Religion News Selection 9 (Mar 16 - 23)

  (23 March 14)
  by Greg Spearritt

Religion News Selection

March 16 - 23, 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

 

George Pell's private secretary grilled over legal tactics in John Ellis case (ABC News)

Mar 21 - Cardinal George Pell's private secretary has told the royal commission into child sexual abuse the Catholic Church's vigorous cross-examination of a victim during litigation was wrong.

 

Royal commission: Pell instructed lawyers to fight Ellis claim 'tooth and nail' (Sydney Morning Herald)  

Mar 22 - The Catholic Church's insurer insisted on being "kept in the loop" in the John Ellis case after lawyers expressed concern at Cardinal George Pell's "tooth and nail" approach, according to evidence at the child sex abuse royal commission.

 

Victim offered no sympathy by dean of St Mary’s Cathedral (The Australian)

Mar 22 - A TEENAGER who told the dean of Sydney’s St Mary’s Cathedral he had been sexually abused was allegedly “humiliated” by the Catholic cleric, who had “a complaint file as big as the New Testament”, church lawyers have said.

 

A childhood lost to abuse (The West Australian)

Mar 23 - For almost 40 years, Troy Treneman has tried to forget the horrific events that robbed him of a childhood.

 

 

EDUCATION

 

Child removed from NSW public school after prayer vote (Sydney Morning Herald)  

Mar 23 - Many public schools still recite Christian prayers at assemblies, despite the concerns of parents who say the education system should be secular.

 

 

INTERNATIONAL STORIES

 

Abuse

 

Vatican names victim Marie Collins on child abuse commission (ABC News)

Mar 23 - A former victim of sexual abuse by priests will sit on a new commission created to root out paedophilia in the Catholic Church, the Vatican says.

 

Catholic Church

 

Shanghai's 'underground' Catholic leader dies (The West Australian)

Mar 17 - Shanghai (AFP) - The head of the underground Catholic Church in Shanghai, Bishop Joseph Fan Zhongliang, has died, a US-based group said, as it urged China's Communist government to allow greater religious freedom.

 

Naked glories (The Age, Melbourne)

Mar 22 – (Opinion: Brian Johnston ) It's my first visit to the Vatican and I am bemused. Nude male statues, displaying melon-like rounded buttocks and dangling bits and occasionally draped in revealing togas, are crammed into corners.

 

'Stop doing evil,' pope tells mafia (The West Australian)

Mar 22 - Rome (AFP) - Pope Francis called on the mafia to "stop doing evil" as he met relatives of their victims on Friday to demonstrate the Catholic Church's opposition to organised crime.

 

Islam

 

StanChart opens Islamic banking in Kenya, eyes region (The West Australian)

Mar 19 -  (Reuters) - Standard Chartered has launched Islamic banking services in Kenya, the first foray of its "Saadiq" brand into Africa, and it will use Kenya as a testbed for expanding the brand across the continent, a bank executive told Reuters.

 

Other

 

Mining magnate Andrew Forrest launches Global Freedom Network in bid to end slavery (ABC News)

Mar 19 - Mining magnate Andrew Forrest has launched an organisation to end modern slavery, with the support of the Pope and the senior Islamic authority.

 

Fred Phelps, founder of anti-gay Westboro Baptist Church, dies at 84 (The Age, Melbourne)

Mar 21 - During a life that spanned more than eight decades, Fred Phelps Sr, was many things: a father, a civil rights attorney, a one-time US congressional hopeful.

 

 

JUDAISM

 

MP Josh Frydenberg at odds with Jewish leadership on Racial Discrimination Act reforms (The Australian)

Mar 23 - THE government’s only Jewish MP, Josh Frydenberg, has placed himself at odds with the nation’s Jewish leadership by backing the Coalition’s reforms to the Racial Discrimination Act.

 

 

RELIGION & SOCIETY

 

Christian women lose religious discrimination appeal  (news.com.au)

Mar 16 - A CHRISTIAN mother and her daughter have failed to prove that a State Government requirement compelling them to be photographed in order to hold a driver’s licence, was an act of religious discrimination.

 

Opposition to the Sellicks Hill Buddha statue has largely evaporated (Adelaide Now)

Mar 16 - MAYBE, just maybe, the decision to allow the construction of an 18-metre-high granite statue of Buddha at Sellicks Hill, south of Adelaide, is a small sign South Australia is becoming a more tolerant, mature and enlightened community.

 

Church of Scientology drug rehab facility opposed (Sydney Morning Herald)  

Mar 22 - An offshoot of the Church of Scientology, the Association for Better Living and Education, has applied to Wyong Shire Council to run a drug and alcohol rehabilitation centre in the Yarramalong Valley in the central coast hinterland.

 

Church spires dwarfed but not defeated (The Age, Melbourne)

Mar 23 – (Opinion: Jenny McPherson) In my suburb in the last couple of years a 14-storey apartment building has grown up, dwarfing the old former bank at its feet, and the not insubstantial church next door.

 

 

 


 

 

From the Archive…

 

Religion News Australia 2014 – 9 (Mar 16 - 23)

 

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)

 

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