Commission for Ecumenism & Interfaith Dialogue

Sydney Archbishop-elect Anthony calls for harmony


Most Rev Anthony Fisher OP
Most Rev Anthony Fisher OP.

By Vanessa Watson, Parramatta-Holroyd Sun

The Archbishop-elect of Sydney, Most Rev Anthony Fisher OP, has used his first address to call for harmony in the wake of the counter-terrorism raids.

The outgoing Bishop of Parramatta said we live in troubled times and called on people of faith to show calm, restraint and wisdom.

Right now in Sydney we face some big issues about harmony, Archbishop-elect Anthony said. That’s an issue right around the world at the moment.

As a religious leader though I think people of faith have something very important to do and to say at the moment. [These are] troubled times in our world and even in our own city. We need to bring some calm and some restraint and some wisdom at this time.

The arrests yesterday were a matter for the law enforcement authorities and the courts and I have great confidence in them.

In response to a question about yesterday’s protests in Lakemba against Sydney’s counter-terrorism arrests, the Archbishop-elect - who grew up at Lakemba - said he hoped members of the Muslim community did not feel alienated from the wider community.

We live together as neighbours, as friends, as work colleagues.

The Archbishop-elect will take up his new role within the next two months.

I’m deeply honoured by the appointment and by Pope Francis’ expression of confidence in me, he said.

The outgoing Bishop of Parramatta thanked the Archdiocese of Parramatta for its support during his time as their leader.

I've loved being the shepherd of this flock, there's some grief at leaving.

Read Vanessa Watson’s full story at the Parramatta-Holroyd Sun website

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