Racing chaplain urges compassion "like Archbishop Wilson"

Victoria's racing chaplain Fr Brendan Dillon has said racing people pray that Cardinal Pell and WYD officials will follow the lead of Archbishop Philip Wilson, who issued a statement of solidarity with the racing fraternity.

The Herald Sun reports that Fr Dillon wrote in his Glen Waverley parish bulletin that trainers are already reeling from the devastating effects of Equine Flu, and they are now being unjustly asked to vacate their "home" while World Youth Day takes over.

"It is impractical to suggest horses could co-exist with construction workers leading up to World Youth Day and the expected damage to the track was also a concern," Fr Dillon wrote.

"Where does social justice come into this? Does the end now justify the means?"

"Racing people pray that Cardinal Pell and WYD officials would show just a little of the compassion expressed by Archbisop Wilson (Australian Catholic Bishop's Conference) consistent with our faith."

Archbishop Wilson said in a statement on 4 October: "We are aware of the serious impact this is having on many thousands of working class Australians and their families, and we wish to express our solidarity with them at this difficult time."

MRC should overhaul the Sandown Classic (Herald Sun, 15/11/07)
Catholic Bishops express solidarity with those suffering because of the Equine Flu crisis (Australian Catholic Bishops Conference 4/10/07)

LINKS (not necessarily endorsed by Church Resources)
World Youth Day 2008
Australian Jockey Club

Vatican delegation arrive for WYD (CathNews, 16/10/07)
Randwick still unconfirmed for WYD (CathNews, 08/10/07)
Bishops offer help but Pell has "no idea", AJC gripes(CathNews, 05/10/07)
WYD construction an equine flu risk: Randwick trainers (CathNews, 20/09/07)
WYD registrations exceeding expectations (CathNews, 04/09/07)
Priest backs horse trainers' fears over Randwick (CathNews, 18/07/07)

15 Nov 2007