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Dyson Heydon

Former High Court judge Dyson Heydon has warned of a dangerous revival of sectarianism in Australia. Mr Heydon said anti-­Catholicism has become 'the racism of the intellectuals,' reports The Australian.

Justice Heydon compared modern attacks on the Catholic faith to the anti-clerical kulturkampf crusade waged by German chancellor Otto von Bismarck in the late 19th century in an attempt to restrict the Church’s influence in public life.

While anti-Catholicism in Australia was not orchestrated by the State, Justice Heydon said there were similar attempts 'to stimulate hatred for a particular group and … a desire to isolate it by being offensive towards it.'

'Now there may be a new anti-Catholic movement particularly among our intellectuals. It’s intolerant, it’s hypocritical, it fails to recognise the extraordinary contribution of Australian Catholicism to many parts of Australian life.'

Justice Heydon, who was recently appointed to head the Royal Commission into Trade Union Governance and Corruption, delivered the Centre for ­Independent Studies’ annual Acton Lecture for Religion and Freedom on Thursday evening.

He said the campaign was 'more than anti-Catholic.'

'In Australia now there are campaigns against at least the Christian religion which are relatively novel,' he said.

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