by Greg Spearritt
Religion News Selection
January 8 - 15, 2017
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.
Gerald Ridsdale, former Catholic priest,
charged with dozens of sexual abuse offences (ABC News)
Jan 9 - Former Catholic priest Gerald Ridsdale has been charged with a string of historical sexual abuse charges, including rape, buggery, indecent assault and assault.
ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
Shaun Micallef sees a religious zeal in
atheism (Sydney Morning Herald)
Jan 13 - The meaning of life has fascinated writer/comedian Shaun Micallef for some time.
Growing up gay, Catholic school was a haven
for me (Sydney Morning Herald)
Jan 10 – (Opinion: ) This March, Australian Christians will be able to join a chorus of Catholics, Baptists and beyond asking forgiveness for centuries worth of anti-LGBTQI sins – among those sins, pushing the idea that "non-heterosexual orientations should be treated, healed or changed".
Muslim leaders call on Islamic body to step
aside to save Sydney’s Malek Fahd school (The Guardian, Australia)
Jan 10 - The Australian Federation of Islamic Councils’ financial mismanagement, governance failings, and self-interest has jeopardised the future of Australia’s largest Islamic school and its 2,500 students, leading figures from Australia’s Muslim community have alleged in an open letter.
Pope Francis’s authority challenged by Knights
of Malta over condom row (The
Jan 12 - Pope Francis is facing an extraordinary challenge to his authority from an ancient Catholic order that is refusing to cooperate with a Vatican investigation into the sacking of a top official over the distribution of tens of thousands of condoms.
Rodrigo Duterte approves free contraception
in mostly Catholic Philippines for millions (Sydney Morning Herald)
Jan 13 - Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has signed an executive order directing government agencies to provide contraception to 6 million Filipino women who don’t have access to birth control and other reproductive health-related services.
Indonesian President Joko Widodo urges
citizens to resist intolerant hardliners (ABC News)
Jan 9 - Indonesia’s President Joko Widodo has enlisted moderate Islamic clerics to try and convince Indonesians they need to resist the lure of intolerant hardliners.
Ebrahim Raisi: the Iranian cleric emerging
as a frontrunner for supreme leader (The Guardian, Australia)
Jan 10 - A 56-year-old conservative cleric relatively unknown to the outside world is quietly emerging as a frontrunner to be Iran’s next supreme leader.
Morocco bans selling burqas in attempt to
halt extremism (Sydney Morning
Jan 13 - Casablanca: Morocco has reportedly banned the sale and production of the burqa in what appears to be the latest stage of the kingdom’s tough stance on Islamic extremism.
Target hijab pic sparks debate (news.com.au)
Jan 12 - TARGET has sparked fierce debate online by featuring a mother wearing a hijab in its latest back-to-school catalogue.
Melbourne imam faces court over girl’s
forced marriage to older man (Sydney
Jan 13 - A Melbourne imam has fronted court charged with performing the forced marriage of a girl under the age of 16 to a 34-year-old man.
Why Australia needs a commissioner for
political pluralism (ABC News)
Jan 10 – (Opinion: Mike Bird) Burning anger has, lamentably, become the dominating feature of the Australian political climate.
RELIGION & SOCIETY
NSW MPs push to require civil celebrants to
conduct same-sex marriages (Sydney
Jan 13 - A group of NSW state MPs is pushing for civil celebrants to be required to conduct same-sex marriage ceremonies if the federal Parliament makes the unions legal.
Religious exemptions for same-sex marriage
would be humiliating, degrading, say LGBTI advocates (ABC News)
Jan 14 - Allowing civil marriage celebrants, government employees and businesses exemptions from same-sex marriage laws would uphold discrimination and homophobic attitudes, advocates for gay and lesbian Australians have told a parliamentary inquiry.
Michael Chamberlain and me (Sydney Morning Herald)
Jan 14 – (Opinion: Malcolm Brown ) Michael Chamberlain was destined to live a wholesome life, promoting God and healthy living, using radio and local newspapers to spread his religious message.
Malcolm Turnbull should axe Tony Abbott’s
school chaplains program (Sydney
Jan 15 – (Opinion: Matthew Knott) He hasn’t received much credit for it, but Malcolm Turnbull has been gradually killing off Tony Abbott’s pet projects since he took over the prime ministership.
Marriage equality will lead to gender
confusion, Australian Christian Lobby claims (The Guardian, Australia)
Jan 15 - Marriage equality will increase gender confusion because it undermines the “complementarity” of males and females, the Australian Christian Lobby has said.
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