We know a fair bit – perhaps too much – about Kevin Rudd’s religious perspective, and we know where Julia Gillard stands, or doesn’t stand, with respect to morality and spirituality. What of Prime Ministerial hopeful Tony Abbott?
Well, he is a practicing Catholic, and there’s that much publicised Jesuit training for the priesthood, but as Mr Abbot himself would tell you, he’s not the ideal example of a person of faith.
Recently Neil Ormerod, professor of theology at the Australian Catholic University, suggested that Tony Abbott shared more in common with the infamous pragmatist Niccolo Machiavelli than with the Catholic Church.
It has been said that a politician’s best refuge is a vague faith strongly held, or a strong faith vaguely held. What we need is more political leaders who possess a strong faith strongly held. And that goes for Macquarie Street as well as for Canberra.
Broadcast on 2CH Sydney, 2 January 2011.
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