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Archbishop Responds to Misleading West Australian Article

29 Jul 2010

 Article by Fr Robert Cross

Archbishop Hickey has faxed all priests and Deacons in the Archdiocese of Perth to clarify a misleading article published on the front page of The West Australian today (29 July, 2010)

His Grace said, "The impression given in today’s front page The West Australian headline is that I criticized Julia Gillard and tried to tell people how to vote. It was not the case."
 
The Archbishop then attached the following text which he is sending out to people who have corresponded with him on this matter.
 
TEXT OF ARCHBISHOP’S RESPONSE TO CORRESPONDENTS  REGARDING THE ARTICLE THAT APPEARED ON THE FRONT PAGE THE WEST AUSTRALIAN, 29 July 2010
 
The Archbishop has said in media statements today that he does not seek to support one party over the other. At this time, both are doing the proper thing. The Archbishop respects the honesty of both Julia Gillard and Tony Abbott and both of them have said they respect the Christian point of view. He did not attack Julia Gillard or suggest how people should vote.
 
The Archbishop highlighted in his original statement his concern about what the future will bring if secularism is allowed to take an unchallenged hold in our society. Encroaching secularism in our society could lead to social policies that are harmful to the good of our society and personal well being. This is already becoming evident in some European countries and even here in Australia. For example, recently in Victoria, proposed legislation threatened to deny the right of Catholic Health Professionals to conscientiously object to referring patients onto agencies that would perform abortions.
 
The Archbishop wants to encourage people of faith to reflect on how their faith based values are applied to social issues such as human life, human sexuality, sanctity of marriage, and, justice (poverty, refugees etc). He further wants to encourage people with strong religious convictions to be active politically and to make sure their views are taken seriously by all political parties.
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