St Mary's Cathedral in Sydney was awash with colour and tradition yesterday morning when judges, barristers, solicitors and law students gathered for the annual Red Mass, which signals the start of the new Law Term.
- Catholic Archdiocese of Sydney
The Archbishop of Sydney and Patron of the St Thomas More Society, Cardinal George Pell, was the main celebrant. Also present was Justice Tom Bathurst QC, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of NSW; NSW Attorney-General Greg Smith and Professor Michael Quinlan, Dean of the School of Law at the University of Notre Dame.
Wearing their red robes with white fur trim, or black robes and wigs of office the justices formed an impressive procession as they made their way down the centre aisle. Magistrates in their black robes and a number of QC's joined other members of the legal profession for the Mass, which is convened by the St Thomas More Society, for the benefit of all members of the legal community, regardless of political or religious belief.
In his homily, Cardinal Pell welcomed everyone, saying that all, regardless of political and religious convictions, are 'affirming our common belief in the rule of law and the ideals of justice, dispensed without fear or favour.
'We thank God for the strength and integrity of the justice systems in Australia, we ask God to bless all those involved in this work of justice and to continue to endow them with wisdom and insight.
'It is also beneficial to remember that each of us will eventually report to the Highest Judge on our life-time performance, and a sobering thought to remember Christ's other injunction that from those to whom much has been given much is expected,' Cardinal Pell said.
FULL STORY Red Mass at St Mary's Cathedral celebrates start of Law term (Catholic Archdiocese of Sydney)