Religion News Selection 8 (Mar 9 - 16)

  (14 March 14)
  by Greg Spearritt

Religion News Selection

March 9 - 16, 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.

 

ABUSE

 

Sexual abuse victim John Ellis resumes battle with Cardinal George Pell (Brisbane Times)

Mar 10 - The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse will this week host the next bout of a 12-year battle over whether the Catholic Church can be sued for damages under common law, with lawyer and victim John Ellis once again facing off against Cardinal George Pell.

 

Cardinal George Pell says child abuse victims should be able to sue Catholic Church (Sydney Morning Herald)  

Mar 11 - For the first time Cardinal George Pell has acknowledged that the Catholic Church should be able to be sued over abuse by a priest.

 

Also: Pell said church action was legal abuse: victim (The Australian)

Mar 11 - CARDINAL George Pell told a victim of child sex abuse by a Catholic priest that his treatment at the hands of church lawyers was “legal abuse”, despite the court case effectively preventing other victims taking action against the church.

 

Also: Cardinal George Pell was ‘out of the loop’ on abuse victims within the Archdiocese of Sydney (news.com.au)

Mar 12 - ALL he wanted was $100,000 compensation for his sexual abuse as a child at the hands of a priest but the Catholic Church spent $1.5 million fighting the lawsuit that John Ellis brought after being abused as an altar boy.

 

Also: Catholic Church won't budge on litigation defence, laywer says (Brisbane Times)

Mar 12 - The Catholic Church continues to rely on the legal argument that it is incapable of being sued in negotiations with alleged child abuse victims, a day after Cardinal George Pell acknowledged they should be able to sue the church, a lawyer says.

 

Catholic official released from vow (The West Australian)

Mar 13 - A senior Catholic official had to be released from a vow of secrecy before he could freely give evidence to the royal commission into child sexual abuse.

 

 

ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT

 

Bark paintings offer a portal to another world (The Australian)

Mar 14 - WARM light-beams illuminate the opening panel of Old Masters, the National Museum of Australia’s large-scale new exhibition of early bark paintings from Arnhem Land.

 

 

EDUCATION

 

Inquiry into religious instruction in Victorian schools (The Age, Melbourne)

Mar 9 - Victoria's major provider of religious instruction has been temporarily barred from delivering lessons at a Surf Coast primary school, following recent revelations in The Sunday Age that inappropriate ''biblezines'' were given to students.

 

Christian schools eye ‘rebalance’ (The Australian)

Mar 10 - ONE of the largest groups of independent schools, Christian Schools Australia, has called for the national curriculum to be “rebalanced” by including a fourth cross-curriculum priority about Australia’s Western heritage and its Judeo-Christian influences.

 

Teach knowledge, not ideology (The Australian)

Mar 11 – (Opinion: Editorial) WHATEVER their religious affiliations, if any, many critics of the national curriculum will agree with Christian Schools Australia that our nation’s Western heritage and Judeo-Christian background have been underplayed for decades.

 

 

INTERNATIONAL STORIES

 

Catholic Church

 

Pope Francis invited to address US Congress (The West Australian)

Mar 14 - Washington (AFP) - Pope Francis could become the first pontiff ever to address Congress after being offered a historic invitation by US House leaders on Thursday.

 

Absent from Rome, pope remains present on Twitter (The West Australian)

Mar 14 - Rome (AFP) - The tweet Pope Francis sent to 12 million followers on Thursday was the latest illustration of how important the micro-blogging site has become for the Church's communication with the faithful and non-believers.

 

Religious Violence

 

Al-Qa'ida goes online to target youths (The Australian)

Mar 13 - TERROR group al-Qa'ida is set to release a new English-language online magazine, Resurgence, in a move analysts believe is a fresh bid to radicalise young Western Muslims and regain control of the global jihad.

 

Other

 

Arab countries ban 'Noah' citing Islamic concerns (The West Australian)

Mar 13 - Los Angeles (AFP) - Three Arab countries have banned the biblical epic movie "Noah" because it contradicts Islam, while three more are expected to follow suit, a studio spokesman said Wednesday.

 

Disney slammed for 'homosexual' and 'bestiality' agenda in Frozen (Sydney Morning Herald)  

Mar 14 - A pair of right-wing Christian commentators have slammed the "evil" themes of Disney's hit movie, despite not having seen it.

 

 

RELIGION & SOCIETY

 

ACC star chamber for Syria suspects (The Australian)

Mar 11 - ONE of the country’s most powerful law-enforcement agencies, the Australian Crime Commission, has been drafted into the fight against Muslim extremism, conducting secret, coercive examinations of people with suspected links to the Syrian conflict.

 

Religious leaders fight holy day shopping (Perth Now)

Mar 12 - THOU shalt shop for no longer.

 

Council must stop this harassment (Herald-Sun, Melbourne)

Mar 13 – (Opinion: Susie Allanson) IMAGINE if you or your child went to the doctor, only to be confronted on the doorstep by bullies blocking your path, shoving pamphlets in your face with offensive pictures and medical misinformation.

 

Asylum seekers: Nothing to lose, desperation on Nauru (Sydney Morning Herald)  

Mar 15 - Whistleblower Mark Isaacs felt compelled to reveal detainees' mistreatment.

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

From the Archive…

 

Religion News Australia 2014 – 8 (Mar 9 - 16)

 

Religion News Australia 2014 – 7 (Mar 3 - 9)

 

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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