Our bishops put out a statement on 8 May 2014 speaking to the entire Australian community urging respect for the rights of asylum seekers. The bishops questioned is there an underlying attitude of racism and also of the selfishness of the rich. The bishops call on parliamentarians of all parties to turn away from harsh policies to the path of a realistic compassion that deals with both human need and electoral pressure. They “call on the nation as a whole to say no to the dark forces which make these policies possible. The time has come to examine our conscience and then to act differently”. The full text is available on the Catholic Bishops’ Conference website.
The Australian Council of Priests endorsed the bishops’ statement on 14 May 2014.

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