Religion News Selection 6 (Feb 23 - Mar 3)

  (01 March 14)
  by Greg Spearritt

Religion News Selection

February 23 – March 3, 2014

A selection of religion news stories from Australia.

 

(Research: Greg Spearritt)

 


Inclusion here does not endorse the veracity or quality of any particular item – it just means
I found it worth reading and reflecting on (even if badly conceived or poorly written).

 

If you’re after the unexpurgated (and reasonably unbiased) version,
see Religion News Australia which appears weekly on our website.

 

ANGLICAN CHURCH

 

Anglican Church appoints first female bishop to lead an Australian diocese (ABC News)

Feb 28 - There will be some notable absentees when history is made in Grafton tomorrow.

 

 

CATHOLIC CHURCH

 

Profile: George Pell's career in the Catholic Church (ABC News)

Feb 25 - The Catholic Archbishop of Sydney, Cardinal George Pell, has been appointed by Pope Francis as the Prefect for the Economy of the Holy See.

 

Also: Cardinal George Pell inherits power and challenges in new post as head of Vatican finances (ABC News)

Feb 25 - Cardinal George Pell seems to have been given a remarkable level of authority in his new post at the Vatican, but he will face considerable challenges settling in and asserting his role.

 

Also: Is 'Pell Pot' the Pope's perfect prefect? (Sydney Morning Herald)  

Mar 1 - (Opinion: Rick Feneley, Nick Miller, Leesha McKenny) Some Catholics take an uncharitable view of George Pell.

 

Also: Pell an easy target for anti-Catholic commentators (The Australian)

Mar 1 – (Opinion: Gerard Henderson) PAUL Collins, the author and former Catholic priest, is a “go to” contact whenever the ABC is seeking comment on the Catholic Church.

 

 

EDUCATION

 

Rise of religious classes in public schools questioned (Sydney Morning Herald)  

Mar 2 - Hindu, Buddhist and Islamic scripture classes are growing rapidly in NSW public schools, and students are on waiting lists for the popular ethics classes.

 

Also: Don’t expel God from our children’s classrooms

Feb 28 – (Opinion: Peter Kurti) ENRAGED secularist elites are digging in their heels in a bid to get God out of the National Curriculum and out of our public schools, insisting that religion should be taught in the home and not in the classroom.

 

Also: Keep the faith but keep it out of our state schools

Feb 28 - (Opinion: Wendy Tuohy)

WHEN I was a girl, my family went to church every Sunday and sometimes, as a teen getting into the social scene at its “youth group”, I went twice.

 

For God's sake, school segregation must stop (Sydney Morning Herald)  

Feb 28 - Lately, I've been wondering: if Jesus arrived in Sydney via a time-travelling spaceship, and I was his tour guide, how would I explain our school system?

 

 

INTERNATIONAL STORIES

 

Catholic Church

 

Pope Francis warns newly appointed cardinals against 'intrigue, favouritism' (ABC News)

Feb 24 - Pope Francis, who has made simplicity and serving the poor the distinguishing characteristics of his papacy, has told the 19 newly appointed cardinals to shun intrigue, gossip and cronyism.

 

Other

 

Arizona bill sparks gay discrimination fears, opposition from big business (ABC News)

Feb 26 - Arizona politicians have passed a bill that would allow hotels and restaurants in the US state to refuse service to gay customers on religious grounds.

 

Myanmar considers law restricting interfaith marriage (ABC News)

Mar 1 - Myanmar's President, Thein Sein, has asked parliament to consider an intermarriage law, spearheaded by an extremist monk, that is aimed at "protecting" Buddhists.

 

Losing their religion: Desperate plight of China's ethnic Uighurs (Sydney Morning Herald)  

Mar 1 - The symbolic heart of power in China, Tiananmen Square, is among the most tightly controlled areas in Beijing.

 

Papuan children taken to Jakarta to be converted to Islam (Sydney Morning Herald)  

Mar 2 - When the parents of Demianus and Seth Gobay died in their small West Papua village in Nabire perhaps five years ago, not all their six children could afford to stay at school.

 

FIFA gives okay to players wearing religious head coverings on the football field (Perth Now)

Mar 2 - FOOTBALL'S world governing body FIFA on Saturday officially authorised the wearing of head covers for religious purposes during matches.

 

 

ISLAM

 

Cry, my father's country (Sydney Morning Herald)  

Mar 1 - Young Sydney woman Reme Sakr risked her life to travel to war-torn Syria in an attempt to convince her father to return to Australia.

 

 

JUDAISM

 

Mardi Gras: faith and sexuality no bridge too far for gay Jewish community (Sydney Morning Herald)  

Feb 28 - The bright pink cap looks like part of a typical Mardi Gras outfit.

 

Evil and deeply untrue (The Australian)

Mar 1 – (Opinion: Greg Sheridan) WE are living in a time of infamous lies against the state of Israel and the Jewish people.

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

From the Archive…

 

Religion News Australia 2014 – 6 (Feb 23 – Mar 3)

 

Religion News Australia 2014 – 5 (Feb 16 - 23)

 

Religion News Australia 2014 – 4 (Feb 9 - 16)

 

Religion News Australia 2014 – 3 (Feb 2 - 9)

 

Religion News Australia 2014 – 2 (Jan 26 – Feb 2)

 

Religion News Australia 2014 – 1 (Jan 4 - 26)

 

Religion News Australia 2013 – 53 (Dec 29 – Jan 4)

 

Religion News Australia 2013 – 52 (Dec 22 - 29)

 

Religion News Australia 2013 – 51 (Dec 15 - 22)

 

Religion News Australia 2013 – 50 (Dec 8 - 15)

 

Religion News Australia 2013 – 49 (Dec 1 - 8)

 

Religion News Australia 2013 – 48 (Nov 23 – Dec 1)

 

Religion News Australia 2013 – 47 (Nov 17 - 23)

 

Religion News Australia 2013 – 46 (Nov 10 - 17)

 

Religion News Australia 2013 – 45 (Nov 3 - 10)

 

Religion News Australia 2013 – 44 (Oct 27 – Nov 3)

 

Religion News Australia 2013 – 43 (Oct 20 - 27)

 

Religion News Australia 2013 – 42 (Oct 13 - 20)

 

Religion News Australia 2013 – 41 (Oct 6 - 13)

 

Religion News Australia 2013 – 40 (Sept 29 – Oct 6)

 

Religion News Australia 2013 – 39 (Sept 22 - 29)

 

Religion News Australia 2013 – 38 (Sept 15 - 22)

 

Religion News Australia 2013 – 37 (Sept 8 - 15)

 

Religion News Australia 2013 – 36 (Sept 1 - 8)

 

Religion News Australia 2013 – 35 (Aug 25 – Sept 1)

 

Religion News Australia 2013 – 34 (Aug 18 - 25)

 

Religion News Australia 2013 – 33 (Aug 11 - 18)

 

Religion News Australia 2013 – 32 (Aug 4 - 11)

 

Religion News Australia 2013 – 31 (July 28 – Aug 4)

 

Religion News Australia 2013 – 30 (July 21 - 28)

 

Religion News Australia 2013 – 29 (July 14 - 21)

 

Religion News Australia 2013 – 28 (July 7 - 14)

 

Religion News Australia 2013 – 27 (July 1 - 7)

 

Religion News Australia 2013 – 26 (June 23 - 30)

 

Religion News Australia 2013 – 25 (June 16 - 23)

 

Religion News Australia 2013 – 24 (June 9 - 16)

 

Religion News Australia 2013 – 23 (June 2 - 9)

 

Religion News Australia 2013 – 22 (May 26 – June 2)

 

Religion News Australia 2013 – 21 (May 19 - 26)

 

Religion News Australia 2013 – 20 (May 12 - 19)

 

Religion News Australia 2013 – 19 (May 5 - 12)

 

Religion News Australia 2013 – 18 (Apr 28 – May 5)

 

Religion News Australia 2013 – 17 (Apr 21 - 28)

 

Religion News Australia 2013 – 16 (Apr 14 - 21)

 

Religion News Australia 2013 – 15 (Apr 7 - 14)

 

Religion News Australia 2013 – 14 (Mar 31 – Apr 7)

 

Religion News Australia 2013 – 13 (Mar 24 - 31)

 

Religion News Australia 2013 – 12 (Mar 17 - 24)

 

Religion News Australia 2013 – 11 (Mar 10 - 17)

 

Religion News Australia 2013 – 10 (Mar 3 - 10)

 

Religion News Australia 2013 – 9 (Feb 24 – Mar 3)

 

Religion News Australia 2013 – 8 (Feb 17 - 24)

 

Religion News Australia 2013 – 7 (Feb 10 - 17)

 

Religion News Australia 2013 – 6 (Feb 3 - 10)

 

Religion News Australia 2013 – 5 (Jan 27 – Feb 3)

 

Religion News Australia 2013 – 4 (Jan 20 - 27)

 

Religion News Australia 2013 – 3 (Jan 13 - 20)

 

Religion News Australia 2013 – 2 (Jan 6 - 13)

 

Religion News Australia 2013 – 1 (Dec 30 – Jan 6)

 

Religion News Australia 2012 – 47 (Dec 23 - 30)

 

Religion News Australia 2012 – 46 (Dec 15 - 23)

 

Religion News Australia 2012 – 45 (Dec 9 - 15)

 

Religion News Australia 2012 – 44 (Dec 2 - 9)

 

Religion News Australia 2012 – 43 (Nov 25 – Dec 2)

 

Religion News Australia 2012 – 42 (Nov 18 - 25)

 

Religion News Australia 2012 – 41 (Nov 11 - 18)

 

Religion News Australia 2012 – 40 (Nov 4 - 11)

 

Religion News Australia 2012 – 39 (Oct 28 – Nov 4)

 

Religion News Australia 2012 – 38 (Oct 21 - 28)

 

Religion News Australia 2012 – 37 (Oct 14 - 21)

 

Religion News Australia 2012 – 36 (Oct 7 - 14)

 

Religion News Australia 2012 – 35 (Oct 1 - 7)

 

Religion News Australia 2012 – 34 (Sept 23 - 30)

 

Religion News Australia 2012 – 33 (Sept 17 - 23)

 

Religion News Australia 2012 – 32 (Sept 9 - 17)

 

Religion News Australia 2012 – 31 (Sept 2 - 9)

 

Religion News Australia 2012 – 30 (Aug 26 – Sept 2)

 

Religion News Australia 2012 – 29 (Aug 19 - 26)

 

Religion News Australia 2012 – 28 (Aug 12 - 19)

 

Religion News Australia 2012 – 27 (Aug 5 - 12)

 

Religion News Australia 2012 – 26 (July 29 – Aug 5)

 

Religion News Australia 2012 – 25 (July 22 - 29)

 

Religion News Australia 2012 – 24 (July 15 - 22)

 

Religion News Australia 2012 – 23 (July 8 - 15)

 

Religion News Australia 2012 – 22 (June 3 - 10)

 

Religion News Australia 2012 – 21 (May 27 – June 3)

 

Religion News Australia 2012 – 20 (May 20 - 27)

 

Religion News Australia 2012 – 19 (May 13 - 20)

 

Religion News Australia 2012 – 18 (May 6 - 13)


Religion News Australia 2012 – 17 (Apr 29 – May 6)

 

Religion News Australia 2012 – 16 (Apr 22 - 29)

 

Religion News Australia 2012 – 15 (Apr 8 - 22)

 

Religion News Australia 2012 – 14 (Apr 1 - 8)

 

Religion News Australia 2012 – 13 (Mar 25 – Apr 1)

 

Religion News Australia 2012 – 12 (Mar 18 - 25)

 

Religion News Australia 2012 – 11 (Mar 11 - 18)

 

Religion News Australia 2012 – 10 (Mar 4 - 11)

 

Religion News Australia 2012 – 9 (Feb 26 – Mar 4)

 

Religion News Australia 2012 – 8 (Feb 19 - 26)

 

Religion News Australia 2012 – 7 (Feb 12 - 19)

 

Religion News Australia 2012 – 6 (Feb 5 - 12)

 

Religion News Australia 2012 – 5 (Jan 29 – Feb 5)

 

Religion News Australia 2012 – 4 (Jan 22 - 29)

 

Religion News Australia 2012 – 3 (Jan 15 - 22)

 

Religion News Australia 2012 – 2 (Jan 8 - 15)

 

Religion News Australia 2012 – 1 (Dec 25 – Jan 8)

 

 

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