by Greg Spearritt
Religion News Selection
March 6 - 13, 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.
After Pell, the
questions we all need to answer (The
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
Mar 9 – (Opinion: Chris Davis ) Autres temps, autres moeurs. French for "other times, other customs".
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Australian Liberty Alliance says members vilified, labelled bigots (ABC
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
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.
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