“In our Catholic approach to things, we’re not just on about what I want or what’s best for me or what my rights are,” he said.
“We have a fundamental principle that we make decisions on the basis of what’s right for the common good.
“This is clearly right for the common good…”
Archbishop Costelloe acknowledged some within the Church would have different views, but that the official stance was clear.
“The important thing for us, by having this here, is to indicate what the formal position of the archdiocese is,” he said.
“Individual people might have difficulties with that position, but it is the formal position of the Church.”
It was a tad clumsy of the Archbishop to undermine his own theme by saying the “important thing” about the clinic is the cajoling. Of course, there is no “common good” in compulsory vaccination of non-endangered, healthy people. That would be hostile to the common good. Nor does the Catholic Church have an “official stance” or “formal position” stipulating that everyone must be vaccinated to avoid the punitive vendettas of the state. The Holy See’s statement on this subject unequivocally prohibits mandates. The Archbishop is enabling something immoral in its context, is profaning his cathedral and is bowing to a government that legalised the murder of the elderly this year. Even by the caesaropapist standards of the Australian hierarchy, that’s quite a trifecta.