Posts Tagged ‘Religious freedom’

Pastafarians still strain for recognition

Thursday, November 4th, 2021

Sometime next year, the European court of human rights will decide on the case of a Dutch woman who feels unfairly treated because her country’s highest court has told her she cannot wear a plastic colander on her head for her ID photo. Pastafarians, who are members of The Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster’s believers Read more

Conservatives and liberals called to link over life issues

Thursday, September 30th, 2021
link over life issues

For Catholics who put their faith first, before anything else, there is one way – above all others – to view the life and death issues facing local communities, the nation and the world: and that is, through the lens of the Gospel and Catholic social teaching! But instead, it clearly appears that more often Read more

John Howard calls for religious schools to have anti-discrimination exemption

Thursday, February 25th, 2021

The former Australian prime minister John Howard has reignited the religious freedom debate, arguing schools should be able to hire teachers based on whether they accept the beliefs the school is based on in the same way political parties favour staff who believe in a party’s ideals. In a presentation to Christian organisation Family Voice Read more

Fratelli Tutti – Summary of Francis Encyclical – on the fraternity and social friendship

Monday, October 5th, 2020
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Pope Francis Social Encyclical: ‘Fratelli Tutti’ was launched at the Vatican, Sunday 4 October, 2020. The document focuses on fraternity and social friendship as the ways to build a better, more just and peaceful world – with the contribution of all: people and institutions. The official summary follows, with a link to download the full Read more

Fratelli Tutti: Francis explores fraternity and social friendship

Monday, October 5th, 2020

October 4, Pope Francis signed his new encyclical, Fratelli Tutti during a visit to Assisi. The encyclical calls for a new kind of politics and emphasises social friendship as a way to build a more just and peaceful world. It encourages the contribution of all people and institutions and seeks to build a global movement Read more

Western Australia recommends preserving the confessional seal

Monday, September 14th, 2020

A committee from Western Australia’s Legislative Council recommends preserving the confessional seal. In its report on the Children and Community Services Amendment Bill 2019, the Council’s legislation committee says: “Ministers of religion be excused from criminal responsibility [of mandatory reporting] only when the grounds of their belief is based solely on information disclosed during religious Read more

Chinese Christians told to replace Christ with Mao

Thursday, July 23rd, 2020

Chinese Christians receiving government assistance have been told to replace Christ with Mao or risk losing their welfare payments. Compliance includes replacing all religious symbols in their homes with pictures of Chairman Mao and President Xi Jinping. Christians in several provinces have had visits from government officials and had their religious images replaced. The policy Read more

UK accuses China of ‘gross’ human rights abuses against Uighurs

Thursday, July 23rd, 2020

UK Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab has accused China of “gross and egregious” human rights abuses against its Uighurs and said sanctions against those responsible cannot be ruled out. Reports of forced sterilisation and wider persecution of the Muslim group were “reminiscent of something not seen for a long time”, he told the BBC. The UK Read more

Cardinal Bo: Let us pray for Hong Kong

Monday, July 6th, 2020
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On behalf of the Federation of Asian Bishops’ Conferences, I call on Christians of all traditions and people of all faiths, throughout Asia and the world, to pray for Hong Kong, and indeed for China and all her people, with great insistence. The government of China has imposed a new national security law on Hong Read more