Recent Addresses and Pastoral Letters

An Open Letter to the Premier from the Catholic Bishops of Victoria An Open Letter to the Premier from the Catholic Bishops of Victoria

An Open Letter to the Premier from the Catholic Bishops of Victoria

Friday 25 September 2020

Communications Office
 
The Catholic Bishops of Victoria have written an open letter to Premier Daniel Andrews raising concerns of unfairness in COVID restrictions to people of faith. In regional Victoria, more people can gather inside in a restaurant than in a church. The Bishops simply ask for fairness and parity between places of worship and other sectors like hospitality.

‘The Lord's ongoing creative presence’: Message from Archbishop Comensoli

Thursday 24 September 2020

Communications Office
 
In this week's message to the community of faith in Melbourne, Archbishop Comensoli invites us to recognise the Lord's abiding presence in our lives and in all of creation. He also reflects on our sacramental life as Catholic Christians, something which is 'deeply ingrained within us'.

A Message from Archbishop Comensoli

Wednesday 16 September 2020

Archbishop Peter A Comensoli

Dear friends in Christ, As we now welcome the beginnings of easing in COVID-19 Restrictions in Victoria, I would like to take this opportunity to write to you, the Clergy and people of our Archdiocese. It is great news that regional Victoria will, from tonight, move into the Third Step of the Roadmap to reopening, which includes our parishes located outside the metropolitan zone. However, we have a long way to go.

Our sacramental life: Message from Archbishop Peter A Comensoli

Wednesday 16 September 2020

Communications Office
 
Archbishop Peter A Comensoli has written a special message to all the people of God in the Archdiocese, expressing his closeness and concern while recognising the many challenges facing the community during this extended period of lockdown. It follows last week's overturning of restrictions on spiritual ministry to the sick and the dying, an oversight that was quickly remedied by the Government. 'Throughout the pandemic, I have been advocating directly with the Government, reminding authorities continually of our respectful compliance with each stage of restrictions, and seeking a fair consideration in what is permitted,' said Archbishop Comensoli. 'The Catholic community throughout the pandemic has been constructive and positive. We have, and continue to act in a mature way, caring for the safety and vulnerability of Victorians facing great risk.'

A Letter to the Faithful Regarding Development of a COVID-19 Vaccine

Monday 14 September 2020

Archbishop Peter A Comensoli
 
A Letter to the Faithful Regarding Development of a COVID-19 Vaccine 
 

Friends, I take this opportunity on the Feast of the Exultation of the Holy Cross to share the perspective of the Catholic Church in Australia to development of a vaccine for COVID-19. Many Catholics have sought advice from the bishops about the ethics of a vaccine, which has been discussed widely in Australia in recent weeks. Early in September I met with the Federal Health Minister to discuss vaccines for COVID-19, following a letter I wrote to the Prime Minister in July. It was an opportunity to thank the Minister for the Government’s decision to pursue a COVID-19 vaccine, and to affirm that the bishops urge the provision of ethically uncontroversial vaccines. This would encourage the best possible vaccine coverage in our population.
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