Media Watch Around The World

Girl killed by Christmas gift bomb

November 19, 2002 : The young daughter of a Christian pastor in the Philippines was killed and two others were wounded when she opened a Christmas present containing a bomb.

Scholars seek Jesus through his brother

November 19, 2002 : "The Rev. Bruce Chilton has said for years that texts named James as Jesus' brother, but maybe people would believe if it were written in stone. Now it is."

Accentuate the Positive

November 19, 2002 : The gulf between the negative avoidance of evil and the positive pursuit of good is immense. It is a foundation stone of the Christian understanding of morality, and it is nowhere better illustrated than in Jesus's story of the traveller mugged on the desert road between Jerusalem and Jericho, usually known as the story of the Good Samaritan.

“I’m no nepotist,” says Sydney Archbishop

November 19, 2002 : "Sydney's Anglican Archbishop, Peter Jensen, was initially reluctant to appoint his wife to the new women's ministry, according to the ministry's new team leader, Archdeacon Narelle Jarrett." Read the story from the Sydney Morning Herald here.

Where is God when we suffer?

November 19, 2002 : "If there is a God who is all-loving and all-powerful, how could he allow suffering? Therefore either God is not all-powerful and He can't stop it, or He's not all-loving and He won't stop it. How do you answer cynicism like that?"

Sydney Anglican Archbishop faces nepotism allegations

November 18, 2002 : Read the transcript of ABC Radio's "The World Today"'s interview with Archbishop Peter Jensen.

Chinese-Australian appointed next Anglican Bishop of Western Sydney

November 18, 2002 : Dr Peter Jensen, the Anglican Archbishop of Sydney, has announced that the Rev Ivan Yin Lee, 46, will be the next Bishop of Western Sydney. When he succeeds the Right Rev Brian King on February 1, 2003, he will become the only serving Anglican Bishop of Chinese ethnicity in Australia.

African Bishop urges Canadian Christians to remain steadfast

November 18, 2002 : "I am writing to let you know that I am praying for you and that I think of you and your situation often. I know it is a difficult time for you and I want to encourage you to remain steadfast and not lose heart." Read the letter from Archbishop Bernard A. Malango (Church of the Province of Central Africa).

U.S. use of soil a tragedy fit for the Bible

November 18, 2002 : "It is no wonder that the Bible's writers, blessed with that fragile land, cite the condition of the soil as the best index of the health -- or the erosion -- of the relationship between Israel and its God."

Faith-based iniative fails in the U.S.

November 18, 2002 : "Republicans who backed the CARE (Charity, Aid, Recovery and Empowerment) Act, which gives incentives for charitable giving and some direct aid to social services, said Democrats killed the legislation by raising fears that religious welfare groups would abuse the money."

Women in ministry not an optional extra, says Archbishop

November 18, 2002 : Read the address at the Commissioning of Rev Narelle Jarrett and the women’s Ministry Team at St Andrew’s Cathedral, November 15, 2002

Archbishop Jensen accused of nepotism

November 18, 2002 : Read the transcript of the interview with ABC Radio here...

Investigate Jesus, urge Sydney Uni Academics

November 18, 2002 : "Every student, the advertisement said, should look to Jesus Christ as one of the great figures of history. His claims to be the Son of God bear up under the closest scrutiny. Underneath the inscription, the cream of Australia's oldest university urged their student charges to thoroughly investigate "this unique figure, Jesus".

C of E opens doors for divorcees to remarry

November 18, 2002 : Divorcees may remarry in church in "exceptional circumstances", the Church of England's governing body has decided, making ecclesiastical law conform to existing practice.

The more the holier: another Jensen leads flock

November 18, 2002 : The Anglican Archbishop of Sydney, Peter Jensen, has once more exposed himself to allegations of nepotism following his decision to appoint his wife to a ministry position in the diocese argues the Sydney Morning Herald.