Bishop pays tribute to saint who annoyed politicians

On the 1600th anniversary of St John Chrysostom's death, Sydney Auxiliary Bishop Julian Porteous referred to his "fearless preaching of the truth, even when it stirred anger from the highest in the land".

Bishop Porteous was speaking last week at celebrations of the Melkite Catholic Church at Greenacre in Sydney.

St John Chrysostom (c.347-407) was regarded as the greatest of the Greek Fathers of the Church.

Bishop Porteous observed that he also provoked members of the horseracing fraternity, asserting: "My sermons are applauded merely from custom, then everyone runs off to [horse racing] again and give much more applause to the jockeys, showing indeed unrestrained passion for them."

Other speakers at the celebration included Eparch of the Melkite Catholic Church of Australia and New Zealand Archbishop Issam John Darwish, Maronite Bishop of Australia Bishop Ad Abikaram and Primate of the Antiochian Archdiocese of Australia and New Zealand Paul Saliba.

Archbishop Darwish said the Melkite Church honours St John Chrysostom as a great Saint and counts him among the Three Holy Hierarchs together with Saints Basil the Great and Gregory the Theologian.

"He used his eloquence to defend the rights of the people and to call on them to become true Christians," Archbishop Darwish said.


Bishop Julian Porteous: St John Chrysostom, Preacher of the Word of God (text of speech)

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