Religion News Selection 10 (Mar 6 - 13)

  (12 March 16)
  by Greg Spearritt

Religion News Selection

March 6 - 13, 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

After Pell, the questions we all need to answer (The Age, Melbourne)
Mar 7 – (Opinion: Phil Cleary) Was anyone not moved to despair, or maybe even outrage, watching Cardinal George Pell's evidence at the royal commission on child sexual abuse?

'He was only 28': Alan Jones defends Cardinal George Pell on Q&A (Sydney Morning Herald)  
Mar 8 - What is the minimum age of moral culpability?

Can Cardinal Pell be judged by 21st century standards? (Brisbane Times)
Mar 9 – (Opinion: Chris Davis ) Autres temps, autres moeurs.  French for "other times, other customs".

 

CATHOLIC CHURCH

The faithful reflect at St Mary's after a week of Cardinal Pell's testimony (Sydney Morning Herald)  
Mar 7 - As Monsignor William Mullins led Sunday mass at St Mary's Cathedral, some flapped the order of service booklets before their faces to keep cool; others absorbed the words on the pages in their hands.

Publicly-funded St Vincent's hospital run by Catholic ministry 'not subject to government control' (Brisbane Times)
Mar 9 - Publicly-funded St Vincent's Hospital will not be forced to hand over documentation to state Parliament over the under-dosing of up to 70 chemotherapy patients because the hospital is privately run by a Catholic ministry.

 

EDUCATION

Children need us to support the Safe Schools program for their sakes (The Age, Melbourne)
Mar 7 – (Opinion: Chloe Shorten) On Saturday night, among the glitter, feathers and characters, we walked with our kids and some of their friends – young teenagers amazed by the conviction and happiness on show.

Most private schools can't prove they spend government funds appropriately: watchdog (The Age, Melbourne)
Mar 9 - Hundreds of millions of dollars in education department grants are being given to private schools with no measures to track how the money is being spent, an auditor-general's report has found.

 

INTERNATIONAL STORIES

Catholic Church

Pope Francis' cardinal problem: an exit strategy for George Pell (The Age, Melbourne)
Mar 7 - For years he has been one of the big beasts of the Catholic Church.

Islam

Democracy fades in Malaysia and Turkey as leaders crack down (Sydney Morning Herald)  
Mar 8 – (Opinion: Peter Hartcher) It's an unfortunate fact that there are very few successful, secular democracies among Muslim-majority nations.

Pakistani lawyers' group behind spike in blasphemy death penalty cases (The Age, Melbourne)
Mar 11 - Islamabad:  A little-known alliance of hundreds of lawyers in Pakistan is behind the rise in prosecutions for blasphemy, a crime punishable by death that goes to the heart of an ideological clash between reformers and religious conservatives.

Religious Violence

'Liars, hypocrites': Defectors tell of their disillusionment with Islamic State (Sydney Morning Herald)  
Mar 11 - New York: Syrian defectors from Islamic State – including top commanders and a child groomed to be a suicide bomber – have described their experience inside the cult terror group including little known details of slave markets, drugged soldiers and how promises of sex and money have replaced paradise virgins as recruitment incentives.

Other

Scientology: Belgium court acquits church of organised crime charges (ABC News)
Mar 12 - A Belgian court has acquitted the Church of Scientology of charges of forming a criminal organisation, and dismissed demands that it should close its Belgian branch and European headquarters.

 

ISLAM

Islamic council praises Malcolm Turnbull after first prime ministerial visit in decades (The Guardian, Australia)
Mar 7 - The prime minister, Malcolm Turnbull, has praised the Muslim community as “respected and valued” in Australian society, in a speech community leaders have said will go some way towards mending fences with the government after strained relations with Turnbull’s predecessor, Tony Abbott.

 

POLITICS

Anti-Islam party Australian Liberty Alliance says members vilified, labelled bigots (ABC News)
Mar 13 - The head of a new anti-Islamic Australian political party says members are vilified as bigots and shut down in mainstream channels if they speak out against the religion.

 

RELIGION & SOCIETY

Outback cross: Christians clash (The Australian)
Mar 9 - Christians are at loggerheads over a plan to a build a 20m-high, LED-lit cross atop a remote hill in Central Australia.

It's time: why Victoria's Deputy Premier changed his mind on marriage equality (The Age, Melbourne)
Mar 13 - He's a staunchly Catholic government minister linked to Labor's most conservative union – and a long-time opponent of same-sex marriage.

Churches hold 'sanctuary training' for those wanting to shelter asylum seekers (The Guardian, Australia)
Mar 13 - Hundreds of people were expected to attend “sanctuary training” around the country on Sunday, learning how to resist any attempts by Australian government officials to forcibly remove asylum seekers.

 

 


From the Archive…

Religion News Australia 2016 – 10 (Mar 6 - 13)

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)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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