By Emilie Ng
CHRISTIAN leaders at this year’s John Paul II Australian Leaders Forum were given a boost of support in their efforts to evangelise Australian culture.
The forum, now in its second year, attracted top corporate business leaders, religious leaders, politicians, and employees from various Australian dioceses including large numbers from the Brisbane archdiocese.
American university law professor and renowned pro-life advocate Helen Alvaré addressed the forum as the keynote speaker.
Dr Alvaré said there was a new social phenomenon “sexual expressionism” that encouraged birth control, proposed a distorted understanding of freedom and was primarily anti-religion.
She challenged delegates to be conscious of tone when attempting to claim back a culture that supported healthy relationships, family, love, marriage and parenting.
“How do we speak into these new ideas of ‘love’? If the tone is wrong the substance simply cannot compensate,” Dr Alvaré said.
“We must speak with humility, rationality and serious intellect in witnessing truth.”
Other speakers included the 2013 Winemaker of the Year and Catholic Tim Kirk, of Clonakilla Wines; Sydney’s Good Shepherd Seminary rector Fr Anthony Percy; Missionaries of the Sacred Heart Father Peter Malone; former Ambassador to the Holy See Tim Fischer; Campion College president Dr Ryan Messmore and Notre Dame University history professor Fr Bill Miscamble.