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www.sandpiper.org.au

April 2017

News

I’d love to hear your stories. If you have a story

related to our Catholic community and disability

that you’d like to share in Sandpiper, please

contact me (Daniel Giles) on speakinginsights@

gmail.com

or 0439 562 286.

>> Disability inclusion

Daniel Giles

addresses the important issue of euthanasia, which disability advocates are

concerned will coerce or influence disabled people into choosing death

A masterpiece of art and storytelling

What disability advocates say

about euthanasia

D

isability advocates recently raised con-

cerns about the impact that euthanasia

and/or assisted suicide will have on

them. There are people within the disability

community actively campaigning against both.

Last year, a group of five disability advo-

cates campaigned against euthanasia in South

Australia. They described themselves as not

being “…anti-euthanasia activists – …[but]

disabled women who have travelled to protest

the assisted suicide bill from a disability and

human rights perspective” . They told SA par-

liamentarians that four of them would have

been eligible to die under the proposed legisla-

tion . They said:

Many people with disability are “…

far cheaper to kill than keep alive”

Disability advocate, Liz Carr gives

an example: “(the) person on a bridge, ready to

jump. Do you help them jump, or extend your

hand to save them? Would you do a different

thing if they were disabled? And if you would,

should you not ask yourself why?”

“Being given the right to die before

being given the supports and right to live a good

life is not really a choice” .

If euthanasia or assisted suicide laws were

established, how would doctors treat people with

disability? Would they influence the decision of

whether the patient would live or be groomed

into the option of being made dead?

Despite the voluntary nature of the proposed

laws for Victoria, would people with disability

be coerced into ending their lives through eutha-

nasia due to a society that devalues many of us?

Would doctors sweet-talk people with disability

into thinking they’ve had a hard life and they

may as well end it? Despite claims that the pro-

posed euthanasia laws will require that one must

not be experiencing mental health problems to be

eligible , I fear that people with disability along

with the wider community may choose euthana-

sia or assisted suicide due to a poorer quality of

life, and that feelings of depression will influence

the decision to end one’s life.

Instead, we need to focus on improving the

quality of life for all people, including people

with disability, instead of talking about actively

ending their lives.

If this article brings up any issues for you,

support and information about suicide preven-

tion are available by calling Lifeline Australia on

13 11 14.

CROSSWORD SOLUTION

Catholic

Charismatic Revival

Calendar 2017

ALL EVENTS WILL BE HELD IN

SHEPPARTON AT ST BRENDAN’S

PARISH

4-5 MARCH

MELBOURNE CCR GOLDEN JUBILEE

PILGRIM CROSS AT St Brendan’s Church

Saturday 10.30am to 5.30pm a day of

prayer and Reflection with Adoration and

the cross. Sunday 9am from St Brendan’s

walking with the cross around Shepparton

Mons P J Centre for tea/coffee/lunch will be

available to use on Saturday

8 APRIL

RENEWAL DAY 1pm to 4.30pm FR JOE

TAYLOR Mons P J Centre

1 JULY

RENEWAL DAY 1pm to 4pm. Gerri

Boldrini, Mons P J Centre

9 SEPTEMBER

SCRIPTURE DAY, 11am to 4pm, FR

ROB, Mons PJ Centre

20, 21, 22 OCTOBER

ANNUAL CCR CONFERENCE ‘The Gift’

DVD

Mons P J Centre. LIVING IN THE

POWER OF THE SPIRIT

Friday night 7pm to 9pm, Sat, 9am to

5pm, Sat night 7pm to 9pm

Sun 9.30am to 3.30pm

2 DECEMBER.

RENEWAL DAY. Speaker TBC Mons

PJ Centre 10am – 4pm Mons. P J Centre:

Monsignor Peter Jeffrey Centre

The Last Painting Of

Sara De Vos

By Dominic Smith

F

ancy

travel-

ling

to

the

N e t h e r l a n d s

(Holland) in the 17th

Century

otherwise

known as the Golden

Age of Art and meeting

Sara de Vos? Sara is in

dire circumstances and

is forced to sell a paint-

ing of her daughter

entitled At the Edge of

a Wood.

Or would you rather

the 1950s in New York?

You can either be Marty

De Groot, rich patent

lawyer living the high life

in Manhattan, who inher-

its Sara’s painting.

Or you can be Ellie

Shipley, an art history

student in 1957, who

endeavours to re-create

authentic, old techniques

when commissioned to

restore paintings. Her

wish to be authentic

makes for a very smelly

and cluttered apartment

in Brooklyn.

All these worlds col-

lide in Sydney 2000

when two copies of the

At

the Edge of a Wood

turn

up for an exhibition – one

a forgery but which? It is

then we discover that the

painting isn’t the only

faked creation in this

novel.

Dominic Smith, has

crafted this book beau-

tifully, his description

of the painting is so

poetically detailed that it

made me wish for a trip

to the Rijksmuseum in

Amsterdam to see if my

imagination matched the

reality.

Sadly, for my travel

agent, this is a work of fic-

tion, although there were

as many as 25 women

employed by the Guild of

St Luke during the Dutch

Golden Age. It is also true

that Dominic Smith lived

in Amsterdam. He has a

wonderful knowledge of

art and the gift of a sto-

ryteller and these two

combine to delight you

in a tale of love, struggle

and capture a “pocket(s)

in time … where every

sense rings like a bell,

where the world brims

with fleeting grace”.

– Review by

Jenni Greblo

The LIBRARY LEARNING CENTRE has moved

New location:

181 McCrae Street, Bendigo. G

round floor, easy access.

Contact: LIBRARY LEARNING CENTRE, 181 McCrae Street Email:

library@cesosand.catholic.edu.au

Phone: (03) 5442

6108. Opening Hours: 8:30am – 5pm Monday to Friday

Disability advocates in Adelaide last year for the parliamentary debate on euthanasia.

T

he disability column in

SandPiper

aims

to celebrate the inclusion of people with

disability in the Sandhurst Diocese and

talk about the topic of disability inclusion from a

Catholic perspective.

Although I organise and often write in this

column, my aim is that it’s not all about me and

that different voices are included. Therefore,

I’d love to have some guest contributors write

in this column to tell us what is happening in

the disability inclusion space in the Sandhurst

Diocese.

You may want to tell us about:

Your faith journey as an individual or

caregiver of someone with disability

What makes an inclusive church

environment

An exciting new initiative that pro-

motes disability access

A good news story of inclusion in your

church and school setting

A special event you went to where you

felt included

Also, you don’t have to write the article

yourself (but you can choose to). I am happy to

conduct interviews or even present the article in

a short Q&A format.

Feel free to contact me (Daniel Giles) on

speakinginsights@gmail.com

or 0439 562 286.

A chance to

contribute