Religion News Selection 15 (Apr 26 - May 3)

  (02 May 15)
  by Greg Spearritt

Religion News Selection

April 26 – May 3, 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

Paedophile priest David Edwin Rapson to be sentenced for molesting young boys (Herald-Sun, Melbourne)
May 3 - DAVID Edwin Rapson made a career out of destroying lives.

 

ANGLICAN CHURCH

Court hears about financial failings within Anglican Diocese of Bathurst (ABC News)
Apr 28 - The management board of the debt-ridden Anglican Diocese of Bathurst in western New South Wales has admitted huge loans weren't properly examined before being approved.

 

CATHOLIC CHURCH

The architectural legacy of WA's Roman Catholic church (ABC News)
May 1 - The Roman Catholic church has had a strong presence in Western Australia since the 1840s, when it was established by a handful of European settlers.

 

EDUCATION

Bill to allow schools to exclude children on basis of faith progresses in Tasmania (ABC News)
May 1 - Legislation allowing religious schools to exclude children of a different faith has passed Tasmania's Lower House.

Also: Discrimination will preserve religious faith (The Mercury, Hobart)  
May 3 – (Opinion: Archbishop Julian Porteous) THERE is debate in the Tasmanian community about changes to the Anti-Discrimination Act.

Labor's own in dark on private school deal (The Age, Melbourne)
May 3 - The Labor government's contentious guarantee of special funding to private schools blindsided the experts selected by the party to shape its education policy.

 

INTERNATIONAL STORIES

Anglican Church

Church of England sells off $23 million of investments in fossil fuel to help curb climate change (ABC News)
May 1 - One of the world's wealthiest religious institutions, the Church of England, says it has divested about $18 million in investments in thermal coal tar sands companies to promote a transition to a low-carbon economy.

Catholic Church

Pope Francis meets UN chief ahead of key environmental statement (ABC News)
Apr 28  - Pope Francis has met with United Nations secretary general Ban Ki-moon for informal talks, just weeks before the Vatican is due to issue a statement on environmental issues that could have a profound impact on the worldwide debate on global warming.

Vatican gave out 1.5 million euros in charity in 2014 (The West Australian)
May 1 - Vatican City (AFP) - The Vatican under Pope Francis gave out aid worth 1.5 million euros ($1.6 million) in 2014, an increase of 25 percent over the previous year, an official said on Thursday.

Islam

Does a long, black skirt flout France's treasured secularity? (The West Australian)
Apr 30 - Paris (AFP) - Is a long, black skirt a "conspicuous" sign of Islam?

Anger as Algeria pores over new alcohol measures (The West Australian)
May 2 - Algiers (AFP) - Alcohol has resurfaced as a hot-button issue in Algerian politics, with ultra-conservative Muslims angered by plans to liberalise sales in a country torn between respect for Islam and freedom of choice.

Religious Violence

Nearly 300 women rescued from militant stronghold, Nigeria army says not kidnapped Chibok girls (ABC News)
Apr 28 - Nigeria's military says it has rescued 200 girls and 93 women from a notorious Boko Haram stronghold, but an army spokesman says the hostages were not those kidnapped from Chibok a year ago.

Trial begins in case of mob lynching of Afghan woman which sparked widespread protests (ABC News)
May 3 - Dozens of Afghan men including several policemen have faced trial on over the mob killing in Kabul of a 27-year-old woman accused of burning a Koran.

Yazidi captives killed by Islamic State militants near Mosul (news.com.au)
May 3 - ISLAMIC State group militants have shot to death captive Yazidis at a prison camp in northern Iraq, a says.

 

ISLAM

Doctor in Islamic State video worked in Queensland (Brisbane Times)
Apr 26 - A DOCTOR who appeared in an Islamic State propaganda video once worked in Queensland, at Mackay Base Hospital.

Also: Medical Board of Australia takes action over doctor's decision to join militant group (ABC News)
May 2 - The Medical Board of Australia (MBA) is investigating West Australian doctor Tareq Kamleh, after he appeared in a propaganda video for the Islamic State (IS) terrorist group urging other medical professionals to join him in Syria.

Mosque attacker 'likely acting alone' (The West Australian)
Apr 30 - It's thought one man is behind repeated arson attacks on a Toowoomba mosque.

ISIS Inc: Why the lure of this death cult is in the marketing (Herald-Sun, Melbourne)
May 3 – (Opinion: Paul Toohey) ONE of his first memories is seeing the planes crash into the Twin Towers.

 

JUDAISM

Senior Rabbi Moshe Gutnick says anti-halal campaign 'ignorant and prejudiced' (The Age, Melbourne)
Apr 27 - One of Australia's most senior rabbis has come to the defence of Australia's Muslim community, saying the anti-halal campaign headed by the group Reclaim Australia and backed by some parliamentarians is an attack on religious freedom.

 

POLITICS

Government invests $1.6m in groups fighting radicalism (The Australian)
May 2 - The federal government is handing out $1.6 million to community groups to steer vulnerable individuals away from ideologies of hate and violence.

 


 

 

From the Archive…

Religion News Australia 2015 – 15 (Apr 26 – May 3)

Religion News Australia 2015 – 14 (Apr 19 - 26)

Religion News Australia 2015 – 13 (Apr 12 - 19)

Religion News Australia 2015 – 12 (Apr 5 - 12)

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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