Australia’s Bishops have urged political leaders to value traditional marriage and family in an election statement that calls for the voices of the "thrown-away people" to be heard in the 2016 election campaign.
The Bishops today issued a statement on the election, saying there is "a danger that the economy can become a kind of false god to which even human beings have to be sacrificed.
“This leads to what the Pope has called the throwaway culture - a culture of over-consumption where all kinds of things are thrown away, wasted, even human beings.
“But it is not just individual people who are thrown away. The same can happen to the environment, both social and natural. At the heart of a healthy social environment there is marriage and the family.
“The fact is that economic decisions have been less and less favourable to families in recent years; and it may be that political decisions in the future will undermine further the dignity and uniqueness of marriage as a lifelong union of man and woman.
"Support for marriage and the family does not look like a big vote-winner, so that even the most basic human institution, upon which the health of a society depends, can become part of the throwaway culture or at best an optional extra.
“Pope Francis has said that the Earth too cries out for justice at this time. The natural environment - the land we live on, the air we breathe, the water we drink - even this can become voiceless, so that the Earth's cry for justice can go unheard.
"Now is the time to act, so that the natural environment is able to meet human needs rather than be sacrificed to the god of the economy.”
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