The Catholic Weekly 5 April 2020

$2 5, April, 2020 READY TO SERVE AT ST CANICE KEEPING THE FAMILY HAPPY P14 Compassionate, holistic aged care, delivered with Catholic values. 1800 778 767 | [email protected] | If your loved one needs additional support, talk to us – one of Australia’s leading Catholic aged care and retirement living specialists. AUSTRALIA’S CATHOLIC hospital system has wel- comed the Federal Govern- ment’s announcement of an unprecedented deal to merge Australia’s state and private hospitals to fight the Covid-19 pandemic. It means that private hos- pitals, which have rarely been tasked with treating coronavi- rus victims, will now become an integral part of the national healthcare system response. The National Coronavirus partnership will provide the certainty that the not-for- profit hospital sector needs to maintain its full capacity and shift its service offerings towards fighting coronavirus, said Catholic Health Australia CEO Pat Garcia. Catholic hospitals account for about 30 per cent of all private hospital patients and approximately 10 per cent of all healthcare needs across Australia. “This deal, made in con- junction with state and terri- tory partnership agreements, will ensure that everyone in the health sector – the private sector, Catholic not-for-profits and the public hospitals – will be working together to fight this pandemic,” Mr Garcia said. “Our doctors and nurses have been ready for weeks but this deal ensures they can re- main at their posts. Deal sees Catholic, state hospitals unite to combat pandemic ¾ ¾ Marilyn Rodrigues Cathedral Easter televised Pell decision THE CHURCHES may be shut across the nation but St Mary’s Cathedral’s Good Friday Passion of the Lord and its East- er Sunday morning Mass will be broadcast nation- ally by major commercial television station Chan- nel 7. The partnership an- nounced this week was especially welcomed by Archbishop Anthony Fisher OP as Catholics across the nation deal with near unprecedented church closures. REPORT P3 THE HIGH Court of Aus- tralia has announced it will hand down its deci- sion on Cardinal George Pell’s appeal against his conviction in Brisbane next week. The nation’s highest court will deliver its deci- sion at 10:00am on Tues- day 7 April. Meanwhile, allegations about Cardinal Pell broadcast on the ABC program Revelation are not new, the Archdiocese of Sydney said this week. They were made to the police in 2016-2017, a 2 April statement from a spokeswoman for the Archdiocese said. Magistrate Belinda Wallington granted leave for both allegations to be tested at a Committal Hearing, the spokeswom- an said. Before that could oc- cur, the first allegations were withdrawn by the prosecution. The Direc- tor of Public Prosecutions later dropped charges in the second matter. The Common- wealth govern- ment envisaged a nationwide response to the pandemic ... and thanks to the hard work by Minister Hunt that is exactly what we can achieve ... ” Pat Garcia Corona health merger “Minister Hunt has guaran- teed the Catholic hospital net- work’s viability through this pandemic. “The Australian public can now take comfort that its 80 hospitals are well-placed to continue to serve the sick over the course of this pandemic, and beyond. “The Commonwealth gov- ernment envisaged a nation- wide response to the pandem- ic from all of our hospitals and thanks to the hard work by Minister Hunt that is exactly what we can achieve if every- one signs up to this historic deal. “We urge the states and territories to develop nation- ally consistent agreements with the private sector and to consider the universally-sup- ported Victorian model when doing that. CONTINUED ON PAGE 4 Bells peal five times for pandemic IN EARLIER times, church bells would peal out to warn people of danger, to cele- brate significant events or feast days or to call people to prayer. When Fr Dominic Mur- phy OP rang the bells of St James in Glebe this week it was for the latter purpose. In the midst of the coronavirus pandemic the Archdiocese of Sydney has resurrect- ed the practice, not merely to symbolise the Church’s concern and presence to all those affected or involved with combating the disease but especially to pray for them. A number of Sydney parishes have begun ringing their bells five times a day, calling all to pray for those suffering the disease. The daily occasions are allocated to prayers for par- ticular groups of people af- fected by the deadly virus. FULL STORY P4 P7 Fr Dominic Murphy OP rings the bells of St James calling one and all to pray. PHOTO: GIOVANNI PORTELLI