Asylum seekers offered ‘sanctuary’ in Anglican churches
THE Anglican Church expects other denominations to follow its lead in offering sanctuary to asylum seekers facing deportation after the High Court's decision on Wednesday to uphold the legality of the offshore processing regime.
So far 10 Anglican churches and cathedrals have joined the movement being led by the Anglican Dean of Brisbane, Dr Peter Catt.
The High Court's decision means 267 people - including 37 babies - face transfer to Nauru.
Dr Catt said the ancient principle of sanctuary had traditionally been offered by churches to people "seeking refuge from brutal and oppressive forces".
"We offer this refuge because there is irrefutable evidence from health and legal experts that the circumstances asylum seekers, especially children, would face if sent back to Nauru are tantamount to state-sanctioned abuse," he told the ABC.
"What we expect to happen in the course of the day and the next few days is that many churches from many denominations will sign up."