by Greg Spearritt
Religion News Selection
March 20 - 27, 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.
Church spends more to restore church than compensate victims of paedophile
priests (The Age, Melbourne)
Mar 25 - A Bayside church linked to historical clerical abuse and destroyed by an arsonist last year will be rebuilt at an estimated cost of $20 million – almost double the total compensation paid by the Archdiocese of Melbourne to 326 victims of paedophile priests.
Secret archive of
paedophile crime kept by Catholic Church's insurers (Sydney Morning Herald)
Mar 27 - Victims of some of the worst sexual abuse perpetrated by the Catholic Church are being denied access to a vast archive of clergy crime, as the church continues to ensure the offending is kept secret, despite the files being handed over to the royal commission.
shouldn't have to give up its faith in fight against discrimination (Sydney Morning Herald)
Mar 23 – (Opinion: Andrew Judd) Here is the new rule for student groups on campus at one of our leading universities: you can have any faith you like, as long as it's not any faith in particular.
University of Sydney
evangelical students vote to keep Jesus (Sydney Morning Herald)
Mar 25 - An evangelical student group has refused to remove a vow to Jesus from its constitution despite being threatened with deregistration from the Sydney University student body.
'No plans' to change
religious instruction in Queensland state schools (Brisbane Times)
Mar 24 - Queensland has "no plans" to change the manner in which religious instruction is delivered in Queensland schools, despite a growing secular movement.
Pope Francis laments
Europe's 'anaesthetised conscience' over refugees (The Guardian, Australia)
Mar 26 - Pope Francis decried what he called Europe’s “indifferent and anaesthetised conscience” over refugees, during Good Friday prayers in Rome during which he also criticised pedophile priests, arms dealers and fundamentalists.
‘It still makes me
angry’: the wife of a murdered Charlie Hebdo cartoonist speaks out (The Guardian, Australia)
Mar 21 - On Maryse Wolinski’s bathroom wall, beside the shelves of hairbrushes and perfume bottles, an orange Post-it note is starting to curl.
Christians in Iraq:
should they stay or should they go? (The Guardian, Australia)
Mar 25 – (Opinion: Giles Fraser) The Isis frontline was only an hour’s drive south, so maybe I was a bit on edge.
Islamic State group
setbacks as second-in-command killed, Syrian military recaptures Palmyra citadel (ABC News)
Mar 26 - The Islamic State group (IS) has suffered a double setback, with the Pentagon saying the militants' second-in-command was killed in a US raid and Syrian troops recapturing the ancient citadel in Palmyra.
Religious Violence – Brussels attacks
Airport, metro rocked by explosions killing at least 34; Islamic State claims
attack (ABC News)
Mar 23 - A string of apparently coordinated explosions have ripped through Brussels Airport and a city metro station, killing at least 34 people and injuring more than 106 others on a "black day" for Belgium.
Tintin, urinating statue become symbols of a city's defiance (ABC News)
Mar 24 - Images of the comic book character Tintin crying have been widely shared by social media users paying tribute to victims of the Brussels bombings.
Brussels attacks: why
Islamic State is exporting terrorism to Europe (Sydney Morning Herald)
Mar 25 - Washington: It may sound grotesque as victims of the Belgian attacks are still being identified, and it is likely the carnage will get worse before there is calm – but the bombings that killed dozens and wounded hundreds in Brussels this week might be a good sign.
Brussels attacks: last
gasp of Isis terror in Europe, or sign of growing threat? (The Guardian, Australia)
Mar 27 - As she lay on the floor, just metres from the remains of a suicide bomber who had ripped apart her metro train, Samla da Rosa’s first instinct was to reach for human contact.
Sun ordered to admit
British Muslims story was 'significantly misleading' (The Guardian, Australia)
Mar 26 - The Sun has been ordered to print a statement acknowledging that its claims that one in five British Muslims supported people who have gone to Syria to fight for jihadi groups such as Islamic State were significantly misleading.
Kilburn man charged for
allegedly grabbing woman’s headscarf and intimidating her on bus into city (Adelaide Now)
Mar 23 - THE Imam of the Islamic Association of South Australia fears local Muslims may take matters into their own hands and “it could get very dirty”, following the alleged assault of a woman wearing a headscarf.
the case of Numan Haider shocks family and experts alike (The Guardian, Australia)
Mar 25 - How could a teenager from a loving, moderate Muslim family, described by friends as “funny” and “kind”, become so radicalised within months that he stabbed two police officers and ended up being shot dead?
could save $350m by scrapping taxpayer support for religion (Sydney Morning Herald)
Mar 25 - The Turnbull government could improve the budget bottom line by $350 million by scrapping taxpayer support for religious organisations.
RELIGION & SOCIETY
Easter is a reminder
that climate change may be our most deadly sin (Sydney Morning Herald)
Mar 24 - (Opinion: Elizabeth Farrelly) I've never been strong on belief.
Ken Duncan's illuminated
cross project gets blessing of Haasts Bluff Aboriginal community (ABC
Mar 25 - The million-dollar, 20-metre-tall illuminated cross project in remote Central Australia is a step closer to reality after a community meeting gave the idea its blessing.
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)