Religion News Selection 18 (May 1 - 8)

  (08 May 16)
  by Greg Spearritt

Religion News Selection

May 1 - 8, 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

'Pushing the boundaries': Church loses track of abusive priests (Sydney Morning Herald)  
May 8 - The Catholic Church is allowing paedophile priests to live anonymously in the community with limited supervision and has ignored warnings about their misconduct.

 

ANGLICAN CHURCH

Anglican bishop urges leaders to talk (The Courier-Mail, Brisbane)
May 4 - A Victorian Anglican bishop wants the governor-general to broker a meeting between Malcolm Turnbull and Bill Shorten to work out a humane solution to the offshore detention of asylum seekers.

 

CATHOLIC CHURCH

Catholic Church report describes situation in West Papua as a 'slow motion genocide' (ABC News)
May 4 - A report based on a secret fact-finding mission to West Papua by the Catholic church says the Indonesian province is enduring slow-motion genocide, amid fresh allegations of torture and murder being committed by the police and the military.

New Bishop of Parramatta, a former refugee, vows to tackle radicalism, perception of asylum seekers (ABC News)
May 6 - A former Vietnamese refugee who has been appointed the new Bishop of Parramatta has vowed to use his role to tackle radicalism in western Sydney, and the public's perception of people fleeing to Australia by boat.

 

INTERNATIONAL STORIES

Islam

Female MPs’ edge on mullahs (The Australian)
May 2 - Iran’s new parliament will have more women than ­clerics when its members are sworn in.

Sadiq Khan becomes first Muslim mayor of London after bitter campaign (ABC News)
May 7 - Sadiq Khan has been elected as London's first Muslim mayor, with the UK Labour Party candidate securing victory over Conservative challenger Zac Goldsmith.

Also: The politics of fear and division isn't dead quite yet in Sadiq Khan's London (The Guardian, Australia)
May 7 – (Opinion: Esther Addley) The streets of Londonistan were mercifully calm on Friday night as the capital waited, and then waited some more, to confirm Sadiq Khan’s election as its new mayor.

Indonesian summit to promote 'renovated' Islam in challenge to global jihadism (Sydney Morning Herald)  
May 8 - Cirebon: It's hard to know for certain what a Muslim saint who was born in 1448 might have looked like, but for a reasonable price you can wear his portrait on a T-shirt.

Religious Violence

All-female combat unit sacrifices hope to seek revenge on Islamic State (Sydney Morning Herald)  
May 6 - Nawaran, Iraq: The killing and enslaving of thousands of women from Iraq's minority Yazidi community focused international attention on the group's violent campaign to impose its radical ideology and prompted the West to launch an air offensive against the militants in 2014.

‘Tom and Jerry’ to blame for the rise of ISIS (news.com.au)
May 7 - AN Egyptian government official has blamed the animated Tom and Jerry series for allegedly spreading a culture of violence.

 

ISLAM

Muslims on what it's like to live in Australia (Sydney Morning Herald)  
May 2 - A Muslim mother in Sydney fears her grandchildren will end up in a concentration camp.

Melbourne Lord Mayor Robert Doyle welcomes plan for mosque in the CBD (The Age, Melbourne)
May 6 - Melbourne Lord Mayor Robert Doyle has welcomed the prospect of a large mosque being built in the CBD, following claims demand for prayer space is outstripping supply.

 

RELIGION & SOCIETY

Pro-life activists slam government in letterbox-drop (Sydney Morning Herald)  
May 8 - Anti-abortion activists have letterbox-dropped residents around an East Melbourne fertility control clinic, slamming new laws that stop them from harassing women on the street as "contrary to human rights".

Mother's Day explained: The cards, the flowers - the myths, the motivations (Sydney Morning Herald)  
May 8 - Flowers, perfume, chocolates and lunch.

 

 


From the Archive…

Religion News Australia 2016 – 18 (May 1 - 8)

Religion News Australia 2016 – 17 (Apr 24 – May 1)

Religion News Australia 2016 – 16 (Apr 17 - 24)

Religion News Australia 2016 – 15 (Apr 10 - 17)

Religion News Australia 2016 – 14 (Apr 3 - 10)

Religion News Australia 2016 – 13 (Mar 27 – Apr 3)

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)

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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)

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Religion News Australia 2015 – 23 (June 21 - 28)

Religion News Australia 2014 – 22 (June 22 - 29)

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