HAS THE AUSTRALIAN CHURCH HAS LOST ITS MORAL DIRECTION BY APPOINTING LEADER OF IRAQ INVASION AS CHANCELLOR OF ACU?
“The works of mercy are the opposite of the works of war, feeding the hungry, sheltering the homeless, nursing the sick, visiting the prisoner. But we are destroying crops, setting fire to entire villages and to the people in them. We are not performing the works of mercy but the works of war.“ – Dorothy Day, founder Catholic Worker Movement
“Violence and arms can never resolve the problems of man.” – Pope John Paul II
SUNDAY NOV 28th 10.30am-1pm
*Join the Catholic Worker Anti-War Vigil Outside the Brisbane Catholic Cathedral in Opposition to the Appointment of Gen. Cosgrove as Chancellor of Australian Catholic University
More info Ph. Sean O’Reilly: 042 374 9946
Some of us were greatly disturbed when we read this week that it was that Iraq General Peter Cosgrove has been appointed the new chancellor of Australian Catholic University.
We believe Peter Cosgrove should be one of the last people to be given such a position, after he clearly ignored Papal appeals and the declaration of his own bishops in 2003, by leading Australian forces into a bloody and immoral invasion of Iraq. Tragically his fellow Catholics in Iraq have suffered perhaps more than any, half of them fleeing the country.
Before the Iraq war Pope John Paul 11 declared the coming war “a defeat for humanity which could not be morally or legally justified.”
The Australian Catholic bishops stated on 5 March 2003:
“[W]e believe that the strict conditions of Christian teaching for the use of military force against Iraq have not been met. In particular, we question the moral legitimacy of a pre-emptive strike.”
Peter Cosgrove ignored them both.
Instead he led the Australian forces into an Unjust War.
A grave sin, which he has never repented, only defended.
Where is the intellectual honesty in appointing such a person to lead the Catholic Universities?
Peter Cosgrove demonstrated clearly that when it comes to war, he has ‘No King but Caesar‘.
If you wish to object also, write to your Bishop, ACU vice-chancellor Greg Craven (email VC@.edu.au ), or your Catholic paper.