New Zealand Catholic Bishops: Decision to ban ProLife Club at University akin to banning books!

30 Aug 2017 | EDUCATION

 The New Zealand Catholic Bishops (NZCBC) have today expressed concern at the decision of Auckland University’s student Association (AUSA) to disaffiliate a ProLife Club. “The Catholic Church has learned through dark periods in our own history that banning free-thinking and persecuting those with different views is a shameful and retrograde step for society,” said Bishop Patrick Dunn, NZCBC President.

According to news reports, some 2700 AUSA members participated in a vote asking members whether or not the Union should disaffiliate the ProLife Club and  any other clubs of similar thinking.  1609 voted in favor of the move and 1034 voted against the move which, if ratified, would place restrictions on the ability of the group to operate at the University.  AUSA has a total membership of around 15,000.

“A student-led group dedicated to advocating on ethical issues surrounding abortion and the welfare and support of women should be a welcome addition to the campus life at any University,” said Bishop Dunn.

“New Zealand is a multi-faith, multi-cultural, multi-race community and our Universities ought to have the capacity to engage in meaningful dialogue on ethical and conscience issues.”

Bishop Dunn went on to say, “I call on all Auckland University students who are committed to human rights and the protection of freedom of thought, conscience, and religion to encourage their representative body to reconsider this narrow-minded and regressive step.”