Religion News Selection 21 (June 7 - 14)

  (13 June 15)
  by Greg Spearritt

Religion News Selection

June 7 - 14, 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

The cover-up at St Agnes Primary: How Catholic Education protected a paedophile (Sydney Morning Herald)  
June 8 - "It has been confirmed that you have been touching the private parts of bodies of girls at this school ...while at this point in time we don't intend  to press charges we must warn you we have witnesses..."

Cardinal George Pell receives support from Catholic archbishops in open letter  (ABC News)
June 11 - Seven prominent Catholic officials from around Australia have written an open letter endorsing Cardinal George Pell ahead of his next appearance at the royal commission into child sexual abuse.

Australian bishops 'won't be investigated' by Vatican until after royal commission (Brisbane Times)
June 12 - A Vatican tribunal to judge bishops accused of covering up child sex abuse is unlikely to investigate any Australian bishops until after the royal commission has concluded, the church's Truth, Justice and Healing Council says.

 

ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT

Anger as Fred Nile joins Q&A to discuss 'queer issues' on gay-themed episode (Brisbane Times)
June 10 - Gay rights opponent Fred Nile will discuss "queer issues" on a special LGBTQI-themed episode of Q&A next week.

James Wood's The Nearest Thing to Life review: How atheism informs his criticism (Sydney Morning Herald)  
June 14 - James Wood is in a curious position.

Scientology doco casts an unforgiving spotlight on the church and its followers (Daily Telegraph, Sydney)
June 14 - WHEN a film’s makers declare their movie has been vetted by about 160 lawyers before ­release then you know you’re looking at something potentially explosive.

 

ANGLICAN CHURCH

Vic churches to become 'companies' (The West Australian)
June 10 - An Anglican diocese in Victoria has voted to become a company so child abuse survivors will know exactly who to sue if they launch a case against the church.

 

CATHOLIC CHURCH

Perth’s Catholic Archbishop says anti-gay marriage is not ‘homophobic’ (Perth Now)
June 13 - OPPONENTS to same-sex marriage are not “homophobic”, Catholic Archbishop of Perth Timothy Costelloe has told parishioners.

 

EDUCATION

Dalai Lama supports ethics classes in NSW schools (Brisbane Times)
June 10 - The Dalai Lama has thrown his support behind ethics classes in NSW schools saying world religions have failed in their mission to create a better world.

Sydney teenager Georgia Simpson petitions to remove anti-gay marriage material from schools (news.com.au)
June 13 - A SYDNEY teenager shocked by anti-gay marriage literature handed out at her school is leading the charge to have the booklets banned.

 

INTERNATIONAL STORIES

Abuse

Pope Francis approves new Vatican department to investigate bishops who cover up sexual abuse (ABC News)
June 11 - Pope Francis has approved an unprecedented Vatican department to judge bishops accused of covering up or not preventing sexual abuse of minors, meeting a key demand by victims' groups.

Islam

Saudi court upholds flogging verdict against blogger (Sydney Morning Herald)  
June 8 - Riyadh:  Saudi Arabia's highest court has upheld a verdict against liberal blogger Raif Badawi, in a case that has triggered international protest.

Religious Violence

Islamic State: not just beheadings but taxes and business rules too (Sydney Morning Herald)  
June 8 - Sanliurfa, Turkey: The Syrian businessman was enjoying a much-needed holiday in Turkey when the phone call came from the tax inspector of the Islamic State.

Islamic State may have materials to build large ‘dirty’ bomb: Bishop (news.com.au)
June 9 - FOREIGN Minister Julie Bishop has warned that the Islamic State is believed to have gathered radioactive material from hospitals and laboratories, giving it the tools to make a large “dirty” bomb.

The unbelievable damage Islamic State has done to ancient sites in Iraq and Syria (Sydney Morning Herald)  
June 10 - As the Islamic State continues its efforts to create a "caliphate," killing thousands in its path, the group is also pursuing another campaign: the destruction of historic sites.

Other

Cuba undergoes a religious revival (The Guardian, Australia)
June 13 - As Cuban totalitarianism and the memory of enforced atheism both fade, Christian denominations old and new are making inroads.

 

ISLAM

Authorities warned about using Islamic State defectors (Sydney Morning Herald)  
June 10 - Authorities must be cautious using people who have returned from fighting with Islamic State to promote a counter-narrative to discourage others from following in their footsteps, a leading terrorist researcher says.

 

POLITICS

Abbott's summit to prevent Muslim extremism was missing one ingredient - input from Muslims (Sydney Morning Herald)  
June 14 – (Opinion: David Wroe) The Abbott government's vaunted summit to counter violent extremism was supposed to find innovative new ways to blunt the messages of the Islamic State terror group.

Same-sex marriage: why the government needs to stay in our bedrooms (Sydney Morning Herald)
June 14 – (Opinion: Judith Ireland) It's not every day that you hear conservative politicians wondering if we should organise our love lives like the French.

 

RELIGION & SOCIETY

Faith, bigotry and the children of gay parents (Brisbane Times)
June 10 – (Opinion: Steve Dow) Opponents of gay marriage are unfairly dragging children into the debate, but studies show they are just fine, thank you.

Christian couple vow to divorce if same-sex marriage is legalised (Sydney Morning Herald)  
June 11 - A Canberra couple have vowed to get a divorce, ending their "sacred" 10-year union, if Australia allows same-sex couples to legally marry.

Developers told to respect sensitive Aboriginal heritage sites (The Age, Melbourne)
June 11 - Melbourne's significant Aboriginal heritage sites will be mapped and developers told to respect sensitive locations such as sacred trees and the Melbourne Cricket Ground precinct, once home to big tribal gatherings.

Mother, father, child: the best formula so far (The Age, Melbourne)
June 11 – (Opinion: Peter Day) There hasn't been much gentleness or wisdom surrounding the same-sex marriage debate.

Brisbane protest calls on Dalai Lama to end ‘persecution against Shugden Buddhists’ (The Courier-Mail, Brisbane)
June 11 - A GROUP of about 40 people have gathered out the front of the Brisbane Convention centre to protest the Dalai Lama.

Treat all as brothers, sisters: Dalai Lama (The West Australian)
June 12 - The Dalai Lama has urged his followers to follow his example by thinking of all humanity as their "brothers and sisters".

Is biblical story pre-Darwinian mythology and post-Darwinian nonsense? (Sydney Morning Herald)  
June 14 – (Opinion: Brian Kilday) Speculation about the existence of supernatural deities is ultimately futile; it is impossible to prove, for example, that the gods of Olympus do not exist.

 

 


 

 

From the Archive…

Religion News Australia 2015 – 21 (June 7 - 14)

Religion News Australia 2015 – 20 (May 31 – June 7)

Religion News Australia 2015 – 19 (May 24 - 31)

Religion News Australia 2015 – 18 (May 17 - 24)

Religion News Australia 2015 – 17 (May 10 - 17)

Religion News Australia 2015 – 16 (May 3 - 10)

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)

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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)

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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)

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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)

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