Religion News Selection 5 (Jan 29 - Feb 5)

  (04 February 17)
  by Greg Spearritt

Religion News Selection

January 29 – February 5, 2017

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

Child sex abuse set to cost Perth Anglican diocese more than $1m over three years (Perth Now)
Jan 29 - CHILD sex abuse is expected to cost the Anglican diocese of Perth more than $1 million over just three years.

Every Catholic archbishop to give evidence next week (ABC News)  
Feb 3 - Every Catholic archbishop in the country is to be called to give evidence at next week’s royal commission hearings in Sydney into child sexual abuse.

Also: Australian Catholic Church warns congregation ahead of final ’grim’ royal commission hearing (ABC News)  
Feb 4 - Catholic Church leaders throughout Australia are warning church-goers and school parents about the release of data on Monday at the child sex abuse royal commission, describing it as an "horrific portrait of appalling abuse".

Catholic use of confession to be scrutinised by child abuse royal commission (The Guardian, Australia)
Feb 5 - Whether what is heard in the confessional box should continue to stay there will be considered by the child sexual abuse royal commission as it again turns its focus to widespread offending in the Catholic Church in Australia this week.

Focus on Church a waste of time (The Australian)
Feb 5 – (Opinion: Gerard Henderson) Almost all institutions mishandled child sexual abuse allegations until recently.

 

INTERNATIONAL STORIES

Catholic Church

Nun receives death threats for suggesting Mary was not a virgin (The Guardian, Australia) 
Feb 3 - A nun in Spain who says she received death threats for suggesting that Mary probably had sex with her husband, Joseph, has apologised for any offence caused but accused her critics of deliberately misunderstanding her point.

Islam

Queer Muslim women from the south: ’We exist and we’re fierce’ (The Guardian, Australia)
Feb 4 - It’s been especially challenging to be a Muslim this past week.

Steve Bannon’s Islamophobic film script just one example of anti-Muslim views (The Guardian, Australia)
Feb 4 - The emergence this week of a script for an Islamophobic film written a decade ago by Steve Bannon, Donald Trump’s chief strategist, has drawn new attention to Bannon’s past statements about Islam, and to his view that “the Judeo-Christian west” is engaged in a “global war” against “jihadist Islamic fascism”.

Religious Violence

Quebec mosque attack: Canadian Muslims point to anti-immigrant ’trash radio’ (Sydney Morning Herald)  
Feb 1 - Quebec: They call it "radio poubelle," or trash radio.

Jewish community centers in US receive nearly 50 bomb threats in 2017 so far (The Guardian, Australia)
Feb 4 - Nearly 50 bomb threats have been received by Jewish community organizations in the US since the start of the year, in a climate of rising antisemitism nationwide.

Other

Johnson Amendment: Trump wants religion and politics to mix (Brisbane Times)
Feb 3 - Washington: US President Donald Trump vowed on Thursday to "totally destroy" a measure that bars houses of worship from endorsing political candidates, and eager Capitol Hill conservatives are ready to fight for him.

 

ISLAM

Halal snack pack named people’s choice word of 2016 by Macquarie Dictionary (Brisbane Times)
Feb 1 - There were queues at kebab stands as its popularity skyrocketed, a HSP appreciation society was formed, and the greasy treat made its mark on Australian politics on election night when Labor senator Sam Dastyari offered to take Pauline Hanson out for a halal bite.

World Hijab Day: Women show solidarity with Muslims by covering their heads (ABC News)   
Feb 2 - Women around the world have been sharing pictures of themselves wearing a hijab in support of Muslim women on World Hijab Day on February 1.

Systematic racism, dehumanisation and Islamophobia (The Saturday Paper)
Feb 4 – (Opinion: Roj Amedi) The destruction and degradation of human life is always insidious and systematic.

 

POLITICS

I broke bread with Malcolm Turnbull. Now he’s breaking my heart (The Guardian, Australia)
Feb 3 – (Opinion: Yassmin Abdel-Magied) Malcolm Turnbull is breaking my heart.

 

RELIGION & SOCIETY

’I was suicidal every day’: Gay conversion Australia’s secret shame (news.com.au)
Feb 2 - SURVIVORS of gay conversion therapy say a new watchdog for dodgy health practitioners doesn’t go far enough, and the practice is still alive and well in Australia.

Bid to raise $1 million for giant Christian cross in Central Australia (ABC News)    
Feb 2 - The Christian organisation behind plans to build a giant illuminated cross atop a hill in remote Central Australia wants to raise a further $1 million for the project.

 


From the Archive…

Religion News Australia 2017 – 5 (Jan 29 - Feb 5)

Religion News Australia 2017 – 4 (Jan 22 - 29)

Religion News Australia 2017 – 3 (Jan 15 - 22)

Religion News Australia 2017 – 2 (Jan 8 - 15)

Religion News Australia 2017 – 1 (Jan 1 - 8)

Religion News Australia 2016 – 49 (Dec 25 - 31)

Religion News Australia 2016 – 48 (Dec 11 - 25)

Religion News Australia 2016 – 47 (Dec 4 - 11)

Religion News Australia 2016 – 46 (Nov 27 - Dec 4)

Religion News Australia 2016 – 45 (Nov 20 - 27)

Religion News Australia 2016 – 44 (Nov 13 - 20)

Religion News Australia 2016 – 43 (Nov 6 - 13)

Religion News Australia 2016 – 42 (Oct 30 - Nov 6)

Religion News Australia 2016 – 41 (Oct 23 - 30)

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)

Religion News Australia 2016 – 19 (May 8 - 15)

Religion News Australia 2016 – 18 (May 1 - 8)

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

Religion News Australia 2016 – 16 (Apr 17 - 24)

Religion News Australia 2016 – 15 (Apr 10 - 17)

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)

Religion News Australia 2015 – 43 (Nov 15 - 22)

Religion News Australia 2015 – 42 (Nov 8 - 15)

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)

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)

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)

Religion News Australia 2015 – 24 (June 28 – July 5)

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)

Religion News Australia 2014 – 18 (May 25 – June 1)

Religion News Australia 2014 – 17 (May 18 - 25)

Religion News Australia 2014 – 16 (May 11 - 18)

Religion News Australia 2014 – 15 (May 4 - 11)

Religion News Australia 2014 – 14 (April 27 – May 4)

Religion News Australia 2014 – 13 (April 20 - 27)

Religion News Australia 2014 – 12 (April 12 - 20)

Religion News Australia 2014 – 11 (Mar 30 – April 12)

Religion News Australia 2014 – 10 (Mar 23 - 30)

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

Religion News Australia 2014 – 8 (Mar 9 - 16)

Religion News Australia 2014 – 7 (Mar 3 - 9)

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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