Religion News Selection 24 (June 25 - July 2)

  (01 July 17)
  by Greg Spearritt

Religion News Selection

June 25 – July 2, 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

Witness saw paedophile priest covered in blood near cold case murder victim Maria James’ house (ABC News)  
June 28 - A priest who sexually abused the son of cold case murder victim Maria James was seen covered in blood on the day of her murder, metres from the crime scene.

 

ABUSE – George Pell charged

’Watershed moment’ for Catholic Church as Cardinal George Pell charged (Sydney Morning Herald)  
June 29 - One of Australia’s leading Catholic Church commentators has described the charges against Cardinal George Pell as a "watershed moment", while sex abuse survivor advocates have urged the cardinal to follow through on his undertaking to return to Australia to face court in person.

George Pell sex abuse charges move case into unknown legal territory (Brisbane Times)
June 29 - The string of historical child sexual abuse charges laid against Cardinal George Pell has plunged the case into unknown legal territory.

George Pell charged with sexual offences: a timeline of the cardinal’s life (The Guardian, Australia)
June 29 - From Pell’s early life and progression through the ranks of the church to Australia’s highest-ranking Catholic, to 2017’s charges, which he denies

News Corp’s Miranda Devine says police are ’hunting Catholics’ after George Pell charges (The Guardian, Australia)
June 29 - The News Corp columnist Miranda Devine has defended George Pell on Twitter, saying his charges have been drummed up by Victoria police as a distraction from a supposed crime epidemic in that state.

George Pell charges: The view from the Vatican (ABC News)  
June 30 - The wheels of the Australian justice system have begun to turn in potentially world-changing ways.

Pope Francis faces worst ’crisis’ as shockwaves at Cardinal Pell charges spread around the world (news.com.au)
June 30 - THE sex abuse allegations made against Cardinal George Pell have plunged Pope Francis into the greatest crisis of his papacy, a Vatican watcher says.

George Pell – and the Catholic abuse scandal that is driving the faithful away (The Guardian, Australia)
June 30 – (Opinion: Catherine Pepinster) When the reforming Pope Francis set up an advisory council of cardinals soon after his election in 2013 and appointed, alongside his fellow liberals, the arch-conservative Cardinal George Pell, it caught the Catholic church by surprise.

George Pell profile: the pope’s Australian hardman faces the fight of his life (The Guardian, Australia)
June 30 – (Opinion: David Marr) A bright kid from an Australian bush town, George Pell kept his nose clean as he rose through the ranks to become chief of the Vatican’s finances.

Cardinal George Pell: Charges of historical sex offences will define Vatican official’s legacy (Sydney Morning Herald)  
July 1 – (Opinion: Barney Zwartz) Five years ago, the news that Australia’s most famous Catholic, Cardinal George Pell, was to be charged with historical sex offences would have been like a tsunami inside the church.

 

CATHOLIC CHURCH

’It’s the end of the road for Pell’ (The Australian)
June 30 - Vatican insiders are already preparing to pension off George Pell, regardless of the ­outcome of any court case.

 

INTERNATIONAL STORIES

Catholic Church

Pope replaces top rival in latest move to make church more inclusive (The Guardian, Australia)
July 2 - The Vatican has signalled a major shake-up of its administration, with Pope Francis replacing his top theologian, a conservative German cardinal who has been at odds with the pontiff’s vision of a more inclusive church.

Islam

India’s Muslims celebrate Eid in Old Delhi amid rising tensions with Hindu nationalists (ABC News)  
July 1 - Last weekend, with Ramadan drawing to a close, on a hot and humid evening some friends and I went into Old Delhi.

Religious Violence

IS: How terror group is adapting to loss of Iraq, Syrian territories (news.com.au)
June 29 - ISLAMIC State has been dealt a massive blow after losing swathes of territory in Iraq and Syria, but the group remains as dangerous as ever as it evolves and makes inroads elsewhere.

’I was sold seven times’: the Yazidi women welcomed back into the faith (The Guardian, Australia)
July 1 - No one wears shoes in Lalish.

 

ISLAM

Inside NSW jails: Inmates trying to force religion, extreme ideologies onto others (ABC News)  
June 29 - Prisoners are attempting to forcibly convert their fellow inmates to religion against their will, internal Corrective Services documents show.

Why Islam was often former police officer Danny Mikati’s ’ace’ up his sleeve (Sydney Morning Herald)  
July 1 - Bankstown police officer Danny Mikati called a "Signal 1" – officer down or needing urgent help – only once in his career.

 

JUDAISM

Sydney synagogue prevented from sacking rabbi to close on Friday (Sydney Morning Herald)  
Jjune 30 - A Sydney synagogue whose administrators were prevented from sacking its rabbi because doing so would be inconsistent with orthodox Jewish law will close on Friday, the administrators have said.

 

POLITICS

Tony Abbott’s awkward interview about one of ’Australia’s greatest Churchmen’ George Pell (news.com.au)
June 30 - FORMER prime minister Tony Abbott’s seriously awkward interview surrounding his meeting with “mentor” Cardinal George Pell has resurfaced today.

 

RELIGION & SOCIETY

Census results: Australians are older, ethnically diverse and losing their religion (ABC News)  
June 27 - Australia is older, more ethnically diverse and less religious than ever before, according to the 2016 census results released today.

Also: The message in the Census: End Australia’s Christian bias (Sydney Morning Herald)  
June 27 – (Opinion: Tosca Lloyd ) To those advocating for a more secular Australia, Tuesday’s release of the 2016 census results is hardly a revelation

Also: ’No religion’ tops religion question in Census (news.com.au)
June 27 - DESPITE a scare campaign about Australia becoming a “Muslim country”, those ticking “no religion” in the Census has now overtaken the number of Catholics.

Also: Christianity on the wane in Australia, but Pentecostal church bucks trend (The Guardian, Australia)
June 27 - As the number of Australians who identify as Christian has declined since 2011, one church has notably bucked the trend.

Also: The census shows there’s a gap in the spirituality market. Is yoga filling it? (The Guardian, Australia)
June 29 – (Opinion: Brigid Delaney) In my local yoga studio is a flyer for a program that is rapidly filling up: six weeks of daily yoga, meditation, journaling and weekly meetings that are part tutorial on mindfulness and part group therapy.

Church and states braced for biggest battle on euthanasia (The Guardian, Australia)
June 27 - The American state of Oregon has allowed doctors to prescribe lethal drugs for terminally ill patients for almost 20 years, and local doctor William Toffler is in Australia to tell Australians it has been a disaster.

Australia’s angels of death: The women changing how we enter the afterlife (news.com.au)
June 28 - VICTORIA Spence is pale, elegant and carefully spoken — just what you might expect from a “death doula”.

Destruction of Mosul’s Great Mosque holds a heritage lesson for Australia (The Guardian, Australia)
July 1 - The senseless destruction of the Great Mosque of al-Nuri in Mosul last week is not only a monumental loss for the people of Iraq but for all humanity.

 


From the Archive…

Religion News Australia 2017 – 24 (June 25 – July 2)

Religion News Australia 2017 – 23 (June 18 - 25)

Religion News Australia 2017 – 22 (June 11- 18)

Religion News Australia 2017 – 21 (June 4 - 11)

Religion News Australia 2017 – 20 (May 28 – June 4)

Religion News Australia 2017 – 19 (May 21 - 28)

Religion News Australia 2017 – 18 (May 14 - 21)

Religion News Australia 2017 – 17 (May 7 - 14)

Religion News Australia 2017 – 16 (Apr 30 – May 7)

Religion News Australia 2017 – 15 (Apr 16 - 23)

Religion News Australia 2017 – 14 (Apr 9 - 16)

Religion News Australia 2017 – 13 (Apr 2 - 9)

Religion News Australia 2017 – 12 (Mar 19 – Apr 2)

Religion News Australia 2017 – 11 (Mar 11 – 19)

Religion News Australia 2017 – 10 (Mar 5 - 11)

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

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

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

Religion News Australia 2017 – 6 (Feb 5 - 12)

Religion News Australia 2017 – 5 (Jan 29 - Feb 5)

Religion News Australia 2017 – 4 (Jan 22 - 29)

Religion News Australia 2017 – 3 (Jan 15 - 22)

Religion News Australia 2017 – 2 (Jan 8 - 15)

Religion News Australia 2017 – 1 (Jan 1 - 8)

Religion News Australia 2016 – 49 (Dec 25 - 31)

Religion News Australia 2016 – 48 (Dec 11 - 25)

Religion News Australia 2016 – 47 (Dec 4 - 11)

Religion News Australia 2016 – 46 (Nov 27 - Dec 4)

Religion News Australia 2016 – 45 (Nov 20 - 27)

Religion News Australia 2016 – 44 (Nov 13 - 20)

Religion News Australia 2016 – 43 (Nov 6 - 13)

Religion News Australia 2016 – 42 (Oct 30 - Nov 6)

Religion News Australia 2016 – 41 (Oct 23 - 30)

Religion News Australia 2016 – 40 (Oct 16 - 23)

Religion News Australia 2016 – 39 (Oct 9 - 16)

Religion News Australia 2016 – 38 (Oct 2 - 9)

Religion News Australia 2016 – 37 (Sept 25 – Oct 2)

Religion News Australia 2016 – 36 (Sept 11 - 18)

Religion News Australia 2016 – 35 (Sept 4 - 11)

Religion News Australia 2016 – 34 (Aug 28 – Sept 4)

Religion News Australia 2016 – 33 (Aug 21 - 28)

Religion News Australia 2016 – 32 (Aug 14 - 21)

Religion News Australia 2016 – 31 (Aug 7 - 14)

Religion News Australia 2016 – 30 (Aug 1 - 7)

Religion News Australia 2016 – 29 (July 24 - 31)

Religion News Australia 2016 – 28 (July 17 - 24)

Religion News Australia 2016 – 27 (July 10 - 17)

Religion News Australia 2016 – 26 (June 26 – July 10)

Religion News Australia 2016 – 25 (June 19 - 26)

Religion News Australia 2016 – 24 (June 12 - 19)

Religion News Australia 2016 – 23 (June 5 - 12)

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Religion News Australia 2016 – 17 (Apr 24 – May 1)

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Religion News Australia 2016 – 13 (Mar 27 – Apr 3)

Religion News Australia 2016 – 12 (Mar 20 - 27)

Religion News Australia 2016 – 11 (Mar 13 - 20)

Religion News Australia 2016 – 10 (Mar 6 - 13)

Religion News Australia 2016 – 9 (Feb 28 – Mar 6)

Religion News Australia 2016 – 8 (Feb 21 - 28)

Religion News Australia 2016 – 7 (Feb 14 - 21)

Religion News Australia 2016 – 6 (Feb 7 - 14)

Religion News Australia 2016 – 5 (Jan 31 – Feb 7)

Religion News Australia 2016 – 4 (Jan 24 - 31)

Religion News Australia 2016 – 3 (Jan 17 - 24)

Religion News Australia 2016 – 2 (Jan 10 - 17)

Religion News Australia 2016 – 1 (Dec 27 – Jan 3)

Religion News Australia 2015 – 48 (Dec 20 - 27)

Religion News Australia 2015 – 47 (Dec 13 - 20)

Religion News Australia 2015 – 46 (Dec 6 - 13)

Religion News Australia 2015 – 45 (Nov 29 – Dec 6)

Religion News Australia 2015 – 44 (Nov 22 - 29)

Religion News Australia 2015 – 43 (Nov 15 - 22)

Religion News Australia 2015 – 42 (Nov 8 - 15)

Religion News Australia 2015 – 41 (Nov 1 - 8)

Religion News Australia 2015 – 40 (Oct 25 – Nov 1)

Religion News Australia 2015 – 39 (Oct 18 - 25)

Religion News Australia 2015 – 38 (Oct 11 - 18)

Religion News Australia 2015 – 37 (Sept 27 – Oct 11)

Religion News Australia 2015 – 36 (Sept 20 - 27)

Religion News Australia 2015 – 35 (Sept 13 - 20)

Religion News Australia 2015 – 34 (Sept 6 - 13)

Religion News Australia 2015 – 33 (Aug 30 – Sept 6)

Religion News Australia 2015 – 32 (Aug 23 - 30)

Religion News Australia 2015 – 31 (Aug 16 - 23)

Religion News Australia 2015 – 30 (Aug 9 - 16)

Religion News Australia 2015 – 29 (Aug 2 - 9)

Religion News Australia 2015 – 28 (July 26 – Aug 2)

Religion News Australia 2015 – 27 (July 19 - 26)

Religion News Australia 2015 – 26 (July 12 - 19)

Religion News Australia 2015 – 25 (July 5 - 12)

Religion News Australia 2015 – 24 (June 28 – July 5)

Religion News Australia 2015 – 23 (June 21 - 28)

Religion News Australia 2014 – 22 (June 22 - 29)

Religion News Australia 2014 – 21 (June 15 - 22)

Religion News Australia 2014 – 20 (June 8 - 15)

Religion News Australia 2014 – 19 (June 1 - 8)

Religion News Australia 2014 – 18 (May 25 – June 1)

Religion News Australia 2014 – 17 (May 18 - 25)

Religion News Australia 2014 – 16 (May 11 - 18)

Religion News Australia 2014 – 15 (May 4 - 11)

Religion News Australia 2014 – 14 (April 27 – May 4)

Religion News Australia 2014 – 13 (April 20 - 27)

Religion News Australia 2014 – 12 (April 12 - 20)

Religion News Australia 2014 – 11 (Mar 30 – April 12)

Religion News Australia 2014 – 10 (Mar 23 - 30)

Religion News Australia 2014 – 9 (Mar 16 - 23)

Religion News Australia 2014 – 8 (Mar 9 - 16)

Religion News Australia 2014 – 7 (Mar 3 - 9)

Religion News Australia 2014 – 6 (Feb 23 – Mar 3)

Religion News Australia 2014 – 5 (Feb 16 - 23)

Religion News Australia 2014 – 4 (Feb 9 - 16)

Religion News Australia 2014 – 3 (Feb 2 - 9)

Religion News Australia 2014 – 2 (Jan 26 – Feb 2)

Religion News Australia 2014 – 1 (Jan 4 - 26)

 

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