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Immigration policy

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 Contents - Nov 2001AD2000 November 2001 - Buy a copy now
Editorial: Synod of Oceania document imminent - 'Ecclesia in Oceania' - Peter Westmore
Tenth Synod of Bishops: Bishops called to courageous witness to the Faith - AD2000
News: The Church Around the World
A young Catholic's views on the state of the Church in Australia - James Connolly
Brisbane liturgy director calls Vatican document "a betrayal" - Michael Gilchrist
Pastoral letter: Taking up John Paul II's concerns about the Sacrament of Penance - Archbishop Barry J. Hickey
Cardinal Ratzinger's latest book-interview - 'God and the World' - Zenit News Service
Winter school: Evangelising in a "post-pagan" culture - Fr Anthony Mastroeni
Opinion: Catholics before and after Vatican II: separating fact from myth - John Young
Letters: Forgotten teachings - Fr John Speekman
Letters: Catholic women - Errol P. Duke
Letters: Immigration policy - George F. Simpson
Letters: Classification Guidelines - Mrs Carol V. Phillips
Letters: A response on the Creation of Man - Gerry Keane
Letters: Catholic teaching - John Schmid
Letters: St Thomas Aquinas - Valentine Gallagher
Obituary: Lew Bennett R.I.P.
Books: 'The Dead Sea Scrolls and the Jewish Origins of Christianity', Carsten Theide - Anthony Cappello (reviewer)
'Those Terrible Middle Ages', by Règine Pernoud - Christopher Quinn (reviewer)
Books: My Dear Young Friends: Pope John Paul II Speaks to Teens on Life, Love, Courage - Mary-Jane Donnellan (reviewer)
Books: 'Pardon And Peace: A Sinner's Guide to Confession', by Fr Francis Randolph - Christopher Quinn (reviewer)
Tapes: Thomas More Center Brisbane Winter School, July 2001
Books: 'The Glenstal Book Of Prayer: A Benedictine Prayer Book - Mary-Jane Donnellan (reviewer)
Books: 'STICKY THE DOG', by Robert Wheeler - Catherine Sheehan (reviewer)
Bookstore: New Titles from AD Books
Reflection: All Souls Day and a Christian response to bereavement - Fr Dennis W. Byrnes PP

In calling on the Australian bishops to oppose Australian immigration policy (October AD2000), Mary Daly would appear to be applying misplaced compassion. Compassion is a commendable virtue but, as the end does not justify the means, it is morally wrong to use it in a way that inflicts grave injustices on others.

The illegal immigrants have not come directly from their homelands and have, therefore, been accepted in other countries. If they wish to come to Australia they should apply through the proper channels and not use their financial resources to "queue-jump". Every illegal immigrant who is finally accepted into Australia replaces a genuine applicant waiting in squalor in some overseas refugee camp. Is this not a grave injustice? Where is the compassion for these poor souls?

Every illegal immigrant family that arrives on our shores does so by knowingly and willingly entering into an unlawful arrangement with those criminals known as people-smugglers. Is it the function of Australian bishops to encourage this evil trade in human flesh?

For security and health reasons, the Australian Government has not only the right, but a serious obligation, to intern these people until they are properly processed. Many would argue that it is being over-generous in its treatment of them. The internees are well fed and housed and receive free medical care and other services unaffordable to many taxpayers bearing the cost of their support. This cost can only be met by curtailing the social security benefits of others or by increasing taxes, the bulk of which are paid by ordinary battling Australians. Do I hear any cries of compassion for them?

My above remarks, of course, have been directed to adult male illegal immigrants. I do feel sorry for the women and children who have no say in family decisions. It is a tragedy that the male leaders can so easily lead their families to disaster. On the other hand, who would want to assume responsibility for breaking-up families?

Surely, recent overseas events should alert us to being more vigilant than ever in assessing applicants for Australian residency.

Blackburn, Vic

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Reprinted from AD2000 Vol 14 No 10 (November 2001), p. 13

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