Newsstand 22 - 28 April
Tolerance but transparency urged on Morrison faith, engaging with a post-pandemic world, 'sobering' week for CoE, rival replicas in Brazil, Rabbi accused of being Christian missionary, and more...
April 28 2021
Australians have always been interested in their prime ministers’ personal faith for the simple reason that it can be essential to the way someone leads the nation. So there should be no surprise that Scott Morrison is guided by his Pentecostal brand of Christianity. It is essential to who he is as Prime Minister and the approach he takes to every big decision.
Bishop Mark Short of Canberra and Goulburn says COVID-19 offers the opportunity for reorientation and reimagination before God. “I believe those possibilities become clearer when we recall the experiences and emotions of the earliest days of the pandemic because it was then the sense of disorientation was most profound,” he says.
The archbishop of York has committed the Church of England to racial justice, saying the past week has been a “watershed moment” with the conviction in the US of George Floyd’s killer and the airing of a BBC television documentary that exposed racism in the church.
The journey to the 2022 Lambeth Conference of Anglican bishops will begin in July this year with the start of a series of online “Bishop’s Conversations”. The Lambeth Conference is a once-a-decade gathering to which all bishops in the Anglican Communion around the world are invited by the Archbishop of Canterbury. It was to have been held at Canterbury Cathedral and the University of Kent in Canterbury in July and August 2020 but was postponed until 2022 because of the Covid-19 pandemic.
The Eastern Province of the Community of St Mary, the oldest Anglican religious order in the United States, has voted to leave The Episcopal Church after 156 years and join the Anglican Church in North America. The community’s Southern and Western Provinces will remain in The Episcopal Church.
The retired Archbishop of the Anglican Church of Uganda, the Rt Rev Stanley Ntagali, has publicly confessed to committing adultery with a married woman and asked the Lord, the church and Ugandans to forgive him. The sexual scandal involving Archbishop Ntagali first came to light on 13 January, when the current Archbishop, Stephen Kaziimba Mugalu, issued a statement suspending him from performing any sacramental function, preaching and representing the Church of Uganda in any way until further notice.
Jesus is getting bigger in Brazil, as the country famous for Rio de Janiero’s towering Christ the Redeemer is building a new, taller structure. The ‘Christ the Protector’ statue in the city of Encantado will be 43 metres, while the ‘Redeemer’ statue only reaches 38 metres.
A man in Jerusalem who has worked for years as a rabbi and raised his family in an ultra-Orthodox community has been accused of faking his religion to mask his true identity as a Christian missionary from New Jersey.
Former Bishop of Oxford Lord (Richard) Harries ponders the life of Shirley Williams, a former Labour Cabinet minister in the UK who might have become Prime Minister but who was part of the “Gang of Four” of leading Labour MPs who defected to set up the Social Democratic Party in Margaret Thatcher’s Britain.
The Filipino commemorations of the 500th anniversary of the death of Portuguese explorer Ferdinand Magellan show what an Indigenous-centred government approach to imperial history in the Pacific can look like. They also sit in stark contrast to the exhibitions, re-enactments and publications that marked the 250th anniversary of James Cook’s arrival in Australia and New Zealand in recent years.