Religion News Selection 12 (April 12 - 20)

  (20 April 14)
  by Greg Spearritt

Religion News Selection

April 12 - 20, 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

 

Royal commission hears Salvation Army did not consider Major Colin Haggar a paedophile (ABC News)

Apr 15 - The Salvation Army did not consider a confessed child sex offender who was promoted through their ranks to be a paedophile, the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sex Abuse has heard.

 

Child safety officers to be appointed across Perth under Catholic Church plan (Perth Now)

Apr 20 - CHILD safety officers would be appointed in parishes across Perth under a proposal to eradicate sex abuse in the Catholic Church.

 

 

CATHOLIC CHURCH

 

Melbourne's Father Bob Maguire turns to hip hop in bid to tackle homelessness (ABC News)  

Apr 20 - South Melbourne priest Father Bob Maguire may seem an unlikely hip hop star, but he has set his sights on the charts with a new album to help the homeless.

 

 

EDUCATION

 

Aborigine ‘must go to Christian school’ (The Australian)

Apr 16 - AN Aboriginal boy has been ordered by a court to attend a private Christian school even though his own father fears its teachings are inconsistent with his Aboriginal beliefs and culture.

 

Elites open wallets in education 'arms race' (Sydney Morning Herald) 

Apr 20 - Sydney's top independent schools are outspending public schools by three to one as they invest in libraries, lecture theatres and gyms in a multimillion-dollar ''arms race'' to attract lucrative enrolments.

 

 

INTERNATIONAL STORIES

 

Islam

 

New York police disband unit that spied on Muslims (ABC News)

Apr 17 - New York police say they have disbanded a deeply controversial and heavily criticised unit that sent undercover officers to spy on local Muslims.

 

Other

 

Fiji's Methodist Church tells members to keep politics and religion separate (ABC News)

Apr 14 - Fiji's Methodist Church says it will force its lay members to resign from leadership positions if they stand for election in the country's September election.

 

Ukraine priests preach politics from pulpit at Easter Sunday services (The Australian)

Apr 20 - POLITICS overshadowed Easter observances in Kiev and Moscow, with the Orthodox religious leaders in each capital trading barbs over the crisis in Ukraine — while the US reportedly prepared to send ground forces to neighbouring Poland.

 

 

ISLAM

 

Clean up begins at Canberra Islamic Centre after vandalism attack (ABC News)

Apr 16 - The community has rallied around the Canberra Islamic Centre, as it starts the clean up after vandals trashed the centre.

 

 

POLITICS

 

Christian leaders protesting detention of children arrested at Foreign Minister Julie Bishop's office (ABC News)

Apr 15 - Eleven protesters, including priests and pastors, have been removed by police from Foreign Minister Julie Bishop's office in Perth.

 

Also: Why we held a sit-in over child detention ahead of Easter (The Age, Melbourne)

Apr 14 – (Opinion: Jarrod McKenna) Yesterday we were arrested in Julie Bishop's office.

 

Former senator Brian Harradine - the blueprint for the power of one (The Age, Melbourne)

Apr 15 - Brian Harradine, who died on Monday aged 79, was the longest-serving independent Senator in the history of Australia’s federation.

 

Mike Baird may be decent but he lacks mongrel (The Australian)

Apr 17 - NSW Treasurer Mike Baird is a thoroughly decent and principled person, and he’s a strong Christian who takes his beliefs very seriously.

 

Coalition celebrates a religious Easter: Eight of 19 cabinet members are Catholic (Sydney Morning Herald)

Apr 20 - Catholics are in power this Easter, with the highest proportion of ministers of that faith occupying senior positions in a Coalition government.

 

Asylum policies attacked (Sydney Morning Herald)

Apr 20 - As Scott Morrison and other Coalition ministers attend church this Easter, Adelaide's Anglican Archbishop Jeffrey Driver says he has a message he hopes reaches them.

 

 

RELIGION & SOCIETY

 

Faith and science combine as religious leaders join fight for Maules Creek (The Age, Melbourne)

Apr 12 - Faith leaders travelled to Maules Creek this week to support local protesters who are trying to stop a new mine.

 

Christian camp loses discrimination appeal bid over same-sex youth group (The Australian)

Apr 16 - THE manager of a Christian youth camp which refused a booking from a suicide prevention group for same-sex-attracted youth has been granted leave to appeal a finding of discriminatory conduct in the Victorian Court of Appeal, despite a discrimination complaint against his employer being upheld.

 

Less South Australians identify with a religion, but many remain spiritual in the City of Churches (Daily Telegraph, Sydney)

Apr 20 - RELIGION in South Australia may be on the wane, but the City of Churches is a cradle of spirituality.

 

Couples forced to pay more for a civil service with a marriage celebrant (news.com.au)

Apr 20 - LOVED-up couples looking to marry will be forced to pay more for a civil service under a Federal Government crackdown on wedding celebrants.

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

From the Archive…

 

Religion News Australia 2014 – 12 (April 12 - 20)

 

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)

 

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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