THE Great Barrier Reef is sacred and Queensland’s 900,000 Catholics commit a sin if they deliberately damage it.
In an extraordinary move, the state’s seven Catholic bishops yesterday issued a pastoral letter outlining a clear obligation on the part of Catholics to protect the reef.
Titled Let the Many Coastlands Be Glad (from Psalm 97), the letter outlines the sanctity of the reef and backs new green zones restricting fishing.
It also carries Vatican approval, stemming directly from the Pope’s 2001 New Year message where he asked for an "ecological conversion" on the environment – a change of heart before God.
Archbishop of Brisbane John Bathersby said Catholics who deliberately set about the reef’s destruction committed a sin.
I wonder if the Archbishop is a Coral Theologian?