Bishop Calls for Charity in Politics

March 26, 2007

Author: Martha McKay

Source: The Record

In a speech Sunday that was at once cautionary and uplifting, the Most Rev. John W. Flesey cast his eye on the 2008 presidential election.

Money and attack ads dominate our political landscape these days, Flesey told a group of more than 300 at the Marriott Glenpointe in Teaneck.

He urged the presidential candidates to heed the words Abraham Lincoln used toward the end of his second inaugural address: "With malice toward none, with charity for all."

"That's the kind of president we need; that's the kind of president I hope we get," said Flesey, who paused for a beat and then added: "Even if we don't, I will still be filled with hope because of people like you."

The auxiliary bishop of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Newark was referring to the diverse crowd that filled a large ballroom for the 21st annual brunch of the Interfaith Brotherhood-Sisterhood Committee of Bergen County.

The event drew members and leaders of eight religious faiths including Catholic, Bahai, Hindu, Jain, Jewish, Muslim, Protestant and Sikh.