Bishop Terry Brady, screenshot from The Catholic Weekly
Bishop Terry Brady, auxiliary bishop of Sydney, has called on Irish Australians to lead the welcome for asylum seekers in Australia, reports The Catholic Weekly.
In his St Patrick's Day Mass homily at St Mary's Cathedral on March 17, Bishop Brady reflected on the proud history of the Irish in overcoming their own oppression.
"I have to say, as an Irish-Australian, I think so much of social reform has taken place in this country because the Irish voice spoke up," he said.
"They spoke up for the little people, they spoke up for the underdog.
"I hang my head in shame a little bit because I often think we Irish have fallen into the trap of becoming elitist ... often the oppressed become the oppressor."
The bishop said he fears this change "above everything else".
"Of any people on the face of the earth, we should be the most compassionate people of all, and the most understanding people of all, and the most welcoming people of all."
"We, above all people, must speak up for all people who have been oppressed."
'Speak out' on refugees – bishop's call to Irish (Catholic Weekly)
Screenshot from The Catholic Weekly