The Daily Advertiser letters to the editor, July 18, 2017

FACING COURT: Cardinal George Pell arrives in Sydney after returning from the Vatican earlier this month to face sex charges in Victoria.
FACING COURT: Cardinal George Pell arrives in Sydney after returning from the Vatican earlier this month to face sex charges in Victoria.

What price of innocence?

Now that charges have been laid against Cardinal Pell there is a need to remember everyone is innocent until “proven” guilty. If the Cardinal is “proven” innocent he will have already suffered worldwide indignation, media ‘hounding’ publicity and his own ‘personal’ calvary.

Such can be likened to the lead-up to his trial as he awaits the outcome that could go either way. “Vengeance is mine sayeth the Lord” and justice will at long last be ‘seen’ to be “being done” (either way).

Let’s not forget that God is able (when we aren’t). Christ knows only too well how it feels to suffer for something “he” didn’t do. He, too, waited to be tried by the Roman authority Caesar wiped his hands of Christ, seeing no evil in him and therefore no wrong deeds had he committed. Christ was without sin (we aren’t).

Those who await justice for the crimes committed against them feel justified in expecting a favourable finding. Therefore, why don’t we all (who believe in prayer) put it to the test and may God’s will be done. More things are wrought by prayer than this world dreams of. Let’s pray for all involved whose duty is to wisely determine the outcome for the church as it struggles to stay afloat on stormy seas. For the world’s people whose faith is wavering from learning about the goings on in high places that have rocked the church to its core.

For all those abused who are hurting unable to erase their pain. Also for the Cardinal whether we feel he deserves our prayers (or not). Sin is sin, not ‘measured because of its magnitude.’ In God’s eyes just to tell a lie is no different than covering up any kind of evil action anywhere at any given time. To him it is sin. Let’s remember what he said to those stoning the harlot. “Ye who are without sin cast the first stone”. God is “able” his church is rock solid. Let’s be kind and wait and see what ‘his’ verdict is.

Yvonne Rance


Vegetarian world-beaters

A new study has found there are four things we, as individuals, can do to combat climate change: have less (or no) children, ditch our cars, avoid air travel and move to a plant-based diet. The report says that other tactics such as recycling, using your own shopping bags, changing your light bulbs to energy-efficient varieties and doing your laundry in cold water garnered almost tokenistic results by comparison.

Now, most of us only decide on procreation once or twice in a lifetime; we might buy a car every few years, and we may fly a handful of times a year. But we make decisions on our eating habits three times a day (sometimes more), and that is an empowering thought.

According to the UN Convention to Combat Desertification, it takes up to 10kg of grain to produce just 1kg of meat, while more than 90 per cent of all Amazon rainforest land cleared since 1970 is being used for grazing livestock. The Worldwatch Institute reports that a staggering 51 per cent or more of global greenhouse-gas emissions are caused by animal agriculture.

Try going veg for your next meal. There's plenty of support on the PETA website. You'll not only reduce your carbon footprint, but you'll improve your health and help save animals from horrific deaths. And the best news: you can make that difference three times a day.

Desmond Bellamy

PETA Australia

Vital services miss out

In the last so-called budget, nurses, teachers, ambulance staff and police services, all which are vital to the public at large, were not rewarded with more staff and pay for their vital work. Instead of being ignored and virtually treated with contempt and been told to do more with less. It is a travesty that this state government gloats over the so-called budget surplus, while running everything into the ground.

G R Hall