Religion News Selection 40 (Oct 16 - 23)

  (23 October 16)
  by Greg Spearritt

Religion News Selection

Oct 16 - 23, 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

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.

 

ANGLICAN CHURCH

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”.

 

INTERNATIONAL STORIES

Anglican Church

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.

Catholic Church

Pope Francis targets deal with China in year of mercy (The Guardian, Australia)
Oct 22 - For more than 50 years the Vatican’s relationship with China has been intractable.

Islam

Arabic billboard mocks Donald Trump's fear of Muslims (The Guardian, Australia)
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.

Judaism

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.

Religious Violence

Syria is a morally ambiguous conflict (Sydney Morning Herald)  
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.

Other

The Bible? Not on my desert island, say majority of Britons (The Guardian, Australia)
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.

 

POLITICS

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.

Also: 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.

 

 


From the Archive…

Religion News Australia 2016 – 40 (Oct 16 - 23)

Religion News Australia 2016 – 39 (Oct 9 - 16)

Religion News Australia 2016 – 38 (Oct 2 - 9)

Religion News Australia 2016 – 37 (Sept 25 – Oct 2)

Religion News Australia 2016 – 36 (Sept 11 - 18)

Religion News Australia 2016 – 35 (Sept 4 - 11)

Religion News Australia 2016 – 34 (Aug 28 – Sept 4)

Religion News Australia 2016 – 33 (Aug 21 - 28)

Religion News Australia 2016 – 32 (Aug 14 - 21)

Religion News Australia 2016 – 31 (Aug 7 - 14)

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)

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

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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)

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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)

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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)

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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)

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Religion News Australia 2014 – 9 (Mar 16 - 23)

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Religion News Australia 2014 – 6 (Feb 23 – Mar 3)

Religion News Australia 2014 – 5 (Feb 16 - 23)

Religion News Australia 2014 – 4 (Feb 9 - 16)

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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