Religion News Selection 15 (May 4 - 11)

  (10 May 14)
  by Greg Spearritt

Religion News Selection

May 4 - 11, 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

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 News)
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.

 

EDUCATION

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

 

INTERNATIONAL STORIES

Abuse

United Nations Committee against Torture grills Vatican on clerical sexual abuse (ABC News)
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.

Anglican Church

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.

Catholic Church

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.

Islam

'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.

Religious Violence

Sri Lankan Buddhist monks in court accused of insulting Koran (ABC News)
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 West Australian)
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.

Also: Amnesty International 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.

Other

Survey finds fewer Latinos in US are Catholics (The West Australian)
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.

ISLAM

Anti-Islam leader appears in court (The West Australian)
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 Age, Melbourne)
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.

New anti-discrimination laws ‘erode religious freedom’ (The Australian)
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)

Religion News Australia 2014 – 14 (April 27 – May 4)

Religion News Australia 2014 – 13 (April 20 - 27)

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)

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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)

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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)

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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)

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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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