by Greg Spearritt
Religion News Selection
April 5 - 12, 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,
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Head of child protection
in Queensland schools charged with historical sex abuse (Brisbane
Apr 11 - The man responsible for child protection in Queensland public schools has been charged with a series of child sex offences against students at two prominent Sydney private schools where he taught as a Catholic Brother in the 1980s.
Catholic Church abuse
claims were anticipated years before allegations were made (The Age, Melbourne)
Apr 12 - The Catholic Church had set aside tens of millions of dollars to compensate sexual abuse victims years before it was prepared to publicly acknowledge the extent of the problem and now has up to $150 million set aside to cover existing and future claims.
ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
Mannix review: Brenda Niall's biography is a shrewd and elegant
Apr 11 – (Review) Daniel Mannix was the Roman Catholic Archbishop of Melbourne for the best part of 50 years, dying in the job on the night of the Melbourne Cup in 1963, a few months short of his 100th birthday.
Also: Archbishop Daniel Mannix: Brenda Niall looks beyond the legend (The Australian)
Apr 11 – (Review) A brush with greatness becomes a high point in any life, a non-deletable item in a CV.
Teaching western values
in schools will help beat Islamic extremism (Brisbane Times)
Apr 8 – (Opinion: Kevin Donnelly) Values such as the rule of law and freedom of speech arise from Judaeo-Christian beliefs and Western nations should not forgo teaching them.
Pope on diplomatic
tightrope with Armenian genocide mass (The West Australian)
Apr 11 - Vatican City (AFP) - Pope Francis will mark the 100th anniversary of the mass killings of Armenians with a special ceremony on Sunday, with all eyes on whether he will use the word "genocide".
Sanctions key to keeping
Iran’s mullahs honest (The
Apr 11 - The gainsaying from Tehran proved the point to Efraim Halevy: if you are asking whether the Iranians can be trusted to stick to the deal and dismantle their nuclear weapons program, you are asking the wrong question.
Bombing Yemenis? You
bet. Fighting IS in Iraq? Not so fast (Sydney Morning Herald)
Apr 11 – (Opinion: Paul McGeough) Washington: To be sure, there's a lot of suffering in Yemen.
Middle East political
rivalries stoke dangerous sectarianism (The West Australian)
Apr 11 - Beirut (AFP) - Across the Middle East, fierce rivalry between Sunni Saudi Arabia and Shiite Iran is heightening sectarian tensions, even in conflicts that analysts say are primarily political.
Islamic State video
shows destruction of ancient Assyrian city of Nimrud (ABC News)
Apr 12 - Islamic State (IS) has released a video showing militants smashing artefacts at the ancient Assyrian city of Nimrud in northern Iraq before blowing up the site.
President Barack Obama
to call for end to gay 'conversion' therapies (Brisbane Times)
Apr 9 - Washington: A 17-year-old transgender youth, Leelah Alcorn, stunned her friends and a vast Internet audience in December when she threw herself in front of a tractor-trailer after writing in an online suicide note that religious therapists had tried to convert her back to being a boy.
council criticises federal government over Reclaim Australia rallies (Brisbane Times)
Apr 6 - Victoria's main Muslim body has lashed out at the federal government over the Reclaim Australia rallies that sparked angry scenes in Melbourne at the weekend.
young Australian Muslims to the margins of society, says leader (Brisbane Times)
Apr 10 - Young Australians are joining terror groups because their "blood is boiling" at domestic persecution and international atrocities committed by the West, a local Muslim leader has warned.
Tony Abbott deserves
praise, not ridicule, for supporting Cate McGregor (Brisbane Times)
Apr 10 – (Opinion: Julia Baird) If we don't applaud decency when it occurs, how the dickens can we expect to see more of it?
Sunshine Coast LNP MP
Steve Dickson sponsors petition to ban Sharia Law (Brisbane Times)
Apr 10 - Sunshine Coast residents are seeking legislation to exclude any group which advocates violence, seeks to promote or impose Sharia Law, or rejects the Australian Constitution from the definition of "religion...and places of worship".
Federal government plan
to regulate halal certification adds to confusion (Brisbane Times)
Apr 12 - Businesses will be free to claim halal status for their products without getting religious certification under a new plan currently being worked on with the approval of Federal cabinet.
RELIGION & SOCIETY
Witness' decision to refuse treatment 'harrowing' (Brisbane
Apr 6 - A pregnant Jehovah's Witness and her baby have died after the woman refused a blood transfusion in a Sydney hospital.
Put Christian symbols
with Islamic at new hospitals: MPs (WAToday.com.au)
Apr 7 - A group of West Australian MPs has called for Christian symbols to be permitted in prayer rooms in Perth's two new hospitals alongside prayer rooms built to cater for the Muslim faith.
Non-Muslim women hit
back at criticism over Hijab social experiment (Herald-Sun, Melbourne)
Apr 10 - FIFTEEN non-Muslim women have trialled hijabs in Dandenong this afternoon as part of a social experiment, with some hitting back at criticism of the event.
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