by Greg Spearritt
Religion News Selection
November 20 - 27, 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.
Child abuse royal commission: defrocked
Anglican dean denies leading group of paedophile priests (ABC News)
Nov 23 - A defrocked Anglican dean has vehemently denied at a royal commission hearing that he was the leader of a group of child abusers, but admitted he failed to act when he "suspected" a priest in his charge was having sex with a teenage boy.
Newcastle Anglican bishop says child abuse
cover-up like 'religious protection racket' (ABC News)
Nov 25 - Bishop Greg Thompson says members of the Newcastle Anglican diocese acted like a Sopranos-style protection racket when it dealt with sex abuse complaints.
Women don't need Pope Francis' forgiveness
for having abortions (Sydney Morning Herald)
Nov 23 – (Opinion: Naomi Chainey ) Pope Francis has extended the ability of his Priests to forgive the "grave sin" of abortion indefinitely, after trialling the concept over the course of the Holy Year.
Pope Francis, keen on capitalism's reform,
to host business elite at Vatican (Brisbane
Nov 25 - Fortune and Time magazines are holding a meeting in the Vatican about forging a new global social contract.
Mohamed Morsi: Egyptian court overturns
Islamist ex-president's life sentence (ABC News)
Nov 23 - An Egyptian court has struck down a life sentence and ordered the retrial of ousted Islamist president Mohamed Morsi on charges of conspiring with foreign militant groups, including the Palestinian Hamas which runs the Gaza Strip.
Jewish leader urges open mind about Trump
despite antisemitism concerns (The
Nov 27 - Donald Trump should be given the benefit of the doubt in appointing people associated with the far right, racism and alleged antisemitism, the leader of one of the US’s leading Jewish organisations has said.
Muslim immigration: new research throws
doubt on the poll that shocked the nation (Sydney Morning Herald)
Nov 23 - Remember the poll that shocked the nation - and the world? Half of all Australians want to ban Muslim immigration.
Prophet edges out gospel choices (The Australian)
Nov 26 - Babies last year more likely to be called Muhammad than Matthew, as the Islamic name enters the top-20 boys’ names.
Neil Prakash: Australia has 'strong case'
to prosecute Isis militant (The
Nov 27 - The government has a strong case to have Australia’s most wanted terrorist, Islamic State recruiter Neil Prakash, prosecuted in the country under Australian law, a counter-terrorism expert has said.
Lebanese-Australians speak out over Peter
Dutton's comments: 'That's not us' (ABC News)
Nov 26 - A fresh opportunity in a peaceful land, family ties and even love drove countless Lebanese people to seek a new life on Australian shores.
Meet with us or be quiet: Lebanese
community issues demand to Dutton (Brisbane
Nov 26 - Lebanese Australians have demanded Immigration Minister Peter Dutton release the ethnic backgrounds of other criminal offenders or explain why he chose to "demonise" and "further alienate" their community in his comments to Parliament.
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