Sept. 14 the Bishops of Alberta and the Northwest Territories released a pastoral statement, called On the Impact of COVID-19 & the Call to Christian Renewal.
This letter – addressed to all the Catholic faithful – offers praise and thanks for the many examples of care and collaboration that have emerged during the pandemic; it also highlights some of the social challenges that have surfaced and that will need to be addressed going forward.
In particular, the bishops are inviting Catholics to review the impact of COVID-19 within their homes, schools, workplaces, and society in general, in light of the gospel and the social teaching of the Church. Which values, attitudes and behaviours will we want to hold on to going forward? Which may be in need of remedy or renewal?
Through a process of reflection and discernment, the bishops are using this time as an opportunity to inspire and lead a renewal of Christian life in the Church that will impact society in positive ways.
Over the next seven weeks, Grandin Media will be hosting seven panel discussions on the themes referenced in the letter: the inherent dignity of human life, the importance of the family, individual rights and responsibilities, vulnerability and solidarity, responsibility for the common good, healthy use of information technologies, and the value and dignity of human work.
Panelists, assembled from across the province and territory, include top experts in their fields in health care, education, social services, law and ministry and business. At the invitation of the Bishops, an online feedback mechanism will be available to encourage comments and reflections by viewers of the Grandin Media discussion series.
Download the Pastoral Letter: