Welcome More Refugees
Melbourne Archbishop Denis Hart commended the Australian Government’s decision to increase its humanitarian program but is critical of other aspects of its migration policy. His talk for the Second Annual Bishop Joseph Grech Colloquium on Ethics and Migration is here.
Bishops & Religious Stand Up for Indigenous Rights
In a show of solidarity with Indigenous Australians, the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference and Catholic Religious Australia have issued a joint statement criticising legislation that would continue to undermine the human rights of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in Australia’s Northern Territory. Their call for deeper consultation with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander...
In his World Communications Day Message for 2012 Pope Benedict XVI stressed the importance of silence: “When messages and information are plentiful, silence becomes essential if we are to distinguish what is important from what is insignificant or secondary. Deeper reflection helps us to discover the links between events that at first sight seem...
Australian Bishops Call for Time Limit on Asylum Seeker Detention
In a Message for Australia Day (26 January 2012) the Commission for Justice, Ecology and Development of the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference has called for more compassionate treatment of asylum seekers. Four of the Bishops who signed this statement minister directly to asylum seekers in immigration detention centres located in their dioceses. They say...
Australian Bishops’ Social Media Protocol
The Australian Catholic Bishops Conference has updated its social networking protocol. It encourages the use of new media for evangelisation and insists on the importance of upholding human dignity in the virtual world. Read the protocol here.
Australian Church Welcomes Change in Asylum Policy
The Australian Catholic Migrant and Refugee Office (ACMRO) has welcomed changes which will allow asylum seekers who have arrived in Australia by boat to live in the community rather than immigration detention centres while their claims are assessed. ACMRO is an office of the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference. Read their media release.