Welcome to Scribd, the world's digital library. Read, publish, and share books and documents. See more
Download
Standard view
Full view
of .
Save to My Library
Look up keyword
Like this
2Activity
0 of .
Results for:
No results containing your search query
P. 1
ACBC Election Statement 2013

ACBC Election Statement 2013

Ratings: (0)|Views: 221|Likes:
Published by Andrew Doohan
Pre Election Statement from the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference for the Federal Election on September 7th, 2013
Pre Election Statement from the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference for the Federal Election on September 7th, 2013

More info:

Published by: Andrew Doohan on Sep 02, 2013
Copyright:Attribution Non-commercial

Availability:

Read on Scribd mobile: iPhone, iPad and Android.
download as PDF, TXT or read online from Scribd
See more
See less

04/04/2014

pdf

text

original

 
AUSTRALIAN CATHOLIC BISHOPS CONFERENCE
ELECTION
STATEMENT
2013
 
VOTE FOR THE
COMMON GOOD
AUSTRALIAN CATHOLIC BISHOPS CONFERENCE
 
AUSTRALIAN CATHOLIC BISHOPS CONFERENCE
ELECTION
STATEMENT
2013
Dear Brothers and SistersIn the coming weeks the news will be ull o politicians in shopping centres, high-vis vestsand hard hats. It can be easy to be caught upin the distractions o an election campaign, butas bishops we want to ocus your attention onsome key issues o vital concern to the Australiancommunity. This letter is to help us all participatein the election as Catholics and citizens.In writing this letter to you, we draw upon our rich tradition o social teaching and upon theChurch’s long experience o serving all peoplewithout distinction through our work in a broadrange o areas including health care, educationand social services.The principles o social teaching cross partypolitical boundaries and Catholics may, in goodconscience, orm dierent opinions on thecandidates and parties standing or election.We encourage Catholics to look beyond their own individual needs to apply a dierent testat the ballot box – the test o what we call thecommon good. The good o the individual andthe good o society as a whole must be broughttogether in harmony. When they are, we havethe common good.Catholic tradition holds that the common goodis underpinned by the promotion and protectiono human dignity. Implicit in seeking thecommon good is the desire to serve the poor,the marginalised, the sick and the orgotten inour community.As Catholics, we need to take our democraticreedoms seriously and become involved inthe political process. This might mean joininga political party or even standing or election.We should all take the opportunity to meet withlocal candidates and make our concerns known.We oer strong encouragement to the manyCatholic people who are already engaged inpolitical lie at various levels.Most importantly, we must pray or our politicalleaders as they prepare or the upcomingelection, that they will always serve the good o the whole nation.We invite you to read and reect on theollowing issue statements and summary o Catholic social teaching. This election will bean important opportunity or us to have our sayas thoughtul, well-inormed members o thecommunity, who are concerned with promotingthe common good. Yours sincerely in Christ,Australian Catholic Bishops Conerence
VOTE FOR THE
COMMON GOOD
“We must pray for ourpolitical leaders asthey prepare for theupcoming election,that they will alwaysserve the good of thewhole nation.”
 
AUSTRALIAN CATHOLIC BISHOPS CONFERENCE
ELECTION
STATEMENT
2013
POOR AND VULNERABLE
Any society is judged by how the weakestand poorest o its members are treated. Themost vulnerable people are our greatestresponsibility. We welcome and support thebipartisan commitment to the National DisabilityInsurance Scheme. We support and encourageCatholic social services, which serve more thanone million Australians every year. Governmentpriorities should ocus frst on the needs o thepoorest and most vulnerable.
MARRIAGE AND FAMILY
Families are the basic unit o society. Theremust be legal recognition o the unique natureo marriage between a man and a woman, andproper protection or the rights o children torelate to their natural mother and ather. TheChurch acknowledges the many sad situationsthat mean one or both parents may not bepresent in a child’s lie. Single parent amiliesneed support in their important work, butchildren should not intentionally be deprivedo their parents unless there is concern or children’s saety.Tax arrangements, government payments andworkplace relations laws should have as their primary aim the strengthening o amilies andthe reduction o pressures on fnances andamily time.
CHILD PROTECTION
As Catholic bishops and as individuals, weshare the eelings o outrage that all decentpeople eel when they read the reports o sexual abuse. These are proound abuses o human dignity, contrary to the Gospel and arecrimes. Over the past 20 years, there have beenmajor developments in the way the Churchresponds to victims, deals with perpetratorsand puts in place preventative measures.We will continue to cooperate with the RoyalCommission into Institutional Responses toChild Sexual Abuse both through the Church’snew Truth, Justice and Healing Council andas individual bishops and dioceses, as theCommission requests. We will continue to workto eradicate the circumstances that enableabuse to occur and to seek to provide pastoralcare and support or victims.
ISSUES

You're Reading a Free Preview

Download
/*********** DO NOT ALTER ANYTHING BELOW THIS LINE ! ************/ var s_code=s.t();if(s_code)document.write(s_code)//-->