NSW CATHOLIC BISHOPS MINUS ONE : "DON'T VOTE FOR THE GREENS

Cardinal George Pell Archbishop of Sydney

Bishop Anthony Fisher O.P. of Parramatta
Led by His Eminence Cardinal George Pell and Bishop Anthony Fisher O.P.the Bishops of the Province of New South Wales have urged their people not to vote for the Greens in the 26th March State Election.

This unusual collective demonstration of what is being called in American cases "Episcopal Spine" is a direct response to the Greens policies advocating aggressively : same sex marriage, abortion, homosexual behaviour,embryonic stem cell research and euthanasia. In addition they are pushing for changes to Government assistance to private ( including Catholic) schools which will severely adversely affect Catholic schools.

The holdout Bishop is Bishop David Walker of Broken Bay - Shame on him when his tree hugging principles seem to trump his concern for Catholic Doctrine on fundamental issues - Shame!

The election is universally tipped to see the resounding demise of the present Labor Government and many would assume that a lot of the Labor voters might not bring themselves to vote for the conservative Liberal/National Coalition and might vote   Green instead - perhaps enabling the Greens to win a seat or seats in the Parliament.The Bishops' Statement is therefore politically very significant. About 25% of voters are nominally Catholic and a goodly percentage of them are historically Labor voters.

Bishop Walker should have an interesting time in Rome at October's Ad Limina Visit.

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