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Archbishop challenges Australians' selective goodwill


Adelaide's Archbishop Philip Wilson issued an Australia Day call for Australians to rethink their hopes and dreams for a nation currently suffering a "schizophrenia of goodwill".

"I think that Australia at present exhibits a kind of national schizophrenia in that we have the wonderful response of goodwill made to the victims of the tsunami waves and the local bushfires and yet at the same time we don't know how to respond properly to people who arrive on our own doorsteps looking for help," Archbishop Wilson said.

"We are a nation enjoying incredible prosperity at present and this should make us come more freely to the aid of others."

Archbishop Wilson's comments were seen as a veiled criticism of the community's apparent acceptance of the Federal Government's deportation to Afghanistan this month of the Bakhtiyari family after their unsuccessful five-year struggle to gain asylum in Australia. Centacare Director Dale West acted as guardian for most of the Bakhtiyari children after they were released from detention.

The editorial in The Australian newspaper today hit back at Archbishop Wilson's comments, arguing that he "missed the mark" in his criticism of Australia's "concern with the bona fides of those who come here as migrants or refugees".

Meanwhile Catholics on yesterday's Australia Day Honours List include National President of the St Vincent de Paul Society John Meahan and Sydney Catholic Education Office official Natalie McNamara, who were made members in the General Division of the Order of Australia. Others include Newcastle Parish Pastoral Council chair Dr Moira Gordon, who is also involved in the Commission for Australian Catholic Women, and Daughter of Charity Sr Pauline Flynn, who works with the homeless and vulnerable in Adelaide.

CathNews has extracted Catholics from a list of honoured Christians which was provided by Mr Raymond Williams of Worldwide Photos. Click here for more details on the awardees listed below.

MEMBER (AM) IN THE GENERAL DIVISION OF THE ORDER OF AUSTRALIA

Sister Pauline Anne FLYNN, Hutt Street Centre, 258 Hutt Street, Adelaide SA 5000
Dr Moira Therese GORDON, 28 Helen Street, Merewether NSW 2291
Mr John Fouhy KEARNEY QC, PO Box 82, Robina Qld 4226
Mr William Ambrose KELLY, Oberhöchstadter Strasse 72, 61440 Oberursel, Germany
Ms Natalie June McNAMARA, Catholic Education Office Sydney, 38 Renwick Street, Leichhardt NSW 2040
The Reverend Brother Francis Daniel MARZORINI, Waverley College, 131 Birrell Street, Waverley NSW 2024
Mr John MEAHAN, 1 Piercy Way, Kardinya WA 6163
Mr Edmund John RYAN, 1/11 Albany Road, Toorak Vic 3142
Mr Geoffrey William TORNEY, 306 Eyre Street, Ballarat Vic 3350

AWARDED THE MEDAL (OAM) OF THE ORDER OF AUSTRALIA IN THE GENERAL DIVISION

Dr George Mario BOFFA, 79 Milton Street, Ashfield NSW 2131
Mr John Harry BRACKEN, Unit 34, Caloundra Rise Retirement Estate, Village Way, Little Mountain Qld 4551
Mr Salvatore (Sam) COCO, 79 Hope Street, South Brisbane Qld 4101
Sister Elizabeth Leone COLLINS, PO Box 7401, Broome WA 6725
Mrs Ann Margaret DOOLEY, 14 Plunkett Road, Mosman NSW 2088
Sister Mary Claudia GEARING, 3/37 Abuklea Road, Marsfield NSW 2122
The Reverend Paul Vincent HANNA, 125 Barnier Drive, Quakers Hill NSW 2763
Mr Allan John HARDWICKE, 10 Gleeson Avenue, Forster NSW 2428
Mr Laurence Vincent HESSION, deceased, Late of Nelson via Riverstone NSW 2765
Mr Clement James HURST, 9 Wyatt Avenue, Earlwood NSW 2206
Mr John Kevin IRELAND, 167 Browning Street, Bathurst NSW 2795
Sister Mary Paul KONTISTA, 447A Pennant Hills Road, Pennant Hills NSW 2120
The Reverend Father Francis Anthony McLAUGHLIN, 'Justin Villa', 2 Caravan Street, Balwyn Vic 3103
Mrs Sheila Mary McNAMARA, 4 Thomas Street, Quirindi NSW 2343
Mrs Mary Pauline NOYCE, 3 Watts Street, Canada Bay NSW 2046
Dr Peter Murray PEARCE, 11 Wallace Grove, Brighton Vic 3186
Mrs Noreen Myra (Neen) PENDERGAST, 30 Munyang Street, Jindabyne NSW 2627
Mr Graham Patrick PITTAWAY, 20 Sherbrooke Heights, Noranda WA 6062
Mrs Muriel Ruth (Sis) PLAIN, 42 Queen Street, Warialda NSW 2402
Mrs Geraldine Mary REARDON, 'Westrees', Roma Qld 4455
Dr James Barry ROCHE, 3 Lentara Road, Bayview NSW 2104

SOURCE
Australia Day time for serious reflection, says Archbishop Wilson (Archdiocese of Adelaide)
Editorial: A lucky country prepared to share its bounty (The Australian 26/1/05)
Catholics on the Australia Day 2005 Honour List

LINKS
Australia Day
Archdiocese of Adelaide
Edmund Rice Centre: Deported to Danger
It's an Honour

ARCHIVE
Bakhtiyaris arrive back in Afghanistan (CathNews 20/1/05)
Bakhtiyaris deported to save face, says Centacare head (CathNews 4/1/05)
Headmaster blasts 'totalitarian' act on family (CathNews 21/12/04)

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Boy from Boree Creek honoured (The Australian 26/1/05)
Australia Day 2005 Honours List (Christians honoured)

27 Jan 2005