Australian Bishops Plea: Respect Asylum Seekers’ Rights
The Australian Catholic Bishops Conference has issued a statement pleading with those in Government and the whole Australian community to have respect for the rights of asylum seekers. They denounce current policies as ‘institutionalised cruelty’, ask for an examination of conscience concerning racism and for an end to the dehumanisation of people in need....
Asylum Seekers Need Legal Advice: Australian Bishops
The Australian Catholic Bishops’ Conference Delegate for Migrants and Refugees, Bishop Gerard Hanna, has spoken out against the axing of funding for legal assistance to asylum seekers. “Whenever a person’s life is threatened, it is just and fair that they should be able to make a valid application for protection. The Immigration Advice and...
What the Church Teaches on Asylum & Migration
The Australian Catholic Bishops’ agency for people on the move, the Australian Catholic Migrant and Refugee Office, has produced a short pamphlet outlining key Church teachings on asylum and migration. Read it here.
Solidarity & Protection
How would you describe the requirements of basic human solidarity? How would you like to be treated if you were a stranger or seeking protection?
Difference & Deep Relationship
Do you have a friend who is completely different to yourself? How do they enrich your life? Can you identify some ways in which people of cultures or religions other than your own reflect the inexhaustible beauty of God?
Materialism & the Environment
In what ways might materialism lead us to degrade the material world? How might we shift our thinking about the environment from a resource-to-be-used perspective to one of relationship?
In what ways might a culture encourage us to feel that the successes of others somehow deprive us of good things? Are we caught up in a zero sum attitude of winning or losing? Do we define ourselves as winners or losers?