Statement SOC

The Metropolitanate of Australia and New Zealand
The Serbian Orthodox Church
Statement
4. August 2019
Coober Pedy, SA

Dearly beloved Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
In light of the upcoming vote on legalising abortion in NSW, the Serbian Orthodox Metropolitanate of Australia and New Zealand joins the voice of Australia’s conscience in strongly asserting that all life is sacred and a gift from God, no matter how small or vulnerable it may be.
The voice of reason, in our age of atomic energy, but prehistoric ethics, as St Justin Popovic properly defined, has become a far cry in the wilderness of today’s society.
As Orthodox Christians we have a sacred duty to speak out against that which is wrong, and there is nothing crueller, more inhumane and improper than terminating the life of an unborn child, stopping its heart from beating.
The proposed “Reproductive Health Care Reform Bill 2019” which assumes the position of “Healthcare”, will allow the termination of an unborn baby’s life right up until birth.
Given the gravity of this vote, the fact that it deals with the sacredness of life and its termination, we call upon our Premier and MP’s who have been entrusted with governing our State, to protect life and never allow the sanctioning of its destruction.
We ask of our beloved faithful and all those who uphold the sanctity of life, to fervently pray for the illumination of humanity which is dangerously digressing into darkness.
Let our voice be heard by writing to our local Member of Parliament to oppose this abominable Bill.

In Christ,
+Siluan
Bishop of Australia and New Zealand
The Serbian Orthodox Church