Bracken Ridge Parish will hold a Novena for Iraq between 6-14 September. Prayers for peace in Iraq will be prayed at all Masses during the 9 days and various Parish groups will pray for the people of Iraq on particular days. The Parish has produced a leaflet of prays and information to enable other to participate in the Novena.novena%20flier
Our Lady of Graces Parish has organised a petition to the House of Representatives calling for policies which respect the human rights and dignity of asylum seekers. You are asked to collect printed names and signatures on the petition and return all sheets to Our Lady of Graces Catholic Parish, PO Box 305, Carina OLD 4152 by Wednesday 30 September.
Going Under is a seminar exploring the impact of climate change on the Torres Strait and the Pacific. It is hosted by the Commission and Caloundra parish on Friday 1st August, 7-9PM, at the Caloundra Catholic Church.Going Under flyer
Please join us for Movement of the Heart, a World Refugee Day pray service on Friday 20th June at 6.30PM at the Cathedral of Saint Stephen, 249 Elizabeth Street, Brisbane. We come together to pray that our loving God will move the hearts of all Australians so that asylum seekers will be treated with respect, dignity and justice.
The Federal Government has proposed amendments to the Racial Discrimination Act which many Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and ethnic communities fear will lead to increased racial hate speech. The Commission has made a submission to the Government calling for it to withdraw the amendments and consult with affected communities.
CJPC Brisbane has just issued a resource to help Catholics prepare for the G20 meeting in Brisbane in November 2014. It focuses on the teachings on economic justice of the newly canonised Sts John XXIII and John Paul II.
CJPC Brisbane 2013 Report Released
CJPC Brisbane has just released its report on its activities in 2013. The report also includes its strategic priorities for 2014 – 16 which seek to respond to the Archbishop’s desire for a greater focus on mission in the Archdiocese.
The decision by the Minister for Immigration and Border Protection, Scott Morrison, to cap the issue of permanent protection visas for refugees to 1650 would increase the cruelty of the Government’s refugee policy according to the Executive Officer of the Catholic Justice and Peace Commission of Brisbane, Peter Arndt.
Mr Arndt said that the measure, announced in the wake of the Senate vote to prevent the reintroduction of temporary protection visas, was unacceptable.
“People who we recognize as refugees because they faced persecution, torture and the threat of death would have been forced to live in a limbo of anxiety and uncertainty year after year if temporary protection visas were re-introduced,” Mr Arndt said.
“The Minister’s decision to cap permanent protection visas means that many people who have valid claims for protection will be subjected to the same uncertainty and anxiety by another means,” he said.
“Australia is in a position to be much more generous in resettling vulnerable people who deserve to live free from fear and violence,” he said.
“This is a mean-spirited and cruel stance from a country which is infinitely better off than the countries from which asylum seekers are fleeing,” he said.
“It is simply not fair to have thousands of people who have suffered so much in their homeland face years of further suffering here in Australia,” he said.
Mr Arndt called on Catholics to challenge the Federal Government’s cruel measures.
“Let us be signs of God’s lavish generosity and abundant mercy,” he said.
“Let’s demand just policies from a country which is so wealthy compared to the countries from which asylum seekers are fleeing,” he said.
“Let’s respond to Christ’s call for us to welcome the stranger,” he said.
“Let’s not pretend that we are doing the right thing by sending vulnerable people home to torture and harassment because there are other vulnerable people suffering in refugee camps elsewhere,” he said.
“Australia and the other wealthy nations of the world have a responsibility, in justice, to do much, much more for asylum seekers around the world, whether they are sitting in refugee camps for years or they risk dangerous journeys in boats to escape truly horrifying circumstances,” he said.
For further information, please contact Peter Arndt on (07) 3336 9173 or 0409 265 476.
NB This release is issued with the approval of the Commission or its Executive under the provision of its Mandate which enables it to speak in its own right. The views expressed in it do not necessarily represent the views of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Brisbane.
Justice and Peace workers from Queensland dioceses have compiled a set of Advent prayer and liturgy resources which focus on issues raised by this year’s Social Justice Statement, “Lazarus at Our Gate”.
Justice and Peace Workers from the dioceses of Queensland have compiled some prayer and liturgy resources for the four Sundays of Advent. They focus on some of the issues raised in the 2013 – 2014 Social Justice Statement, Lazarus at Our Gate. Search “Catholic Justice & Peace Commission of the Archdiocese of Brisbane” opn Facebook.
The Executive Officer of the Catholic Justice & Peace Commission of Brisbane recently visited Sri Lanka as part of the 9th Justice and Peace Workers Network Gathering for Asia and the Pacific. What he encountered challenges efforts by the Australian Government to portray a rosy picture of the situation in post-war Sri Lanka. He urges Australia not to turn a blind eye to human rights abuses in Sri Lanka as part of its obsession with stopping the boats.