Senator Bob Brown
The Greens leader Senator Bob Brown said that Cardinal George Pell's views do not represent mainstream Christian thinking, adding that the Greens' policies are closer to Christian ideals than the Cardinal's ideas.
Cardinal Pell wrote in a Sunday newspaper that the Greens are hostile to the notion of the family, and the party would allow marriage regardless of sexuality or gender. He said the Greens were "thoroughly anti-Christian", according to an AAP report in the Sydney Morning Herald.
In reply, Senator Brown said: "The good archbishop has forgotten the ninth commandment, which is `thou shall not bear false witness against thy neighbour'," the report said.
"He's lost the ethic of the golden rule and the Greens have kept it. The Greens are much closer to mainstream Christian thinking than Cardinal Pell. That's why he's not standing for election and I am."
Senator Brown said the Catholics he had spoken to supported an end to discrimination.
"They support compassion to asylum seekers and they support the BER (Building the Education Revolution) scheme, like the Greens do," he said. "Cardinal Pell opposes those things."
Senator Brown said the archbishop's views on gay marriage were "discriminatory and biased".
"The majority of Catholics support equality in marriage (as do) the majority of Christians in Australia," he said.
Earlier this week the Greens dismissed claims by the Australian Christian Lobby that they are anti-religion, added an ABC report.
Greens, Archbishop in religious stoush (Sydney Morning Herald/AAP)
Greens hit back at 'out-of-touch' Pell (ABC)
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