I am appealing to you to do something about the spiritual abuse directed at me by Bishop Tomlinson of Bendigo. I became aware earlier this year that he had discouraged a Catholic organisation in his diocese from inviting me as a speaker.
When I queried him about this, he admitted he knew I was a Catholic and pro-life, and that I would be hurt by his action, but wrote that he had objections to my “manner of implementing” my agenda. Bishop Tomlinson has never met me nor so far as I am aware has he ever attended any of the public meetings I have organised or at which I have been an invited speaker, many of the latter recently in Bendigo itself.
I explained in writing and by email to Bishop Tomlinson that I implemented my agenda through the Endeavour Forum Inc. Newsletters, public meetings at which one Catholic bishop or another has always been present and has been invited to say the opening prayer, articles in conservative outlets such as Quadrant Online, On Line Opinion, letters (published) to the editor of The Australian, and most important of all, organising “Parallel Events” (i.e. NGO workshops) on pro-life and pro-family issues in New York and Geneva during UN conferences relating to women’s issues and population.
We are enabled to do this through our singular achievement in being the only Australian pro-life organisation which has special consultative status with the Economic & Social Council (ECOSOC) of the United Nations. (The Catholic Women’s League of Australia which is of course pro-life also has such accreditation but it is not a political organisation as is Endeavour Forum Inc.).
I received no acknowledgement or withdrawal of his objections to me from Bishop Tomlinson despite repeated requests that he explain what he objected to in my “manner” so that I could correct it if there was something sinful or offensive. I do not use bad language or swear words, and I do not dress immodestly nor do I get inebriated. So what exactly does Bishop Tomlinson object to in my “manner”? He has made his objections both publicly and privately, yet refuses to explain what he means.
Why is a Bishop allowed to name and publicly criticise the “manner” of a practising, pro-life Catholic, without explaining what he means by “manner”?
For the record, although I am a supporter of Right to Life Australia and Pro-Life Victoria, what I speak about is not primarily the sad incidence of abortion in Australia, but about Australia’s dismal voting record at the UN on abortion-related issues and population control. You may recall that when President Trump cut all funding for abortion and abortion-related services in US AID, our Foreign Minister immediately donated over $9million to abortion-related services.
This deplorable policy is reflected in Australia’s lamentable voting record at the UN on pro-life issues. This is what I speak about – and would like to speak about to the Catholic groups in the Bendigo diocese, so that they can be informed and lobby their local Federal MPs. My many invitations to speak in Bendigo have come from evangelical Protestant groups and there were also some Catholics who attended my talks, so it is sad and outrageous that a Catholic bishop is discouraging other Catholics from inviting me, returning my letters unread and refusing to explain what he finds objectionable in my “manner”.
I have researched Bishop Tomlinson’s cv and it appears he has little international experience, and none at the UN, unlike for example Bishop Peter Elliott.
Catholic bishops have had a poor record in dealing with instances of sex abuse in their dioceses. However I trust you will act more expeditiously in dealing with the spiritual abuse to which I have been subjected by Bishop Tomlinson, and that is hampering the efforts of Endeavour Forum Inc. and our magnificent Canadian team to witness for Life and Family at the UN and to provide this information to Australians. An example of our Canadian team’s work is enclosed.
I would be grateful if you would treat this matter as urgent.