Posts Tagged ‘Australia’

Australian religious freedoms report seeks to reduce discrimination Comments 0

Thursday, October 25th, 2018

An Australian religious freedoms report which has reviewed religious protections in Australia says it should be more difficult for schools to turn away gay students. According to Philip Ruddock, the author of the as yet unreleased document, the report suggests narrowing the scope of existing sex discrimination laws. “We weren’t suggesting that the law should Read more

Australian Church welcomes Prime Minister’s apology Comments 0

Thursday, October 25th, 2018

The Australian Catholic Church has welcomed Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s apology to survivors of institutional child sexual abuse and recommitted to working with the community to eliminate child sexual abuse. Leaders of Catholic Religious Australia (CRA) and the Australian Catholic Bishops released a statement after the prime minister’s address to parliament saying: ““The National Apology Read more

Debate revived in Australia over Third Rite confession Comments 0

Monday, September 24th, 2018
third rite

Great shocks to the system often can jar loose utterly new responses from institutions typically given to maintaining the status quo. Other times, the effect can be to reopen debates from the past which, not so long ago, seemed definitively closed. That latter scenario may be unfolding in Australia right now, pivoting on once-intense debates Read more

Boy raises $1m for drought-affected farmers Comments 0

Thursday, September 13th, 2018

Australia’s drought-affected farmers are about to benefit from $1 million raised by a 10-year old boy and his classmates. Jack Berne and his classmates at Sydney’s St John the Baptist Primary School raised the money through ‘A Fiver For A Farmer’ campaign on GoFundMe. The campaign, which was launched in July, urged people to spare Read more

Australia’s new Pentecostal Prime Minister Comments 0

Thursday, August 30th, 2018

Australia’s first Pentecostal prime minister Scott Morrison and his family are members of the Sutherland Shire’s Horizon Church in Sydney. Housed in a 1200-seat auditorium, Horizon is a Pentecostal Christian church where pastors give rousing sermons, and followers can sometimes speak in tongues and engage in “divine healing”. Read more Related Posts:School funding concerns see Read more

Australian trade unions: religious discrimination not always OK Comments 0

Thursday, August 9th, 2018

Some Australian trade unions want to restrict the right of religious organisations to decide who to employ according to candidates’ responses to Church teaching on sexuality. Under Australian federal and state laws, some religious organisations are exempt from laws that protect workers from losing their jobs as a result of their gender identity or sexuality. Read more

Salvation Army says Canberra should expel diplomats with slaves Comments 0

Monday, August 6th, 2018

The Salvation Army wants the Australian government to expel foreign diplomats implicated in cases of slavery in Canberra. This week the Australian Senate committee will hear evidence from industry and human rights bodies about the government’s draft Modern Slavery Bill. Despite media reports on the issue over the past year, the draft bill does not Read more

Australia’s prime minister, clergy want pope to sack archbishop Comments 0

Monday, July 23rd, 2018

Australia’s prime minister Malcolm Turnbull wants Pope Francis to sack Archbishop Philip Wilson. Wilson should not be allowed to remain an archbishop while he appeals against his conviction, says Turnbull, who is a Catholic. The National Council of Priests (NCP) in Australia agrees with Turnbull. “While the Archbishop is exercising his constitutional right to appeal Read more

Archbishop Wilson: Fair cop or foul? Comments 0

Monday, July 16th, 2018
Archbishop Wilson

Archbishop Philip Wilson has gone from church leader with a reputation for dealing professionally with sex abuse cases to being stoned by all and sundry in the national village square. The calls to resign come not only from victims, anti-church crusaders and commentators of every ilk, but also eminent Catholics who fear he may cause Read more

Change of era in Australia Comments 0

Monday, July 16th, 2018

In a line for his vision for renewal and change, Pope Francis captured something that is true for the church across the world but most especially for the church in Australia. The pope described our time in the church and wider society as “not so much an era of change as a change of era.” Read more