What are we to make of the association of politicians and the judiciary with religion, when they open the year's endeavours by invoking the will of God?
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and wife Lucy, right, together with Opposition Leader Bill Shorten and wife Chloe Bryce, left, during the ecumenical prayer service at Wesley Uniting Church on February 2. PHOTO: AAP IMAGE / MICK TSIKAS
At the annual Red Mass to welcome the NSW legal fraternity, Archbishop Fisher issued a call to undertake the task of rebuilding the Judeo-Christian patrimony of tolerance, reports The Catholic Weekly here. He said that ‘the law points beyond itself to God’s “higher law”, and trhat “In the Judeo-Christian tradition it begins with the idea that every person – even someone different from me in ethnicity, beliefs, experience and friends – is a child of God...,”
Judges attending included Justice Tom Bathurst, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of NSW; Justice John Faulks, deputy Chief Justice of the Family Court of Australia; and Justice Margaret Beazley, president of the NSW Court of Appeal.