Religion News Selection 31 (Aug 20 - 27)

  (27 August 17)
  by Greg Spearritt

Religion News Selection

August 20 - 27, 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.

 

Please note: there will be no Religion News roundup for the week of 13 – 20 August, 2017.

 

 

ABUSE

The Catholic church must stop blaming victims: children cannot consent to sex (The Guardian, Australia)
Aug 25 – (Opinion: Dino Nocivelli) What has consent got to do with child abuse?

 

ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT

On Being Krista Tippett: Why talking about spirituality is more important than ever (ABC News)  
Aug 24 - In a media culture dominated by the 24-hour news cycle, carving out a space for the voices of poets, theologians and philosophers isn’t easy.

 

CATHOLIC CHURCH

Catholic church mobilises against NSW assisted dying laws (Sydney Morning Herald)  
Aug 21 - The Catholic Church has mobilised a grassroots campaign against voluntary assisted dying laws in NSW, with parishioners, school staff and parents urged to petition politicians weeks before a bill goes before state parliament.

Married Sunday, fired Monday: Churches threaten to dismiss staff who wed same-sex partners (Sydney Morning Herald)  
Aug 21 - Australia’s Catholic church is threatening to fire teachers, nurses and other employees who marry their same-sex partner if gay marriage is legalised, in a dramatic move led by the country’s most senior Catholic.

Also: Archbishops out of step with Catholic community and the Pope (The Age, Melbourne)
Aug 21 - Archbishop Denis Hart of Melbourne and Archbishop Timothy Costelloe of Perth are at least consistent.

Also: Melbourne archbishop vows to defend ’God’s institution’ in marriage debate (The Guardian, Australia)
Aug 25 - The archbishop of Melbourne, Denis Hart, has vowed to “teach and preach the truth that marriage is a union of one man and one woman”, in an open letter to Catholics urging them to vote no in the same-sex marriage survey.

 

INTERNATIONAL STORIES

Catholic Church

Pope Francis: prioritise migrants’ dignity over national security (The Guardian, Australia)
Aug 22 - Pope Francis has issued a 20-point action plan to governments on refugees and migrants to try to galvanise their response to an issue seen by the Vatican as one of the biggest global challenges of the 21st century.

Religious Violence

’These boys were raised among us’: terror cell town reels after Catalonia attacks (The Guardian, Australia)
Aug 22 - A dark, narrow staircase leads up to the seventh-floor flat in the small Catalan town of Ripoll from where Abdelbaki Es Satty allegedly masterminded the terrorist cell that struck in Barcelona last Thursday.

Myanmar violence leaves 96 dead as Rohingya Muslims flee into Bangladesh (ABC News)  
Aug 27 - Thousands of Rohingya Muslims fleeing violence in Myanmar are trying to cross the border with Bangladesh, Bangladeshi security officials say, as fresh fighting erupted in Myanmar’s north-western Rakhine state.

Other

India upholds controversial marriage annulment amid ’love jihad’ inquiry (The Guardian, Australia)
Aug 21 - The Indian supreme court has upheld a decision to annul the marriage of a 24-year-old woman in Kerala and force her to live back at her parents’ house because she married a Muslim man.

 

POLITICS

’Next attack will be on your head’: Sarah-Hanson Young attacks Pauline Hanson over burqa stunt (Sydney Morning Herald)  
Aug 21 - The next terrorist attack will "be on your head, Pauline", Greens senator Sarah Hanson-Young has told Pauline Hanson after the One Nation’s burqa stunt on the floor of the Senate.

Also: Pauline Hanson’s Senate stunt shows why we need to confront the ideology behind the burqa (Sydney Morning Herald)  
Aug 27 – (Opinion: Elham Manea ) Pauline Hanson wearing a burqa in Parliament was a political stunt.

Same-sex marriage: Coalition frontbenchers at odds over religious freedom debate (Sydney Morning Herald)  
Aug 21 - Turnbull government frontbenchers are publicly disagreeing with George Brandis after the Attorney-General rejected conservative arguments against same-sex marriage and said he would not be "tricked" into debating wider issues of religious freedom.

Also: Abbott insists marriage equality a threat to religious freedom after Brandis calls it a ’trick’ (The Guardian, Australia)
Aug 21 - Tony Abbott and two Liberal ministers have rejected the view of the attorney general, George Brandis, that religious freedom is not at issue in the same-sex marriage postal survey.

Also: Peter Dutton says religious schools must have right to teach own definition of marriage (The Guardian, Australia)
Aug 24 - Religious schools, including Catholic and Anglican schools, should have a legislatively protected right to teach their conception of marriage, Peter Dutton has said.

How the religious right stall climate action (The Saturday Paper)
Aug 27 – (Opinion: Mike Seccombe) It has been more than three years now since Stephen Pickard penned his letter to the religious believers among our federal parliamentarians, arguing the case for action on climate change.

 

RELIGION & SOCIETY

I’m a Baptist minister and I’ll be voting ’yes’ for same-sex marriage (Sydney Morning Herald)  
Aug 21 – (Opinion: Simon Carey Holt ) I am a Christian, a person deeply formed by the Church and its gospel.

St Michael’s Uniting Church in Melbourne wants to be first church to marry Aussie same sex couples (Adelaide Now)
Aug 24 - A CHURCH in Melbourne has shown its support for marriage equality, and said that it wants to be the first church to marry a same-sex couple.

When will the madness end? (Sydney Morning Herald)  
Aug 26 – (Opinion: Peter FitzSimons) So, I’ve got this right, yes? On the one hand, we have the Catholic Church maintaining it will make no change in its protocol about the sanctity of the confessional.

Catholics defy church leadership to become biggest backers of same-sex marriage: poll (Sydney Morning Herald)  
Aug 27 - A majority of Catholics, Christians and other religious groups support same-sex marriage and are inclined to vote for it in the forthcoming postal survey, according to new polling commissioned by advocates.

Under the microscope: The professions Australians most value (Brisbane Times)
Aug 27 - Australians think doctors, scientists and farmers contribute the most to society and believe almost equally that priests, politicians and journalists are a detriment to our wellbeing.

 

 


From the Archive…

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Religion News Australia 2017 – 30 (Aug 6 - 12)

Religion News Australia 2017 – 29 (July 30 – Aug 6)

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