Posts Tagged ‘Australia’

Humanitarian organisation blames Australia for mental health crisis Comments 0

Thursday, December 6th, 2018

A report which the humanitarian organisation Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF/ Doctors without Borders) released this week says the island nation of Nauru is facing a mental health crisis. The Indefinite Despair report includes medical data MSF gathered during the past year while it was contracted by the Nauruan government to deliver mental health services. These Read more

Was it even a crime? Former archbishop appealing conviction Comments 0

Thursday, November 29th, 2018

Former Australian archbishop, Philip Wilson, is appealing his conviction for not reporting allegations of child sexual abuse disclosed to him in the 1970s. Wilson told the court via electronic communication that he is innocent and had no recollection of the accusations of abuse committed by Fr James Fletcher when Fletcher was charged with child sex Read more

Gay teachers should hide their relationships, says Melbourne’s archbishop Comments 0

Thursday, November 22nd, 2018

Gay teachers should ensure they keep their relationships well hidden from the eyes of students at religious schools, says Melbourne’s archbishop Peter Comensoli. It would be preferable if they and their partners live some distance away from the school in which they teach, he suggests. Comensoli made the comments on Monday when he was giving Read more

Catholic Australian Senator announces gender change Comments 0

Thursday, November 22nd, 2018

Catholic Australian Senator Barry O’Sullivan declared himself a woman before parliament last week so he could speak about abortion issues. He made the declaration after several female lawmakers said he’d never understand women’s choices about their reproductive health. “I’m going to declare my gender today, as I can, to be a woman, and then you’ll Read more

Australia’s Pacific region focus ignores needs, priorities Comments 0

Monday, November 19th, 2018

Australia’s focus on the Pacific region ignores needs and priorities identified by the region’s political and Church leaders, says Caritas Australia’s chief executive officer. Paul O’Callaghan spoke out after Australia’s Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced an expansion of assistance to the Pacific. The assistance will include introducing long-term loans for new infrastructure projects. Infrastructure is Read more

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
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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