Religion News Selection - 12 (Mar 20 - 27)

  (26 March 16)
  by Greg Spearritt

Religion News Selection

March 20 - 27, 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

'It's disgusting': 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.

 

EDUCATION

Evangelical Union 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.

Also: 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.

 

INTERNATIONAL STORIES

Catholic Church

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.

Religious Violence

‘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

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.

#JeSuisBruxelles: Crying 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.

Other

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.

 

ISLAM

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.

Rapid radicalisation: 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?

 

POLITICS

Turnbull government 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 News)
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 2016 – 12 (Mar 20 - 27)

Religion News Australia 2016 – 11 (Mar 13 - 20)

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 – 53 (Dec 29 – Jan 4)

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

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

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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)

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

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

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

 

 

 

 

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