by Greg Spearritt
Religion News Selection
Oct 16 - 23, 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.
Cops shielded Catholic
monster (The Australian)
Oct 17 - Police complicity in covering-up child abuse by Ballarat clergy has been detailed by former senior cops.
The devil’s playground (The Australian)
Oct 20 – (Opinion: Peter Hoysted) Why Ballarat? Why were so many pedophile priests active in the Victorian diocese.
Why I don’t think we should redefine
marriage to include same sex couples (news.com.au)
Oct 22 – (Opinion: Michael Stead) IN A recent opinion piece on news.com.au Jane Gilmore argued that the Sydney Anglican booklet What has God Joined Together? is a “logic fail”.
Church of England could drop legal
requirement for weekly Sunday services (The Guardian, Australia)
Oct 17 - The Church of England is considering dropping its legal requirement to hold weekly Sunday services in churches with small and declining congregations.
Pope Francis targets deal with China in
year of mercy (The Guardian,
Oct 22 - For more than 50 years the Vatican’s relationship with China has been intractable.
Arabic billboard mocks Donald Trump's fear
of Muslims (The Guardian,
Oct 18 - A billboard has appeared alongside a Michigan highway mocking Donald Trump and his xenophobic rhetoric about Muslims and immigration.
Islamic identity used to push Indonesia
into becoming more conservative society, activist says (ABC News)
Oct 22 - Yenny Wahid, a well-known Islamic activist and daughter of the former Indonesian president Abdurrahman Wahid, says Indonesia has become a more conservative society.
Rise in anti-Semitic attacks on Twitter,
many by Donald Trump supporters, report finds (Sydney Morning Herald)
Oct 20 - She had seen her face superimposed on the body of a concentration camp inmate.
Syria is a morally ambiguous conflict (Sydney Morning
Oct 17 – (Opinion: Tom Switzer) Here's a thought experiment: how would the anti-American left feel had it emerged that the US was committing war crimes in the besieged Syrian city of Aleppo?
Over 100 Chibok schoolgirls unwilling to
leave Islamist extremists, community leader says (ABC News)
Oct 19 - Nigeria's Government is negotiating the release of another 83 of the Chibok schoolgirls taken in a mass abduction by Boko Haram in 2014, but more than 100 others appear unwilling to leave their Islamic extremist captors, a community leader says.
The Bible? Not on my desert island, say
majority of Britons (The Guardian,
Oct 16 - Twice as many over-65s as teenagers would choose to take the book along with their favourite pieces of music and a luxury item if invited on to the Radio 4 show.
Hindus for Trump: behind the uneasy
alliance with rightwing US politics (The Guardian, Australia)
Oct 18 - To a South Asian onlooker, this could have been a scene from any other Desi function on a Saturday night.
Greens demand review of decision not to
pursue charity 'campaigning' against party (ABC News)
Oct 19 - Greens leader Richard Di Natale has announced his party plans to challenge a decision by the charities regulator not to pursue the Catholic Church, after he alleged it campaigned against his party during the federal election campaign.
Catholic Church lashes out at Greens leader
Richard Di Natale in charity 'campaigning' row (ABC News)
Oct 23 - The head of the Catholic Education Commission of Victoria, Stephen Elder, has lashed out at the Greens, accusing the party of being anti-Christian.
Bob Day 'forgives' $1.4m loan to Family
First as liquidators assess company (The Guardian, Australia)
Oct 22 - Bob Day has “forgiven” a $1.4m loan to Family First as part of the continuing fallout associated with the collapse of his building empire.
RELIGION & SOCIETY
The Christian lobby is now trying to
convince women that abortion causes breast cancer (Sydney Morning Herald)
Oct 19 – (Opinion: Jane Gilmore ) Two years ago, Eric Abetz was laughed off The Project for alluding to studies from the 1950s that linked abortion and breast cancer.
Sport and Recreation Centres: NSW government
explores privatisation (Sydney Morning Herald)
Oct 22 - The state government has held confidential talks with commercial operators and organisations that have Christian mission statements, as part of a controversial outsourcing proposal for Sport and Recreation Centres used for thousands of school camps every year.
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