‘Religious Organisation Should Hire to Ethos’ Argues Archbishop

In the second Religious Discrimination Bill meeting on Jan. 13, Melbourne Archbishop Peter Comensoli stated that he would not put forward any amendments and expressed that this act will finally protect all different groups of discrimination following disability, LGBTIQ and aged groups. At the meeting, Comensoli expressed that religious schools should be allowed the right to hire staff that exhibits the ethos the school is looking for, “in any organisation, whether it’s a religious one or not.” He argued that regardless of the service, “we approach that from the perspective of what our understanding of the human person is. “That’s informed by our beliefs, informed by our teachings, informed by cultural practices.” Comensoli stated that religious schools and organisations should not only be wanting to do so but are also free to do so. He also implied that the Equal Opportunity (Religious Exceptions) Amendment Bill 2021 introduced by the Andrews …

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