by Greg Spearritt
Religion News Selection
December 7 - 14, 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.
Children were raped,
beaten and drugged at Mangrove Yoga Ashram (news.com.au)
Dec 11 - IN the foothills of Mangrove Mountain, some went in search of peace at a yoga ashram, instead their children were drugged, raped and beaten.
Vow of celibacy may have
contributed to child sex abuse says landmark report (news.com.au)
Dec 12 - THE vow of celibacy may have contributed to decades of child sex abuse committed by Catholic priests and clergy, according to a landmark report from the church’s leaders.
Celibacy and child
abuse: why is the Catholic church pre-empting the royal commission? (The Guardian, Australia)
Dec 13 – (Opinion: Adam Brereton) The representative of the Australian Catholic church to the royal commission into child abuse has claimed that “obligatory celibacy may also have contributed to [child] abuse in some circumstances”.
Anglican Church proposes
reparation scheme for child sex abuse victims (The Age, Melbourne)
Dec 14 - Sex abuse victims would have access to a reparation scheme with the power to award cash support and direct that the abuser be removed from their job - while still leaving open the possibility of the victim taking legal action – under a new proposal by the Anglican Church.
ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
Blake Prize for
religious art under threat (Sydney Morning Herald)
Dec 10 - The end is nigh for one of Australia's top prizes for religious art.
Artist Richard Lewer
wins $25,000 Blake Prize for religious art as future of award in doubt
Dec 14 - Melbourne-based artist Richard Lewer has won the $25,000 Blake Prize for religious art in what could be the last year it is awarded.
ABC religion and science
coverage in doubt (Sydney Morning Herald)
Dec 12 - The future of science and religious broadcasting at the ABC has been thrown into doubt, following evidence to a Senate committee by former ABC board member Quentin Dempster.
Pope prays for protection
of Rome amid mafia scandal (The
Dec 9 - Pope Francis prayed for the protection of Rome from the "threat of the malign," in a public display of support for city authorities battling mafia influence.
Dogs go to heaven, says
Pope Francis (Sydney Morning
Dec 12 - Pope Francis has given hope to gays, unmarried couples and advocates of the Big Bang theory. Now, he has endeared himself to dog lovers, animal-rights activists and vegans.
How priests were
introduced to celibacy (news.com.au)
Dec 12 - IN the 1st century Peter, the first pope, was a married man and so were many of his successors until the 16th century.
Pope Francis refuses to
meet Dalai Lama because of 'delicate situation' with China (ABC
Dec 13 - Pope Francis has refused to meet the Dalai Lama because of what the Vatican calls the "delicate situation" with China.
Capital of China's
Xinjiang to ban burqas in public: report (The West Australian)
Dec 11 - Beijing (AFP) - Authorities in the capital of the mainly Muslim Uighur homeland of Xinjiang voted to ban the wearing of burqas in public, media said Thursday, as China confronts unrest with tough measures that critics have labelled discriminatory.
Indonesian news editor
accused of blasphemy over Isis cartoon (The Guardian, Australia)
Dec 12 - The chief editor of a leading English-language newspaper in Muslim-majority Indonesia has been named a suspect in a blasphemy case after the publication of a cartoon about the Islamic State (Isis) group.
Iraq security fears as
millions of pilgrims throng Karbala (The West Australian)
Dec 13 - Karbala (Iraq) (AFP) - Millions of Shiite Muslim pilgrims thronged the Iraqi city of Karbala Friday for one of the world's largest religious gatherings, in defiance of the threat posed by the Islamic State, a Sunni group.
'Eye of Sauron' plan for
Moscow skyscraper scrapped (ABC
Dec 11 - A plan to install an 'Eye of Sauron'-style light on top of a Moscow skyscraper has been scrapped after protests from the Russian Orthodox Church.
New Zealand bar manager
held in Myanmar over 'Buddha' promo (The West Australian)
Dec 11 - Yangon (AFP) - A Myanmar court on Thursday denied a New Zealand bar manager bail over accusations he insulted religion by using an image of the Buddha wearing headphones in a promotion for his nightspot.
Queensland men desperate
to come home from Syria but fear being locked up (The
Dec 10 - TWO Queensland men fighting in Syria and Iraq are desperate for Australian authorities to let them come home, saying they were duped into becoming accidental terrorists.
Racist attack on bus:
offender's Youth Justice Conference (Sydney Morning Herald)
Dec 14 - A teenager involved in an anti-Semitic attack on a bus full of young Jewish students will visit the Sydney Jewish Museum as part of an agreed settlement with NSW police and the Jewish community.
RELIGION & SOCIETY
Religious groups hit out
at Labor's move to rewrite state's equal opportunity laws (Sydney Morning Herald)
Dec 8 - Religious groups will ramp up campaigning against a Labor proposal that will make it harder for faith-based organisations, including schools, to discriminate against employees because of their faith or sexuality.
priest protester (The West
Dec 12 - An Anglican parish priest is among eight religious protesters strip-searched by WA Police after a peaceful demonstration at Foreign Minister Julie Bishop's office.
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