Religion News Selection 4 (Feb 8 - 15)

  (15 February 15)
  by Greg Spearritt

Religion News Selection

February 8 - 15, 2015

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

Yeshivah centre management 'rotten to its core', abuse victim tells inquiry (The Guardian, Australia)
Feb 10 - A child sex abuse victim has described management of orthodox Jewish Yeshivah centres as “rotten to its core”, saying he often questioned whether he made the right decision in coming forward.

Australia's most senior rabbi sent text message calling abuse victims' father a 'lunatic' (ABC News)
Feb 13 - Australia's most senior rabbi sent a text message calling a father whose children were molested at Melbourne's Yeshivah College a "lunatic" who neglected his children, the royal commission into child sexual abuse has heard.

Paedophiles and gays could probably be cured, rabbi tells abuse inquiry (news.com.au)
Feb 13 - PAEDOPHILES and gay people could probably be cured, a rabbi has told a child abuse Royal Commission.

 

ANGLICAN CHURCH

Barbara Darling, trail-blazing female Anglican Bishop, dies after suffering stroke (ABC News)
Feb 15 - Barbara Darling, Australia's second female Anglican bishop, has died in Melbourne after suffering from a stroke at the age of 67.

 

INTERNATIONAL STORIES

Anglican Church

Church of England questioned over 'lavish' spending on bishops' homes (The Guardian, Australia)
Feb 15 - The Church of England was accused of being “lavish” and “opulent” in its spending as it emerged that the average value of a bishop’s home is more than £2.25m.

Islam

Oscar nominee 'Timbuktu' tackles everyday view of radical Islam (The West Australian)
Feb 14 - LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Abderrahmane Sissako, the director of Mauritania's Oscar-nominated film "Timbuktu," says in a matter-of-fact tone reminiscent of his sober drama that his task was simply an exercise in humanizing harsh life under radical Islam.

Turks boycott schools, protest to demand secular education (The West Australian)
Feb 14 - Ankara (AFP) - Secular Turks opposed to President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Friday boycotted schools and took to the streets to demand a secular education and denounce a claimed creeping Islamisation of the schools system.

Other

Israeli film breaks ultra-Orthodox taboo on masturbation (The Guardian, Australia)
Feb 10 - It is a delicate subject which has been taboo since biblical times but now an Israeli documentary has broken new ground by exploring the ultra-Orthodox Jewish ban on masturbation.

Muslim rule and compass: the magic of Islamic geometric design (The Guardian, Australia)
Feb 10 – (Opinion: Alex Bellos) To paraphrase Monty Python, what has Islam ever done for us?

Work on 'Museum of Bible' under way in US capital (The West Australian)
Feb 13 - Washington (AFP) - Work on a Washington museum dedicated to The Bible got under way on Thursday with those behind it saying it was a world first that would even attract non-believers.

 

POLITICS

Wattle Range councillor wants council prayer modernised by removing God references (ABC News)
Feb 9 - A Wattle Range councillor in south-east South Australia has put forward a motion to remove references to God in the council's opening prayer.

'Halal money' funds terrorism: Jacqui Lambie (Sydney Morning Herald)  
Feb 10 - Jacqui Lambie is threatening to introduce a private senator's bill to stop what she believes is "halal money" funding terrorist group Islamic State.

 

RELIGION & SOCIETY

Defeating the devil: why exorcism in Australia is on the rise (Sydney Morning Herald)  
Feb 7 - The official exorcist for Sin City sits in a comfortable chair with his legs crossed, under a framed picture of Saint Mary MacKillop.

Salvos neglect young Nauru, Manus staff suffering PTSD (The Saturday Paper, Australia)
Feb 14 - Young and untrained, they were sent to work in detention centres.

 

 

 


 

 

From the Archive…

Religion News Australia 2015 – 4 (Feb 8 - 15)

Religion News Australia 2015 – 3 (Feb 1 - 8)

Religion News Australia 2015 – 2 (Jan 25 – Feb 1)

Religion News Australia 2015 – 1 (Jan 18 - 25)

Religion News Australia 2014 – 55 (Dec 21 - 28)

Religion News Australia 2014 – 54 (Dec 14 - 21)

Religion News Australia 2014 – 53 (Dec 7 - 14)

Religion News Australia 2014 – 52 (Nov 30 – Dec 7)

Religion News Australia 2014 – 51 (Nov 23 - 30)

Religion News Australia 2014 – 50 (Nov 16 - 23)

Religion News Australia 2014 – 49 (Nov 9 - 16)

Religion News Australia 2014 – 48 (Nov 2 - 9)

Religion News Australia 2014 – 47 (Oct 26 – Nov 2)

Religion News Australia 2014 – 46 (Oct 19 - 26)

Religion News Australia 2014 – 45 (Oct 12 – 19)

Religion News Australia 2014 – 44 (Sept 14 - 21)

Religion News Australia 2014 – 34 (Sept 14 - 21)

Religion News Australia 2014 – 33 (Sept 7 - 14)

Religion News Australia 2014 – 32 (Aug 31 – Sept 7)

Religion News Australia 2014 – 31 (Aug 24 - 31)

Religion News Australia 2014 – 30 (Aug 17 - 24)

Religion News Australia 2014 – 29 (Aug 10 - 17)

Religion News Australia 2014 – 28 (Aug 3 - 10)

Religion News Australia 2014 – 27 (July 27 – Aug 3)

Religion News Australia 2014 – 26 (July 20 - 27)

Religion News Australia 2014 – 25 (July 13 - 20)

Religion News Australia 2014 – 24 (July 6 - 13)

Religion News Australia 2014 – 23 (June 29 – July 6)

Religion News Australia 2014 – 22 (June 22 - 29)

Religion News Australia 2014 – 21 (June 15 - 22)

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)

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)

Religion News Australia 2013 – 24 (June 9 - 16)

Religion News Australia 2013 – 23 (June 2 - 9)

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

Religion News Australia 2013 – 21 (May 19 - 26)

Religion News Australia 2013 – 20 (May 12 - 19)

Religion News Australia 2013 – 19 (May 5 - 12)

Religion News Australia 2013 – 18 (Apr 28 – May 5)

Religion News Australia 2013 – 17 (Apr 21 - 28)

Religion News Australia 2013 – 16 (Apr 14 - 21)

Religion News Australia 2013 – 15 (Apr 7 - 14)

Religion News Australia 2013 – 14 (Mar 31 – Apr 7)

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

Religion News Australia 2013 – 12 (Mar 17 - 24)

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

Religion News Australia 2013 – 10 (Mar 3 - 10)

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)

 

 

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