Sydney’s new Archbishop

Sydney (Friday, 09/19/2014, Gaudium Press) The 54 year old Dominican bishop of Paramatta, Australia, Anthony Fisher, OP, born in Sydney in 1960 to Colin and Gloria Fisher, has been appointing by Pope Francis to lead the Archdiocese of Sydney.

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Photo – Mons. Anthony Colin Fisher

In his own words, he still ‘hasn’t got over the shock’: “As a boy, as a young man at university I used to go to Mass at St. Mary’s Cathedral …and I never would have dreamed that I would be on the other side of the altar one day, there at the cathedral”.

Cardinal Pell has since been called to Rome to head the newly established Secretariat for the Economy.

“I think it’s a time that we need to hear the loving wisdom of Christ and his Church about peace and restraint on people’s anger and vengefulness” says Bishop Fisher. “The Catholic Church knows better than any institution in the world that people of different backgrounds can live together and love together…and I very much hope that Sydney can re-learn that right now”.

Regarding the issue of marriage-divorce-communion, Bishop Fisher points out: “In many parts of the West, there is a crisis of confidence in marriage and family.

People think it’s too hard; they are reluctant to even attempt marriage. They have seen too many fail, it seems that the commitment required the self-sacrifice required is too much in an age where getting our own way and being personally fulfilled is everything.

I think one of the things the Synod can – and I really hope will – do for us is help restore some confidence in the beauty of marriage.

In 2003, Pope John Paul II appointed Bishop Fisher as Auxiliary Bishop of Sydney, and on 8 January 2010, Pope Benedict XVI appointed him as the third Bishop of Parramatta.

From Vatican Radio

 

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