by Greg Spearritt
Religion News Selection
February 26 – March 5, 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 Archbishop promises a listening
tour with victims of sexual abuse (Canberra
Mar 1 - The Catholic Archbishop of Canberra and Goulburn has promised a "listening tour" to meet victims of child sexual abuse and their families as part of a healing mission in the lead-up to Easter.
Bravehearts founder calls for Catholic
Archbishop to resign over relocation of priest (ABC
Mar 2 - The founder of a group that advocates for and supports victims of sexual assault has called for Catholic Archbishop Christopher Prowse to resign over the relocation of a priest accused of inappropriate behaviour towards children.
Catholic Church blocks victims\’ path to further compensation (ABC
Mar 3 - The Catholic Church’s Melbourne Archdiocese has rejected an independent review’s recommendation to extend compensation for child sex abuse victims to their families or carers.
Beaconsfield Anglican church welcomes
Muslim community, offers land for mosque (ABC
Mar 1 - An Anglican church in Perth’s south, which has been opening its doors to local Muslim worshippers once a week, has offered to sell part of its land for a mosque to be built next door.
Remains of Tasmania\’s first Catholic Bishop Robert Willson arrive from UK (ABC
Mar 1 - Tasmania’s first Catholic bishop has returned to the island state, more than 150 years after his death.
Clerical abuse victim leaves Vatican
commission, accuses it of \’silence and secrecy\’ (ABC
Mar 2 - A prominent survivor of clerical sexual abuse has accused authorities within the Vatican of hiding behind a culture of silence and secrecy to avoid dealing with the issue.
Opponent of female priests urged to decline
bishop of Sheffield post (The
Feb 24 - A senior Church of England theologian has called on the newly appointed bishop of Sheffield to stand aside ahead of his consecration, saying his opposition to female priests will “cause significant pastoral and public damage to the church”.
Civil war in the Vatican as conservatives
battle Francis for the soul of Catholicism (The Guardian, Australia)
Mar 5 – (Opinion: Catherine Pepinster) When Pope Francis was elected nearly four years ago, on 13 March 2013, he was escorted – like every pope before him – from the Sistine Chapel to the Room of Tears.
\’I spent the night at my Muslim friends\’\’: Christians flee
Islamic State in Sinai (Sydney Morning Herald)
Feb 27 - Ismailia, Egypt: Some fled with little more than the clothes they were wearing, terrified that the militants of Islamic State would come for them next.
Tariq Ramadan: \’Muslims need to reform
their minds\’ (The Guardian, Australia)
Mar 1 - Tariq Ramadan knows all about travel bans.
US Jewish centres report another wave of
hoax bomb threats: NBC (Brisbane
Feb 28 - New York: At least 16 Jewish community centres and schools around the United States reported receiving bomb threats on Monday, NBC News reported, the fifth wave of such threats this year that have stoked fears of a resurgence of anti-Semitism.
President Donald Trump suggests
anti-Semitic threats coming from Jews (news.com.au)
Mar 1 - PRESIDENT Donald Trump has suggested a series of bomb threats against Jewish community centres across the United States could be coming from within the Jewish community itself.
Australians aren\’t as Islamophobic as
we\’re led to believe (ABC
Feb 27 – (Opinion: Riaz Hassan ) Over the last few months, several reports have indicated a significant number of Australians hold anti-Muslim attitudes.
Halal certification defamation case against
Kirralie Smith settled out of court (Sydney Morning Herald)
Feb 28 - A Supreme Court defamation case brought by halal certifier Mohamed El-Mouelhy against the far-right Q Society has been settled out of court, with the organisation, its board members and politician Kirralie Smith making an apology.
SBS\’s Is Australia Racist?
exposes a shocking insight into everyday bigotry (Brisbane Times)
Feb 28 - "Where’s your f---ing face? What are you hiding from? F---ing Allah?" These questions were among the abuse caught on shocking hidden-camera footage of a random hate-filled attack on a young Muslim woman by herself in a shopping centre.
Donald Trump\’s America shows why
Australians are turning to Pauline Hanson (ABC
Mar 3 – (Opinion: Stan Grant) There are things people say sometimes that really pull me up short and it happened again this week.
Pauline Hanson blasts Muslims, praises
Putin, questions vaccines in ABC interview (Sydney Morning Herald)
Mar 5 - Muslims want to impose Sharia law because they "hate Western society," Australia needs a "strong" leader like Vladimir Putin and the government must stop "blackmailing" parents into vaccinating their children, Pauline Hanson has told the ABC.
RELIGION & SOCIETY
Catholicism has done more harm to Australia
than Islam. Where\’s the outrage? (The Guardian, Australia)
Feb 28 – (Opinion: Kristina Keneally) Every Muslim who speaks out is expected to own, explain and condemn any act carried out by Muslims worldwide. The same doesn’t apply to Catholics
Lent sacrifices still relevant as Christian
tradition spans generations (ABC
Mar 1 - "What are you giving up for Lent?" is a phrase commonly used at this time of year.
Is the church\’s culture of shame
increasing abortions? (ABC News)
Mar 5 – (Opinion: Michael Paget) I have been the senior minister at St Barnabas Broadway, in Sydney’s inner city, for six years.
From the Archive…
Religion News Australia 2015 – 34 (Sept 6 - 13)
Religion News Australia 2015 – 33 (Aug 30 – Sept 6)
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