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.
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
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.
Response to allegations of child sexual
abuse was ’criminally negligent’ (ABC
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
WA election: Vote for Liberals effectively
a vote for One Nation, Muslim cleric says (ABC
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.
Euthanasia, Safe Schools hot topics as
Liberal, Labor leaders face Christian voters (ABC
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.
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