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Steward to the poor: Pope St Gregory the Great

Wednesday 2 September 2020

Communications Office Having been prefect of Rome and city administrator, Gregory retired to a monastery to avoid the trappings of success, preferring instead the austere and joyful simplicity of monastic life. But this was not to last. In 589, Rome was in trouble. A flood had destroyed the grain reserves, leading to famine and a city-wide plague ravaged the populace and killed the pope. Gregory was elected pope and although he initially attempted to refuse the position, he eventually assumed the role, albeit reluctantly. But here his administrative skills and experience were put to...

Victorian Bishops respond to latest Voluntary Assisted Dying Report

Wednesday 2 September 2020

Communications Office 
MEDIA STATEMENT: On behalf of the Catholic Bishops in Victoria, on the release of the Voluntary Assisted Dying Review Board
Report of Operation January – June 2020

“The latest report from the Voluntary Assisted Dying Review Board is not a celebration of good healthcare, but a sad story of the loss of hope and care for vulnerable people. The report is notable mostly for what it does not address: mental health, the proportion of patients who died alone, and the number of patients who were able to receive a comprehensive palliative care assessment before a VAD assessment. Despite assurances that VAD numbers would not increase significantly in its early years, the numbers presented in the report are alarming. Comparatively, it took the State of Oregon in the United States 17 years to reach the same number of deaths that Victoria has reached in its first 12 months of VAD.

A holy light to live by (Homily, 22nd Sunday in OT)

Sunday 30 August 2020

Archbishop Peter A Comensoli
For most of us, most of the time, following the narrow path of Christian discipleship does not demand of us to make such dire choices. But it is valuable to be reminded from time to time that taking the Christian path is not the same as following the ways of the world. All three of our readings today are a reminder that Christian discipleship involves taking the narrower pathways that are not the same as the wide boulevards the world would prefer us to travel along.