by Greg Spearritt
Religion News Selection
April 3 - 10, 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.
Pope Francis to dismay
reformists with 'modern families' document (The Guardian, Australia)
Apr 8 - Pope Francis is likely to disappoint Catholic reformists on Friday with the publication of his views on family life, which observers predict will not change church doctrine on divorcees and gay people, despite presenting a more open approach.
Amoris Laetitia: Pope
Francis and the 'erotic dimension of love' (Sydney Morning Herald)
Apr 8 - London: A tiny footnote near the end of the Pope's 264-page 'Joy of Love' treatise is the 'money quote' that demonstrates a breakthrough in compassion for the Catholic Church, a leading Vatican expert says.
Pope Francis urges
compassion for all in landmark statement on family values (The Guardian, Australia)
Apr 8 - Pope Francis has called for the Catholic church to revamp its response to modern family life, urging greater acceptance for divorced people and those in same-sex relationships while adhering to traditional church teachings.
Outcry as Muslim
students exempt from shaking female teachers' hands at Swiss school (ABC
Apr 5 - Male Muslim students at a school in northern Switzerland will no longer have to shake hands with their female teachers, following a ruling that has caused an uproar across the country.
The slaughter of the
Christians (Brisbane Times)
Apr 4 – (Opinion: Jonathan Sacks ) I have been in New York these past few days to give a talk at the 9/11 Museum that has been erected on the site where once the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center stood.
blogger killed by machete-wielding attackers (ABC News)
Apr 8 - Attackers wielding machetes have killed a liberal blogger in Bangladesh — the latest in a series of murders of secular activists by suspected Islamist militants.
The 'darker link'
between ancient human sacrifice and our modern world (Brisbane Times)
Apr 5 - In Japan, it was said that sacrificing a woman at a rushing river would placate the spirit who lived there, allowing for the construction of bridges and the safe passage of boats.
how I recovered from my terrifying evangelical childhood (The Guardian, Australia)
Apr 6 – (Opinion: Josiah Hesse) One stormy night in the summer of 1992, I walked down the basement steps of my parents’ house to await the apocalypse.
Louis Theroux stalked by
Scientologists while making documentary (news.com.au)
Apr 7 - TV PERSONALITY Louis Theroux has revealed he was stalked by Scientologists while making a documentary about the controversial church.
Bernie Sanders to preach
against 'the idolatry of money' during Vatican visit (The Guardian, Australia)
Apr 8 - Bernie Sanders plans to warn against “the idolatry of money” in a speech at the Vatican next week which the Democratic candidate hopes will align his insurgent presidential campaign with the moral preaching of Pope Francis.
anti-racism protesters 'intensely' clash outside Melbourne's Halal Expo (ABC News)
Apr 4 - Victorian police are investigating a violent clash between anti-Muslim and anti-racism protesters near a Halal Expo in Melbourne.
United Patriots Front
evicted from West Coast vs Fremantle game for anti-mosque banner (ABC
Apr 10 - Four people have been evicted from the Western derby AFL match in Perth after displaying an anti-Muslim banner during Saturday night's game at Subiaco Oval.
Love Australia or Leave
Party founder Kim Vuga blocked from Queensland pub (Brisbane Times)
Apr 8 - The founder of an anti-Islam and anti-immigration political party has hit out at a Queensland pub for discrimination because it wouldn't let her meet there.
RELIGION & SOCIETY
victim' loses fight to stay in Australia (Brisbane Times)
Apr 7 - A Nigerian man who told authorities he had been the victim of witchcraft in his home country has lost his bid to stay in Australia.
Shattered dreams: the
women tormented by dowry abuse (Sydney Morning Herald)
Apr 8 - The wedding album is the perfect advertisement of a big, fat Indian wedding. Colourful, traditional and opulent.
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