Catholic Health Australia welcomes Archbishop appointment
|Most Rev Anthony Fisher OP.|
Catholic Health Australia welcomes the appointment of the Bishop of Parramatta, Most Rev Anthony Fisher OP, as the ninth Archbishop of Sydney.
Catholic Health Australia Stewardship Board chair Rowena McNally said the Archbishop-elect has had a long history of association with Catholic health services - being born at the Mater Hospital in Crows Nest. He completed a Doctorate in Bioethics at the University of Oxford and has been a lecturer in the Australian Catholic University and was foundation Director of the John Paul II Institute for Marriage and the Family, Melbourne. He is also a member of the Pontifical Academy for Life, the body that advises the Church on bioethics.
As a member of the Australian Bishops’ Commission for Doctrine and Morals, the Archbishop-elect was instrumental in securing the approval for the use of the new Catholic Health Australia and Australian Catholic Bishops Conference Advance Care Plan.
“This has been of enormous benefit to our CHA members. The plan has given people who are in good health and of sound mind the chance to express what is important to them and also appoint someone to make decisions on their behalf if they are unable to do so,” Ms McNally said.“Health care is integral to the mission of the Church. Catholic Health Australia is committed to developing a culture which affirms life and healing, and a culture which promotes the common good through just and compassionate health, aged, disability and community services. The Archbishop-elect’s long-standing interest in Catholic bioethics, together with his obvious commitment to ensuring a just and compassionate society, means that Catholic Health Australia can look forward to strong support for our ongoing mission that is motivated by the belief that proper respect for human beings entails respect for their dignity as people created and loved by God.”
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