Cardinal Pell Invites Jews and Muslims to Team Up

Makes Pro-family Plea at Interreligious Conference

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SYDNEY, Australia, JUNE 6, 2005 ( Cardinal George Pell says that Muslims, Christians and Jews share a common commitment to support marriage as the true foundation of the family.

«The children of Abraham should take the lead in ensuring a better future not only for children and families, but also for our country,» the archbishop of Sydney told the 4th International Interreligious Abraham Conference.

«With our secular brothers and sisters we can make a significant contribution to a better future for our nation of Australia,» he said Saturday.

The cardinal told conference participants that he believes that «the haves and have-nots of the future will often be divided into those who have had a loving family upbringing and those who have never had this opportunity.»

He said that it is not in the interests of any of the faiths to have historic enmities imported into Australia.

Work together

«A country like Australia offers many blessings to those who believe in God, including respect for truth, for human family and dignity, for religious freedom, and a commitment to just, non-violent political structures,» the cardinal said.

«We have to work together to protect these good things, and to ensure that we continue to enjoy them despite hostile pressures that can arise both from within our society, and from outside,» the archbishop added.

He added that members of the faiths need to work together on a variety of issues touching on morality, as well as social justice, education and welfare.

«With all Australians,» he said, «we have an interest in preserving and strengthening the conditions that ensure peace, harmony, stability and prosperity in our democracy, with our now traditional separation of Church and state, or more accurately, religion and government.»

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