by Greg Spearritt
Religion News Selection
March 29 – April 5, 2015
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.
'Haunted house on the hill': Rachel Griffiths describes abuse
history at destroyed Melbourne church (ABC News)
Mar 31 - The destruction of St James Church in Brighton would be a relief to many former parishioners because of its history of sexual abuse, actress and former parishioner Rachel Griffiths has told 774 ABC Melbourne.
Ghost of paedophile
priest haunts the blackened ruins of St James (The Age, Melbourne)
Apr 4 - There was no Good Friday service held at the blackened ruins of St James Church in Brighton, but that did not stop dozens of locals making a quiet pilgrimage to the gutted building.
Suspicious fire at
fourth Melbourne church (The Age,
Apr 3 - A church has gone up in flames on Good Friday, the fourth church fire this week.
Latin America's first
women priests challenge Church (The
Apr 2 - Bogota (AFP) - Olga Lucia Alvarez, a Colombian septuagenarian, says it is her vocation to be a Catholic priest, and she is not going to let gender or excommunication stop her from preaching the gospel.
Brazilian priest who
dubbed kissing a 'grave sin' suspended for sending nude selfie (ABC News)
Apr 3 - A Brazilian priest known for conservative views on moral issues and disapproving in his sermons of kissing and sex has been suspended for sending a nude selfie to an apparent mistress on his mobile phone.
Another blogger hacked to death in Bangladesh (ABC News)
Mar 31 - A blogger has been hacked to death in the Bangladesh capital in the latest brutal attack on the country's independent writers, a senior police officer said.
massacre: Government says they 'will not be intimidated by the terrorists' (ABC News)
Apr 4 - Kenya has vowed not to bow to terrorist threats, a day after a massacre which left 147 people dead at the hands of Al Shabaab gunmen.
students prove easy prey for Shebab (The West Australian)
Apr 4 - Nairobi (AFP) - Islamist gunmen who massacred sleeping students in Kenya's Garissa university knew what they were doing: they picked a soft target put further at risk by crippling corruption and mismanaged security, analysts say.
Islamic State extremists
use sledgehammers and rifles to destroy UNESCO World Heritage site (news.com.au)
Apr 5 - ISLAMIC State extremists have used Kalashnikovs and sledgehammers to destroy Iraq’s UNESCO World Heritage city of Hatra, a new militant video purportedly from the group shows.
NZ man Philip Blackwood,
jailed in Myanmar for insulting Buddhist faith, 'sleeping on wooden pallet' (ABC News)
Mar 31 - The family of a New Zealand man who has been jailed in Myanmar for insulting the Buddhist faith has spoken for the first time about the terrible conditions he is facing behind bars.
religious freedom act following Indiana; US companies say bill curbs gay rights (ABC News)
Apr 2 - Arkansas lawmakers have passed a Religious Freedom Restoration Act that critics say will allow businesses to deny service to gays and lesbians.
Wal-Mart support of gay
rights turns on business (The
Apr 3 - CHICAGO (Reuters) - The chief executive of Wal-Mart Stores Inc has emerged as an unlikely voice for gay rights after the Arkansas governor heeded his call on Wednesday to reject a much-criticized bill.
Muslim population could
catch up with Christians globally (The
Apr 3 - Washington (AFP) - The Muslim and Christian populations could be nearly equal by 2050, with Islam expected to be the fastest-growing faith on the planet, according to projections released Thursday.
Yoga doesn't bend rules
on religion in US (The West
Apr 4 - Yoga taught in a US public school isn't a gateway to Hinduism and doesn't violate the religious rights of students or their parents, a California appeals court has ruled.
Atheists slam group for
Islam protest (The West
Apr 2 - Atheists have attacked Christian groups planning an anti-Islam protest over the Easter weekend.
Tensions threaten to
boil over at Brisbane Reclaim Australia rally (Brisbane Times)
Apr 5 - Passions threatened to boil over in Brisbane's King George Square on Saturday as insults flew between an anti-Islamic rally, at which Pauline Hanson took centre stage, and a pro-multiculturalism counter-rally.
Reclaim Australia and No
Room for Racism rallies clash across Australia (news.com.au)
Apr 5 - VIOLENCE erupted at protests across Australia as anti-Islamisation and anti-racism groups clashed at rival rallies.
Stand Up's New
Australian Haggadah in demand for Passover (The Age, Melbourne)
Apr 2 - It's a time of year traditionally associated with ancient texts, unleavened bread and age-old lessons about faith and tradition.
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