Archbishop tells eConference: Church's real credential is mercy

Archbishop spoke for four hours

Archbishop Mark Coleridge, speaking at Australia’s largest Catholic eConference this week, said the time of Christendom is over, and the Church must recognise its real credential is in Mercy. Broken Bay Diocese reports.

Calling for Pope Francis’ Jubilee Year of Mercy to be enacted as a verb, Archbishop Coleridge said the Pope’s vision gives birth to action within the Church and across the global community.

“When I speak about the covenant of God, it is a community of Mercy in a merciless world. Find the hungry one, the thirsty one, the naked one, the sick one, the one who is infinitely strange, and the one who is seemingly imprisoned by the power of death. Look at the Crucified and understand what you see,” he said.

Captivating the Broken Bay Institute eConference audience for more than four hours, Archbishop Coleridge - along with renowned scholar Sr Veronica Lawson and President of the Refugee Council of Australia Phil Glendenning - spoke compellingly about the plight of the 65 million people displaced around the world.

“One of our blessings in this country is that our recent generations don’t understand war, what it’s like, what it smells like, and what it does to your soul. People coming from war-torn countries tend to be invisible to the rest of the world," Mr Glendenning said.

“Compassion for people is our greatest civilising strength, and the vision we see from Pope Francis is quite rare in this world. His leadership requires a response.”

CEO of the BBI-Australian Institute of Theological Education, Gerard Goldman, said broadcasting a free annual eConference is a means to explore the rich dialogue of humanity among scholars, clergy, and believers of all faiths on a global stage.

“Each year, with our partners the Australian Catholic Bishops' Conference and social media support from the Archdiocese of Sydney’s Xt3.com team, we look forward to engaging the community with rigorous and relevant discussions about an inclusive and diverse religious community all over the world,” Dr Goldman said.

Photo: Archbishop Coleridge, Sr Veronica Lawson, and Phil Glendenning

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