The Australian Catholic Bishops' Conference has welcomed the Prime Minister's latest announcement of funding for education and diversion programs in the fight against illicit drug use.
    In a statement released earlier this week, the Bishops highlighted the lack of a sense of purpose and meaning in life as the basic cause of the drug problem. "It is in such a climate that drug-taking becomes attractive. Unless this basic cause is addressed, the drug problem will remain and grow. The whole of Australian society must be concerned with the basic messages being given to the young about the meaning of human life.
    "The Catholic Church at different levels can play a major role in the fight against drugs. Helping to shape public policy, educating its own people and the wider community, allocating more of its resources to rehabilitation and counselling programs, supporting ecumenical and community initiatives are just some ways the Church can respond to the Gospel in the face of one of the great social problems of modern times.
    "Young people are often in the best position to help and influence for good other young people who may be caught up in the drug scene or tempted towards it. Young People and the Future, the 1998 report coming from the Bishops' consultation with young people, identified drug and alcohol abuse as being one of the major issues facing the younger generation.

12:00pm 13/4/99 / Cath Bishops' Conf


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