Religion News Australia 10 (Mar 5 - 11)

  (10 March 17)
  by Greg Spearritt

Religion News Australia

March 5 - 11, 2017

Religion news stories from Australia

(Research: Greg Spearritt)

 

 

 

abuse / arts & entertainment / catholic church / education / international stories / islam / politics / religion & society

 

 

 

ABUSE

Fourth Catholic priest to be moved from accommodation near an ACT primary school (ABC News)  
Mar 7 - It has been revealed that the Catholic Church is in the process of removing a priest with a questionable background from a home near Ainslie Public School.

Churches must be included in reporting laws protecting children, ACT Greens say (ABC News)  
Mar 10 - The ACT Greens are lobbying the territory Government to introduce laws that would force churches to tell authorities about situations where children could be at risk of abuse.

Uniting Church apologises to victims of sexual abuse, Jehovah’s Witnesses defend treatment (ABC News)  
Mar 11 - The Uniting Church in Australia has apologised to children sexually abused in its congregations and institutions, while Jehovah’s Witness seniors have defended their two-witness rule and shunning of victims.

Inside the Jehovah’s Witnesses: A ’perfect storm’ for abuse (Sydney Morning Herald)  
Mar 11 - Three decades ago Jodi*’s family were searching for a better life for themselves and their four children, well away from the gritty inner-city high rise apartment they called home.

Uniting church has faced 2,500 reports of child sexual abuse, royal commission hears (The Guardian, Australia)
Mar 11 - The Uniting church has been subject to about 2,500 allegations of child sexual abuse in its 40-year history, the royal commission has heard.

 

ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT

Ben Lee: why a Jewish-raised Hindu musician is singing songs about Islam for kids (The Guardian, Australia)
Mar 9 - Protests about Donald Trump’s travel ban are taking many forms but perhaps one of the most unexpected is the release of a new album by Ben Lee, called Ben Lee Sings Songs About Islam for the Whole Family.

 

CATHOLIC CHURCH

Catholic Archbishop Prowse says church won’t be muzzled on abortion or marriage (Brisbane Times)
Mar 6 - Traditional views on marriage and the sanctity of human life have been marginalised by a new orthodoxy, according to the leader of Canberra’s 158,000 Catholics.

 

EDUCATION

Parents voice concerns over ’unfair’ removal of former Punchbowl principal (Daily Telegraph, Sydney)
Mar 7 - PARENTS of students at Punchbowl Boys High School have defended former principal Chris Griffiths as a “good person”.

Islamic College of SA gets state funding to stay open until mid-April (ABC News)  
Mar 11 - The Islamic College of South Australia will remain open until the end of term one as a result of the State Government agreeing to give it "limited financial support" after federal funding was cut.

 

INTERNATIONAL STORIES

Abuse

The Catholic church is ’shocked’ at the hundreds of children buried at Tuam. Really? (The Guardian, Australia)
Mar 8 – (Opinion: Emer O’Toole) It has been confirmed that significant numbers of children’s remains lie in a mass grave adjacent to a former home for unmarried mothers run by the Bon Secours Sisters in Tuam, County Galway.

Catholic Church

Time to let married men become priests? Maybe, says Pope Francis (Sydney Morning Herald)  
Mar 11 - Rome: The Catholic Church should consider allowing married men to become priests, Pope Francis has said, in what would be a radical departure from Vatican teaching.

Islam

Engaged couple arrested in Abu Dhabi for sex before marriage (news.com.au)
Mar 9 - A COUPLE visiting Abu Dhabi has allegedly been arrested for having premarital sex after a doctor reportedly told authorities the woman was pregnant.

’I’d love a hijab that matches my trainers’: what Muslim athletes think of Nike’s new sportswear (The Guardian, Australia)
Mar 9 - Air: endlessly available. Free. But worth so much when marketed by Nike.

Religious Violence

Battle for Mosul: Iraqi forces report retaking government complex from Islamic State fighters (ABC News)  
Mar 8 - Iraqi security forces have captured the main government buildings in western Mosul from the Islamic State group (IS), a senior Iraqi military commander says.

“Oily residue is pouring down from the sky.” (Sydney Morning Herald)  
Mar 8 – (Opinion: Michael Bachelard & Kate Geraghty) One of Islamic State’s parting shots – setting oil wells on fire – is still making people sick in northern Iraq.

Muslim girl filmed ’twerking’, in public receives horrifying death threats (news.com.au)
Mar 8 - A MUSLIM teenager who was filmed twerking while wearing a hijab has been targeted by vile trolls who said she is a “stupid b****” who “needs to be killed”.

IS plotted Saudi royals attack (The Australian)
Mar 8 - Suspected Islamic State associates prepared a car bomb for King Salman’s visit to Malaysia, police say.

Mosul: Iraqi troops find Assyrian treasures in network of Isis tunnels (The Guardian, Australia)
Mar 8 - Deep under a monument destroyed by Isis in Mosul, Iraqi archaeologists have discovered carvings dating from almost 2,000 years earlier in a network of escape tunnels dug by the extremists.

ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi abandons fighters, goes into hiding, Iraqi officials say (news.com.au)
Mar 9 - US and Iraqi officials believe the leader of the Islamic State, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, has left operational commanders behind with diehard followers to fight the battle of Mosul, and is now hiding out in the desert, focusing mainly on his own survival.

Other

Would Jesus be a gentrifier? How Christianity is catching on to urban renewal (The Guardian, Australia)
Mar 7 – (Opinion: Joel Duddell) To a new breed of churches, dilapidated neighbourhoods are the fallen world – and salvation lies not just in prayer but in pop-ups, vintage stores and organic bakeries

 

ISLAM

United Patriots Front members’ court appearance sparks rally in Melbourne (ABC News)  
Mar 6 - About 50 anti-discrimination activists have staged a protest outside the Melbourne Magistrates’ Court as three members of an anti-Islam group appeared on religious vilification charges.

Susan Carland: ’I thought Islam was barbaric’ (news.com.au)
Mar 9 - SUSAN Carland has opened up about her conversion to Islam in a new interview, admitting she was “terrified” to tell her loved ones she had become a Muslim.

Lismore women come together to combat Islamophobia in their community (ABC News)  
Mar 10 - When women from the northern New South Wales city of Lismore heard about eggs and lit cigarettes being thrown at their Muslim sisters, they decided to stage an event to combat Islamophobia in the community.

 

POLITICS

Malcolm Turnbull responds to Pauline Hanson’s Muslim comment (news.com.au)
Mar 7 - PRIME Minister Malcolm Turnbull today came close to accusing Pauline Hanson of aiding the enemy as he directly rejected her anti-Muslim policy.

’Our best allies are Muslim leaders’ (The Australian)
Mar 7 - Malcolm Turnbull condemns Pauline Hanson and defends moderate Islam after Donald Trump reinstated his travel ban.

Fred Nile gives renewed push to Zoe’s law to criminalise harm to a fetus (Sydney Morning Herald)  
Mar 11 - Cabinet is set to consider upper house MP Fred Nile’s renewed push to criminalise harming or killing a  fetus.

 

RELIGION & SOCIETY

Salvation Army says entry into funeral business will help disadvantaged (The Guardian, Australia)
Mar 8 - The Salvation Army has entered Australia’s funeral industry, a move welcomed by consumer advocates concerned by a “long history” of unscrupulous providers taking advantage of the newly bereaved and a lack of competition.

What is the role of faith in today’s world? (ABC News)  
Mar 10 – (Opinion: Stan Grant) His name is Paul and I met him on the streets at Parramatta in Sydney’s west.

Doing death differently: today’s funerals are not like they used to be (The Guardian, Australia)
Mar 11 – (Opinion: Elle Hunt) A wake in a cafe or on the beach, burial in a cardboard coffin – funerals are increasingly personalised and non-religious.

 

 

 


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