It is my pleasure to advise you today of some important changes to the Marriage Tribunal that serves the five Roman Catholic dioceses in Alberta and the Northwest Territories.

Through the cooperation of all five bishops and with the permission of the Holy See, we have integrated tribunal services into one body now known as the Interdiocesan Tribunal of Edmonton.

Through this change, we hope to offer better and more timely service to anyone who requires a declaration of nullity before entering a new marriage within the Catholic Church.

The new Interdiocesan Tribunal of Edmonton has its main office at the Pastoral and Administration Offices of the Archdiocese of Edmonton, and an auxiliary office at the Catholic Pastoral Centre of the Diocese of Calgary. The personnel in each office will remain the same as they were before this change.

The new arrangement has enabled the following changes:

1. The Interdiocesan Tribunal of Edmonton has its own visual identity, which will be reflected in signage, stationery and on the new website at www.edmontontribunal.ca. Our five member dioceses will be encouraged to place links to the new site prominently on their diocesan sites. 2. A shared file which can be used from either Edmonton or Calgary will be set up to allow staff in either office to access all of the print material required when processing a nullity case (decrees, citation and notification letters, the definitive sentence, and questionnaires for interviews.) 3. Two Excel spreadsheets have been put into use to replace several record books and ledgers that were kept manually, and were previously in use in both offices. This allows tribunal staff to track both the progress of a case, and the current balance outstanding, online. All information required for year-end reporting is available from these spreadsheets. 4. Later this year training will be provided for a number of advocates who will be able to offer assistance to the parties during the time their case is pending. 5. Training will also be provided to increase the number of auditors available. 6. The roster of active judges for the tribunal has been increased from seven to twelve, which should help expedite cases.

I am grateful to all who have collaborated with the Bishops on this project. May we all be guided by the mercy of God the Father, the love of His Son Jesus Christ, and the wisdom of the Holy Spirit.

† Richard W. Smith

Archbishop of Edmonton

Moderator of the Interdiocesan Tribunal of Edmonton

2 March 2015

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Statement on Physician-Assisted Suicide by the Most Reverend Paul-André Durocher, Archbishop of Gatineau and President of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops

Catholics are called by their faith to assist all those in need, particularly the poor, the suffering and the dying. Comforting the dying and accompanying them in love and solidarity has been considered by the Church since its beginning a principal expression of Christian mercy.

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