Keating lashes Sydney Archdiocese over heritage threat
Former Prime Minister Paul Keating has criticised the style of Church leadership "which makes unilateral decisions without reference to its own people and other stakeholders".
The journal Online Catholics today reports on the message Mr Keating sent to last Saturday's rally against the proposed re-development of the Sacred Heart Darlinghurst site for the medical school of Notre Dame University.
"A development of this kind pays scant regard to the body of the Church community of the Sacred Heart," he said. "It is typical of the kind of 'railroading' over which some Diocesan administrators have earned a bad name."
He declared: "If it's a case of God or dollars, let's have God without the dollars."
Mr Keating described the threatened precinct as an "extremely exceptional institutional one".
"These important buildings of the neo-grecian former High Court, the Hospice and the Church itself along with St. Vincent's Private Hospital, have a civility of a kind that would be dramatically altered by a campus and any retail and commercial development, let alone the added traffic and parking."
Sydney Lord Mayor Clover Moore told the Rescue Rally that from a heritage point of view, the Sacred Heart Church was 'easily a winner'. Council is likely to consider listing the 1850 Church at its November meeting. Other stakeholders present at the rally were the Darlinghurst Residents' Action Group and the Darlinghurst Traders Association, as well as Councillor Phillip Black and other members of the Sydney City Council.
God not dollars - Keating (Online Catholics 20/10/04)
Uni backs down in unholy row (The Sun-Herald 17/10/04)
The University of Notre Dame Australia's Proposed Health Campus in Darlinghurst (University of Notre Dame Australia 15/10/04)
Sacred Heart Rescue
Notre Dame becomes a 'public' University (CathNews 22/9/04)
There's nothing like a Dame (Online Catholics 22/9/04)
University of Notre Dame Australia
Higher Education Funding Act 1988 | Notre Dame Amendment
Higher Education Funding Policy (Parliamentary Library)
Changing heritage status of inner Sydney church (CathNews 25/8/04)
Pell under fire from canon law (The Australian 25/8/04)
St Vincent's doctors say Notre Dame link will require consultation (CathNEws 19/8/04)
Prime Minister announces Sydney Campus of Notre Dame (Transcript of Speech 1/8/04)
Cardinal Pell visits Notre Dame (University of Notre Dame Australia 6/8/04)
Notre Dame welcomes support for Sydney Campus (CathNews 2/8/04)
Turf wars sours these holy gates (Sydney Morning Herald 1/8/04)
20 Oct 2004