by Greg Spearritt
Religion News Selection
December 6 - 13, 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.
George Pell accused of
joking about Gerald Ridsdale's abuse of children (Sydney Morning Herald)
Dec 7 - A survivor has told a royal commission he overheard George Pell joking about paedophile priest Gerald Ridsdale "rooting boys again" more than a decade before Ridsdale was convicted of multiple counts of child sexual abuse.
George Pell 'very
concerned' for paedophile victim David Ridsdale, inquiry hears (The Guardian, Australia)
Dec 7 - Cardinal George Pell appeared very concerned for an abuse victim who claims the then bishop tried to bribe him to keep quiet, an inquiry has heard.
Diocese to automatically refund abuse victims (Brisbane Times)
Dec 7 - One of two organisations at the centre of a royal commission into horrific sexual abuse across two decades in two Brisbane schools has pledged to automatically refund fees to victims.
Victims angry as health
issues see Cardinal Pell delay giving evidence (ABC News)
Dec 12 - Victims of child sex abuse and their families are angry at Cardinal George Pell's delay in giving evidence to the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.
Anglican Diocese of
Bathurst liable for $40 million Commonwealth Bank loan: court (The Age, Melbourne)
Dec 10 - The Anglican Diocese of Bathurst is liable for a $40 million loan from the Commonwealth Bank and may have to sell property including schools, churches and other land and buildings to meet its outstanding debt.
Catholics should not
convert Jews, says Vatican, in push against anti-Semitism (The Age, Melbourne)
Dec 10 - Vatican City: Catholics should not try to convert Jews and should work with them to fight anti-Semitism, the Vatican said on Thursday in a major new document that drew the church further away from the strained relations of the past.
Donald Trump calls for
Muslims to be barred from entering US (Brisbane Times)
Dec 8 - Donald Trump has called for the United States to bar all Muslims from entering the country until the nation's leaders can "figure out what is going on," an extraordinary escalation of his harsh rhetoric aimed at members of the Islamic faith in the aftermath of the terrorist attacks in Paris and San Bernardino, California.
Islamic State has a new
recruiter in chief: Donald Trump (The
Dec 10 – (Opinion: Martin Schram) In their clandestine headquarters half a world away, Islamic State's terrorist leaders are surely celebrating.
Donald Trump raises
question, what are the limits of toleration in a democracy? (The Age, Melbourne)
Dec 11 – (Opinion: Crispin Hull) US Republican candidate Donald Trump's call to prevent all Muslims from entering the United States gives rise to the question: what are the limits of toleration in a liberal democracy?
Saudi Arabia: Women vote
in elections for first time (ABC News)
Dec 13 - Saudi Arabian women have voted for the first time in local council elections and have also stood as candidates.
The Isis papers: leaked
documents show how Isis is building its state (The Guardian, Australia)
Dec 8 - A leaked internal Islamic State manual shows how the terrorist group has set about building a state in Iraq and Syria complete with government departments, a treasury and an economic programme for self-sufficiency, the Guardian can reveal.
Islamic State in Syria aborted over fear of civilian deaths, RAAF pilot says (ABC News)
Dec 13 - A Northern Territory-based Royal Australian Air Force pilot who took part in the first airstrikes against Islamic State (IS) militants in Syria says missions have been called off due to the risk of civilian casualties.
Reverend Peter Miqueli
swiped $1m for S&M hunk Keith Crist (news.com.au)
Dec 12 - A CATHOLIC priest swiped collection-plate donations to pay for drug-fuelled sex romps with a heavily muscled S&M “master,” a new lawsuit charges.
Scientology faces ban in
Belgium amid fraud allegations (news.com.au)
Dec 12 - A COURTROOM in Belgium heard final arguments on Friday in the trial of the Belgian branch of the controversial Church of Scientology over fraud and extortion allegations it vehemently denies.
'Good without God':
Nebraska atheists take over nativity to promote tolerance (The Guardian, Australia)
Dec 13 - When Christmas comes to Lincoln, Nebraska this year, Mary, Joseph and the baby Jesus will find there is no room in the inner halls of the state capitol – and no manger either.
Ali Najem breaks
barriers and saves lives as a world-class athlete at Cronulla (The Age, Melbourne)
Dec 11 - Ten years after the Cronulla riots Ali Najem - a Muslim Australian ranked among the world's top beach runners - has saved at least five lives as a member of the Shire's Wanda Surf Lifesaving Club, but he thanks the club for saving his life.
Muslim woman responds to
abuse after challenging demonstrators at Reclaim Australia rally (ABC
Dec 12 - A young Muslim woman is vowing to continue to speak out against anti-Islam protesters, despite an encounter at a Reclaim Australia rally last month that left her feeling "disappointed" and "heartbroken".
Blood on the hands of
Islam’s apologists (Daily
Dec 12 – (Opinion: Piers Akerman) THE terrorist attacks on the US World Trade Centre and Pentagon of September 11, 2001, forced many Westerners to think about Islam for the first time in their lives.
Tony Abbott: Societies
can't 'remain in denial about the massive problem within Islam' (The Age, Melbourne)
Dec 9 - Former prime minister Tony Abbott has said Islam must change and called for a "hearts and minds campaign against the versions of Islam that make excuses for terrorists".
Muslims don't need
Western cultural supremacists to tell them what Islam needs (The Age, Melbourne)
Dec 9 – (Opinion: Reem Sweid) It seems that Tony Abbott has taken a page out of Donald Trump's campaign booklet.
Indonesia labels former
prime minister Tony Abbott's critique of Islam 'unhelpful' and 'divisive' (ABC News)
Dec 10 - Former prime minister Tony Abbott has drawn criticism from regional neighbour Indonesia over his call for change within Islam.
Attacks by Tony Abbott,
Donald Trump: Arch conservatives offer nothing but guff (The Age, Melbourne)
Dec 10 – (Opinion: Waleed Aly) Sorry, but I just can't quite get over the irony.
Lessons that Tony Abbott
failed (The Age, Melbourne)
Dec 11 – (Opinion: Hal Wootten) How ironic and embarrassing that Tony Abbott, of all people, should present himself to the world as our champion in defence of the values of the Enlightenment, of the Reformation, and "Western civilisation" generally.
Islam must be open to
discussion (The Australian)
Dec 12 – (Opinion: Greg Sheridan) Tony Abbott is the anti-Trump and did not deserve a demented reaction.
RELIGION & SOCIETY
God's warriors are
locked in a barbaric, futile battle against marriage equality (The Guardian, Australia)
Dec 12 – (Opinion: David Marr) The power of the hard men of God is one of the great political puzzles of this country.
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