The bishops of Queensland’s five Catholic dioceses yesterday launched a combined statement ahead of next month’s election, calling for the state to discover “a new kind of solidarity” to cope with the impacts of COVID-19.
The Common Good in a COVID World statement is the first of its kind in the state's modern political era and pinpoints eight areas for special focus ahead of the October 31 poll.
“As bishops, we offer this statement as a way of sharing key points of Catholic teaching ... as we prepare for the state election,” the bishops write. “No political party fully aligns with Catholic teaching, but we can point to clear and enduring principles which can help us make the kind of responsible judgements that allow us to be both faithful Catholics and good citizens.
“The COVID-19 crisis has shown more clearly than ever the need for a new kind of solidarity both to deal with the pandemic and find a way beyond it.”
The bishops explained that Catholic social teaching has a preference for the poor and vulnerable, underpinned by the principles of the dignity of the human person, the common good, subsidiarity and solidarity.
Creating the new solidarity drives the bishops’ statement that urges the policymakers of the next Queensland Parliament to focus on: employment, health care, Catholic school funding, Indigenous issues, palliative care, aged care, mental health and climate change.
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