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Can a 'right to die' become a 'duty to die'?; an English medieval cathedral installs a golf course in its nave; US faith leaders warn that words can lead to violence days before the El Paso and Dayton shootings; and listening to masters of sacred music and their works.

August 7 2019


Sole Protestant member of Vatican’s Academy of Life warns against assisted suicide

With the revelation in recent days of the identity of the first person to use Victoria's Assisted Dying law, an Anglican clergyman and the Regius Professor of Moral and Pastoral Theology at the University of Oxford, the Revd Professor Nigel Biggar, warns that what begins with a “right to die” can develop into “a social[ly] communicated ‘duty to die’”. 


‘Speak on behalf of those yet to be born’: Archbishop Glenn Davies’ appeal on eve of NSW parliamentary debate on abortion

As the NSW Parliament debates legislation to decriminalise abortion, Sydney's Archbishop Glenn Davies says a respectful debate needs to hear all sides of the issue, “including those who wish to speak on behalf of those yet to be born”.


Rochester Cathedral's crazy golf course sparks row 

The BBC reports on the controversy over the installation of a nine-hole “crazy golf” course installed in the nave of the medieval Rochester Cathedral in Kent for the British summer.


US religious leaders react to mass shootings, call for action from Trump, Congress 

Religion News Service reports on the reactions of leaders of several faiths in the US to the shootings in Texas and Ohio, as President Donald Trump decries hatred that “devours the soul”.


‘Violent,’ ‘dehumanising,’ ‘dangerous’: National Cathedral’s sharp criticism of Trump resonates across America

Days before the shootings, the Episcopalian leaders of Washington's National Cathedral issued a statement, Have we no decency? A response to President Trump, warning that recent remarks by Mr Trump were “a clarion call, and give cover, to white supremacists who consider people of colour a sub-human ‘infestation’ in America”.


Why are we so soft on wage theft?

Amid the furore surrounding chef, restaurateur and recently departed MasterChef judge George Calombaris over underpayments to staff, Nicola Heath writes that while hospitality has small margins, workers shouldn't have to shoulder the financial burden on behalf of business owners.


The Archbishop of Canterbury wades into Westminster Holocaust memorial debate

Britain's Telegraph newspaper reports that Archbishop Justin Welby says it is right that a proposed Holocaust memorial near the Houses of Parliament should be “right next to the home of our democracy”. The memorial would feature 23 large bronze fin structures and an underground learning centre dedicated to the six million Jews murdered by the Nazis as well as millions of other victims. 


Archaeologists have searched for the Church of the Apostles for years. They say they've found it near the Sea of Galilee

An ancient church long rumoured to be built over the house where the apostles Peter and Andrew lived has been found near the Sea of Galilee, according to a group of excavators affiliated with institutions in Israel and the US who say they made the discovery in June.


Archbishop Welby’s India trip to be ‘pastoral, not political’

The Archbishop of Canterbury is to visit the site of a British massacre of Indians attending a public meeting 100 years ago during a 10-day trip to India after visiting Sri Lanka to show solidarity with the Christian community in the wake of the Easter bombings there, Church Times reports.


Stars of Sacred Music

Dr Meredith Lake takes listeners of ABC Radio National's Soul Search on a musical odyssey, hearing the words and works of English composer John Rutter, French organist Thomas Ospital, renowned UK choir trainer Barry Rose and his daughter Nicola Rose, who in the 1990s was part of the UK's first full-time all-female cathedral choir.