by Greg Spearritt
Religion News Selection
December 25 - 31, 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.
Catholic Church struggles to find a new
generation of priests in regional areas (ABC News)
Dec 26 - The Catholic Church is struggling to find its next generation of priests, as country dioceses are forced to slash popular masses due to a shortage of priests in regional areas.
Pope missing in action over Aleppo (The Australian)
Dec 30 – (Opinion: William McGurn) An inconsistent Vatican has soft spot for Moscow.
The world desperately needs more exorcists (news.com.au)
Dec 30 - A NEW York woman who levitated six inches off the ground, mysteriously spoke in foreign languages and demonstrated paranormal powers made medical history in 2008 because a panel of doctors agreed she was possessed by the devil.
Jakarta Governor's blasphemy trial to
proceed in Indonesian court (ABC News)
Dec 27 - An Indonesian court has ruled the blasphemy prosecution of Jakarta's Christian Governor will proceed.
King's College removes photo of ex-archbishop
opposed to gay marriage (The
Dec 22 - An image of George Carey, the former Archbishop of Canterbury, has been removed from a London university amid student concerns about his views on gay marriage.
Thai police call off raid on scandal-hit
Buddhist temple (ABC News)
Dec 27 - Thai police have called off a raid to arrest a prominent Buddhist monk wanted for suspected money laundering after devotees barricaded entrances to his sprawling temple complex in a Bangkok suburb.
'Muslims for Peace': Islam group
letterboxes Hobart to counter One Nation, Reclaim Australia (ABC News)
Dec 26 - A group of Muslims has delivered leaflets to houses in Hobart in an effort to reducing hatred and ignorance directed towards their faith.
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)
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Religion News Australia 2015 – 30 (Aug 9 - 16)
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Religion News Australia 2015 – 28 (July 26 – Aug 2)
Religion News Australia 2015 – 27 (July 19 - 26)
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