by Greg Spearritt
Religion News Selection
January 31 – February 7, 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.
Brisbane archbishop says
abusers may have traded boys interstate (Brisbane Times)
Feb 5 - One of Australia's most senior Anglican leaders says evidence suggests boys were traded interstate by pedophiles linked to the church.
George Pell's health at
risk if he travels to give evidence, inquiry hears (Brisbane Times)
Feb 5 - The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse has been told Cardinal George Pell's health could be at risk if he travelled to Australia to give evidence.
Victims sick at heart
that George Pell won't front child sex abuse royal commission (The Guardian, Australia)
Feb 5 - The cardinal won’t be coming. It’s his heart.
Former Sydney Anglican
archbishop Peter Jensen to give evidence at abuse royal commission (Daily Telegraph, Sydney)
Feb 5 - THE former Anglican Archbishop of Sydney has apologised to a victim of sexual abuse and admitted the response of the church to his allegations was wrong.
ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
Blake Prize: Hanging
sheep carcass shortlisted for religious prize (ABC News)
Feb 4 - A sheep's carcass hanging from a steel hook has made the shortlist for one of Australia's oldest religious prizes.
Blake Prize 2016 is a
show of faith (Brisbane Times)
Feb 5 - Religion and spirituality have long inspired artists and this year's Blake Prize explores everything from Islam to Sufism, Judaism to yoga.
‘sanctuary’ bid (The Australian)
Feb 4 - The Anglican Dean of Brisbane, Peter Catt, has proclaimed the cathedral a ‘sanctuary’ for asylum-seekers facing deportation.
Bishop urges caution on calls to defy the law to safeguard refugees (ABC
Feb 7 - There has been a cautious response in the New England North West of NSW to calls by some parts of the religious community to defy the law and offer sanctuary to refugees.
NSW Government making it
harder for children to get into ethics classes, warns ethics group (Sydney Morning Herald)
Feb 7 - NSW school children are facing unprecedented hurdles to get into ethics classes in schools, the state's provider of ethics classes has warned.
Catholic school enrolments
fall as fees hit hard (Adelaide
Feb 7 - HAS the growth of private schooling in SA finally stalled? That is the question raised by the release of education figures by the Australian Bureau of Statistic
Pope Francis set for
historic meeting with leader of Russian Orthodox Church (Sydney Morning Herald)
Feb 6 - Vatican City: Pope Francis will make a surprise trip to Cuba on February 12 for a historic meeting with the leader of the Russian Orthodox Church, the first meeting between a pope and the Russian patriarch since the Eastern and Western branches of Christianity split nearly 1000 years ago, the Vatican announced Friday.
Headteacher mocked on
Twitter for claiming evolution is not a fact (The Guardian, Australia)
Feb 4 - A primary school headteacher has been mocked on Twitter after claiming that evolution was “a theory” and there was “more evidence that the Bible is true”.
Number of foreign
fighters heading for Islamic State has fallen (Sydney Morning Herald)
Feb 7 - The number of suspected would-be jihadis pulled off flights leaving Australia has doubled in the past year, as Islamic State recruiters direct foreign fighters away from Syria to other battlefronts, including Libya.
Reclaim Australia Rally
drowns out counter protesters (Canberra Times)
Feb 6 - Reclaim Australia protesters held their largest rally yet on Saturday in Canberra kicking of a wave of Anti-Islam demonstrations in cities across the world.
RELIGION & SOCIETY
Abortion clinic at
Midland in Perth to be site of 40-day prayer vigil (ABC News)
Feb 1 - A religious organisation with origins in the United States has announced plans to set up a prayer vigil outside a Perth abortion clinic during Lent.
Church's lead on asylum
seekers sanctuary a game changer (Canberra Times)
Feb 4 – (Opinion: Editorial) The Federal Government's Herodian stance on asylum seekers affected by a High Court decision which has cleared the way to banish almost 270 people, including 37 babies, to off-shore detention needs a serious rethink thanks to the Christian churches.
St Vincent's and Calvary
to support to asylum seekers wanting church sanctuary (Brisbane Times)
Feb 7 - Two of Australia's largest Catholic healthcare organisations have offered medical support to hundreds of asylum seekers applying for church sanctuary as they face deportation to Nauru, saying it reflected their "sacred duty" as healing organisations.
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)