Religion News Selection 11 (Mar 29 - Apr 5)

  (05 April 15)
  by Greg Spearritt

Religion News Selection

March 29 – April 5, 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

'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.

Also: 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.

 

CATHOLIC CHURCH

Suspicious fire at fourth Melbourne church (The Age, Melbourne)
Apr 3 - A church has gone up in flames on Good Friday, the fourth church fire this week.

 

INTERNATIONAL STORIES

Catholic Church

Latin America's first women priests challenge Church (The West Australian)
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.

Religious Violence

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.

Kenya university 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.

Kenya's sleeping 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.

Other

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.

Arkansas passes 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.

Also: Wal-Mart support of gay rights turns on business (The West Australian)
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 West Australian)
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 Australian)
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.

 

ISLAM

Atheists slam group for Islam protest (The West Australian)
Apr 2 - Atheists have attacked Christian groups planning an anti-Islam protest over the Easter weekend.

Also: 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.

Also: 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.

 

JUDAISM

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.

 

 


 

 

From the Archive…

Religion News Australia 2015 – 11 (Mar 29 – Apr 5)

Religion News Australia 2015 – 10 (Mar 22 - 29)

Religion News Australia 2015 – 9 (Mar 15 - 22)

Religion News Australia 2015 – 8 (Mar 8 - 15)

Religion News Australia 2015 – 7 (Mar 1 - 8)

Religion News Australia 2015 – 6 (Feb 22 – Mar 1)

Religion News Australia 2015 – 5 (Feb 15 - 22)

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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