#1125 for broadcast on 2CH Sydney, 13 September 2015
Sydney’s Catholic Archbishop, the Most Rev Anthony Fisher, says the Abbott government’s decision to take an additional 12,000 refugees from Syria is “a good one and the right one.”
Archbishop Fisher said Islamic State had stated their goal was to wipe out all Christians in that part of the world, including “their churches and monasteries and libraries and every last memory that they ever existed. So these people seem to be a group particularly in need of our help at the moment.”
He said the new refugee intake was not just a job for government, and the churches had a complementary role to play. Many in the Catholic community had been through the refugee experience, and there were religious leaders and lay people “who can speak to each other about what they have been through and how there is room in our hearts, in our homes and parishes for newcomers, for strangers.”
I’m Rod Benson for the NSW Council of Churches.