Faith leaders endorse Uluru Statement

The Uluru Statement from the Heart (Uluru Statement website)

The Catholic Church has joined other faith groups to declare their support for an Indigenous voice in the Constitution. Source: The Oz.

The Catholic, Uniting and Anglican churches, the Australian National Council of Imams and the Executive Council of Australian Jewry will today join Australian Sikhs, Buddhists, Hindus and the National Council of Churches at Barangaroo in Sydney to endorse the Uluru Statement from the Heart.

“I am personally moved by the deep yearning expressed in the Statement from the Heart, and I am so encouraged that faith leaders have offered a response from the heart of their own spiritual traditions,” Melbourne Archbishop Peter A Comensoli said.

“My hope is simply that Catholics will be inspired by Jesus to join the hard work of finding constitutional recognition of the voice of first peoples into our Parliament, and that reconciliation will find new energy and witness at this moment in history,” he said.

Anglican Archbishop of Sydney Kanishka Raffel said he welcomed the commitment of the new government to implementing the Uluru Statement from the Heart “and look forward to that process unfolding in coming months”.

Uluru campaigners say the endorsement is an unprecedented push by multicultural Australia towards a referendum. They believe it demonstrates the proposal for an enshrined voice can bring Australians together, and can unite groups across the community.

The faith leaders’ decision to press the new Labor Government to proceed with a referendum comes on the anniversary of the successful 1967 referendum that allowed Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to be counted in the census.


Leading from the heart (By Paige Taylor, The Oz)

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