by Greg Spearritt
Religion News Selection
April 20 - 27, 2014
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.
Royal commission told of torture, rape and
beatings by Christian Brothers in WA (news.com.au)
Apr 29 - FOR John Hennessey being robbed of his innocence was not the most unforgivable thing he endured at the hands of the Christian Brothers – it was being robbed of the chance to have children of his own.
Victims tell of merciless abuse (The West Australian)
Apr 29 - A former resident of the Christian Brothers' Bindoon orphanage yesterday exposed harrowing details of his exploitation by the home's brothers, telling the first Perth hearing of a royal commission of his years of being groomed as a sex "pet" and sadistically beaten.
Vic ex-priest jailed for boys' abuse (The West Australian)
Apr 30 - A former Catholic priest who sexually abused three Victorian schoolboys made one of his victims kneel before him and beg forgiveness.
Child sexual abuse victim John Hennessey
relives horrors, giving evidence at Royal Commission (Daily Telegraph, Sydney)
May 1 - INGLEBURN resident John Hennessey is looking forward to coming home after reliving the horror stories of the abuse he suffered as a child at the hands of the Christian Brothers.
Christian Brothers knew of abuse: lawyer (The Courier-Mail, Brisbane)
May 1 - A LAWYER who represented the Christian Brothers against survivors of extreme abuse in Western Australia has agreed it's inconceivable the order's leaders did not know sexual abuse and gratuitous violence was going on.
Christian Brothers ‘used strength to force
hand’ in compo talks (The
May 2 - THE Christian Brothers had their “knee at the throat’’ of abuse victims during compensation negotiations and used their dominant legal position to initially demand that the men pay the church’s
ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
Quasi-religious dance Overworld at The
Substation in Newport (The Age,
May 2 – (Review) A search for spirituality among the muck heap of digital media, Overworld is an ambitious new project by local dance-makers Sarah Aiken and Rebecca Jensen.
Exempt children still
receiving religious instruction in state schools (Perth Now)
May 3 - CONTROVERSY over religious instruction in state schools is set to reignite, with new figures showing up to 400,000 children should not be taking part in the program.
Vatican panel to develop
'best practices' to curb sex abuse (The
May 4 - Vatican City (AFP) - A Vatican panel said Saturday it would develop "best practices" for Catholic parishes to combat child sex abuse by priests as campaigners demanded that the Church discipline "bad bishops" who cover up for their subordinates.
Popes John XXIII and
John Paul II become saints in canonisation at Vatican (ABC
Apr 28 - Popes John XXIII and John Paul II have been made saints in a historic double canonisation ceremony at Vatican City attended by up to 1 million faithful.
Birth control law
heralds liberal change in Philippines (news.com.au)
May 2 - Manila (AFP) - The Philippines has long been known as the Catholic Church's Asian stronghold, but a new birth control law highlights an increasingly liberal shift that could next see divorce legalised, activists and religious leaders say.
Pope Francis backs
Cardinal George Pell’s Vatican shake-up (Adelaide Now)
May 3 - POPE Francis is publicly backing his new economy tsar, who is overhauling the Vatican’s administration amid grumblings from some Holy See bureaucrats about a perceived abrasive and secretive style.
Myanmar won't succeed if
Muslims are oppressed: Obama (ABC
Apr 28 - US President Barack Obama has warned that ethnic and religious conflicts could move Myanmar in a "very bad direction".
Egypt court recommends
death sentence (ABC
Apr 28 - An Egyptian court has recommended the death sentence for the leader of the Muslim Brotherhood and 682 supporters, judicial sources have said.
Islamic sharia penalties, including death by stoning for adultery (Sydney Morning Herald)
May 2 - Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei: A controversial new penal code for oil-rich Brunei that will eventually include tough Islamic sharia penalties such as severing of limbs and death by stoning was due to officially come into effect on Thursday.
Israeli settlers launch
enclave in Palestinian business hub (The West Australian)
May 4 - JERUSALEM (Reuters) - The smell of fresh paint wafts through the domed lobby of the latest Israeli arrival in East Jerusalem - a Jewish seminary in a bustling commercial area in the same building as a post office serving thousands of Palestinians every day.
illuminates China's religious tensions (The West Australian)
May 1 - Wenzhou (China) (AFP) - The destruction of a towering church by Chinese authorities has sown fear in a thriving Christian community and highlighted tensions between a rapidly growing number of worshippers and the Communist state.
Clergy move to counter
Georgia law allowing guns in churches (The Age, Melbourne)
May 4 - Atlanta: Some of Georgia's highest-profile religious leaders took an extra step this week to oppose what they see as an overzealous expansion of the state's new gun laws, with authorities over many of the state's Episcopal and Catholic churches announcing that their sanctuaries would ban all weapons.
‘Room for all who accept
India is Hindu nation’ (The
May 4 - ON A dry suburban oval in the geographic centre of India, two young men in signature khaki “half pants” run a dozen boys ragged with a game of tag before lining them up in military pose to
Prayer vigil protesters
ask for charges over Julie Bishop office trespass to be dropped (ABC
May 3 - Protesters who held a prayer vigil at the office of Foreign Affairs Minister Julie Bishop will ask for trespass charges to be dropped, the Perth Magistrates Court has been told.
RELIGION & SOCIETY
The curse of TV: How our
favourite characters can’t stop swearing (The Australian)
May 4 - WTF? It’s the curse of top-rating TV.
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