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

With Most Rev. Anthony Fisher OP, Archbishop of Sydney

20 May 2021 @ 6.30pm – 8.30pm

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.