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Europe Religious Freedom

Vatican lodges complaint over French court case

In response to a decision by a French court to award damages to a nun dismissed from her religious order after 34 years of service, the Vatican has lodged a formal protest with the French embassy to the Holy See complaining of violations of religious freedom. Source: Crux.

Education Religious Freedom

Albanese urged to ignore review of discrimination at religious schools 

Religious leaders and the Coalition are urging Prime Minister Anthony Albanese to ignore a report the Government commissioned into reducing discrimination at faith-based schools. Source: The Australian.

Religious Freedom United Kingdom

Church leaders in Scotland raise concerns over new hate crime laws

Church leaders have expressed concern that some passages in the Bible or the Catechism of the Catholic Church could be deemed offensive under Scotland’s new hate crime legislation and that “vexatious” complaints under the law are now likely. Source: Angelus News.

Education Politics Religious Freedom

Faith leaders warn Albanese against possible ‘betrayal of trust’

Faith leaders have told Prime Minister Anthony Albanese it would be a “betrayal of trust” for Labor to team up with the Greens and implement the Australian Law Reform Commission’s recommendations to remove protections for faith-based schools. Source: The Australian.

Education Politics Religious Freedom

Catholics say discrimination reform backed by Greens ‘dangerous’

Melbourne Archbishop Peter A Comensoli and the National Catholic Education Commission have raised concerns about Prime Minister Anthony Albanese’s plan to work with the Greens on religious discrimination laws. Source: Herald Sun.

Education Religious Freedom

Catholic schools seek religious freedom, not right to discriminate: NCEC

The National Catholic Education Commission has rejected the notion by Equality Australia that Catholic schools discriminate, or are seeking to discriminate, against staff or students on the basis of sexuality or gender.

Bishops Religious Freedom

Archbishop Fisher warns role of religion under attack

Sydney Archbishop Anthony Fisher OP has warned the ability of Australians to “gather, speak freely, pray together and undertake works of service for others” is being reduced “slice by slice”, as he calls on political leaders to protect religious freedoms. Source: The Australian.

Politics Religious Freedom

Church denounces report on discrimination and schools

The Australian Law Reform Commission’s report on religious educational institutions and anti-discrimination laws released yesterday is unhelpful and falls far short of meeting the Government’s election promises, the Catholic bishops said. Source: ACBC/SMH.

Education Religious Freedom

Catholic Education says report at odds with religious freedom

The National Catholic Education Commission said the Australian Law Reform Commission’s recommendations to remove exemptions for religious educational institutions would severely limit the ability of faith-based schools to operate and teach according to their ethos.