11 May 2014
The Australian Catholic Bishops, have released their strongest statement yet on the “faceless”, “nameless”, “cruel”, “de-humanising” attitudes and actions being taken by cross-party politicians in relation to the plight of those seeking asylum in Australia. "The current policy has about it a cruelty that does no honour to our nation" they say.
The Australian Bishops join with the Catholic Bishops of Papa New Guinea who have voiced their strong opposition to the use of Manus Island for detention and have urged Australia “to find a more humane solution to people seeking asylum”. The Bishops do not accept the need for off-shore processing of asylum seekers, but even if it continues they argue that it surely does not require such harshness.
The full text of the Bishops statement can be found here