Rudd was a regular attender at the church in the staid Canberra suburb of Reid while serving in the top job and would usually conclude the service with a quick door-stop with the the church and its leafy surrounds as a nice background visual. Wags have suggested the gardens of St Johnâ€™s could even serve as the beautiful setting of a future Prime Ministerial wedding.
Those in Ruddâ€™s circle say his non-attendance must be because heâ€™s not in Canberra as much as he used to be and has basically moved back to Brisbane via Timbuktu. However, they declined to name KRuddâ€™s alternate house of worship or comment on suggestions that Rudd has been in Canberra for many Sundays while not showing up to any of St Johnâ€™s Canberra services on at 7am, 8am ,9.30am, 11am (1662 Prayer Book), 1.30 and 2.30 Baptism or the 6pm Choral Evensong. We understand the former PMâ€™s son is completing his final year of school in Canberra this year. Confirming the Ruddâ€™s strong commitment to Canberra, they purchased a multi-millionaire property in Yarralumla last year.
Ruddâ€™s faith is entirely a matter for him but it does seem breathtakingly cynical for him to use the church as a presser backdrop while in the Lodge and then to not show up any more once the media demand for Ruddâ€™s Sunday pronouncements had dropped off a bit.
The former Prime Minister â€“ VEXNEWS recently revealed â€“ was a character witness during the criminal sentencing of columnist Alan Howe after he was found guilty of offences under the Children and Young Persons Act where critics say he was given a lenient sentence despite the guilt finding from the female magistrate. Before and since his brush with the law, leniently sentenced Howe has loudly complained about lenient sentences from female members of the judiciary, even scandalously suggesting that biological impairment (!) was a factor preventing women from properly serving on the bench.
We do not suggest Rudd endorses or associates himself with these views, in any way.