QUEENSLAND Opposition Leader David Crisafulli was last week asked by Sky’s Paul Murray if he will at least reform Annastacia Palaszczuk’s assisted “suicide” regime if he is ever elected Premier. The extremist provisions of the Labor government’s laws include a ban on conscientious objection (no, referring-on does not ameliorate compunction) and the commandeering of private property to kill people. His answer is a masterclass in LNP waffle and capitulation. Video:
Yesterday, in the calm pages of the Catholic Weekly, the excellent Monica Doumit pointed out that, if anything, Liberals in government nowadays are as hostile to Christianity as Labor; possibly more so. Gladys Berejiklian seems almost to be at war with the Church. The only explanation is that she sees tactical advantage in neutralising the left’s culture raids, not merely by preempting them but by detonating their targets herself.
Abortion. Church closures. A failure to act on religious discrimination. And we might as well add cemeteries to this list as well. Put side by side in any other context, they seem like four wildly different and completely unrelated issues. Put side by side during a single term of a supposedly ‘conservative’ government, and you start to see a very troubling pattern of desertion of the base.
My Cook’s tour of leadership down the eastern seaboard having Victoria as its terminus, suffice to say that Archbishop Daniel Mannix’s state is no longer the lighthouse it was during his magisterial reign. Thanks to the rigged Pell prosecution and the government’s use of paramilitaries against the people, it has become known worldwide as a communist hellhole. In 1916-17, however, it was home and platform to Australia’s most successful freedom fighter. Via two pushy plebiscites, the Hughes government tried to ban conscientious objection and force citizens to kill. The scale was grander – as fell swoop, anyway – but the intent was the same as Queensland’s new law. In response, Mannix went to war against the Commonwealth, dozens of political heavyweights and the big press barons of the era. He took the battle to the streets and he won.
After the legalisation of euthanasia in Queensland – despite Crisafulli’s perfunctory no – Mannix’s heir in Melbourne took to… Twitter. Using words the saintlike Rev. Spooner would have abstained from exploiting, he declared “a pillar falls.” Also on Twitter, the Archbishop of Brisbane – in whose see Palaszczuk impersonates a Catholic – announced “a victory for death” before citing Seutonius. “The die is cast and across the Rubicon we go.” Um, no. These are not fighting, nor even Christian, words. They’re the words of crestfallen losers. After Calvary, death cannot triumph over the people of God. Foolish ford, wrong river. Try the Milvian Bridge. In hoc signo vinces.
The Bishops should draft and publish a decree that VAD ‘doctors’ will not be permitted in Catholic hospitals. Nor will staff in those hospitals send the suicidal to amenable vultures elsewhere. If the Queensland government wants to mobilise the police to arrest administrators, medicos, nurses and pastoral staff, so be it. But if that happens, what Catholics need to see is bishops in divvy vans with all the rest. The state isn’t playing and it doesn’t care about your Tweets.