Leave the Lord's Prayer alone, says parish priest

A MAROOCHYDORE parish priest has a blunt question for the Greens senator looking to scrap the Lord's Prayer from Parliament: don't you care for the poor?

Richard Di Natale says reading the Lord's Prayer at the start of each sitting day was an "anachronism", but Father Joe Duffy said he should take another look at its words and values.

"Is he (Senator Di Natale) concerned about the poor? Is he concerned about the disadvantaged? Does he seek justice?" Fr Duffy asked.

"The Lord's Prayer acknowledges the universe has a provident creator. Why does the senator have a problem with that?

"Rather than calling to abolish it, he should look at what it is saying.

"Then he should ask himself sincerely what problems he has with these values."

Should the Lord's Prayer be scraped from the opening of Federal parliament?

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Senator Di Natale said this week "modern" Australia was made up of people who had different ideas about religion.

"We're here to represent people of all faiths. People who don't have a strong religious faith," he said.

But Fr Duffy said the Lord's Prayer had opened Australia's parliament for a century.

"He (Senator Di Natale) seems to want to alienate a large percentage of the population," Fr Duffy said.

"Most people would have little concern about it."

Member for Fisher Mal Brough said he did not agree with Senator Dr Natale's suggestion that the prayer be scrapped but he preferred not to expand on his reasons.

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