From the Principal (Issue 14 2017)
Written on the 14 September 2017
Dear members of the Sacred Heart College community,
Postal Plebiscite on the legal definition of marriage
Archbishop Tim Costelloe SBD, in his pastoral letter to the people of Perth, clearly indicated his desire to "propose" rather than "impose" the Catholic position on the issue. The Archbishop of Adelaide, Phillip Wilson (St Joseph's College, Hunters Hill) invited all Catholics to exercise their right and duty as citizens to engage in this community discernment and to dialogue in a spirit of grace, calm reverence and respect, and with an absence of criticism, abuse or denigration of other people or their individual choices. Archbishop Wilson identified the debate as an opportunity for Catholics to witness our deep commitment to marriage in a way that might convince others by the depth of our faith and our respect for all.
Bishop James Foley of Cairns (Marist College, Ashgrove) wrote a pastoral letter on the topic, which identified the complex and personal nature of the issue. Bishop James emphasised the following:
Dr Malloy concludes, 'It is clear from the carefully chosen words... that in preparation for this postal plebiscite, we need to encourage one another to bring to bear on the issue an informed conscience, prayerfulness, deep reflection, and respect. One can be confident Jesus would ask nothing less.'
So, as our nation considers its views and exercises its democratic rights by way of the plebiscite, I would ask you to consider what 'family spirit' truly means in light of the above reflections around the plebiscite.