Religion News Selection - 20 (June 8 - 15)

  (14 June 14)
  by Greg Spearritt

Religion News Selection

June 8 - 15, 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

Marists had 'disregard' for abuse victims (Brisbane Times)
June 11 - The Marist Brothers have a "sociopathic disregard" for the welfare of child sex abuse victims and are more concerned about their reputation and limiting compensation payouts, a royal commission has been told.

Abuse royal commission probes the Vatican (Brisbane Times)
June 12 - The royal commission into child sex abuse is investigating how the Vatican dealt with allegations of abuse against its priests in Australia.

 

ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT

The Shiva scandal has led to calls for museum audits (Sydney Morning Herald)  
June 14 - The National Gallery of Australia's controversial dancing Shiva statue is now in the possession of the federal government and several suspect Indian statues have been removed from the floor of the Art Gallery of the NSW.

 

EDUCATION

Public school exodus starts as early as year 2 (Sydney Morning Herald)  
June 14 - The stampede from public primary schools to private high schools when a child finishes year 6 is a tradition in parts of Sydney, but principals say the exodus now starts as early as year 2 as parents panic they will miss out on their school of choice.

 

INTERNATIONAL STORIES

Abuse

Dublin announces full probe into Catholic baby homes (The West Australian)
June 11 - Dublin (AFP) - The Irish government said on Tuesday it would launch a full-scale investigation into controversial Catholic homes for unmarried mothers, following revelations that up to 800 infants died in one such institution over a 35-year period.

Catholic Church

World economic system is 'madness', puts money ahead of people, Pope Francis says (ABC News)
June 14 - Pope Francis has launched a sweeping attack on the world's economic system, saying it discards the young, puts money ahead of people and survives on the profits of war.

Pope shuns bullet-proof car, saying he's too old for protection (The Age, Melbourne)
June 14 - Rome: Pope Francis says he refuses to travel in a "sardine can" bullet-proof Popemobile because, despite concerns for his security, at his age he has nothing to lose.

Islam

UK schools report finds ‘campaign’ linked to Muslim extremism (The West Australian)
June 9 - LONDON (Reuters) - A culture of "fear and intimidation" exists in some British schools due to an alleged Muslim extremist plot, the top school inspector said on Monday, citing faith and gender segregation and funding misuse.

Also: 'Organised campaign' to impose Islam in UK (Sydney Morning Herald)  
June 10 - London: Conservative Muslim school leaders in Britain's second city, Birmingham, conducted an "organised campaign" to impose faith-based ideology on their pupils, Education Secretary Michael Gove says.

Also: Islamic schools push sparks lessons in UK values (The Australian)
June 11 - ALL children will be taught British values of liberty and tolerance from September after a series of reports revealed yesterday how strict Islamic ideology had been imposed on schools.

Religious Violence

Nigerian schoolgirls kidnapped by Boko Haram 'may never return', says former president (ABC News)
June 14 - Some of the schoolgirls abducted by militant group Boko Haram may never return home, according to Nigeria's influential former president Olusegun Obasanjo.

ISIS in Iraq

Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi: Leader of Iraq insurgents is jihad's rising star (ABC News)
June 12 - The leader of radical Sunni fighters who have made rapid military advances in Iraq is the rising star of global jihad, driven, Islamist fighters say, by an unbending determination to fight for and establish a hardline Islamic state.

ISIS explained: Islamic State of Iraq and Syria poised to march on Baghdad (ABC News)
June 13 - "We are fighting devils, not ordinary people" an Iraqi police captain told Reuters on Wednesday, after fleeing from ISIS rebels who swept into Tikrit, home town of former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein.

What is going on in Iraq and why? (Sydney Morning Herald)  
June 13 - An al-Qaeda breakaway group, apparently backed by other Sunni groups and fighters, has seized a large section of northern Iraq after previously taking much of northeastern Syria with an eye toward establishing an Islamic state straddling the two countries.

Other

India's holy men to advise on Modi's Ganges river clean up (ABC News)
June 13 - India's new government will seek the advice of holy men on how best to carry out an ambitious plan by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to clean up the Ganges, a river that is sacred to the majority Hindu population.

Dead or meditating? A guru awaits his fate in the freezer (The Age, Melbourne)
June 14 - Sometime in the early hours of January 29, doctors agree that the heart of Indian guru His Holiness Shri Ashutosh Maharaj stopped beating.

 

ISLAM

Imams rap police over Syrian war allegations (Sydney Morning Herald)  
June 10 - Muslim leaders have taken a swipe against police in a run-in that has exposed failures in the effort to stop Australians joining the Syrian jihad.

AFP after ISIS-supporting sheik Musa Cerantonio (The Australian)
June 14 - THE Australian Federal Police is preparing to move against one of the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham’s most influential supporters, radical Australian sheik Musa Cerantonio.

‘It is the young flesh they want’ (The Australian)
June 14 - ON a hot summer’s day earlier this year, a beautiful young Pakistani girl named Amina stood in the living room of her western Sydney home, listening in horror as her father explained how he planned to ­murder her.

 

POLITICS

Salvation Army says Scott Morrison misled media over Manus riots (The Australian)
June 11 - THE Salvation Army has accused the Abbott government of misleading the media over the death of asylum-seeker Reza Barati during violent riots on Manus Island.

'Father' Tony Abbott takes his secular message to the world (The Age, Melbourne)
June 12 – (Opinion: Mark Kenny) In his current guise as Prime Minister, Tony Abbott sometimes channels the “Father” Tony he might-have-been as a religious minister.

 

RELIGION & SOCIETY

Betting company's Christ the Redeemer stunt (The Age, Melbourne)
June 10 - What do you do when punters are showing little interest in slapping down money on the World Cup? You bring in the big gun, Jesus.

Also: Sportsbet's Jesus balloon World Cup stunt called arrogant by Reverend Tim Costello (ABC News)
June 11 - Gambling company Sportsbet has displayed "extraordinary arrogance and hubris" in floating a giant Jesus air balloon over Melbourne to promote betting on the World Cup, Reverend Tim Costello says.

Also: Jesus, can you credit the fury over that Christ balloon? (The Age, Melbourne)
June 11 – (Opinion: Peter FitzSimons) Let’s talk about Jesus and sport.

Hospital built on religious divide (The West Australian)
June 11 - The Catholic health provider contracted to run Midland Health Campus is insisting a separate building be constructed to provide abortions, sterilisations and contraception, which cannot share any infrastructure with the public hospital.

Also: Premier Colin Barnett says Midland Health Campus abortion restriction a ‘glitch’ (Perth Now)
June 12 - PREMIER Colin Barnett says he did not know St John of God would not provide abortions at the new Midland Health Campus on religious grounds until the issue became public.

Former mayor calls for all churches to pay taxes, and donate it to victims of child abuse (The Courier-Mail, Brisbane)
June 15 - FORMER Brisbane Lord Mayor Jim Soorley yesterday called for all churches in Australia to pay rates and taxes with some money going to the victims of child abuse by the clergy.

 

 


 

 

From the Archive…

Religion News Australia 2014 – 20 (June 8 - 15)

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)

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Religion News Australia 2013 – 50 (Dec 8 - 15)

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