"Guiding lights" needed to lead says Bishop

The Bishop of Wollongong has urged people in public life to be "guiding lights" and focus on integrity as role models in the community.

Bishop Peter Ingham says Australia desperately needs people who are willing to be "just, truthful, decent, compassionate and forgiving" and lead others, The Catholic Weekly reports.

"There are many people waiting and longing for a lead, to take a stand for what is good and true, just and generous - to do what they do not dare to take on and do by themselves," Bishop Ingham said.

"The fundamentals of the Gospel and the long and rich tradition of faith and culture are consistent with the deepest truths of human existence," he said.

Bishop Ingham, who was speaking to members of the legal community earlier this week during the traditional Red Mass at St Mary' Cathederal, said Christian faith was about treating people as subjects rather than objects.

"We should embrace God who loves each and everyone of us more than we can imagine," he said.

"We try to live with the awareness of God with us in our life. We are not trying to live the Christian way of life all on our own."

Public life needs good role models' (Herald Sun 03/01/08)

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1 Feb 2008