Media Watch Around The World

Turnbull defends free speech for churches

July 17, 2018 The Australian: Malcolm Turnbull has said churches and religious groups are free to voice opinions on political issues including education, as the national charity watchdog investigates the Catholic Church’s Victorian education arm for lobbying on school funding in the lead-up to the Batman by-election in March.

Turin Shroud forensic blood analysis reveals it to be fake

July 17, 2018 News.com.au: It’s been put under intense scrutiny for decades. Radiocarbon dating. Microscopic analysis. Image enhancement. Pollen testing. The results are inconsistent.…

Bloodstains on the Shroud of Turin that ‘Jesus was buried in’ are ‘probably fake’ claim experts

July 17, 2018 Daily Mail: Bloodstains on the Shroud of Turin that ‘Jesus was buried in’ are ‘probably fake’ claim experts Research delved into pattern of blood splatters and alignment on…

Queensland government to introduce proposed abortion laws next month

July 17, 2018 The Australian: The Queensland government will introduce proposed legislation to decriminalise abortion next month, Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk announced today.

Algerian government allows three churches to re-open in June, but now closes another

July 17, 2018 World Watch Monitor: In Algeria, the relief of the Protestant minority at the recent…

Mapping the Incarnation: How the Christian Narrative Makes Sense of our World

July 17, 2018 ABC Online: The incarnation both gives coherence and focus to the entire Christian narrative, and allows us to…

Christianity is a worthy cause

July 17, 2018 The Australian: While there is no doubt that religious freedom must be protected, it’s equally true that Christians must be more assertive in entering the public square to…

Church considers psychometric tests as experts raise fears about clergy narcissism

July 16, 2018 UK Telegraph: The Church of England could administer personality tests for trainee priests amid fears it appoints too many narcissists. The Church is examining ways to…

Same-sex marriages to take place at Uniting Church soon

July 16, 2018 News.com.au: This is because the Uniting Church of Australia has finally given the green light for such unions to take place inside its premises. The church will now have…

‘Chilling effect’ on freedom

July 16, 2018 The Australian: Nationals frontbencher Matt Canavan says there “ain’t much more fundamental freedom than the freedom of religion’’. Nationals frontbencher Matt Canavan has…

Religious freedom an issue: Canavan

July 16, 2018 Nine News: Religious freedom still remains an issue eight months on from the gay marriage vote, a federal cabinet minister says. Nationals frontbencher Matt Canavan said…

Uniting Church to allow same-sex marriages

July 16, 2018 Associated Press: Same-sex couples will be able to get married in the Uniting Church of Australia after the denomination's national body agreed to alternative new wording. The…

The Bible remains a ‘powerful, transformative tool’ in American culture: Poll

July 16, 2018 Washington Times: The Bible remains a fixture in American culture and lifestyle according to the “State of the Bible” report, an annual poll…

Christian doctor fired for saying people cannot ‘choose their gender’ reveals he ‘had to speak out’

July 16, 2018 Daily Mail: Christian doctor fired for saying people cannot 'choose their gender' reveals he spoke out because he 'could not live with himself if he didn't and claims…

Former Archbishop of Canterbury George Carey given permission to preach by the Church of England

July 16, 2018 UK Telegraph: F ormer Archbishop of Canterbury George Carey has been given back permission to preach by the Church of England, it has emerged. The news comes just two weeks…

Royal Commission: Survivors’ fury after trio of former bishops not referred for prosecution

July 13, 2018 : Three former Anglican bishops heavily criticised by the Royal Commission have not been referred for prosecution, sparking fury among abuse survivors.

More Christians Now Live in Africa Than Any Other Continent in the World

July 13, 2018 Christian Post: Recent data reveals that for the first time, Africa is now…

Christian film producers plan movie about Thai cave rescue

July 13, 2018 Religion News Service: The boys are out of the cave. Now Hollywood wants in. The producers behind Christian films like “God’s Not Dead” are already in Thailand with…

Thai cave rescue to be made into film

July 13, 2018 The Guardian: Only a handful of people witnessed first-hand the…

Post-millennial generation ‘more tolerant’ of Christianity

July 13, 2018 The Guardian: Previous surveys suggested that younger generations had rejected organised religions.