Catholic Religious Australia has called on politicians to rise up and strive for justice rather than descend into pursuit of votes.
'Today we celebrate the Feast of Mary MacKillop. Can the politicians who celebrated with us when Mary was named as Australia’s first Saint now see her as a model and mentor,' asks CRA President, Sr Annette Cunliffe rsc, in a media release.
'Can our politicians rise to being worthy of our vote rather than descending into vote seeking, no matter the moral and ethical cost? Can Australians heed the advice of the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference to look beyond their own individual needs and vote for the common good?'
Sr Annette Cunliffe speaks of Mary MacKillop as a woman of great humanity and justice. 'She lived a life of heroic goodness and responded totally to the needs around her. Her life was motivated by compassion for those most in need. Mary epitomises responding to the Gospel call.
'The Gospel call challenges us to help create a just society. We all need to identify where the injustices are, really listen to the people affected, and then work together to influence change.
'Politicians and the people of Australia need to work in harmony to promote and protect human dignity, seeking to identify and assist the poor, the marginalised, the sick and the forgotten in our community.'
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