Catholic church mobilises against assisted dying in NSW
According to today’s Sydney Morning Herald, Bishop Peter Comensoli, the designated spokesman for Catholic bishops on the voluntary assisted dying issue, has organised distribution of a petition to 26 parishes and more than 40 schools in his diocese of Broken Bay, covering Sydney’s north shore, northern beaches and the Central Coast. The petition was supplied to him by Labor MLC Greg Donnelly, a well-known opponent of voluntary assisted dying laws.
A brochure accompanying the petition sent by Bishop Comensoli, produced by HOPE, warns that if the NSW bill becomes law “it would radically abandon our deep human commitment not to deliberately take someone’s life”. It is reported that Bishop Comensoli told Fairfax Media he was “encouraging our people to get behind this and have their voice heard”.
The petition and brochure has been emailed out to parishioners and parents of school children.
Click for Sydney Morning Herald article “Catholic church mobilises against NSW assisted dying laws” 20 August 2017
Click for audio (5.12 min) entitled ‘Catholic Church’s campaign against NSW Euthanasia Bill’ by Katherine Gregory on ABC Radio PM with MattWordsworth
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