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Politics in service of peace

Source: CathNews / The Australian
 
The Australian Catholic Bishops Conference’s statement on the 2019 election has urged more foreign aid and assistance for indigenous Australians.

ACBC president Mark Coleridge has called for all asylum-seeker claims involving those who arrive in Australia to be processed onshore “as speedily as possible”.

Archbishop Coleridge has also asked for all remaining refugees on Manus Island and Nauru to be resettled and for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to be given a fairer deal.
 
He wants a “renewed urgency” to the commitment of closing the gap between indigenous Australians and the rest of the community. “This is a running sore at the heart of the nation,” Archbishop Coleridge has said.
 
“Through our agencies, the Church plays a critical role in working with indigenous peoples in health, education and welfare.
“But Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples continue to suffer grave disadvantage and should not have to keep waiting for justice. Now is the time to act.”
 
Catholic Social Services Australia (CSSA) has also released its Federal Election Statement. In its preamble, CSSA insists that the election campaign provides “a challenge to every political party to offer the Australian nation a vision of social and economic inclusion where the inherent dignity and potential of each person can be realised”. Read the full story, here.
 
Commentary:
 
“The Catholic Church can produce excellent public communication, such as its current election statement, 'Politics in Service of Peace', but it does so too rarely. That statement was, of course, commentary and advice for others rather than reflections about the inner workings of the church itself. That is where the blockage lies,” writes John Warhurst, Emeritus Professor of Political Science at the Australian National University in Eureka Street.




 
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