by Greg Spearritt
Religion News Selection
May 4 - 11, 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.
Laws weighted toward the
accused allowed paedophiles to escape trial (news.com.au)
May 5 - IT was not until 1962 that the Christian Brothers were expressly forbidden in their own rules from fondling their pupils, the child sex abuse royal commission has been told.
Christian Brothers say
sex abuse victims can have compensation claims revisited (ABC
May 7 - The Christian Brothers have invited victims of child sexual abuse to have their compensation claims revisited.
Religious ministers to
undergo checks under Victorian Government reform (Herald-Sun, Melbourne)
May 8 - ALL religious ministers will have working with children’s checks and there will be new standards for organisations dealing with youth under a $10 million State Government reform.
Doubt cast on chaplain
funding (The Australian)
May 7 - STATE governments have lined up in a High Court challenge to stop federal funding of religious chaplains in schools, casting further legal doubt on hundreds of commonwealth-funded programs.
Catholic School grade 2
children [told] to thank their mums for not aborting them (The Courier-Mail, Brisbane)
May 10 - GRADE 2 children at Southern Cross Catholic School were told to thank their mums for not
United Nations Committee
against Torture grills Vatican on clerical sexual abuse (ABC
May 6 - Vatican representatives have faced tough questions from a United Nations committee on the Catholic Church's record of dealing with child sexual abuse by members of the clergy.
First openly gay
Episcopal bishop to divorce (Sydney Morning Herald)
May 5 - Washington: Gene Robinson, the first openly gay bishop in the Anglican Church, whose ordination divided the church in the United States, is to divorce his husband of three and a half years, after a partnership spanning more than 25 years.
Catholics 'welcome' in
Algeria 20 years after sectarian killings (The West Australian)
May 9 - Algiers (AFP) - Twenty years ago, Islamists shot dead a Roman Catholic brother and nun as they helped young Algerians prepare for exams, the first of 19 Christians murdered during the country's devastating civil war.
'Saudi Liberals' website
founder sentenced to 10 years in jail, 1000 lashes (Sydney Morning Herald)
May 8 - A court in Saudi Arabia has sentenced the editor of an internet forum he founded to discuss the role of religion in the conservative Islamic kingdom to 10 years in jail and 1000 lashes, Saudi media reported on Wednesday.
'Noah' film denied
release in China, after Muslim bans (The West Australian)
May 9 - Los Angeles (AFP) - China has refused to approve the release of biblical epic "Noah" starring Russell Crowe, which has already been banned in a string of Muslim countries for religious reasons, industry sources said.
Sri Lankan Buddhist
monks in court accused of insulting Koran (ABC
May 6 - Four of Sri Lanka's most senior hardline Buddhist monks have appeared in court, accused of insulting the Koran.
Aceh woman, gang-raped
by vigilantes for alleged adultery, now to be flogged (Sydney Morning Herald)
May 6 - Sharia police in the Indonesian province of Aceh will publicly flog a young woman for adultery after she was turned in by eight vigilantes who had already gang-raped her as punishment.
Boko Haram exploits
Nigeria's slow military decline (The
May 9 - ABUJA (Reuters) - Two decades ago Nigeria's military was seen as a force for stability across West Africa. Now it struggles to keep security within its own borders as an Islamist insurgency in the northeast kills thousands.
claims Nigerian military knew Boko Haram was going to attack
May 10 - AMNESTY International said that Nigeria’s military had been warned of an attack on a school in which more than 200 girls were abducted by Boko Haram Islamists three weeks ago, but failed to act for nearly five hours.
Survey finds fewer
Latinos in US are Catholics (The
May 7 - Washington (AFP) - Most Latinos in the United States still adhere to the Roman Catholic Church, but a growing number are becoming Protestants or eschewing organized religion altogether, says a study published Wednesday.
appears in court (The West
May 9 - Anti-Islamic leader Nathan Abela has complained police have not met his request for a copy of his interview with them over a shooting at his home in Sydney's west.
‘Muslim question’ posed
by stirring the melting pot (The
May 10 – (Opinion: Miriam Cosic) THERE are times when non-Muslims in the Western world must be heartily sick of the M-word.
RELIGION & SOCIETY
Ex-Manus Island workers
report beatings, rapes of asylum seekers (ABC News)
May 5 - Disturbing allegations of regular beatings, racist slurs and unwanted
sexual advances by G4S guards on Manus Island have been made by a former
Salvation Army worker.
laws ‘erode religious freedom’ (The
May 10 - ONE of the nation’s leading authorities on law and religion has warned that religious freedom in Victoria is being degraded in favour of anti-discrimination laws.
Former speaker Ken Smith
pushes for euthanasia reform (Sydney Morning Herald)
May 11 - Former Victorian speaker Ken Smith has called for a renewed debate on euthanasia - free from "religious fanaticism" within State Parliament - so terminally ill patients would have the right to seek assistance to die.
From the Archive…
Religion News Australia 2014 – 15 (May 4 - 11)