LETTER: Archbishop Julian Porteous: Everything his way

(Background reading: ABC: Stop misrepresenting Martine Delaney’s complaint about the Tasmanian Catholic Church and Archbishop Julian Porteous)

Letter in the Hobart Mercury, January 19 2022:

Hobart Mercury – January 19 2022


ARCHBISHOP Julian Porteous is all over the place on free speech. Last week he said Tasmania’s law against humiliating, intimidating and bullying behaviour needs to be overridden by Canberra so he can “feel comfortable” to “respectfully” express his religious views.

I don’t recall Jesus insisting on the right to humiliate people, so what does the Archbishop want to say that he can’t say now? One clue might be in the booklet he distrib­uted against marriage equality that suggested same-sex marriage will “mess with kids”. This claim prompted a complaint that was subsequently dropped when the Archbishop refused to amend the disrespectful phrase, and the book­let is still distributed today.

The Archbishop has silenced members of his own church, in­cluding Father Frank Brennan whose invitation to speak in Hob­art was revoked because he sup­ported marriage equality.

It seems the Archbishop wants everything his own way: he wants to define what is “respectful”, he only wants free speech when he is talking, and he wants a special exemption from laws the rest of us have to abide by. We should not allow the law to be made by people who think they are above it.

Peter Grayson-Weeks
Beauty Point