One former archbishop who resigned over his handling of child sexual abuse dies, another comes under investigation, while a Pakistani Christian woman's acquittal is upheld by that country's highest court.
January 31 2019
Complaints about the conduct of Bishop Roger Herft when he was Bishop of Newcastle from 1993-2005 are being investigated by the Anglican Church’s Episcopal Standards Commission, The West Australian newspaper reports. The conduct of Bishop Herft and other Newcastle Church leaders was examined by the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse in Case Study 42, published in November 2017.
Dr Ian George, who resigned as Archbishop of Adelaide in 2004 following pressure to quit over his handling of child sex abuse cases, dies in Melbourne, where he had lived since/ Adelaide Diocesan Administrator and assistant Bishop Tim Harris pays tribute to the former archbishop in this ABC report.
Pakistan’s top court rejects a challenge to the acquittal of a Christian woman on blasphemy charges. Read the BBC’s report on the decision and on what’s next for Asia Bibi.
Listen to two Anglicans and an atheist discuss Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s plans to protect religious freedom on ABC Radio National’s God Forbid, program – and whether the religious freedom law is the missing piece in the Australian human rights puzzle or whether it would enable discrimination in the name of religion.
A three-year suspension on the statute of limitations for sexual misconduct committed by clergy against an adult comes into effect in the US branch of the Anglican Communion, the Episcopal Church.
Archbishop Justin Welby is an early riser and says he prays in tongues every day during his 5am prayer time, but admits it is “not usually an immensely ecstatic moment”, according to this report in Britain’s Guardian.
Melbourne clergyman and co-editor of a new book on science and faith, Chris Mulherin, tells Eternity News that there is no fundamental contradiction between the two. “They are harmonious,” he says.
The conflict in the Anglican Church is closely tied to wider divisions over Brexit that affect the UK as a whole, write Katie Gaddini and Linda Woodhead in the UK edition of The Conversation.
Why do a growing number of people mark Australia Day by going to church? Church attendance on Australia Day points to the complex relationships between Christianity, colonialism and race — relationships that are still being debated today. Award-winning author Meredith Lake, host of ABC Radio National’s Soul Search, explores this development.
Boston Globe columnist Jeff Jacoby says Americans aren’t just turning from religion, but against religion – with disturbing implications for charitable giving and volunteering, with religious faith and institutions the strongest drivers of philanthropic works in US society.