Religion News Australia 2017 - 8 (Feb 19 - 26)

  (25 February 17)
  by Greg Spearritt

Religion News Australia

February 19 - 26, 2017

Religion news stories from Australia

(Research: Greg Spearritt)

 

 

 

abuse / education / international stories / islam / politics / religion & society

 

 

 

ABUSE

Bishop of Parramatta Vincent Long Van Nguyen tells royal commission he was abused (Sydney Morning Herald)  
Feb 22 - The Bishop of Parramatta, Vincent Long Van Nguyen, has told a royal commission he suffered sexual abuse by a member of the clergy after arriving in Australia as a refugee from Vietnam in 1981.

Child abuse royal commission to see report suppressed by Catholic Church (ABC News)  
Feb 22 - A report suppressed by the Catholic Church for more than a year will be tabled at the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses into Child Sexual Abuse this week.

Child sex abuse royal commission hears of Catholic brothers’ secrecy culture (ABC News)  
Feb 22 - A secrecy culture of "don’t ask, don’t tell" could explain historical allegations of child sex abuse within a religious order, the royal commission has been told.

Response to allegations of child sexual abuse was ’criminally negligent’ (ABC News)  
Feb 23 - The Archbishop of Sydney, Anthony Fisher, has told a royal commission the response by Catholic Church leaders to allegations of child sexual abuse amounted to "criminal negligence".

I went to Catholic school, but I was one of the lucky ones (ABC News)  
Feb 24 – (Opinion: Antony Funnell) I now consider myself one of the lucky ones.

Catholic leaders speak of church’s ’catastrophic failure’ in past approach to child abuse (Sydney Morning Herald)  
Feb 24 - Australia’s most senior Catholic leaders delivered a scathing assessment of their church’s past approach to victims of child sexual abuse, telling a royal commission it was "criminal negligence" and "a catastrophic failure".

Victims thought ’God’s representative’ abused them (ABC News)  
Feb 24 - Victims of paedophile priests thought they were being abused by a "representative of God", the Australian Catholic Church’s five most senior archbishops have been told.

Catholic leader says not ’remotely enough’ supervision to prevent child sexual abuse (The Guardian, Australia)
Feb 25 - Sydney’s Catholic archbishop says he can’t pretend there is remotely enough supervision of abusive priests to be certain they won’t sexually assault children again.

’I went to bed screaming’: child abuse survivor speaks as church faces moment of reckoning (The Guardian, Australia)
Feb 25 - Every night, as darkness fell around the boarding houses of St Virgil’s College in Hobart, Tony Rayner watched a handful of boys creep into the bedroom of Brother Patrick Timothy Farrell.

 

EDUCATION

School’s handshake rule lashed (The Australian)
Feb 22 - MPs have reacted angrily to news that a public school allows Muslim schoolboys to refuse to shake hands with women.

Cranbrook stands by transgender student (The Australian)
Feb 26 - One of Australia’s most prestigious and traditional schools, Cranbrook, in Bellevue Hill, overlooking Sydney Harbour, has been thrust into an increasingly modern phenomenon.

 

INTERNATIONAL STORIES

Catholic Church

Pope suggests ’better to be atheist than hypocritical Catholic’ (Sydney Morning Herald)  
Feb 24 - Vatican City: Pope Francis delivered another criticism of some members of his own Church on Thursday, suggesting it is better to be an atheist than one of "many" Catholics who he said lead a hypocritical double life.

Florence’s famed Duomo removes graffiti and encourages digital art instead (ABC News)  
Feb 25 - Florence’s famed Duomo is cleaning up its act, removing centuries of graffiti from the cathedral dome interior and letting new visitors leave their mark digitally instead.

Islam

Marine Le Pen refuses to wear a headscarf in Lebanon, pledges to restore Assad ties (Brisbane Times)
Feb 22 - French presidential candidate Marine Le Pen stirred controversy on the second day of her trip to Lebanon, refusing to wear a headscarf to meet a top Islamic leader and pledging to restore ties with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad if elected.

Islamophobia grows louder in North Carolina: ’Can we not kill them all?’ (The Guardian, Australia)
Feb 23 - Tom Jones, a soft-spoken man with white hair and wearing a slate-gray jacket, held up a copy of The Terrorist Next Door by the conservative author Erick Stakelbeck in the private dining room of a seafood restaurant in Kernersville, North Carolina, on a recent Thursday evening.

Son of legendary boxer Muhammad Ali detained at a US airport, questioned about being a Muslim (news.com.au)
Feb 25 - THE son of legendary boxer Muhammad Ali was reportedly detained by immigration officials at a Florida airport and questioned about being Muslim.

Judaism

Donald Trump delivers first public condemnation of anti-Semitic incidents  (ABC News)  
Feb 22 - US President Donald Trump has delivered his first public condemnation of anti-Semitic incidents in the United States after a new spate of bomb threats to Jewish community centres around the country and massive vandalism in a Jewish cemetery.

Religious Violence

Isis suicide bomber ’was Briton freed from Guantánamo’ (The Guardian, Australia)
Feb 22 - A suicide attack near the Iraqi city of Mosul, for which Islamic State has claimed responsibility, was carried out by a British former Guantánamo Bay detainee who was paid £1m in compensation by the UK government after his release, according to reports.

ISIS evicted from Mosul airport (The Australian)
Feb 25 - Iraqi armed forces have stormed Mosul airport and a nearby army base, key staging posts in the battle for the city.

Trump national security adviser wants to avoid term ’radical Islamic terrorism’, sources say (The Guardian, Australia)
Feb 26 - Donald Trump’s new national security adviser has told staff at the White House he does not wish to use the term “radical Islamic terrorism” to describe the terrorist threat the US faces, according to multiple sources.

Other

Pentecostal mayor on the spot (The Australian)
Feb 25 - Will the pentecostal Rio mayor take the mantle as the the king of the carnal party that is Carnival?

 

ISLAM

Yassmin Abdel-Magied said nothing wrong. She should not have to face this venom (The Guardian, Australia)
Feb 22 – (Opinion: Joumanah El Matrah) When it comes to Muslim women, everyone’s a feminist, even if that aspiration for Muslim women’s equality comes at the expense of, well … a Muslim woman.

Preston Mosque rocked by vicious infighting amid claims of missing millions (The Age, Melbourne)
Feb 25 - Vicious infighting threatens to tear apart the congregation of one of Melbourne’s largest mosques, amid claims that millions of dollars of donations have disappeared and accusations that a sheikh had behaved inappropriately with women.

Un-Christian response to Sharia (The Australian)
Feb 25 – (Opinion: Angela Shanahan) Sharia, as used to govern the rubrics of Islam in Australia, poses no threat to our democratic laws.

Islamism must be resisted (The Australian)
Feb 25 – (Opinion: Chris Kenny) We are a welcoming people but the Muslim question is proving perplexing.

Yassmin Abdel-Magied and the Australian crucible (The Saturday Paper)
Feb 25 – (Opinion: Susan Carland) The most horrifying test for witches during the Middle Ages was the swimming trials.

 

POLITICS

Bear us in mind, Bishop tells US (The Australian)
Feb 22 - Julie Bishop has pressed Mike Pence to consider Australia’s interests in the review of the effort to defeat Islamic State.

Islamic leaders urge boycott (The Australian)
Feb 22 - Islamic leaders in WA have told their followers not to vote for Premier Colin Barnett’s Liberal Party at the election.

Also: WA election: Vote for Liberals effectively a vote for One Nation, Muslim cleric says (ABC News)  
Feb 24 - One of the imams behind Wednesday’s call for Muslims not to vote for the Liberal Party says the current political climate has forced them to take a stand.

Indonesia says rise of One Nation party in Australia a ’concern’ (The Guardian, Australia)
Feb 24 - The rise of political parties with challenging views on Islam such as Australia’s One Nation are a “concern”, the Indonesian foreign ministry says.

Euthanasia, Safe Schools hot topics as Liberal, Labor leaders face Christian voters (ABC News)  
Feb 25 - Colin Barnett and Mark McGowan have clashed over voluntary euthanasia and the Safe Schools program during a public question and answer session organised by the Australian Christian Lobby in the lead-up to the state election.

Inside the sick, sad world of the Q Society and the Australian Liberty Alliance (The Saturday Paper)
Feb 25 – (Opinion: Mike Seccombe) In the wake of their controversial fundraising dinners, the Q Society explain their roots and their paranoid vision of Australia’s future.

                                   

RELIGION & SOCIETY

Coptic Christians flee an unwelcoming Egypt, seek refuge in Australia (ABC News)  
Feb 25 - A church in the middle of Cairo is bombed.

 


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