The Catholic Church and its political leaders are pushing for a shift in social justice thinking.
Photo: Peter Rae/Reuters The church is the main source of the Anglican Communion’s social justice ideology.
The church believes it has a moral responsibility to protect the lives of the vulnerable, particularly those in poor communities.
“We’re trying to understand what is it that we’re doing right now in relation to the plight of the poor, and the impact that poverty has on people, and what we can do to improve our relationship with people in those circumstances,” Cardinal Vincent Nichols said on Tuesday.
He said the church’s approach was “one that is based on compassion and a desire to help”.
The Catholic church has been criticised for its stance on marriage equality, with its leaders claiming that they believe marriage is the union of one man and one woman.
The Church of England said it was “very proud of the work” it has done to fight for marriage equality and other LGBT rights.
Cardinal Nicholas said he believed the church was “living in a time of great challenge”.
He said social justice was “a broad and complex issue” and not one that can be solved with a single issue.
“It has to be about the people, about the families, about social mobility and about the dignity of the human person,” he said.
Cardinal Nichols has been the Archbishop of Canterbury since 2009 and is a member of the Vatican’s Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.
He was appointed the new Archbishop of Sydney in 2016.
His appointment to the top job of the Australian diocese came on the back of the coronavirus crisis and the church in general.
Cardinal Nichols has been a critic of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, or LDS.
“The Church of the Latter Day Saints teaches that marriage is not the union between a man and a woman,” Cardinal Nichols said.
“Marriage is between a husband and a wife, and there are other things in life that are equally important.”
The Church’s teaching on sexuality and gender has also been a source of criticism, with many calling it a “hate church”.
The church has also come under criticism for the treatment of gays and lesbians, who are also recognised as members of the church.
Cardinal Andrew Hussey, the Bishop of Melbourne, called Cardinal Nichols’ comments “silly” in an interview on ABC Radio Melbourne’s The Drum on Tuesday night.
“That is a silly statement.
We don’t have the same protections as the other religions,” he told the radio program.
“What we do have is the same protection as other faiths, we are allowed to discriminate against homosexuals, we can discriminate against trans people, we don’t discriminate against anyone who doesn’t have a religious belief.”
The Australian Church of God has also struggled to win support from the wider community.
“If we’re to get people to accept the church as it is, we have to have a genuine dialogue about the nature of that church, the nature and the extent of its relationship with other faiths,” Archbishop David Loy said.
He described Cardinal Nichols as a “wonderful and wonderful man”.