by Greg Spearritt
Religion News Selection
July 24 - 31, 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.
George Pell subject of
Victoria Police investigation into multiple allegations of sexual abuse (ABC News)
July 28 - Police are investigating multiple child abuse allegations levelled directly against Australia's most senior Catholic cleric Cardinal George Pell, the ABC's 7.30 program has revealed.
Pell leaks add bitter
flavour (The Australian)
July 30 – (Opinion: Frank Brennan) Victoria Police needs to restore its credibility and send officers to Rome.
ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
Encampment at Schwartz Carriageworks (The Saturday Paper, Australia)
July 30 - Francesco Clemente was 19 when he had what he calls two “transformative moments”.
George Pell's career in
the Catholic Church (ABC News)
July 28 - Cardinal George Pell has been one of most prominent and controversial figures in the Australian Catholic Church for decades. Take a look at his career from regional Victorian priest to one of the most senior people at the Vatican.
Grief over Pope’s ‘Joy of Love’ (The Australian)
July 27 - Catholic cardinals have been urged to petition Pope Francis to correct his document Amoris Laetitia (The Joy of Love).
Killing of innocents proof 'the world is at war', says Pope
Francis (ABC News)
July 28 - Pope Francis says the recent attacks on innocent people in Europe, including the murder of a priest in France, is proof that "the world is at war".
Donald Trump: 'I've made
a lot of sacrifices,' billionaire would-be president tells father of slain
soldier (ABC News)
July 30 - US Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump has responded to accusations by the father of a slain Muslim soldier that he has "sacrificed nothing" by claiming he has "made a lot of sacrifices".
Priest's throat slit as Islamic State-linked hostage-takers
storm French church (ABC News)
July 26 - A priest is dead after being taken hostage in a church in northern France by two armed men who had links to the Islamic State (IS) terror group, President Francois Hollande says.
Also: President Francois
Hollande aims to ease religious fears after jihadists murder priest (ABC
July 28 - French President Francois Hollande has sought to head off divisions between France's religious communities after the jihadist-claimed murder of a Catholic priest in his church, as calls mounted for tougher security measures.
French media to stop
publishing photos and names of terrorists (The Guardian, Australia)
July 28 - Several French news organisations have said they will no longer publish photographs of people responsible for terrorist killings, to avoid bestowing “posthumous glorification”.
Public commentary around
Islam and terrorism 'putting Muslim women at risk' (ABC News)
July 28 - A Perth Muslim women's group has warned commentary linking Islam with terrorism has a direct impact on their safety and that public figures need to speak responsibly.
How the Islamic Council
of Queensland dealt with a troll (Brisbane
July 30 - It is a case study on how to defuse a troll, according to a Muslim man with a lot of experience dealing with them.
RELIGION & SOCIETY
Australians not to joke around by putting Jedi as their religion on the census (Sydney Morning
July 30 - Kylie Sturgess loves science fiction - so much that at the last census, the radio tutor marked "Jedi" in the religion section.
From the Archive…
Religion News Australia 2015 – 34 (Sept 6 - 13)
Religion News Australia 2015 – 33 (Aug 30 – Sept 6)
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