Religion News Selection 22 (June 14 - 21)

  (21 June 15)
  by Greg Spearritt

Religion News Selection

June 14 - 21, 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

Shredding of church sex abuse documents referred to Police Integrity Commission (ABC News)
June 19 - The New South Wales Government says it will refer claims about the shredding of police documents concerning child sex abuse cases within the Catholic Church to the Police Integrity Commission (PIC).

 

EDUCATION

Methodist Ladies College cuts ties to church three years after Rosa Storelli was sacked (Brisbane Times)
June 15 - Methodist Ladies College  has cut ties with the Uniting Church, three years after parents angered by the sacking of principal Rosa Storelli asked the church to intervene.

 

INTERNATIONAL STORIES

Catholic Church

Pope blasts global warming deniers (The Age, Melbourne)
June 19 - Washington:  A draft of an environmental encyclical by Pope Francis says "the bulk of global warming" is caused by human activity. He calls on people - especially the world's rich - to take steps to mitigate the damage by reducing consumption and reliance on fossil fuels.

Pope Francis' climate scientist: the German adviser who primed the pontiff (The Age, Melbourne)
June 19 - When Pope Francis seeks advice, one doesn't hesitate to respond – even if you're a German professor of theoretical physics who had been baptised as a Protestant and is no longer an active member of the church.

Pope's climate change encyclical glosses over role of population growth (The Guardian, Australia)
June 19 – (Opinion: John Vidal) It’s more than 150 pages long with lots of commentary on climate, water scarcity, waste, the state of humanity, poverty, consumption, justice, morality and technology.

Religious Violence

Chad's ban on Islamic veil after attacks divides Muslims (The West Australian)
June 21 - N'Djamena (AFP) - Chad's decision to ban women from wearing the Islamic veil, which came two days after bloody suicide bombings hit the capital, has divided Muslims but the government defends it as part of an anti-terror strategy.

An NRA board member blamed a murdered pastor for the deaths in Charleston (Sydney Morning Herald)  
June 19 - Charles Cotton is a National Rifle Association board member who also runs TexasCHLForum.com, an online discussion forum about guns and guns rights in Texas and beyond.

Three sisters, nine children, one dangerous journey to the heart of Isis.  (The Guardian, Australia)
June 21 - A year after the establishment of the so-called caliphate by Islamic State, western governments are struggling for strategies to challenge sympathy among their citizens towards the militants.

For Isis women, it’s not about ‘jihadi brides’: it’s about escape (The Guardian, Australia)
June 21 – (Opinion: Deeyah Khan) At the beginning of this year, al-Khansa brigade uploaded its Arabic manual for women in Islamic State.

Other

Champion of the separation of church and state (The Age, Melbourne)
June 19 – (Obituary) Anne Gaylor was an American feminist and activist who transformed a local campaign for abortion rights into a national crusade to maintain the separation of church and state.

 

ISLAM

WikiLeaks 'Saudi Cables' reveal secret Saudi government influence in Australia (The Age, Melbourne)
June 21 - WikiLeaks has revealed secret Saudi Arabian influence in Arabic media and Islamic religious groups in Australia as well as covert monitoring of Saudi students studying at Australian universities.

 

POLITICS

Government Catholics will give 'great weight' to Pope's climate views: Malcolm Turnbull (Sydney Morning Herald)  
June 19 - Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull has said "everyone will give great weight" to Pope Francis' major encyclical on the environment, including Prime Minister Tony Abbott.

Pope Francis' views on global warming cold comfort for Canberra (Sydney Morning Herald)  
June 19 – (Opinion: Neil Ormerod) Catholic leader calls for long-term planning on climate change using enforceable international agreements.

Cory Bernardi's anti-halal crusade unleashes torrent of hate (Sydney Morning Herald)  
June 21 - Liberal senator Cory Bernardi's inquiry into halal food has attracted a flood of hateful and sometimes downright bizarre submissions.

 

RELIGION & SOCIETY

What Fred Nile could learn from my queer family (Brisbane Times)
June 19 – (Opinion: Maeve Marsden) There's been a lot of anger from the LGBTQI community this week after conservative politician Fred Nile was booked to appear on a Q&A special discussing our rights.

Can the Pope save the world? (The Age, Melbourne)
June 20 – (Opinion: Martin Flanagan) Prior to Pope Francis delivering his encyclical on climate change, US Republican Senator James Inhofe declared: "The Pope ought to stay with his job, and we'll stay with ours."

 

 


 

 

From the Archive…

Religion News Australia 2015 – 22 (June 14 - 21)

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)

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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