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Peter Arndt is the Executive Officer of the Catholic Justice and Peace Commission in the Archdiocese of Brisbane

Laudato Si Movement Report On COP 27

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The Catholic narrative at the COPs is related to the financing of Loss and Damage (L&D), the financing of just transition in terms of alternative energies, and the urgent need to phase out fossil fuels (coal, oil, and gas). In line with this, earlier this year, the Vatican Dicastery for Human Development adopted the Fossil Fuel Non-Proliferation Treaty calling for the proliferation of coal, oil and gas by ending all new exploration and production of coal, oil and gas, an existing phase-out production of fossil fuels in line with the 1.5ºC global climate goal and a fast track in real solutions and a just and fair transition for everyone.

In this sense, the outcome of COP 27 is deeply disappointing for the Catholic community who hoped and worked for an advanced agreement on fossil fuel phase-out. Instead, what was agreed upon was a copy and paste of the Glasgow accord referencing a phase-down of unabated coal power, phase-out of inefficient oil subsidies, and the inclusion of a transition to low-emission energy, which is essentially gas that is a source of GHG emissions.  (Full report available here)

Death Penalty Prayer Vigil Returns on Good Friday

Media Release

Tuesday 12 April 2022

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The Good Friday Death Penalty Prayer Vigil returns this Friday after a 2 year hiatus due to COVID-19 restrictions. The vigil, which has been hosted by the Archdiocesan Justice & Peace Commission in collaboration with Corinda-Graceville Parish, started in 2008.

It will be held on Good Friday, 15 April, at 12 noon at Christ the King Church, Churchill Street, Graceville, in the home parish of Scott Rush who was sentenced to death in Indonesia in 2005. His sentence was subsequently commuted to life imprisonment.

Two other Australians in the Bali 9 group of drug offenders, Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran, were also sentenced to death and subsequently executed.

The Commission’s Executive Officer, Peter Arndt, said that the Rush Family plans to attend the vigil.

“Along with the community group, Australians against Capital Punishment, they have always attended the vigil,” he said.

“Sadly for them, it will be 17 years  on Easter Sunday since Scott Rush was imprisoned,” he said.

“Even worse, Scott’s family is not permitted to visit him in jail in Indonesia,” he said.

“Since we last gathered for the vigil, things have changed for the better for a Nigerian Catholic for whom we have been praying every year,” he said.

“We have been in touch with the Brisbane legal team supporting Titus Ani and we will share the news about his death sentence being commuted to a term of imprisonment,” he said.

“We cannot think of a better time to pray for those facing execution than the day on which Jesus was executed,” he added.

Mr. Arndt said that prayers will also be offered for the families of those on death row and for the victims of crime.

All are welcome to attend.

For more information, please contact Peter Arndt on 0409 265 476.