Media Watch Around The World

No longer the default, Church of England goes to battle in religious marketplace

September 21, 2018 Religion News Service: It’s not particularly news in Britain that young English people no longer automatically consider themselves Anglican. A government survey…

Modernise or close, parish churches told as judge warns buildings risk future as supermarkets

September 19, 2018 UK Telegraph: C hurch buildings will become "supermarkets and dance studios" if traditionalists block revamps in the name of heritage, a Church of England judge has warned.…

Western Christianity has a death wish

September 19, 2018 The Age: There's nowhere more relevant to the modern world than Grace Cathedral, San Francisco. This Episcopal church advertises yoga and is totally…

Hayden gets baptised at 85

September 19, 2018 : Bill Hayden and wife Dallas on their property at Bryden, yesterday.

Scott Morrison says he will pursue ‘preventative regulation’ on religious freedom

September 18, 2018 Sydney Morning Herald: Prime Minister Scott Morrison will enact "preventative regulation and legislation" to shield freedom of religion from future enemies, giving his strongest hints…

PM flags religious freedom laws

September 18, 2018 The Australian: Prime Minister Scott Morrison has raised the possibility of legislation to enshrine religious freedoms, in an interview where he called himself a “big believer” in freedom of speech.

C of E appoints first independent chair of safeguarding

September 18, 2018 : Meg Munn is the C of E’s first independent chair of safeguarding

Anglican Church horrified over how redress scheme calculates payments to victims

September 17, 2018 ABC News: As preparations are made for next month's national apology to survivors, the Anglican Church of Australia says it is deeply disappointed with parts of the…

Council of Nicea church may be hidden in Turkish lake

September 17, 2018 Fox News: The ruined Christian church in Turkey's Lake Iznik is thought to have been built around A.D. 390.

Anglican leader faces backlash on Amazon, zero-hours contracts

September 17, 2018 yahoo.com.au: Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby, the spiritual leader of the world's Anglicans, faced accusations of hypocrisy on Friday after it emerged the Church of…

Church of England should avoid only calling God ‘he’, Bishop says

September 17, 2018 UK Telegraph: The Church of England should avoid only calling God "he", a bishop has said, as a survey found that young Christians think God is male. Research by YouGov…

Days of ‘prima donna’ parish priests are over, says new Dean

September 17, 2018 UK Telegraph: The Church of England is moving away from “prima donna” priests, the new Dean of Salisbury has said. Modern clergy need to be willing to work with others, and…

Greens prayer change push fails

September 17, 2018 The Australian: Richard Di Natale’s proposal to abandon the Lord’s Prayer in the Senate has been ended by an upper house inquiry.…

Investigation ordered after number of ‘transitioning referrals’ increase by four per cent

September 17, 2018 Daily Mail: Government probe into why so many girls want to be boys: Investigation ordered after number of 'transitioning referrals' increases by four per cent…

Christian persecution in China continues as 7,000 crosses destroyed

September 17, 2018 Daily Express: Persecution watchdog International Christian Concern (ICC) has revealed authorities have demolished crosses, burned Bibles, raided Christian homes to remove…

Syrian Kurds open church in Kobani, once besieged by IS

September 17, 2018 Kurdistan 24: Parish leaders opened a new church on Thursday in a city that became an icon for the resistance against the Islamic State (IS) in 2014.…

A chilling account of how Muslim gangs took over a Brixton prison - by a Christian chaplain

September 17, 2018 Daily Mail: The day jihadis hijacked my jail Bible class yelling support for Lee Rigby's killers: A chilling account of how Muslim gangs took over a Brixton prison - by a…

Prominent Chinese pastor defiant after church closure

September 14, 2018 AFP: A Chinese Protestant pastor is vowing to keep preaching to his flock despite the closure of his prominent underground church in Beijing, defying the…

D.W.B. Robinson and the puzzle of Sydney Anglicanism

September 14, 2018 ABC Online: Donald Willian Bradley Robinson, 9 November 1922 - 7 September 2018

Gig economy denounced as ‘evil’ by Archbishop of Canterbury

September 13, 2018 Sydney Morning Herald: Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby, the most senior cleric in the Church of England, denounced the gig economy as "evil" and accused Amazon and…