by Greg Spearritt
Catholic Archbishop of Sydney, Cardinal George Pell, came up with the quote of the week as he responded to criticism by Canberra Anglican Bishop George Browning on his (Pell's) dismissive comments about climate change:
"My task as a Christian leader is to engage with reality, to contribute to debate on important issues, to open people's minds and to point out when the emperor is wearing few or no clothes."
Thank God for open-minded, reality-engaged Archbishops!
(Thanks to Nigel Sinnot for pointing out the article containing this gem.)
Don't knock the cardinal - not on this point at any rate. He has a right to enter the debate but he speaks for himself not his flock. Incidentally I think he's right to question the "evidence" for climate change. So do I. I'm sure he and I would agree though, that, in any case, we need to be better stewards of the ecology of the planet. Let him spell that out in practical terms for Australia today.
Posted by Roger Swain