Don’t Mess with Marriage

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.

Given the implications of redefining marriage, today we are issuing a pastoralletter < 7b23d4d0399421 d8b 1 &id=8a951 f4a0a&e=1 c250279e2> to the Catholic community.

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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Australia Day Mass

On Australia day we came together for Mass and then farewelled Fr John Fitz-Herbert who has been transferred to Mackay.

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Parish wins Pageant of Lights

On the 4th December 2014, the Catholic Parish of Bundaberg won the open section of the Pageant of Lights parade for the third year in a row.


MenAlive retreat

About 60 men attended the MenAlive retreat at Shalom College to hear Fr Morgan Batt talk about Being called and being bold.

Social Justice Sunday – September 28

This year’s Social Justice Statement is titled:
‘A Crown for Australia: Striving for the best in our sporting nation’.
The Statement celebrates the place of sport in our national life, especially the way in which it brings individuals and communities together and contributes to our health and wellbeing. At the same time, the Statement challenges to look at sport’s darker side – the potential for violence, abuse and corruption that blemish its image and disillusion those who love it most.
To read the Statement, visit the Australian Catholic Social Justice Council website –

Annual Ecumenical Luncheon

Fr Matthew Moloney was guest speaker this year and gave an excellent talk about the Western Queensland drought and how our donations have helped in food parcels being distributed. If you wish to donate contact the Parish office for information. For a video of the talk contact Kevin Gould.