Parishioners and representatives from Sydney Archdiocese, Parramatta Diocese and Broken Bay Diocese have gathered to discuss the dire state of the Australian and global environment. Source: Catholic Outlook.
Parramatta Bishop Vincent Long OFM Conv addressed by Zoom those who had made the journey to Our Lady of Lourdes Parish, Seven Hills, for the social justice reflection evening on July 20.
He referred to the Australian State of the Environment Report that had been released the day prior by the Albanese Government, describing it as “grim reading on all fronts”.
Bishop Long reminded participants of the Church’s “call to action” on caring for the environment, which “obliges us not only to care for our common home as a matter of planetary sustainability but also a sense of God-given stewardship”.
He invoked the example of St Francis of Assisi, who understood that creation is “infused” with the love of God, and that the world itself reveals the divine Word.
Jesuit Social Services’ Claire Thomas and Catholic Earthcare’s Sue Martin led attendees through an ecological reflection before Bishop Long and a second keynote speaker shared their presentations. The second speaker was Thuy Linh Nguyen, a community organiser at the Sydney Alliance, who discussed climate change and the Alliance’s advocacy for renewable energy and affordable housing.
After discussing the keynote presentations in small groups, attendees shared their own thoughts. One group highlighted how Catholic parishes and schools can influence their local communities in a call for change and action around the environment.
Others noted the need for common language on sustainability that could be applied to parishes, so it was easier for parishes to support each other.
Tri-Diocesan social justice evening ‘oozes ideas’ on Catholic environmental action (By Christina Gretton, Catholic Outlook)