by Greg Spearritt
Religion News Selection
February 28 – March 6, 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.
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
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
Mar 6 – (Opinion: Madonna King ) For weeks now, I've been looking for a note.
Role of exorcism in
Catholic Church highlighted after complaint against Wollongong priest (ABC
Mar 3 - A Wollongong clinical psychologist and Catholic priest is being investigated for comments he made about exorcism on ABC radio.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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