Religion News Selection 19 (June 1 - 8)

  (08 June 14)
  by Greg Spearritt

Religion News Selection

June 1 - 8, 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

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.

 

ANGLICAN CHURCH

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.

 

CATHOLIC CHURCH

Pope Francis would be appalled by treatment of asylum seekers on Manus Island, says Archbishop  (ABC News)
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.

 

EDUCATION

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.

 

INTERNATIONAL STORIES

Abuse

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.

Catholic Church

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.

Islam

Religious issues on the rise in Indonesian poll (The Australian)
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.

Other

Ukraine crisis deepens rift between Orthodox Churches (The West Australian)
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 West Australian)
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.

 

ISLAM

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.

 

JUDAISM

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.

 

POLITICS

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 Now)
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, Melbourne)
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.

 

 


 

 

From the Archive…

Religion News Australia 2014 – 19 (June 1 - 8)

Religion News Australia 2014 – 18 (May 25 – June 1)

Religion News Australia 2014 – 17 (May 18 - 25)

Religion News Australia 2014 – 16 (May 11 - 18)

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)

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Religion News Australia 2013 – 22 (May 26 – June 2)

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Religion News Australia 2013 – 13 (Mar 24 - 31)

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Religion News Australia 2013 – 11 (Mar 10 - 17)

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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)

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Religion News Australia 2012 – 15 (Apr 8 - 22)

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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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