by Greg Spearritt
Religion News Selection
February 7 - 14, 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.
Mass protest over parish
priest Father John Walshe spreads to second school (The Age, Melbourne)
Feb 10 - More than 40 parents pulled their children out of mass at a Melbourne Catholic school on Wednesday in protest over an allegedly abusive priest.
Brian Houston speaks out
on dealing with Hillsong’s nasty secret (news.com.au)
Feb 10 - HILLSONG Church founder and leader Brian Houston has relived the day he discovered Hillsong’s nasty secret — that his father was a paedophile — and has again defended his decision not to tell police about it.
Catholic Bishop Max
Davis responds to 'horrifying' child sexual abuse allegations in video (ABC
Feb 11 - A Perth court has heard a Catholic Bishop tell police he found it "distressing" and "horrifying" to have been accused of child sexual abuse dating back more than 45 years.
Students 'angry and
confused' over Archbishop Glenn Davies' comments on gender equality (ABC
Feb 12 - Students and teachers from some of Sydney's Anglican high schools say they are shocked and angered by remarks made by one of the church's most senior clerics.
Cut puts Islamic school
on brink (The Australian)
Feb 8 - The nation’s largest Muslim school is likely to close after the federal government announced it would cut its funding.
Islamic College of
Brisbane forced to overhaul financial management (ABC News)
Feb 11 - The Islamic College of Brisbane has been forced to overhaul its financial management and governance after it was warned about potential misuse of federal funds.
Vatican advises bishops
it's 'not necessarily' their duty to always report abuse to authorities (ABC News)
Feb 12 - Newly appointed bishops have been advised by the Vatican that it's "not necessarily" their duty to report suspects of clerical child abuse to authorities.
Pope Francis and Russian
Orthodox Patriarch Kirill urge Christian unity at historic first meeting (ABC News)
Feb 13 - Pope Francis and Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill have held a historic first meeting, calling for restored Christian unity and urgent action to help Christians threatened by violence in the Middle East.
US professor who said
Christians and Muslims 'worship the same God' to leave school (ABC
Feb 8 - A professor at an evangelical university near Chicago who got in trouble for saying Muslims and Christians worship the same God will leave the school, according to a joint statement released by Wheaton College.
'shoulder to shoulder' with Christians to help asylum seekers (Brisbane Times)
Feb 8 - Queensland's Islamic community has vowed to stand "shoulder to shoulder" with "Christian brothers and sisters" to protect asylum seekers from being returned to offshore detention centres, "even if it means our arrest".
'Speed-dating' with a
twist: got questions for Muslim women? Here's where to go (The Guardian, Australia)
Feb 8 - Hana Assafiri knows how to harness the power of women.
RELIGION & SOCIETY
Fear of vengeful
omniscient gods may have helped human societies expand (ABC News)
Feb 11 - Belief in an all-seeing punitive god motivates people to be more charitable towards strangers outside their own family and community, particularly to those of similar beliefs, researchers have found.
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)