Religious orders ask Rudd to make Australia more just

An appeal by Australia’s Catholic Religious has sought the ear of newly elected Prime Minster Kevin Rudd to lead the nation into more just relationships, helping all Australians become better people and forging a better nation.

Catholic Religious Australia president Fr Mark Raper SJ (pictured) wrote to Mr Rudd in an open letter representing the 8000 nuns, brothers and priests. He said all religious are looking to the new government to reach beyond economic prosperity.

The letter pays special attention to people most marginalised, both in Australia and internationally.

“We ask for the necessary symbolic acts of recognition and an apology for past injustices for Indigenous Australians as well as for programs to address problems in life expectancy, health care access, housing, education and employment,” Fr Raper wrote.

“Australia should receive and process asylum seekers according to international humanitarian law and to have a migration intake that gives preference to those in most need.

“We hope that policies across social services, health care and education will take into account the complexities of disadvantage and give appropriate weight to the responsibilities of communities as well as of individuals,” he said.

Fr Raper also suggests foreign aid and diplomacy programs should give priority to peace-making.

SOURCE
Catholic Religious Australia - Open letter (CRA, 05/12/07)

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