WelCom September 2017: The NZ Catholic Bishops’ 2017 Election Statement, Step out and Vote, has received a resounding endorsement from the Society of St Vincent de Paul.
President Terry Comber said the social issues the Bishops raise are at the forefront of the Society’s work.
‘On behalf of Vincentians in New Zealand, I would like to publicly support their statement. We encounter people every day facing the personal and social challenges the Bishops are talking about – particularly lack of affordable housing, mental-health issues and the struggle of many elderly in our society to get by each week. Their situation cannot be ignored. It is up to everybody from politicians to local communities to address these issues.
‘In the words of Pope Francis: “Nothing else will change the world but people who fight for justice and human dignity.”’
Terry Comber urges Catholics to read the statement carefully and act on its guidance.
‘The Bishops’ Statement covers complex topics honestly and sensitively. It shows real awareness of what the reality is out there – a reality our members are encountering every day. When we vote, we need to consider the common good and the vulnerable in New Zealand society, not just ourselves.
‘“Faith has a vital role in the public forum,” the Bishops’ Statement says. “Stand up, uphold the common good of our nation, choose wisely and your vote will be a blessing for our nation.”’