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Anglicans honoured in Australia Day awards, Victoria's conversion bill in spotlight, Anglicans in Denmark sound free speech alarm, mosque from Islam's earliest days discovered, why Dadirri is a great gift, and more
February 3 2021
A retired vicar and pioneer of the ordination of women, a former chairman of the appeal to restore St Paul's Cathedral and the immediate past Headmaster of Melbourne Grammar School are among Anglicans recognised in the Australia Day Honours List.
The Victorian Change or Suppression (Conversion) Practices Prohibition Bill 2020 is “based to a very large extent on erroneous and unscientific beliefs insofar as it concerns issues of gender identity,” according to Law Professor Patrick Parkinson and Dr Philip Morris, President of the National Association of Practising Psychiatrists.
Daniel Comensoli, the nephew of Melbourne's Roman Catholic Archbishop, writes that legislation currently before the Victorian Upper House to prohibit LGBTQA+ conversion practices is too important an issue to remain quiet. "The Church continues to speak this doublespeak – saying 'we love you' and 'we welcome you into our Church', yet actively campaigns against our full and equal participation in society and remains hostile to proposed legislative changes that seek to improve the health and wellbeing of our communities, and foster social inclusion."
The liberties of the centuries-old community of Anglicans in Denmark are being threatened by a draft law requiring all sermons to be translated and submitted to the state, the Church of England’s bishop in Europe has said. Robert Innes, whose diocese stretches across mainland Europe, has written to the Danish prime minister, Mette Frederiksen, expressing his alarm at what he describes as an “overly restrictive” bind on freedom of expression.
The Standing Committee of the Anglican Communion has announced changes to the operational priorities of the Anglican Communion Office (ACO) which will see it taking more of a coordinating role; with programmatic activity instead focused in provinces, regions, networks and agencies. Currently, three charities serve the Anglican Communion through the ACO – the Anglican Alliance, the Lambeth Conference Company, and the Anglican Consultative Council (ACC). The announcement relates only to those staff employed by the ACC.
Archbishop Justin Welby of Canterbury has paid tribute to Captain Sir Tom Moore, the 100-year-old veteran who was knighted last year after raising nearly £33 million for Britain's National Health Service in the battle against COVID-19, who has died with the virus.
Joe Biden is the first Catholic president to publicly express a religious soul — not a vaguely Christian, but a distinctly Catholic one. He has refused to make his faith a weapon in the “culture wars.” But Biden is also the first Catholic president to hold office in the midst of a deep American intra-Church crisis, and faces fierce opposition from the bishops due to his position on abortion.
Archaeologists in Israel say they have discovered the remnants of an early mosque believed to date to the earliest decades of Islam during an excavation in the northern city of Tiberias. The foundations of the mosque, excavated just south of the Sea of Galilee by the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, point to its construction roughly a generation after the death of the prophet Muhammad, making it one of the earliest Muslim houses of worship to be studied by archaeologists.
Congratulations to Indigenous elder, artist and educator Dr Miriam-Rose Ungunmerr-Baumann AM for being named the 2021 Senior Australian of the Year. The following reflection on dadirri, which is a speech she gave in 2002 when she was Principal of a Catholic primary school in Daly River in the Northern Territory, seeks to integrate dadirri with her faith as a Christian.
Molly Burhans wants the Roman Catholic Church to put its assets -- which include farms, forests, oil wells, and millions of acres of land -- to better use. But, first, she has to map them. “There is no way that we will address the climate crisis or biodiversity loss in any sort of timely manner if the Catholic Church does not engage, especially with its own lands and property,” Burhans told The New Yorker.