by Greg Spearritt
Religion News Selection
November 8 - 15, 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,
see Religion News Australia which appears weekly on our website.
'They called us liars' –
mother (Brisbane Times)
Nov 9 - A mother has emotionally recalled how a former St Paul's School headmaster accused her, her son, and an alleged abuse victim of lying when they tried to raise complaints about a paedophile teacher.
Solicitor asked victim
not to mention Hollingworth (Brisbane
Nov 9 - A solicitor acting for former Governor-General Peter Hollingworth asked a child sex abuse victim to change his testimony to remove all references to her client, a royal commission has heard.
'told abuse victim to ditch sinful path' of litigation, inquiry told (The Guardian, Australia)
Nov 9 - The former Anglican archbishop of Brisbane, Phillip Aspinall, allegedly told a paedophile music tutor’s victim to turn away from his “sinful path” of pursuing legal action against the church.
Hollingworth 'washed his
hands' of complaints (Brisbane
Nov 13 - Staff at a Brisbane private school were told former governor-general Peter Hollingworth had "washed his hands" of sexual abuse concerns and the school would be dealing with them "in-house", a royal commission has heard.
before abuse commission (Brisbane
Nov 13 - Former Governor-General Peter Hollingworth has admitted a "massive failure" in promoting a headmaster who hired two paedophiles.
Child sex abuse royal
commission in Brisbane: Seven things we learnt (Brisbane Times)
Nov 14 – (Opinion: Jorge Branco) After nine days worth of evidence from 29 witness, the question at the heart of the child abuse royal commission's latest Brisbane visit remains, who knew what and when?
Arm of Anglican Church
supports civil unions in Queensland (The Australian)
Nov 8 - AN ARM of the Anglican Church has come out in support of the Palaszczuk Government’s move to restore state-sanctioned same-sex civil union ceremonies.
Kevin Rudd blasts George
Pell over climate change (Sydney Morning Herald)
Nov 11 - Former Prime Minister Kevin Rudd has unleashed an excoriating attack on George Pell, accusing Australia's most senior Catholic of being a "radical climate sceptic" and saying the cardinal's "inflated rhetoric" can no longer go unchallenged on the role of the Church in the climate change debate.
Bishops face discrimination
case (The Australian)
Nov 13 - Catholic bishops ‘humiliated’ gay community by distributing booklet supporting traditional marriage, tribunal says.
Brother Brian Jeffers'
lifelong commitment to the church began at 17 (The Age, Melbourne)
Nov 13 - Brother Brian Jeffers was a member of a now vanishing generation of religious.
Student numbers decline
at Maharishi School in Reservoir (The
Nov 9 - ABOUT a third of students will leave a Reservoir primary school that teaches transcendental meditation amid a host of complaints.
accused of trying to 'indoctrinate' kindergarteners in Melbourne's south-east (ABC News)
Nov 10 - A Christian organisation has been accused of trying to convert kindergarten children after new laws introduced earlier this year limited its role in Victorian state schools.
The many trials of
Cardinal George Pell (The
Saturday Paper, Australia)
Nov 14 – (Opinion: Mike Seccombe) The coincidence could hardly be more unfortunate, but it could not have been foreseen.
Religious Violence – Paris attacks
greatest threat (The Australian)
Nov 14 - Michael Evans The huge co-ordinated terrorist assault on Paris took weeks to plan and is believed to have involved homegrown militants.
Paris attack heightens security
fears for climate summit (The
Nov 14 - The attacks in Paris confirmed what French security services have feared for months: that the country would be targeted by another devastating attack like the deadly spree that left 17 dead in Paris in January.
Paris attacks: shootings
and explosions leave at least 158 dead (The Guardian, Australia)
Nov 14 - At least 158 people have died in Paris in a seemingly coordinated wave of gun and suicide bomb attacks, prompting the French president, François Hollande, to declare a state of emergency and bring in controls on the country’s borders.
France: the secular seat
of Europe that has lost so many to radical Islam (The Guardian, Australia)
Nov 14 - Months after the deadly Islamic State and al-Qaida-inspired attacks on the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, which left 17 people dead in Paris in January, France has fallen victim to another jihadi onslaught of even more horrifying proportions.
Paris attacks leave
France in trauma, fearing for the future (The Guardian, Australia)
Nov 14 – (Opinion: Natalie Nougayrède) Again, horror in Paris.
Eiffel Tower meets peace
sign in show of solidarity after attacks (The Guardian, Australia)
Nov 15 - A simple sketch combing two of the world’s most familiar images – Paris’s Eiffel Tower and the symbol for peace – has been adopted as a sign of solidarity with victims of the terror attacks in Paris.
Islamic State 'goes
global' with Paris attacks (The
Nov 15 - The downing of the Metrojet Airbus full of Russian holidaymakers over Egypt two weeks ago – probably the work of an Islamic State affiliate there – indicated an evolution in the group’s strategic thinking.
creationists making $90m full-scale ark to 'bring the Bible to life' (The Guardian, Australia)
Nov 13 - Once Noah had built his ark, so the story goes, God gave him just seven days’ notice to load all the planet’s animals two by two into the vessel.
Utah judge removes
lesbian couple's foster child, saying she'll be better off with heterosexuals (The Age, Melbourne)
Nov 13 - Utah: Last year, Utah couple Beckie Peirce and April Hoagland decided to get married.
We need to call out the
double standards in Australia's anti-discrimination laws (The Age, Melbourne)
Nov 11 – (Opinion: Mariam Veiszadeh) Over the past year, women across the country have been assaulted, spat on, had their prams kicked, have been punched from behind, had abuse hurled at them, had hot coffee thrown in their face, told to leave an entertainment venue, assaulted and thrown off a train, verbally intimidated, had their cars vandalised and have been forced to restrict their public movements out of fear.
Mother, midwife and
sheikh guilty in Australia's first genital mutilation trial (The Age, Melbourne)
Nov 12 - When the little girl appeared on the courtroom television screen, Justice Peter Johnson removed his horsehair wig.
Koran guided me in how
to turn tweets from trolls into a force for good (The Age, Melbourne)
Nov 12 – (Opinion: Susan Carland) As a Muslim woman, people from many different quarters are eager to tell me how to dress and how to act.
Jihadists turn their aim
on police (The Australian)
Nov 14 - The nation’s top police chiefs are taking unprecedented steps to protect officers from the threat of terrorism.
Zoe's law: Fred Nile
accused of using death of foetus to further anti-abortion agenda (The Guardian, Australia)
Nov 10 - Fred Nile has been accused of using the death of a foetus to further his own anti-abortion agenda by introducing a Zoe’s law bill without the consent of Zoe’s parents.
religious exemptions into same-sex adoption laws (The Age, Melbourne)
Nov 13 - State Labor's push for same-sex equality has been dealt a blow, after the Coalition voted to ensure religious agencies can continue to discriminate against gay couples.
Greens and Labor thwart
Eric Abetz anti-marriage equality booklet motion (The Guardian, Australia)
Nov 13 - A motion to protect the Catholic church’s right to distribute an anti-marriage equality booklet that marriage equality advocates have labelled “divisive” has been shot down by the Senate.
RELIGION & SOCIETY
Same-sex adoption bill passes
Victorian upper house, with religious exemptions (The Guardian, Australia)
Nov 13 - Same-sex couples in Victoria have won the right to adopt children but faith-based adoption agencies have retained the right to refuse same-sex adoptions.
Sticking up for the
believers (The Age,
Nov 14 – (Opinion: Richard Glover) When exactly did Christians become such a derided and ridiculed minority in this country?
Faith: the question of
sex is relevant and personal to every individual (The Age, Melbourne)
Nov 15 – (Opinion: Paulyne Pogorelske) Original sin springs from religious teachings that still shroud our social sexual mores.
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