by Greg Spearritt
Religion News Selection
June 22 - 29, 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.
Towards Healing did not
have Vatican approval, child abuse inquiry told (The Guardian, Australia)
June 25 - Towards Healing, the process the Australian Catholic church used to deal with allegations of child sexual abuse, did not have Vatican approval, a royal commission has heard.
Abuse allegations a
'charade': church man (The West
June 26 - The former canonical advocate for a priest accused of molesting boys once called a church investigation into the alleged abuse a "witch hunt" and a "charade", but now says he was later shocked by the evidence.
Senior orthodox Jewish
leaders face cover-up inquest over child sex abuses (Sydney Morning Herald)
June 27 - Some of Australia’s most senior orthodox Jewish leaders are under investigation for allegedly failing to report multiple instances of child sexual abuse.
Vatican's shroud of
secrecy on sex abuse (The West
June 27 - A senior Australian Catholic lawyer has outlined how the Vatican has used a culture of silence to prevent the world discovering the sordid details of its investigations into pedophile priests.
New primate Phillip
Freier signals women priests push (Brisbane
June 29 - The appointment of more female bishops and priests - and a series of high-profile clashes with the Abbott government - are likely to follow the appointment on Saturday of Melbourne's Archbishop, Dr Phillip Freier, as the primate and spiritual leader of the Anglican Church of Australia.
Chaplaincy in schools
Labor set to oppose
school chaplaincy revival if religious links remain (The Guardian, Australia)
June 23 - Bill Shorten has signalled Labor will oppose the Abbott government’s efforts to revive the national school chaplaincy scheme if the Coalition insists on a condition the workers be affiliated with religious organisations.
Anglicans: No chaplains,
scripture in public schools (Sydney Morning Herald)
June 24 - NSW public schools should spend government funding on tackling obesity and promoting wellness and positive psychology rather than the untested chaplaincy program that are in hundreds of the state's schools, the head of Sydney's Anglican Education Commission has argued.
School chaplains left to
work without oversight (Sydney Morning Herald)
June 26 - Chaplains will continue to work in NSW public schools for at least six months without the regulation or oversight of the federal government, after the High Court ruled the national program was unlawfully funded.
defrocked for sex abuse (The West
June 27 - Vatican City (AFP) - The Vatican's former ambassador to the Dominican Republic has been convicted of sex abuse by a church tribunal and defrocked pending further criminal proceedings in the first case of its kind.
'excommunicates' mafia (The
June 23 - Pope Francis has issued the strongest condemnation of organised crime groups by a pontiff in two decades, accusing them of practising "the adoration of evil" and saying that mafiosi were excommunicated.
Pope Francis the most
influential world leader on Twitter, study finds (news.com.au)
June 26 - POPE Francis has by far the most clout of any world leader on Twitter because he is so widely retweeted, a study of political use of the social network shows.
Malaysia's highest court
dismisses divisive 'Allah' case (ABC
June 23 - Malaysia's highest court has dismissed a bid by Christians for the right to use the word 'Allah', ending a lengthy legal battle that has caused religious tensions in the Muslim-majority country.
Sudan releases Christian
woman Meriam Yahia Ibrahim Ishag from death row (ABC
June 24 - Sudan has released a woman sentenced to hang for converting to Christianity, after her death penalty sparked a major international protest.
Religious Violence - ISIS in Iraq
Islamic State of Iraq
and the Levant terrorist group poised to succeed al-Qaeda (Sydney Morning Herald)
June 28 - The Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant is poised to replace al-Qaeda as the unifier of global terrorism and leading jihadi threat to the West, a terrorism expert says.
Second priest defies
Church of England to marry his same sex partner (The Guardian, Australia)
June 23 - A second priest has defied the Church of England's official line to marry his same sex partner.
Thousands in Singapore
gay rights rally despite opposition (The West Australian)
June 28 - Singapore (AFP) - Thousands of people gathered in Singapore on Saturday for an annual gay rights rally celebrating sexual diversity in the city-state, despite fierce opposition from religious conservatives.
Russia bans Marilyn
Manson 'sadomasochistic' gig (The
June 28 - Moscow (AFP) - A concert by US shock rocker Marilyn Manson has been cancelled in a major Russian city over fears his performance would insult Orthodox believers and promote sadomasochism.
Number of Australian
jihadists serving with terrorists in Iraq and Syria prompts security rethink (ABC News)
June 23 - The Abbott Government is considering new measures to deal with Australians serving with terrorist groups in Syria and Iraq.
Father of 'child bride'
granted bail under new laws (Sydney Morning Herald)
June 23 - A father accused of allowing his 12-year-old daughter to get ‘‘married’’ during an Islamic ceremony has been granted bail under new laws, despite a magistrate describing the case against him as ‘‘abhorrent, disgusting and disgraceful’’.
Q Society spreading
anti-mosque message in Bendigo (The
June 23 - The anti-Islam group that brought controversial Dutch politician Geert Wilders to Australia has emerged as a key force behind protests against the building of a mosque in Bendigo.
advising Bendigo residents opposed to Islamic centre (The Guardian, Australia)
June 23 - A UK adviser to opponents of a proposed mosque in Bendigo is known as a “mosque-buster” who boasts of his record of using planning laws to block mosque applications.
Would growing up in
Bendigo have been different with a mosque? (The Guardian, Australia)
June 24 – (Opinion: Tasneem Chopra) I had a typical upbringing in Bendigo: bush dances, netball, and singing hymns at the local school.
250 people heckle Gold
Coast councillor Chris Robbins over proposal to build mosque (The
June 23 - A MIGHTY storm didn’t deter a crowd of 250 from gathering in Currumbin Waters yesterday afternoon to object to the building of a mosque in the area.
'Honour killings' speech
prompts boycott of Festival of Dangerous Ideas (Sydney Morning Herald)
June 24 - A speaker at the upcoming Festival of Dangerous Ideas will seek to defend so-called honour killings - the murder of women deemed to have brought shame or dishonour on their family.
Cancellation of Muslim
speaker’s lecture ‘reveals deep Islamophobia’ (The Guardian, Australia)
June 25 - A Sydney-based Muslim speaker has said the public outcry that prompted the Opera House to cancel his lecture called Honour Killings Are Morally Justified reveals the “extent and depth” of Islamophobia in Australia.
Christian leaders oppose
Kalgoorlie mosque (The West
June 26 - Opposition to a proposed mosque in central Kalgoorlie has been described as "illogical, crazy and ridiculous".
2GB presenter dropped
after prophet Mohammad comments (news.com.au)
June 28 - RADIO presenter Michael Smith has been dropped from an upcoming three-week stint on 2GB after finding himself at the centre of a religious storm earlier this week.
Perth Muslim praises
extremists (The West Australian)
June 28 - A radical Perth preacher has praised militants responsible for beheadings and mass killings in Iraq and labelled Christians and Jews filthy rapists.
Canberra scrambles to
deal with the returning jihadists (Sydney Morning Herald)
June 29 - Australian jihadists joining fighting forces in Syria and Iraq are overwhelmingly coming from NSW and Victoria, and the federal government is forging new intelligence ties with Middle Eastern countries to deal with the threat.
RELIGION & SOCIETY
Inside the temple of
Perth's growing Sikh community (ABC
June 24 - Perth's Sikh community continues to grow, with up to 500 people going to the temple in Canning Vale every week. 720 ABC Perth's John McGlue visited for Sunday prayers with Sikh association president John Singh.
arrested at MP Jamie Briggs' Adelaide Hills electorate office (ABC
June 24 - Nine religious leaders have taken their campaign to highlight people kept in indefinite immigration detention to the electorate office of Adelaide Hills federal MP Jamie Briggs.
Church leaders chained
to cross at mine (The West
June 26 - Three religious leaders who chained themselves to a cross to protest against a mine in NSW's northwest have been arrested by police.
Outrage after student
allowed blade (The West
June 27 - An attempt to inform parents of children at a southern suburbs primary school why Sikh students are allowed to carry a ceremonial dagger has led to a public backlash.
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