Bishop Brady was commenting on 2011 Census figures that show the increase in Catholicism in Australia was greatly exceeded by the growth of Islam, up 39.9 per cent since 2006.
“I think we have a wonderful opportunity to work hand-in-hand in Australia with the Islamic people,” he said.
“We share so much in common.”
The results of the Census will be used to better serve Sydney Catholics by giving the archdiocese a more accurate picture of Australia and its Church.
“We’ve been waiting on this in the archdiocese for quite some months, because as we look at our social profile, we need to look at these figures very closely,” said Bishop Brady.
“It’s very challenging for us as an archdiocese, for parishes and schools, to know where to put your resources.”
He said the big picture of Australia has changed rapidly since the last Census in 2006.