|Friday, 04 September 2020
euthanasia and more
Friends, there has been a great deal of news in recent weeks that is of interest to Catholics in Sydney and beyond.
You might have read headlines recently regarding comments I had made about an agreement the Government had made with pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca for a potential vaccine for COVID-19. Unfortunately, my very reasonable request (along with the Anglican and Greek Orthodox Archbishops) to the Government was grossly misreported by some media outlets, who chose instead to portray me as calling for a boycott of COVID-19 vaccines. I invite you to read my full thoughts below.
Separately, one of the media outlets, which misreported my vaccine comments, has also distorted the way in which we distribute government funding to our schools in yet another attack. You can read the National Catholic Education Commission response to that below.
This week also saw the results of the first full year of legalised euthanasia and assisted suicide in Victoria tabled in Parliament. Sadly, 124 people have died in the past 12 months, with 100 more being approved for death. We can and must do better than this for our sick and vulnerable elderly.
I would like to thank all of you who took the time to make an online submission to the anti-discrimination bill being considered by the NSW Parliament. I am told that 20,000 submissions were made online, which equates to a significant number of you raising your voices in favour of religious freedom. Thank you for asking for equal treatment – not special treatment – for people of faith.
Across the Archdiocese this Sunday, we will be having our annual Fathers’ Day appeal, where the faithful are invited to contribute to the care of our retired priests, who have given so much in the service of God and His people. I would like to wish all fathers, biological and spiritual, a very happy Fathers’ Day for this Sunday. May you be strengthened in your efforts by the love of our Heavenly Father.
Yours sincerely in Christ