Religion News Selection 9 (Feb 28 - Mar 6)

  (05 March 16)
  by Greg Spearritt

Religion News Selection

February 28 – March 6, 2016

A 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.

 

 

ABUSE

Abuse unseen but 'on the radar', Cardinal George Pell tells commission (Sydney Morning Herald)  
Feb 29 - Cardinal George Pell was aware of the existence of clerical sexual abuse in the early 1970s but failed to recognise widespread offending when he was a junior priest in Ballarat, despite gossip that Christian Brothers there were assaulting children.

Cardinal George Pell says 'I have the full backing of the Pope' as testimony spotlight continues (ABC News)
Mar 1 - Cardinal George Pell has declared he has the Pope's "full backing", as he prepares for a second day of testimony in front of the child abuse royal commission.

Cardinal George Pell meets with sex abuse survivors after royal commission testimony (ABC News)
Mar 4 - Cardinal George Pell has held what he called a "hard and honest" meeting with Australian survivors of clergy sex abuse in Rome.

Where Cardinal George Pell’s future may lie after giving evidence to the Royal Commission in Rome (news.com.au)
Mar 4 - IT WAS perhaps the most heart-wrenching moment in a week full of them.

Cardinal George Pell is finished whatever way you look at it (Sydney Morning Herald)  
Mar 5 – (Opinion: Peter FitzSimons) Staggeringly, even after all the testimony of Cardinal Pell this week at the royal commission, there is still a scattered band of supporters who refuse to accept the obvious: it is over, and he is finished.

Pope Francis never received request to meet Ballarat sex abuse victims, says Vatican (Brisbane Times)
Mar 5 - Rome: Child sex abuse survivors who flew to Rome to hear Cardinal George Pell give evidence to a royal commission say they were disappointed to learn their request to meet the Pope was never received.

Cardinal George Pell's royal commission testimony (The Saturday Paper, Australia)
Mar 5 – (Opinion: Martin McKenzie-Murray) Cardinal George Pell asked us to believe some extraordinary things this week.

Cardinal George Pell says "I have never lacked any compassion for victims" in rare interview (Brisbane Times)
Mar 6 - Cardinal George Pell says he grieves for Ballarat and prays daily for victims whose lives have been shattered by the Catholic Church's scourge of sexual abuse.

Tone of a hated note from Cardinal George Pell lingers (Brisbane Times)
Mar 6 – (Opinion: Madonna King ) For weeks now, I've been looking for a note.

 

CATHOLIC CHURCH

Role of exorcism in Catholic Church highlighted after complaint against Wollongong priest (ABC News)
Mar 3 - A Wollongong clinical psychologist and Catholic priest is being investigated for comments he made about exorcism on ABC radio.

 

EDUCATION

Gay senator asks Liberal colleagues to have empathy for young people in Safe Schools debate (The Age, Melbourne)
Feb 29 - The Coalition's first openly gay MP, Dean Smith, has called on his colleagues to show more support for young people and their parents in the increasingly heated debate about the Safe Schools anti-bullying program.

Instruction confused with education with religion in Qld state schools (Brisbane Times)
Mar 4 - Not enough state school parents understand what religion instruction involves, secular advocates believes, with more parents pushing for transparency at their children's schools.

 

INTERNATIONAL STORIES

Catholic Church

Madonna outrages Catholic church ahead of first New Zealand Rebel Heart show (Sydney Morning Herald)  
Mar 4 - A week out from bringing her Rebel Heart tour to Australia, Madonna has been labelled "hugely offensive" by the Catholic Bishop of Auckland ahead of her New Zealand shows.

Saint's treasure 'worth more than British crown jewels' sparks church battle (ABC News)
Mar 6 - Thousands have protested in Naples in a bid to prevent the Catholic Church gaining any control over the treasure of a local saint that is reputedly worth more than the British crown jewels.

Religious Violence

How Islamic State is training child killers in doctrine of hate (The Guardian, Australia)
Mar 6 - A new generation of Isis recruits is being developed in the Islamic State’s “caliphate”, indoctrinated with religious concepts from birth, and viewed by its fighters as better and purer than themselves, according to the first study of the exploitation and abuse of children as a means of securing the group’s future.

Other

Weddings legalised for Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster in New Zealand (ABC News)
Mar 1 - It's official — New Zealanders can now tie the noodle knot in a legally recognised Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster wedding ceremony.

Polygamist US sect hit with raids, arrests and discrimination case (Sydney Morning Herald)  
Mar 5 - Hildale, Utah: Andrew Chatwin watched as federal agents and sheriff's deputies swarmed this rural polygamist outpost, storming dairy and produce stores and a food distribution centre in black bulletproof vests, guns drawn, handcuffs dangling from their belts.

 

ISLAM

Islamist fundamentalist group Hizb ut-Tahrir found guilty of gender discrimination (Seven News)
Mar 6 - A Radical Muslim group has been found guilty of discriminating against women after making them sit at the back of public meetings.

Australia could be the next Paris, terrorism expert warns (Sydney Morning Herald)  
Mar 6 - Progress in the bombing campaign against Islamic State has heightened the risk of the terror group lashing out and striking back on Australian soil, one of the world experts on suicide terrorism has warned.

 

RELIGION & SOCIETY

Q&A: Lyle Shelton and Kerryn Phelps clash on same-sex marriage and Safe Schools program (The Age, Melbourne)
Mar 1 – (Opinion: Neil McMahon) Q&A, an equal opportunity clearing house for the cockamamie and the well-considered, is always there to remind us of one thing: on same-sex marriage, the nation is engaged but rather nervous about the ceremony.

In the name of the father - the burden of the good priest in a time of shame (Brisbane Times)
Mar 5 - Pope Francis has talked about the Church as a field hospital for the wounded.

 

 


From the Archive…

Religion News Australia 2016 – 9 (Feb 28 – Mar 6)

Religion News Australia 2016 – 8 (Feb 21 - 28)

Religion News Australia 2016 – 7 (Feb 14 - 21)

Religion News Australia 2016 – 6 (Feb 7 - 14)

Religion News Australia 2016 – 5 (Jan 31 – Feb 7)

Religion News Australia 2016 – 4 (Jan 24 - 31)

Religion News Australia 2016 – 3 (Jan 17 - 24)

Religion News Australia 2016 – 2 (Jan 10 - 17)

Religion News Australia 2016 – 1 (Dec 27 – Jan 3)

Religion News Australia 2015 – 48 (Dec 20 - 27)

Religion News Australia 2015 – 47 (Dec 13 - 20)

Religion News Australia 2015 – 46 (Dec 6 - 13)

Religion News Australia 2015 – 45 (Nov 29 – Dec 6)

Religion News Australia 2015 – 44 (Nov 22 - 29)

Religion News Australia 2015 – 43 (Nov 15 - 22)

Religion News Australia 2015 – 42 (Nov 8 - 15)

Religion News Australia 2015 – 41 (Nov 1 - 8)

Religion News Australia 2015 – 40 (Oct 25 – Nov 1)

Religion News Australia 2015 – 39 (Oct 18 - 25)

Religion News Australia 2015 – 38 (Oct 11 - 18)

Religion News Australia 2015 – 37 (Sept 27 – Oct 11)

Religion News Australia 2015 – 36 (Sept 20 - 27)

Religion News Australia 2015 – 35 (Sept 13 - 20)

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)

Religion News Australia 2014 – 22 (June 22 - 29)

Religion News Australia 2014 – 21 (June 15 - 22)

Religion News Australia 2014 – 20 (June 8 - 15)

Religion News Australia 2014 – 19 (June 1 - 8)

Religion News Australia 2014 – 18 (May 25 – June 1)

Religion News Australia 2014 – 17 (May 18 - 25)

Religion News Australia 2014 – 16 (May 11 - 18)

Religion News Australia 2014 – 15 (May 4 - 11)

Religion News Australia 2014 – 14 (April 27 – May 4)

Religion News Australia 2014 – 13 (April 20 - 27)

Religion News Australia 2014 – 12 (April 12 - 20)

Religion News Australia 2014 – 11 (Mar 30 – April 12)

Religion News Australia 2014 – 10 (Mar 23 - 30)

Religion News Australia 2014 – 9 (Mar 16 - 23)

Religion News Australia 2014 – 8 (Mar 9 - 16)

Religion News Australia 2014 – 7 (Mar 3 - 9)

Religion News Australia 2014 – 6 (Feb 23 – Mar 3)

Religion News Australia 2014 – 5 (Feb 16 - 23)

Religion News Australia 2014 – 4 (Feb 9 - 16)

Religion News Australia 2014 – 3 (Feb 2 - 9)

Religion News Australia 2014 – 2 (Jan 26 – Feb 2)

Religion News Australia 2014 – 1 (Jan 4 - 26)

Religion News Australia 2013 – 53 (Dec 29 – Jan 4)

Religion News Australia 2013 – 52 (Dec 22 - 29)

Religion News Australia 2013 – 51 (Dec 15 - 22)

Religion News Australia 2013 – 50 (Dec 8 - 15)

Religion News Australia 2013 – 49 (Dec 1 - 8)

Religion News Australia 2013 – 48 (Nov 23 – Dec 1)

Religion News Australia 2013 – 47 (Nov 17 - 23)

Religion News Australia 2013 – 46 (Nov 10 - 17)

Religion News Australia 2013 – 45 (Nov 3 - 10)

Religion News Australia 2013 – 44 (Oct 27 – Nov 3)

Religion News Australia 2013 – 43 (Oct 20 - 27)

Religion News Australia 2013 – 42 (Oct 13 - 20)

Religion News Australia 2013 – 41 (Oct 6 - 13)

Religion News Australia 2013 – 40 (Sept 29 – Oct 6)

Religion News Australia 2013 – 39 (Sept 22 - 29)

Religion News Australia 2013 – 38 (Sept 15 - 22)

Religion News Australia 2013 – 37 (Sept 8 - 15)

Religion News Australia 2013 – 36 (Sept 1 - 8)

Religion News Australia 2013 – 35 (Aug 25 – Sept 1)

Religion News Australia 2013 – 34 (Aug 18 - 25)

Religion News Australia 2013 – 33 (Aug 11 - 18)

Religion News Australia 2013 – 32 (Aug 4 - 11)

Religion News Australia 2013 – 31 (July 28 – Aug 4)

Religion News Australia 2013 – 30 (July 21 - 28)

Religion News Australia 2013 – 29 (July 14 - 21)

Religion News Australia 2013 – 28 (July 7 - 14)

Religion News Australia 2013 – 27 (July 1 - 7)

Religion News Australia 2013 – 26 (June 23 - 30)

Religion News Australia 2013 – 25 (June 16 - 23)

Religion News Australia 2013 – 24 (June 9 - 16)

Religion News Australia 2013 – 23 (June 2 - 9)

Religion News Australia 2013 – 22 (May 26 – June 2)

Religion News Australia 2013 – 21 (May 19 - 26)

Religion News Australia 2013 – 20 (May 12 - 19)

Religion News Australia 2013 – 19 (May 5 - 12)

Religion News Australia 2013 – 18 (Apr 28 – May 5)

Religion News Australia 2013 – 17 (Apr 21 - 28)

Religion News Australia 2013 – 16 (Apr 14 - 21)

Religion News Australia 2013 – 15 (Apr 7 - 14)

Religion News Australia 2013 – 14 (Mar 31 – Apr 7)

Religion News Australia 2013 – 13 (Mar 24 - 31)

Religion News Australia 2013 – 12 (Mar 17 - 24)

Religion News Australia 2013 – 11 (Mar 10 - 17)

Religion News Australia 2013 – 10 (Mar 3 - 10)

Religion News Australia 2013 – 9 (Feb 24 – Mar 3)

Religion News Australia 2013 – 8 (Feb 17 - 24)

Religion News Australia 2013 – 7 (Feb 10 - 17)

Religion News Australia 2013 – 6 (Feb 3 - 10)

Religion News Australia 2013 – 5 (Jan 27 – Feb 3)

Religion News Australia 2013 – 4 (Jan 20 - 27)

Religion News Australia 2013 – 3 (Jan 13 - 20)

Religion News Australia 2013 – 2 (Jan 6 - 13)

Religion News Australia 2013 – 1 (Dec 30 – Jan 6)

 

 

 

 

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