Scholarship at the Cathedral is a series of public lectures at St Mary’s Cathedral in Sydney. SATC brings together intellectuals from different backgrounds and interests to share and seek Truth together on matters of Faith & Reason.


20 May 2021 @ 6.30pm – 8.30pm

Loss of Trust and Crisis of Leadership:
Responses with the Help of St Thomas Aquinas

With Most Rev. Anthony Fisher OP, Archbishop of Sydney

It is widely agreed that trust is eroding, especially trust in major institutions and their leaders. Religious, political, governmental, justice, corporate and media institutions are less trusted today, and trust between individuals is also diminished. This plays out in many negative ways in people’s lives.

In this lecture I seek to unpack the what, why and how of trust with the help of St Thomas Aquinas. In particular I identify three warrants of trust without which one party will not trust another. I also examine some of Aquinas’ thoughts on leadership. I conclude with some thoughts on how we might address the contemporary loss of trust and crisis of leadership.

Sponsored by Most Rev. Anthony Fisher OP,
Archbishop of Sydney.


Scholarship at the Cathedral is an initiative of the Catholic Archdiocese Sydney, in partnership with The University of Notre Dame Australia’s Institute for Ethics and Society.

Scholarship at the Cathedral will host a series of public lectures at St Mary’s Cathedral delivered by eminent intellectuals (both Australian and international), which serve the purpose of furthering the Archdiocese’s contribution in the forum of intellectual life and public discourse.

4 events per year, with local and international speakers.

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