Archbishop of Canterbury ‘s first Australian interview

Aug 15, 2014 by

The Archbishop of Canterbury is on a flying visit to Australia to consecrate the Archbishop of Melbourne, Philip Frier, as primate of Australia. When Justin Welby was named leader of the world’s 80 million Anglicans, less than two years ago, the novelty that was attached to him was his background. He was a former oil executive. He was certainly a strong evangelical Christian, but he wanted to be out in the world, engaging with big issues such as moral and immoral capitalism, and...

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Welby backs future war crimes prosecutions over Iraq atrocities

Aug 15, 2014 by

By John Bingham, Telegraph: The Archbishop of Canterbury, the Most Rev Justin Welby, has signalled his support for future war crimes prosecutions over atrocities taking place in Iraq. He called on governments to ensure that evidence for human rights abuses is properly gathered, while still helping the victims. He said the slaughter in northern Iraq where Christians and other minorities are feared to be suffering genocide at the hands of Islamic State militants was “off the scale of human...

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Anglicans walk same line on gay marriage

Aug 14, 2014 by

From News.com.au: THE Anglican Church will continue to walk the line between scripture and community attitudes on same sex marriage, the new head of the Australian church says. THE new Anglican primate, the head of the church in Australia, says the church is not advocating for changes to the marriage act. “The church in Australia has walked between the views that it’s received, which come from scripture, come from the traditions of the church, and the consideration that there is no...

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Archbishops of Canterbury and Australia joint statement on Iraq

Aug 14, 2014 by

Archbishop Justin Welby and Archbishop Philip Freier made a joint statement on the crisis in northern Iraq during press conference in Melbourne, Australia yesterday.  The press conference took place at The Chapter House at St Paul’s Cathedral before the inauguration of Archbishop Philip Freier as the Anglican Primate of Australia. Archbishop Justin Welby said:  “Ever since the war to end all wars ended in 1918, humankind have been saying “never again”, then we wring our hands as...

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At last! An Archbishop of Canterbury recognises that Islamists slaughter Christians

Aug 8, 2014 by

by Damian Thompson, Telegraph: The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, has just issued a statement about the slaughter of Christians in Iraq that is both brave and perfectly judged. What an outstanding representative of English Christianity he is turning out to be – in sorry contrast to his predecessor. Here is the section of Archbishop Welby’s statement that illustrates his keen judgment. It makes clear that he does not think that Christian lives are worth more than those of Yazidis or...

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Statement from the Archbishop of Canterbury on Iraq

Aug 8, 2014 by

The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, issued the following statement today on the situation in Iraq, shortly before he travelled from the Philippines to Papua New Guinea. “The horrific events in Iraq rightly call our attention and sorrow yet again. Christians and other religious minorities are being killed and face terrible suffering. “What we are seeing in Iraq violates brutally people’s right to freedom of religion and belief, as set out under Article 18 of the Universal Declaration of...

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