by Greg Spearritt
Religion News Selection
June 1 - 8, 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.
Catholic Church under
fire over revelations officials failed to act against Hunter Valley paedophiles (ABC News)
June 4 - The Catholic Church is under fire over its weak response to revelations that its officials failed to act against paedophiles in the New South Wales (NSW) Hunter Valley.
Vatican defended an
accused priest (The Australian)
June 5 - THE Vatican’s influence on local cases of alleged child sex abuse will be scrutinised later this month when the Archbishop of Adelaide, Philip Wilson, gives evidence about his handling of allegations against a former priest.
Lawyer lauds Canberra's
role in exposing Catholic sex abuse scandals (The Age, Melbourne)
June 6 - The prosecution of Canberra Marist Brother John William Chute (aka Brother Kostka) in 2008 and subsequent six-figure civil compensation payouts were crucial in exposing the Catholic Church's sex abuse scandal nationwide, ACT lawyer Jason Parkinson says.
Sydney Anglicans reject
the sacred feminine (Sydney Morning Herald)
June 5 – (Opinion: Elizabeth Farrelly) What has got into Anglicans? The cover of this month’s Sydney Anglican magazine, Southern Cross, shows a scarcely clad female in black lycra.
Pope Francis would be
appalled by treatment of asylum seekers on Manus Island, says Archbishop (ABC
June 4 - Pope Francis would be appalled at the Australian Government’s treatment of asylum seekers, according to one of Australia’s most senior Catholics in an interview with Four Corners.
Access Ministries uses
taxpayer money to threaten parents over religious teaching (The Age, Melbourne)
May 31 - A powerful Christian organisation has threatened a small grassroots parent group with legal action for posting its religious curriculum book online.
Safe Schools program,
chaplaincy scheme don't mix: experts (Sydney Morning Herald)
June 8 - A national program to protect gay high school students from bullying and discrimination is being undermined by the Abbott government's chaplaincy scheme, according to campaigners who fear religious-based counselling puts gay pupils at risk.
Skeletons of 800 babies,
infants believed to be buried at Bon Secours Sisters site (news.com.au)
June 2 - A WOMAN with a dark secret has revealed why the skeletons of about 800 infants and children are believed to be in a disused septic tank.
Freer hand for Pell as
Pope sacks board of Vatican watchdog (The Age, Melbourne)
June 6 - Cardinal George Pell's power to clean up the Catholic Church's finances has received a boost with Pope Francis' sacking of the five-man board of the Vatican's financial watchdog – all Italians.
Pope says Israelis,
Palestinians must seek peace 'undaunted in dialogue' (The West Australian)
June 8 - VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - Pope Francis told Israeli and Palestinian leaders they "must respond" to their people's yearning for peace "undaunted in dialogue" during an unprecedented prayer meeting among Jews, Christians and Muslims at the Vatican on Sunday.
Religious issues on the
rise in Indonesian poll (The
June 7 - THE brother of Indonesian presidential candidate Prabowo Subianto has lashed out at reports he has courted extremist Islamic groups as “a slander” perpetrated by sections of the Indonesian news media.
Ukraine crisis deepens
rift between Orthodox Churches (The
June 3 - Donetsk (Ukraine) (AFP) - The pro-Russian insurgency in eastern Ukraine has deepened the country's religious divide as two Orthodox Churches tied to rival patriarchates in Moscow and Kiev support opposite sides in the conflict.
Radical Myanmar monks
urge 'Muslim' phone company boycott (The West Australian)
June 6 - Yangon (AFP) - Radical Buddhist monks in Myanmar are urging a boycott of telecoms firm Ooredoo because it hails from Muslim-majority Qatar, despite its promise to boost access to affordable mobile phones, a cleric said Thursday.
Berlin prayer house
unites Jews, Christians, Muslims (The
June 8 - Berlin (AFP) - Christians, Muslims and Jews, all praying under the same roof -- that's the groundbreaking project of a pastor, a rabbi and an imam in Berlin.
Baby killer loses appeal
to double $3000 compo awarded for being denied halal meat in prison (The Courier-Mail, Brisbane)
June 4 - A BABY killer has lost an appeal to double the $3000 compensation he was awarded for being forced to eat vegetables instead of halal meat in prison.
Hatred of Jews on rise
again (The Australian)
June 7 – (Opinion: Editorial) THE fatal shootings in late May at the Brussels Jewish Museum were shocking.
Jews welcome end to
‘occupation’ term (The Australian)
June 7 - A PROMINENT Jewish leader yesterday defended Attorney-General George Brandis’s move to have the Australian government cease referring to east Jerusalem as “occupied”.
RELIGION & SOCIETY
Blood ‘conflicts’ not
declared to national body (Perth
June 2 - THE National Blood Authority appointed a Perth Jehovah’s Witness, whose religion bans the donating or receiving of blood, as the key “consumer” representative on a federal government panel developing new transfusion guidelines for the nation’s hospitals.
Western Australia now
experiencing ‘super diversity’ (Herald-Sun,
June 7 - WA’s population now comes from every country in the world, speaks about 270 languages and identifies with more than 100 religious faiths.
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