The National Council of Priests of Australia has expressed its concern about the Australian government's treatment of asylum seekers.
In a statement released yesterday, the Council said it endorsed the statement by the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference earlier this month, adding that some of its members minister to asylum seekers in detention centres and were very concerned for their welfare.
'The hard-line policies of the current Australian government towards asylum seekers and refugees is extinguishing the Christian virtue of hope for many of these people: some of whom have risked their lives for a new and better life after experiencing oppression and extraordinary deprivation both of rights and resources.
'Like our Bishops, many of us have seen the faces and heard the stories of these people and cannot hide our shame at the way some are being treated.
'We stand with our Bishops in entreating our nation to relook at the way we are currently treating asylum seekers and ask the Australian government to change its cruel and inhuman policy towards those seeking asylum in Australia.'