BY ED WEST
THE LEADER of the Church in Australia has made a withering attack on the country’s Green Party.
Cardinal Pell wrote that the Australian Greens, the third largest party in the country’s Senate, were “thoroughly antiChristian” and hostile to the family.
He also said that some Greens are “like watermelons, green outside and red inside”, while “a number were Stalinists, supporting Soviet oppression”.
The cardinal said that on a parish visit some young adults asked him how they should vote, and he replied that, although it was not his role to tell them, he would make a couple of points.
“First of all they should look at the policies and personal views of the individual candidates. Good and wise people are needed in the major political parties.
“Many people, including myself, are concerned about the environment, so my second point was to urge my listeners to examine the policies of the Greens on their website and judge for themselves how thoroughly anti-Christian they are.” Writing in the Sunday Telegraph newspaper, he continued: “In 1996 the Green leader Bob Brown co-authored a short book, The Greens, with the notorious philosopher Peter Singer (now at Princeton University in the USA), who rejects the unique status of humans and supports infanti cide, as well as abortion and euthanasia.
“They claimed humans are simply another smarter animal, so that humans and animals are on the same or similar levels depending on their level of consciousness. This Green ethic is designed to replace Judaeo-Christianity. Some Greens have taken this antiChristian line further by claiming that no religious argumentation should be permitted in public debate.
“Not surprisingly, they are often inconsistent on this issue, welcoming Christian support for refugees, but denying that any type of religious reasoning should be allowed on other matters.” He also said the Greens were opposed to religious schools and would destroy the schools’ rights to hire staff and control enrolments, and had tried to silence religious voices in public debate. “For those who value our present way of life, the Greens are sweet camouflaged poison,” he said.
The remarks provoked fury among Green Party members, with party leader Senator Bob Brown claiming that Australian Greens’ policies were much closer to Christian ideals than the Sydney archbishop’s beliefs.
Senator Brown said: “The good archbishop has forgotten the ninth commandment, which is ‘Thou shall not bear false witness against thy neighbour’.” He said the Catholics he spoke to supported the party’s agenda, including their policies on asylum seekers and education. He also characterised the archbishop’s views on gay marriage were “discriminatory and biased”, and were not supported by Catholics.