Monday 16 August 2010
Brisbane’s Catholic Justice and Peace Commission is calling on Catholics to continue praying for the three members of the Bali Nine who have now all lodged their final appeals against their death sentences to Indonesia’s Supreme Court.
The Commission has held an annual Good Friday prayer vigil for those on death row around the world since 2008 and has started an additional monthly prayer vigil this year in the Brisbane Parish of Corinda-Graceville, the home parish of Scott Rush, one of the three Australians on death row in Bali.
Scott Rush lodged his final appeal against his death sentence in July and the other two Australians, Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran, lodged their appeals last Friday.
The Commission’s Executive Officer, Peter Arndt, urged Catholics to pray for all three Australians and their families.
“Whatever their wrongdoing, they all have a right to life and should not face execution as punishment,” Mr Arndt said.
“All these men and their families are facing enormous stress and pain and need our prayers,” he said.
“One of the Indonesian lawyers lodging the appeals last week said that the death penalty on his client violated his right to life which is guaranteed by the Indonesian Constitution,” he said.
“We strongly oppose these death sentences for the same reason,” he said.
“Church Teaching effectively rejects the use of capital punishment as a violation of the right of every human being to God’s gift of life,” he said.
“Our Commission will also be urging our Federal politicians to do everything they can to support these three men and to encourage the Indonesian Government to abandon its use of the death penalty,” he said.
The Commission’s next prayer vigil will be held at Christ the King Catholic Church, Churchill Street, Graceville, next Tuesday 24 August at 7 p.m. All are welcome to join with the Commission and the local Parish community in prayer for the three Australians and all those on death row around the world.