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Courageous bishops needed to uphold unpopular truths: Cardinal Pell

June 17, 2011

Cardinal George Pell said that bishops must show courage in proclaiming unpopular truths, as he ordained a new auxiliary for his Archdiocese of Sydney, Australia.

Cardinal Pell reminded the new auxiliary, Bishop Peter Comensoli, that the truths of the faith “do not always win majority approval.” If bishops do not uphold those teachings, he said, they should not be surprised to see the faithful drift away from the Church.

“But every stand for truth, justice and charity, for life and for goodness will strengthen your brothers and sisters in faith, and often in the wider society and inspire them to stand firm and make sacrifices, too,” the cardinal said.


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  • Posted by: lynnvinc7142 - Jun. 20, 2011 11:05 AM ET USA

    I wish he'd speak out against the death threats against climate scientists in Australia who bravely tell the truth about climate change, or at least about our need to mitigate climate change...and get on board with BXVI, JPII, and the Catholic Church.

  • Posted by: Savonarola - Jun. 17, 2011 7:22 PM ET USA

    Is there some way that you can get this message to the US bishops???