by Greg Spearritt
Religion News Selection
December 27, 2015 – January 3, 2016
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.
Cardinal George Pell
accusations do not signify guilt (The
Dec 29 – (Opinion: Graham Downie) With a couple of friends on December 19, I declared I wanted to write in defence of Cardinal George Pell, only to be trumped two days later by Amanda Vanstone writing in Fairfax Media under the same heading.
Pope accepts resignation
of Australian bishop accused of being evasive at abuse inquiry (The Guardian, Australia)
Jan 1 - An Australian bishop accused of protecting himself and the Catholic church at the child abuse royal commission has resigned.
Private schools benefit
from more than $2 billion in government funding (Brisbane Times)
Dec 31 - Resource-rich private schools receive more than $2 billion in Commonwealth government funding a year, equivalent to nearly one third of the final two years of the Gonski school funding deal.
Ready for jail, the
woman at the heart of the latest Vatican scandal (The Guardian, Australia)
Jan 1 - When Francesca Chaouqui was summoned two months ago to a meeting with Vatican police, the public relations expert – who had served on a prominent Vatican commission examining financial reforms – willingly went along.
Why I refuse to condemn
terrorism (The Age,
Dec 30 – (Opinion: Rana Elmir) As a Muslim, I am consistently and aggressively asked – by media figures, religious leaders, politicians and internet trolls – to condemn terrorism to prove my patriotism.
Muslims tweet: they have
better things to do than join Islamic State (Sydney Morning Herald)
Dec 31 - New York: A plea by the leader of the Islamic State terrorist group for Muslims to fight on its behalf against "disbelievers" prompted many to respond online with defiance and sarcasm.
Trump's effect on Muslim
migrant debate reverberates in US heartland (Brisbane Times)
Jan 1 - Grand Forks, North Dakota: After the fire, the patrons of Juba Coffee and Restaurant gathered behind yellow police tape and mourned the charred remains of a place they called their own.
Donald Trump featured in
new jihadist recruitment video (Sydney Morning Herald)
Jan 3 - Last month The Washington Post reported that white nationalists have begun using Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump as a recruitment tool.
Muslim leaders including
the Grand Mufti of Australia back fatwa against Islamic State (Sydney Morning Herald)
Jan 3 - Australia's leading imams have backed a fatwa against the Islamic State terrorist group, warning that any support for the group contradicts Islamic teachings.
Restore Australia: the
party that would ban Islam (The
Jan 1 - A prospective new political party in Australia would make it illegal for people to practice their Muslim faith.
RELIGION & SOCIETY
Khawaja: Muslim and
proud (The Australian)
Dec 31 - For the first time, Usman Khawaja has opened up to answer questions about his Muslim faith.
Too often we forget
refugees are not the seeds of the problem but themselves victims of it (Sydney Morning Herald)
Jan 1 – (Opinion: Jack Waterford) Through much of the Western world, 2016 will again be a year dominated by the politics of caring for the millions of people dislocated by war and oppression.
From the Archive…
Religion News Australia 2015 – 34 (Sept 6 - 13)
Religion News Australia 2015 – 33 (Aug 30 – Sept 6)
Religion News Australia 2015 – 32 (Aug 23 - 30)
Religion News Australia 2015 – 31 (Aug 16 - 23)
Religion News Australia 2015 – 30 (Aug 9 - 16)
Religion News Australia 2015 – 29 (Aug 2 - 9)
Religion News Australia 2015 – 28 (July 26 – Aug 2)
Religion News Australia 2015 – 27 (July 19 - 26)
Religion News Australia 2015 – 26 (July 12 - 19)
Religion News Australia 2015 – 25 (July 5 - 12)
Religion News Australia 2015 – 24 (June 28 – July 5)
Religion News Australia 2015 – 23 (June 21 - 28)