Bishop Gerard Hanna, Australian Catholic Bishops Conference Delegate for Migrant and Refugees, has called for a thorough review of Australia’s refugee and asylum seeker policies. The Australian Catholic Migrant and Refugee Office believes that an independent report into events leading to the brutal death of Reza Barati in immigration detention… Read More »Policy Putting Lives at Risk
Like our Bishops, many of us have seen the faces and heard the stories of these people and cannot hide our shame at the way some are being treated.
Here is the full text of their 14 May 2014 statement…
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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… Read More »Australian Bishops Plea: Respect Asylum Seekers’ Rights
Bishop Gerard Hanna has criticised the Australian government’s efforts to resettle in Cambodia those asylum seekers found to be refugees after having been intercepted at sea by Australia and sent to have their claims assessed in Nauru. “If the Australian Government is serious about expanding resettlement opportunities in the Asia-Pacific… Read More »Australian Bishop – Don’t Shift Resettlement Responsibility
During the Christmas season as we fix our gaze on the Holy Family, we can easily see in them today’s refugees who share the Holy Family’s experience of rejection. During the season of Lent, as we gaze upon the many rejected and exploited migrants and refugees of our world, do… Read More »Rejecting the Holy Family
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.