Law

Religion, Conscience and the Law

I concluded my last book, Acting on Conscience, with a recollection of a mass celebrated in the Dili Cathedral in 2001 by Nobel Peace Prize winner Bishop Belo. As Director of the Jesuit Refugee Service, I was working in East Timor at the time and I accompanied Bishop Belo at the mass, which was offered in thanks for the contribution by the departing Australian Interfet forces. At the end of the mass, Major General Peter Cosgrove spoke. The burly Australian commander was accompanied by a translator, a petite Timorese religious sister in her pure white habit, replete with veil. Before…

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