Easter message from Australian archbishop criticizes banks, miners and politicians
Social networking and the 24/7 news cycle have made us tired of our politicians, the Anglican Bishop of Canberra and Goulburn says.
He said leadership had always been difficult and had become even more so in this era of Twitter and 24-hour media scrutiny.
”In this light, it is not surprising that polls point to higher levels of dissatisfaction with political leaders of all stripes. We tire of their quirks more quickly. Constant scrutiny shows up their human flaws more easily.
”Yet it seems that Australians are truly crying out for a different kind of leadership. We want national leaders who lead from the front and who uphold our trust and faith in them.”
Then in an Easter message sure to strike a chord with many parishioners, an Anglican Archbishop attacked the major banks for making massive profits at the expense of customers.
Dr Philip Freier, Archbishop of Melbourne, said Australia enjoyed a level of peace, stability, prosperity and equality that made it the envy of many countries in the world. However he claimed some major institutions and corporations needed a “reality check”.
The Archbishop also used his Good Friday message to take aim at miners, who he believed were not sharing their wealth.
“The banks, for example, have failed to make an adequate case for increasing interest rates or making employees redundant when they have been making enormous and record profits,” Dr Freier said.
“The mining sector, too, has shown it is reluctant to share a fair proportion of the wealth it has accrued from digging up resources that belong to all Australians.”
He said the Occupy Movement was a response to the gap between the wealthy few and those left behind: “This is what happens when wealth creation becomes separated from moral and social responsibility.”
Cardinal George Pell used his Easter message to encourage young people to fight the unavoidable struggle between good and evil, and practice self discipline and love.
He also said Easter should not be trivialised: “There is more to the season than the Easter Bunny and even more than Easter eggs as a symbol of new life.”