ.”
For 50 years, the Development and Peace Share Lent campaign has called us to solidarity with the world’s... Read More
‘We will continue to reach out in solidarity to the Muslim community’Vancouver Archbishop J. Michael Miller, CSB, released the following statement today, Jan. 30, in response to Sunday’s shooting deaths at the Centre Culturel Islamique de Québec.
I am shocked and deeply saddened at the news of the deadly attack at a Quebec City mosque Sunday, and I send my sincere condolences to members of the Centre Culturel Islamique de Québec,... Read More
St. Teresa of Jesus
October 15, 2016
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
“You formed my inmost being; you knit me in my mother’s womb” (Psalm 139:13-16). How precious in God’s sight is the life of every child from the moment of conception!
On our Archdiocese's first annual Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Day, I wish to... Read More
St. Patrick’s, Vancouver
31 July 2016
Dear Bishop-elect Joseph, brothers in the priesthood and diaconate, consecrated women and men, seminarians, parishioners here at St. Patrick’s, always so welcoming to Archdiocesan celebrations, friends of Father Nguyen; brothers and sisters in Christ:
This afternoon, we gather – as we do every Sunday – to give thanks and praise to our gracious God for his goodness to us. But today we have... Read More