The 2015–16 Social Justice Statement is titled For those who’ve come across the seas: justice for refugees and asylum seekers. Australia’s Bishops ask us to re-examine our responses to refugees and asylum seekers. They remind us of the nearly 60 million people around the world who are displaced from their homes and of the war and violence that are devastating countries in the Middle East, Africa and Asia. When people come to us seeking refuge, can we in conscience respond to them with cruel and self-defeating policies such as offshore processing and indefinite detention?
For further details about the Social Justice Statement, visit the Australian Catholic Social Justice Council website www.socialjustice.catholic.org.au or call (02) 8306 3499.
The Parish Pastoral Plan document will be continually updated as planned strategies are achieved during 2015-2017, suggestions and feedback are welcomed, please contact the parish office 4151 6666.
Fr Peter Greene passed away peacefully on Tuesday in Rockhampton. He was educated at the Range College and Christian Brothers’ College, worked for the public service for 2 years then entered Banyo Seminary in 1947. He was ordained in St Joseph’s Cathedral 28th June 1955 by Bishop Tynan, spent 3 years working in the Missions in Papua New Guinea in the mid 60’s and worked in most areas of the Diocese including a large amount of time in Bundaberg. He was 87 years old.
There will be a Vigil Mass at 6.30pm Thursday 16 July – St Peter’s Church, Allenstown (Rockhampton) and a Requiem Mass – 10.00am Friday 17 July – St Joseph’s Cathedral.
Plans are currently underway to also have a memorial service in Bundaberg.
This eConference will tap into interfaith issues surrounding the three Abrahamic traditions: Christianity, Judaism and Islam. The aim is to explore the potential for these traditions to cultivate peace in a world that associates Religion with violence.
The eConference will be streamed live over the internet on –
DATE: Tuesday, 23 June 2015
LOCATION: The Catholic Parish of Bundaberg, Rossolini Place, Level 1, 66 Woongarra Street, Bundaberg
TIME: Arrive 9.30am for a 10am start – concluding at 2.30pm
Imam Mohamad Abdalla –
Associate Professor at the School of Humanities, Griffith University, Queensland.
Amy-Jill Levine –
Professor of New Testament and Jewish Studies, E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Professor of New Testament Studies, and Professor of Jewish Studies, Vanderbilt Divinity School and College of Arts and Science, USA.
Rev Dorothy Lee –
Dean of the Theological School and the Frank Woods Professor in New Testament, Trinity College Theological School, University of Divinity, Victoria.
Terry Lovat –
Emeritus Professor and Postgraduate Theology Convenor, University of Newcastle and Senior Research Fellow, Philosophy, Religion & Education, University of Oxford, UK.
If you are interested, please RSVP the Parish Office 4151 6666 to advise of your attendance by Friday 19 June 2015.
For more information:
Re: Pastoral Letter from the Catholic Bishops of Australia to all Australians on the ·same-Sex Marriage’ Debate
As the debate about ‘same-sex marriage’ gains momentum nationally, the Australian Catholic Bishops believe it
is important to highlight the meaning of marriage.
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You will be aware this week, in the context of the Irish referendum, both the Labor Party and the Greens have announced they will introduce draft legislation to allow two people of the same sex to marry.
Marriage is both a personal relationship between a man and a woman, and the protective institution for their children. Marriage includes an emotional union, but it goes further than that. It involves a comprehensive bodily and spiritual union of a man and a woman.
This union of a man and woman is the natural reproductive and protective environment for raising children.Marriage is the foundation of the family unit, which is in turn the first cell of society. If the union of a man and a woman is different- not the same – as other unions, then justice demands that we treat that union accordingly. If marriage is an institution designed to support people of the opposite sex to be faithful to each other and to the children of their union it is not discrimination to reserve it to them.
The Christian tradition teaches that every human being is a unique and irreplaceable person, created in the image of God and loved by Him. Because of this, every man, woman and child has great dignity and worth which can never be taken away. This includes those who experience same-sex attraction. They must be treated with respect, sensitivity and love.
Redefining marriage in the way now proposed would see marriage reduced to a committed, affectionate sexual relationship between any two people. All marriages would come to be defined by intensity of emotion rather than a union founded on sexual complementarity and potential fertility. Husbands and wives, mothers and fathers, will be seen to be wholly interchangeable social constructs, as gender would no longer matter.
Chair of the Bishops Commission for Family, Youth and Life, Archbishop Anthony Fisher OP said, “It is unjust, gravely unjust, to legitimise the false assertion that there is nothing distinctive about a man and a woman, a father or a mother; to ignore the particular values that real marriage serves; to ignore the importance for children of having a mum and a dad, ommitted to them and to each other for the long haul.
Children have a right to grow up with their natural mother and father, where possible. We should not be redefining marriage so as deliberately to exclude a child growing up with either their mother, their father, or both their parents.
“If the civil law ceases to define marriage as traditionally understood, it will be a serious injustice and undermine that common good for which the civil law exists.
“Surely there are other ways of honouring the friendships of same-sex attracted and other people without further deconstructing marriage and the family,” Archbishop Fisher said.
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