Born in Sydney in 1960, Anthony Colin Fisher studied at the University of Sydney obtaining a law degree and practising law in Sydney with the firm of Clayton Utz.

He discovered a pro-life, anti-abortion passion and in 1985, left law to enter the religious order of the Dominicans. He then returned to university and obtained first a degree in theology and later a doctorate from Oxford University. He became Father Fisher when he was ordained priest in 1991.

From 2000 to 2003, he was director of the international theological school John Paul II Institute for Marriage and Family.

In 2003, he was appointed bishop and as of December 2009, he was priest of Watson's Bay, Sydney, Australia at Our Lady Star of the Sea Church.

Even though he is a professor of morality and bioethics at the Institute, he does not appear well-grounded in real world justice and must of raised more than a few eyebrows at Clayton Utz.Bishop Anthony Fisher In a 2008 interview he gave the Australian national radio service on the topic of a Roman Catholic priest who had been convicted of rape, he mused that some Australians:

"... dwelling crankily, as a few people are doing, on old wounds".

He was heavily criticized for that remark, deservedly so.

Like any fervent Roman Catholic, he buys and sells the Bible line, hook and sinker. For example, he finished one of his recent Christmas sermons with these words:

"Mary, pregnant with Christmas, says to us today: Give yourself to God and the Almighty will do great things with you! Holy is his name!"

Bishop Fisher straddles a very intellectually challenging line between the banner of an old and archaic expression of faith and spirituality and bioethics which to him include the debate over abortion and euthanasia. Some of his public statement suggests a narrow, Vatican-pleasing position completely at odds with modern law, and a stubborn orthodox belief that there is no fingerprint of God in the compassion inherent in mainstream contemporary human rights law:

"... not all laws are good laws, or all lawyers good lawyers, or all results of our legal process equally satisfactory. The law in our country today is challenged in many directions by those who would compromise its reverence for human life, especially in its beginning and end; those who would equate all sorts of relationships with marriage and family life; those who would respond to perceived threats to security with suspension of rights; those who put the interests of the privileged and powerful before God’s little ones, the orphan and widow, the sick and poor, the stranger and refugee, the ones most in need of the protection of law."

For more of Bishop Fisher's speeches, see Homilies.

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