|Cardinal George Pell Archbishop of Sydney|
|Bishop Anthony Fisher O.P. of Parramatta|
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.