by Greg Spearritt
Religion News Selection
February 12 - 19, 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.
Catholic Church schools and homes with the
most child abuse claims revealed (ABC
Feb 16 - The Catholic Church has released numbers on how many child sexual abuse claims have been made against staff from their religious schools and orphanages, showing one home for boys faced 219 accusations.
Royal Commission hears Catholic church paid
$280 million in sex abuse claims (Brisbane
Feb 16 - Catholic church authorities have paid almost $280 million in compensation to victims of alleged child sexual abuse in the past 35 years, a royal commission has heard.
ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
Martin Scorsese’s lifelong obsession with
spirituality surfaces once more in Silence (ABC
Feb 14 – (Review) A lifelong obsession with Catholicism is one of the main themes in Martin Scorsese’s latest film, as he continues what he calls a search for the spiritual human condition.
Islamic College of SA parents angry with
school management after loss of funding (ABC
Feb 17 - Parents from the Islamic College of South Australia say they are furious to have been left in the dark about the Adelaide school’s future.
C of E in disarray over gay marriage (news.com.au)
Feb 19 - The Church of England’s legislative body has voted against a report from bishops that rejected the idea of blessing same-sex marriages, the latest row over an issue that has divided the Church for years.
Church of England gay marriage vote thrown
into chaos after members ’press wrong button’ (news.com.au)
Feb 17 - THE Church of England’s crucial vote on gay marriage has been thrown into chaos after some clergy claimed they “got confused” and “pressed the wrong button”.
Life as a Muslim-American Olympic champion:
’Travel has become a worry’ (The
Feb 13 - When she slowed to a stop in the Olympic stadium on that warm night in Rio, Dalilah Muhammad knew life would never quite be the same.
Pakistan erupts in grief and anger after
shrine attack (Sydney Morning
Feb 19 - Islamabad: Hundreds of protesters - enraged, inconsolable and demanding justice - converged outside a revered shrine in southern Pakistan on Friday, a day after an Islamic State suicide bomber killed more than 80 people in the country’s deadliest attack in years.
Dhammakaya sect denies mocking police
searching for fugitive monk Phra Dhammachayo (ABC
Feb 17 - A controversial branch of Thai Buddhism has apparently mocked police searching for its fugitive founder by placing pillows under his blanket to resemble a human form.
This is what sharia law actually is (news.com.au)
Feb 14 - WHEN Muslim activist Yassmin Abdel-Magied confronted Jacqui Lambie over her support of Donald Trump on Q&A last night, she accused the senator of talking about stuff she didn’t know about, so was she right?
Why it’s not enough to counter fear of ’Sharia
law’ by insisting Islam is ’feminist’ (Sydney Morning Herald)
Feb 16 – (Opinion: Ruby Hamad) When it comes to Islam, independent senator Jacqui Lambie is actually right about one thing, but it’s not what she thinks it is.
Barnaby Joyce warns anti-Islamic statements
could harm trade deals (The
Feb 17 - Barnaby Joyce has warned that anti-Islamic statements could harm Australian trade deals and declared that he would give instructions not to preference Pauline Hanson’s party before the Liberal party in federal seats.
Rushing marriage equality puts ’democracy
at risk’, says Liberal senator (The
Feb 17 - Pushing for same-sex marriage in the short term without further religious protections would “put plural and tolerant democracy at risk”, the chair of a Senate inquiry into marriage equality has said.
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