Religion News Selection 30 (Aug 1 - 7)

  (06 August 16)
  by Greg Spearritt

Religion News Selection

August 1 - 7, 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

Pope Francis 'doubts' sexual abuse case against Cardinal George Pell (ABC News)
Aug 1 - Pope Francis says there are "doubts" over the case being made against Vatican finance chief George Pell, Australia's most senior Roman Catholic, for alleged child abuse.

 

ABUSE – Anglican Church

Royal commission hears of harrowing evidence of rape in Newcastle Anglican Diocese (Sydney Morning Herald)  
Aug 3 - More than 30 years of child sexual abuse by clergy and lay members of various Anglican parishes have been laid bare on the opening day of the royal commission's two-week hearing into the Anglican diocese of Newcastle.

Priest tells royal commission of the cost of speaking out against Peter Rushton (Sydney Morning Herald)  
Aug 3 - An Anglican priest who spoke out against serial paedophile priest Peter Rushton told the royal commission on Wednesday the process had taken a huge toll on him.

 

CATHOLIC CHURCH

How long can the cognitive dissonance between my faith and the Catholic church last? (The Guardian, Australia)
Aug 3 – (Opinion: Kristina Keneally) A Facebook reminder from 2008 popped up in my husband’s newsfeed last week.

 

INTERNATIONAL STORIES

Catholic Church

Pope Francis says it is 'not right' to identify Islam with violence (The Guardian, Australia)
Aug 1 - Pope Francis has said it was wrong to identify Islam with violence and that social injustice and idolatry of money were among the prime causes of terrorism.

Pope complains schools are telling children they can choose their gender (The Guardian, Australia)
Aug 3 - Pope Francis has lamented that children are being taught at school that gender can be a choice.

Islam

Donald Trump digs a hole for himself with attacks on Muslim hero's parents (Sydney Morning Herald)  
Aug 1 – (Opinion: Paul McGeough) Washington, DC: Not only is Donald Trump callous in his treatment of those who have fought in America's wars, he's also ignorant of the wars and the ways of a world in which as a US president he'd be, as it were, calling the shots.

Also: #CanYouHearUsNow: Muslim women call out Donald Trump over Khan remarks (ABC News)
Aug 2 - Muslim women are hitting back at Donald Trump's suggestion the mother of a slain soldier was not "allowed" to speak at a rally, flooding Twitter with the hashtag #CanYouHearUsNow and asking the Republican presidential candidate: "Do I look oppressed to you?"

#MenInHijab: Iranian men don headscarf to challenge strict veil law (ABC News)
Aug 2 - Iranian men are sharing photos of themselves wearing the hijab on social media to show solidarity with a campaign protesting the country's compulsory veil law.

Malaysian Islamic leaders say no to Pokemon Go (The West Australian)
Aug 6 - Kuala Lumpur (AFP) - Islamic leaders in Kuala Lumpur said Friday that Muslims should avoid playing Pokemon Go because the popular mobile game was harmful and could "lead to gambling".

Other

Why do Democrats keep snubbing atheists? We help drive the party (The Guardian, Australia)
Aug 2 – (Opinion: Adam Lee) You’d never guess, from the public face the Democratic party presents, that atheists are a loyal and increasingly important constituency.

 

ISLAM

Gun owners who made video of Grand Mufti effigy being shot face calls for ban (The Guardian, Australia)
Aug 4 - A group of Australian gun enthusiasts backed by gun distributors, who filmed violent videos of what appears to be an effigy of the Grand Mufti being shot and incinerated, and Greens party slogans being fired at, face calls to have their gun licences revoked.

 

POLITICS

Malcolm Turnbull says Islamic State losing its myth of invincibility (The Guardian, Australia)
Aug 7 - Malcolm Turnbull has declared Islamic State is being rolled back, losing territory, lives and its myth of invincibility.

 

RELIGION & SOCIETY

On census night, don't discount your religious identity (Sydney Morning Herald)  
Aug 2 – (Opinion: Michael Jensen ) The Atheist Foundation of Australia is sponsoring a campaign to increase the numbers of people ticking "no religion" in the census on August 9.

Also: Unholy war over Census question on religion (news.com.au)
Aug 5 - AUSTRALIANS are being warned not to mark “no religion” on the Census survey over fears we could become a “Muslim country”.

Also: Australian Census: Count the Jedis we must (Brisbane Times)
Aug 6 – (Opinion: John Birmingham) "Listen to humourless atheists a Jedi does not. Worse than the sith are they. Yes, hmmm."

Gay, celibate and Christian: US evangelical in Melbourne for same-sex talks (The Age, Melbourne)
Aug 6 - Wesley Hill takes the view that if you're gay and Christian, you have two choices: monogamous heterosexual marriage, or a life of celibacy.

 


From the Archive…

Religion News Australia 2016 – 30 (Aug 1 - 7)

Religion News Australia 2016 – 29 (July 24 - 31)

Religion News Australia 2016 – 28 (July 17 - 24)

Religion News Australia 2016 – 27 (July 10 - 17)

Religion News Australia 2016 – 26 (June 26 – July 10)

Religion News Australia 2016 – 25 (June 19 - 26)

Religion News Australia 2016 – 24 (June 12 - 19)

Religion News Australia 2016 – 23 (June 5 - 12)

Religion News Australia 2016 – 22 (May 29 – June 5)

Religion News Australia 2016 – 21 (May 22 - 29)

Religion News Australia 2016 – 20 (May 15 - 22)

Religion News Australia 2016 – 19 (May 8 - 15)

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)

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 2014 – 3 (Feb 2 - 9)

Religion News Australia 2014 – 2 (Jan 26 – Feb 2)

Religion News Australia 2014 – 1 (Jan 4 - 26)

 

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