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World Refugee Week 2010

World Refugee Week 2010 k theme was  Freedom from Fear.  The Refugee Council of Australia produced a series of resources for the Week including a poster, facts and figures about refugees, an event planning guide and teacher materials.

Fr Pan Jordan op and Sr Wendy Flannery rsm at World Refugee Rally , Brisbane June 20 2010

Fr Pan Jordan op and Sr Wendy Flannery rsm at World Refugee Rally , Brisbane June 20 2010

Among the more than 200 people who gathered in Reddacliff Square, Brisbane  on World Refugee Day, June 20, were representatives from parishes, religious communities and  the Brisbane Catholic  Justice and Peace Commission.

Fr Pan Jordan OP was one of the speakers and spoke of  the plight of Tamil refugees.Fr Jordan quoted the report from the International Crisis Group which has gathered evidence of the ongoing human rights abuses among Tamils. He also called on the Federal Government to lift the suspension of processing of refugee claims by people from Afghanistan and Sri Lanka.

In a recent statement the Brisbane Catholic Justice and Peace Commission noted that many significant international organisations and some major Sri Lankan bodies such as the Superiors of Major Religious Congregations have expressed serious concerns about the Sri Lankan Government’s lack of commitment to the rule of law, democracy, proper governance, human rights and freedom of the media.They also have doubts about the Sri Lankan Government’s commitment to political reconciliation which will see minorities such as the Tamils freed from discrimination and oppression.

Commission Vows to Continue Action to Abolish Death Penalty

Monday 10 November 2008

 

 

Brisbane’s Catholic Justice and Peace Commission has vowed to continue its work to promote the universal abolition of the death penalty in the wake of the execution of the three Bali Bombers yesterday.

 

The Commission’s Executive Officer, Peter Arndt, said that the execution of the three Indonesians had done nothing to resolve the problems which caused the killing of 202 people in Bali in 2002 nor to heal the immense pain caused by the terrorist attacks.

 

“The grief and pain suffered by so many survivors and families of those killed in the bombings makes what the bombers did an immense wrong,” Mr Arndt said.

 

“However, State-sanctioned killing does not make things better,” he said.

 

“The psychological and physical damage of survivors and families of victims is still there from all we have heard,” he said.

 

“The unrepentant commitment of the Bombers themselves to violence may have been silenced, but their supporters are still voicing the same hateful ideas,” he said.

 

“The Bombers will now never have a chance to understand the pain they have caused and the victims will never have the opportunity to hear words of remorse from them,” he said.

 

“There will be no chance for reparations to be made by the Bombers to the victims,” he said.

 

“We are still faced with the threat of more violence and terror hanging over our heads and the prospect of other people being killed and families suffering dreadful loss,” he said.

 

“Killing is not the answer to killing,” he said.

 

“Our Commission will continue to promote universal abolition of the death penalty,” he said.

 

“Our Federal Government needs to have an uncompromising commitment to this goal and we will do what we can to encourage this,” he said.

 

“In relation to the threat posed by violent religious extremists in our own region, there needs to be a stronger commitment to supporting inter-religious dialogue and action to respond to this problem,” he said.

 

“It is good to see that some work is being done in this area and we will do what we can to support it,” he said.

 

“We urge Catholics to continue to keep the survivors and victims’ families in their prayers,” he said.

 

“We ask them to also pray for an end to all forms of violence and to support action which promotes peace and universal respect for the dignity of every human person,” 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 Charter 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.

 

The Church and Justice

CJPC Logo

CJPC Logo

The Brisbane Catholic Justice and Peace Commission has produced a new resource to promote the principles of Catholic Social Teachings. You can download the card (a pdf file) The Church and Justice Resource

This new resource also features the new logo foe the Commission: The logo image features the Wompoo Fruit Dove, the largest of the Tropical North Queensland fruit-doves.

For more than a century, drawing on scripture and its rich tradition, the Church has developed a significant body of teaching on social concerns. Catholic Social Teaching emphasises that promoting social justice in our world is an essential element of witnessing to the Gospel and hence the responsibility of all Christians.

‘Action on behalf of justice and participation in the transformation of the world fully appear to us as a constitutive dimension of the preaching of the Gospel, or, in other words, of the Church’s mission for the redemption of the human race and its liberation from every oppressive situation.’

Justice in the World

World Synod of Catholic Bishops, 1971

Brisbane Parishes Keen to Get Involved in Action on Poverty

Monday 15 September 2008

Many parishes in Brisbane’s Archdiocese are keen to increase efforts to address poverty in their own communities according to Peter Arndt, Executive Officer of Brisbane’s Catholic Justice and Peace Commission.

 

Mr Arndt said that he is encouraged by the passion of many parishioners who have attended Commission briefings on this year’s Social Justice Sunday Statement which will be launched this Wednesday in Sydney.

 

In A Rich Young Nation: The Challenge of Affluence and Poverty in Australia, (pdf) (Word) Australia’s Bishops challenge Catholics to reach out to the poor and vulnerable in society and work with them for justice.

 

Mr Arndt is finishing a three week tour of parishes in the Archdiocese this week.

 

“I have been overwhelmed by the positive response of so many good people in parishes across the Archdiocese,” Mr Arndt said.

 

“There is much good work already being done in parishes, but many Catholics want to do much more,” he said.

 

“There is a real desire to do as the Bishops have urged and seek out the poor in our midst and help them to overcome their disadvantage,” he said.

 

“There is also a recognition that a significant part of our work to overcome poverty will involve challenging our political leaders to change the way our society and economic system work so that people who are struggling get a fair go,” he said.

 

“Many people are also looking inwards to their own lifestyles in our consumerist society and want to live more simply,” he added.

 

Mr Arndt said that parishes appreciated finding out what resources were available to promote Social Justice Sunday and the Bishops’ Statement.

 

He said that, in addition to the resources produced by the Australian Catholic Social Justice Council, the Brisbane Commission had produced a summary of the Statement, a sample newsletter editorial and an overhead transparency for use at Masses on Social Justice Sunday on 28 September.

 

“Many of the parishes I have visited are already asking us how we can help them to find information on poverty in their own community and what Church and community organisations they might work with to do something to address poverty,” 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 Charter 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.

Commission To Hand Over Death Penalty Petitions in Prayer Service

Media Release

Commission To Hand Over Death Penalty Petitions in Prayer Service

Brisbane’s Catholic Justice and Peace Commission will deliver a death penalty abolition petition to Queensland Senator Claire Moore next Tuesday 1 July at a prayer service at Holy Cross Catholic Church, Wooloowin.

The petition has been signed by over 2000 people from parishes in the Archdiocese and from around the country.

Senator Moore will lodge the petition in the Senate at its next sitting and will seek to speak to the issue on that day.

The Commission’s Executive Officer, Peter Arndt, said that it was important for Catholics to continue their participation in efforts to abolish capital punishment in Indonesia and around the world.

“For those who have made a commitment to this cause, it is important to remain active in the long term,” Mr Arndt said.

“The continuing use of the death penalty around the world invites Catholics to commit to solidarity with those whose human dignity is threatened by the prospect of the death penalty being imposed and carried out,” he said.

“Solidarity is one of the four universal principles of Catholic Social Doctrine and is something which the Gospel calls us to put into practice when we see the dignity of our fellow human beings being abused,” he said.

“Solidarity is about standing with those who face the indignity of poverty or injustice and doing this in the long term,” he said.

“It also means being prepared to face unpleasant consequences as a result of this commitment,” he said.

“There are some people who strongly disagree with our opposition to the use of the death penalty in cases like those of the Bali Bombers and that of the three Australians convicted of drug offences in Bali,” he said.

“All these six men have committed very serious offences and, in fact, have been responsible for the deaths or suffering and misery of many other people,” he said.

“But the Church must defend the value of human life if it is to be faithful to the Gospel,” he said.

“Revenge and retribution cannot be in the vocabulary of Christians who follow the example of Jesus,” he said.

“Those who have done serious wrong must face serious consequences, but this should not include death at the hands of the State,” he said.

“The Commission will continue to offer opportunities for more action on the death penalty and especially at the time when our petition is lodged in the Senate,” he said.

“We have had contact with members of the cross-Party parliamentary Working Group working on the death penalty and they are very keen to support our efforts,” he added.

The Commission’s death penalty prayer service will begin at 7.30 p.m. at Holy Cross Church, 28 Chalk Street, Wooloowin. All are welcome.

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 Charter 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.