Maitland-Newcastle Diocesan Administrator, Fr Greg Barker, has shared his fears and sadness that the ‘sanctity of life is being diminished’. His statements come on the back of the NSW Parliament passing legislation overnight, which legalises voluntary assisted dying.
“It is a terrible day for our State,” Fr Barker said.
As we face the polls later this month you might already be thinking of simply ticking the first box on the ballet paper and not about much else.
Perhaps you are disillusioned with the current state of politics in our country, disappointed with the direction we are heading in and, in the ‘leaders’ before us. As such, like me, you might be more actively channel surfing to avoid yet another election ad or campaign speech. I hear your pain.
The Church can’t tell you who you should vote for. However, every person of faith- regardless of their faith, has a responsibility to inform their own conscience.
A message from Diocesan Administrator, Fr Greg Barker, regarding this week’s visit by the Nuncio to Australia
We are now in the midst of Holy Week, a very special time in our Church’s Liturgical calendar, where we celebrate the events leading up to Jesus’ death by crucifixion and His resurrection.
Our Diocese is very fortunate to have the newly appointed Nuncio to Australia, Archbishop Charles Balvo, presiding the Sacred Triduum at Sacred Heart Cathedral. In his role as Nuncio, Archbishop Balvo is the Pope’s Ambassador to Australia, and this will be one of his first engagements since arriving in the country last month.
In another significant milestone, it will also be the first time that a Nuncio has presided at the Triduum in the Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle. I thank Fr Andrew Doohan, Rector of Sacred Heart Cathedral for welcoming Archbishop Charles Balvo to our Cathedral.
Ahead of his visit I wanted to share a recently published article, prepared by the Australia Catholic Bishop’s Conference, with you. The article highlights Archbishop Balvo’s diverse experience, the roles of a Nuncio, his previous connections to Australia, what he is expecting to find here and how he plans to come to know the People of God.
To read the ACBC article, please follow the link below:
There is no doubt that the last 18 months or so have been challenging. Negotiating the rules around restrictions let alone applying them takes energy. For many businesses this has seen a downturn in their trade at the door. For others their businesses have never been healthier as they explore new ways to service their customer base. This, as we know, has seen so many businesses trade more and more through the virtual and online platforms.