International news briefs November 28, 2014

The Archbishop of Canterbury has concluded his 18-month round the Communion tour this week with a visit to the Scottish Episcopal Church. The Most Rev. Justin Welby began his visit on 24 November 2014 with a meeting at Bute House with First Minister Nicola Sturgeon. He spoke with representatives from other Scottish Churches, “before meeting […]

International briefs for October 31, 2014

A report published by Australia’s Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse has concluded the Anglican Church of Australia’s Diocese of Grafton failed in its legal and moral responsibilities towards children in its care, and failed to exercise oversight over abusive clergy. The 27 Oct 2014 report presented to parliament examined the diocese’s […]

Australia’s asylum policy ‘un-Christian’

Church leaders in Australia have voiced objections to new legislation to regulate entry of asylum seekers and control illegal immigration. The Archbishop of Adelaide, Dr. Jeffrey Driver – the chairman of the Anglican Church of Australia’s Refugee and Migrant Network – said he welcomed some of the reforms, but was perturbed by the underlying philosophy […]

Alabama immigration law blocked

Church leaders in Alabama have hailed a federal court blocking implementation of part of the state’s new immigration law. The Sept 28 ruling by Judge Sharon Blackburn “is good news,” Alabama Episcopal Bishop Henry Parsley and Methodist Bishop William Willimon said in a joint statement. The ruling “protects our churches’ ministries from prosecution under this […]

Alabama immigration laws spark church ire

Church leaders in Alabama have filed suit in a federal court in a bid to block the implementation of the state’s new immigration law. On 1 August, the Episcopal Bishop of Alabama, the Rt Rev Henry N Parsley, Jr, along with the Roman Catholic Bishops of Mobile and Birmingham, and the Methodist Bishop of Northern […]

Croydon vicar arrested on marriage fraud charges

The Diocese of Southwark has confirmed that the vicar of St Jude with St Aidan Church in Thornton Heath has been arrested on suspicion of conducting fraudulent marriages. “A 52-year-old man was arrested at an address in Thornton Heath on the morning of Saturday 4 June in connection with an investigation into sham marriages in […]

Punish smugglers not immigrants, archbishop says

The Primate of the Anglican Church of Australia has urged a rethink of his country’s illegal alien policies—urging the government to show greater compassion to asylum seekers while cracking down on people smugglers. “It cannot be morally permissible to inflict suffering on asylum seekers in order to stop people smuggling,” Dr Phillip Aspinall told the […]

“Baby bonus’ ban rejected by rejected by Australian govt

The Australian government has rejected a proposal to scrap the country’s £3500 ‘baby bonus’ put forward last year by the Anglican Church of Australia’s Public Affairs Commission (PAC), rejecting the commission’s doomsday scenario that more children will lead to a collapse of the environment and the economy. On April 28 the Parliamentary Secretary to the […]

Archbishop calls for supression of sex slave trade

The Archbishop of York has applauded the government’s decision to rethink its policies on combating human trafficking and join forces with the EU in combating sex slavery. On March 22 Immigration Minister Damian Green announced the government will apply to opt in to a Europe-wide effort to help tackle human trafficking.  “Opting in” to the […]