by Greg Spearritt
Religion News Selection
Oct 23 - 30, 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.
Cardinal George Pell interviewed in Rome
over sexual assault allegations (Sydney Morning Herald)
Oct 27 - Victorian police have questioned Australia's most senior Catholic cleric, Cardinal George Pell, as they investigate allegations of historical sexual abuse made against him.
Church of Scientology defends use of Sydney
school children in advertising (Sydney Morning Herald)
Oct 30 - The Church of Scientology has defended the use of NSW schoolchildren in an ad promoting the church, as the self-described "advanced organisation" goes on a marketing drive following the opening of its $37 million Asia-Pacific headquarters on Sydney's north shore.
Vatican says Catholics' ashes must be
buried, not scattered or kept at home (ABC News)
Oct 26 - The ashes of cremated Catholics must be buried and should not be scattered on land, at sea or be kept at home, the Vatican has announced in new guidelines.
India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi hints
at change to controversial 'triple talaq' Islamic divorce law (ABC
Oct 25 - India's Muslim men can still unilaterally divorce their wives simply by saying so.
Sakdiyah Ma'ruf reveals challenges of life
as an Indonesian female Muslim stand-up comedian (ABC News)
Oct 26 - For years Sakdiyah Ma'ruf snuck around behind her parents' backs.
Islamic State: One family's journey to
reclaim their home from terror group fighters (ABC News)
Oct 27 - At a checkpoint near Makhmour in northern Iraq, Khalil Ibrahim shows his papers to Kurdish soldiers. This is the moment he's been waiting for, and feared may never come. After more than 12 long months, he can finally go home.
The cunning and cruel explosive devices
Isis improvises to stall Mosul attack (The Guardian, Australia)
Oct 30 - The teddy bear, garish but cuddly, is propped on top of the explosives it was designed to hide and detonate.
Unless Baghdad fills the political vacuum
in Mosul, Isis will revive (The
Oct 30 – (Opinion: Hassan Hassan) Islamic State’s doctrine of survival is based on a simple notion: defeat on the battlefield must always leave behind the seeds for a comeback.
Remembering Jack Chick: the Christian
cartoonist who tried to save us from hell (The Guardian, Australia)
Oct 26 - Jack T Chick, the cartoonist and evangelist, died on Sunday at the age of 92.
Restorers lift the lid on Jesus's tomb in
Jerusalem (The Guardian,
Oct 28 - The tomb in which Jesus’s body is believed to have been laid after his crucifixion has been exposed by conservationists for the first time in centuries.
After 500 years of schism, will the rift of
the Reformation finally be healed? (The
Oct 30 - A simple act, it was the work of a few moments, but it triggered an epic era of political and religious convulsions that changed the shape of Europe.
RELIGION & SOCIETY
Court finds 'f--- Fred Nile' not offensive
language at marriage equality rally (Sydney Morning Herald)
Oct 26 - Seldom does a magistrate use the phrase "you f---ing beauty" in a judgment, or reflect on whether the word "f---" is part of a child's vocabulary.
From the Archive…
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)
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Religion News Australia 2015 – 28 (July 26 – Aug 2)
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