Religion News Selection - 10 (Mar 5 - 11)

  (10 March 17)
  by Greg Spearritt

Religion News Selection

March 5 - 11, 2017

A 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.

 

 

ABUSE

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.

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.

 

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.

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

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.

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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Religion News Australia 2017 – 9 (Feb 26 – Mar 5)

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Religion News Australia 2017 – 7 (Feb 12 - 19)

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