Australia’s Catholic bishops have called for the voices of the thrown-away people to be heard in the long federal election campaign. The bishops today issued a statement on the 2016 Federal Election, addressed to Catholics and all people of goodwill.
The Bishops have used their traditional election statement to draw attention to the voiceless of our nation; particularly refugees and asylum seekers, indigenous peoples, survivors of sexual abuse, those who suffer family violence, those in the womb, the elderly, those suffering mental illness, those suffering addiction, those entrapped in new forms of slavery and the desperately poor beyond our shores.
In their statement the Bishops ask that we remember that the “economy of course is important and there does need to be sound management. But, as Pope Francis has pointed out, there is also a danger that the economy can become a kind of false god to which even human beings have to be sacrificed. This leads to what the Pope has called the throwaway culture – a culture of over-consumption where all kinds of things are thrown away, wasted, even human beings.”
Read the full Election statement from the Catholic Bishops of Australia, including the bishops’ list of some of the people discarded in our throwaway culture – ACBC_election_statement_2016 and join with us in Prayer for the Election