Religion News Selection 11 (March 30 - April 12)

  (11 April 14)
  by Greg Spearritt

Religion News Selection

March 30 - April 12, 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

 

Salvos boosted confessed abuser (The Australian)

Apr 8 - THE international general of the Salvation Army promoted a self-confessed child abuser to a senior rank within the church, despite a church commander in Sydney arguing against the appointment, the royal commission has heard.

 

 

ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT

 

Mock Christians, get laughs, mock Muslims, get bullets (The Age, Melbourne)

Apr 4 – (Opinion: Sam de Brito) A young man mocks Christians on stage on national television he gets laughs.

 

Less religion, more spirituality (The Australian)

Apr 12 – (Opinion: Ruth Ostrow) I HAVE apparently offended people unknowingly with my recent video and interview series on the inner lives of our business leaders: Total Success, which can still be found online.

 

 

CATHOLIC CHURCH

 

Catholics victims of ‘new racism’ (The Australian)

Apr 12 - FORMER High Court judge Dyson Heydon has warned of a dangerous revival of sectarianism in Australia, saying anti-­Catholicism has become “the racism of the intellectuals”.

 

 

INTERNATIONAL STORIES

 

Abuse

 

Pope Francis asks for forgiveness for child sex abuse by priests, says sanctions 'must be imposed' (ABC News)

Apr 12 - Pope Francis has asked for forgiveness for child sex abuse carried out by priests.

 

Catholic Church

 

Vatican hires hawk to protect Pope's doves (The Age, Melbourne)

Apr 10 - Vatican City: An intrepid hawk has been taken on by the Vatican to protect the Pope's doves after two were killed in front of horrified crowds by a crow and a seagull, according to a Catholic weekly.

 

Islam

 

Couple sentenced to death for 'blasphemous' text message in Pakistan (ABC News)

Apr 6 - A Christian couple in eastern Pakistan has been sentenced to death for allegedly sending a text message insulting the Prophet Mohammed.

 

France's far right to ban Muslim school lunch options (The Age, Melbourne)

Apr 6 - Paris: Far-right National Front leader Marine Le Pen said the party would prevent schools from offering special lunches to Muslim pupils in the 11 towns it won in local elections, saying such arrangements were contrary to France's secular values.

 

Islam-critic Ayaan Hirsi Ali refused US university honour (Sydney Morning Herald)  

Apr 10 - Boston: A private university outside Boston has decided not to award an honorary degree to a Somali-born women's rights activist who has branded Islam violent and "a nihilistic cult of death."

 

Ottomania as Turkey drifts away from secularism (The Age, Melbourne)

Apr 12 - With its opulent palace life, heroic storyline and beautiful lead actors, the Turkish drama set in the court of Sultan Suleyman, Magnificent Century, should have represented the artistic pinnacle of the phenomena known Ottomania.

 

Other

 

The 8-year-old exorcist saving Brazil’s slums (news.com.au)

Apr 2 - THIS eight-year-old girl is apparently God’s gift.

 

The evil that lurks in Lego (The Age, Melbourne)

Apr 6 – (Opinion: Warwick McFadyen) Something is rotten in the state of Denmark.

 

Ministers' man who took God into court (The Age, Melbourne)

Apr 11 - Edwin F. Kagin, the son of one minister and father of another, saw religiosity creeping into the public domain and fought against it in a dual role as head lawyer and jester-provocateur for one of America’s most militant atheist organisations.

 

Papyrus piece about Jesus’s wife ‘no forgery’ (The Australian)

Apr 12 - AN ancient piece of papyrus that contains a mention of Jesus’s wife is not a forgery, according to a scientific analysis of the controversial text, US researchers said yesterday.

 

 

ISLAM

 

Cleric who 'married' 12-year-old believed he had done nothing wrong (Sydney Morning Herald)  

Apr 2 - A Muslim cleric living in Australia on a religious visa believed he didn't do anything wrong by "marrying" a 12-year-old girl to a 26-year-old man because the union was never officially registered.

 

Anti-Islamic shooting victim Nathan Abela has string of detractors (Sydney Morning Herald)  

Apr 4 - He's offended countless Muslims, been described as a "grub" on Sydney radio and been in court over a domestic dispute, and that's just in the past fortnight.

 

Bendigo Bank stands by decision to close account of anti-mosque group (ABC News)

Apr 8 - A bank is standing by its decision to close the account of a protest group which is fighting plans to build a mosque in the Victorian city of Bendigo.

 

 

POLITICS

 

Bob Carr's texts to Gillard reveal 'extraordinary' influence pro-Israel lobby had on former PM (Sydney Morning Herald)  

Apr 10 - Bob Carr has published private text messages between himself and Julia Gillard to reveal the “extraordinary” level of influence the pro-Israel lobby had on the former prime minister’s office.

 

Also: Jewish leaders hit back at Bob Carr (The Age, Melbourne)

Apr 10 - Pro-Israel leaders have dismissed Bob Carr’s claims they wielded “extraordinary influence” over prime minister Julia Gillard as “scurrilous gossip” and a “figment of his imagination”.

 

 

RELIGION & SOCIETY

 

Parishioners may abandon church if controversial mosque project goes ahead next door (ABC News)

Apr 1 - Members of an Assyrian Catholic church at Coolaroo, north of Melbourne, have threatened to abandon the church if a proposed mosque project proceeds on land next door.

 

Director of foster care group forced to quit over offensive blog post (The Age, Melbourne)

Apr 7 - A director of the state's foster care association has been forced to resign after members expressed concern that an offensive blog post she had written would hurt a push for more gay and Muslim carers.

 

St Kilda church leader protests asylum seeker policy with Easter crucifix installation (Herald-Sun, Melbourne)

Apr 10 - AN EASTER sculpture with a confronting political message is on display at the Uniting Church’s St Kilda Parish Mission.

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

From the Archive…

 

Religion News Australia 2014 – 11 (Mar 30 – April 12)

 

Religion News Australia 2014 – 10 (Mar 23 - 30)

 

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)

 

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)

 

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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)

 

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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)

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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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)

 

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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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