Religion News Australia 2017 - 34 (Sept 10 - 17)

  (16 September 17)
  by Greg Spearritt

Religion News Australia

September 10 - 17, 2017

Religion news stories from Australia

(Research: Greg Spearritt)

 

abuse / international stories / politics / religion & society

 

 

 

ABUSE

Worst of Catholic sexual abuse scandal still to come in developing world: report (ABC News)  
Sept 13 - The worst of the Catholic sexual abuse scandal may be over in Australia, but the crisis is likely to hit the church in Asia, Africa and parts of Europe within a decade, a report has warned.

Australian Catholics pass judgement on royal commission calls to break confessional seal (ABC News)  
Sept 14 - Divisions are emerging in the Australian Catholic community over a controversial call for the seal of the confessional to be broken if a paedophile admits to sexually abusing a child.

 

INTERNATIONAL STORIES

Catholic Church

Pope Francis gets a black eye after Popemobile accident in Colombia (ABC News)  
Sept 11 - Pope Francis lost his balance while riding in the Popemobile through a crowd in Cartagena, Colombia, on Sunday, bruising his left cheekbone and eyelid, but he was not seriously hurt.

Pope Francis questions whether Donald Trump is ’pro-life’ after DACA decision (Sydney Morning Herald)  
Sept 12 - Washington: Pope Francis on Monday questioned whether Donald Trump was "pro-life" following the US President’s decision to end a policy allowing young immigrants to stay in the United States.

Islam

Child brides: Why underage girls are marrying in Indonesia (Brisbane Times)
Sept 16 - Aulia* was 15 when she was married. There wasn’t a lot of choice. She had been dating Arief, a sweet-faced boy from the local garage, and the neighbourhood tongues were in overdrive.

Why do Indonesian women wear the hijab when they don’t have to? (ABC News)  
Sept 16 - Siti Musdah Mulia can’t remember a time when she didn’t wear a hijab.

Judaism

Benjamin Netanyahu’s son posts anti-Semitic meme, draws praise from neo-Nazis (Sydney Morning Herald)  
Sept 11 - Jerusalem: Yair Netanyahu, the son of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, removed an anti-Semitic meme from his Facebook page on Sunday after an outcry from Israeli politicians and Jewish community leaders in the United States.

Hardline Israeli rabbis use tough checks on Jewish identity to block marriages (The Guardian, Australia)
Sept 17 - Reut T, a 28-year-old Israeli secretary, regards herself as a traditional and observant Jew, attending synagogue each week.

Religious Violence

Defeating Islamic State is only half of it: The battle to rebuild a devastated Iraq (ABC News)  
Sept 11 - The UN refugee agency officials are surrounded.

’Antisemitic’ robbers target Jewish family near Paris (The Guardian, Australia)
Sept 11 - A Jewish family was beaten, held hostage and robbed in their home near Paris because of their religion, French authorities and anti-hate groups said on Sunday.

Myanmar accused of planting landmines in path of fleeing Rohingya (The Guardian, Australia)
Sept 11 - Myanmar’s military has been accused of planting landmines in the path of Rohingya Muslims fleeing violence in western Rakhine state, with Amnesty International reporting that two people were wounded on Sunday.

Indonesian woman caned after adultery conviction in Aceh sharia court (ABC News)  
Sept 12 - Just months after two gay men were publicly caned in the Indonesian province of Aceh, a woman has received hospital treatment after receiving 100 lashes.

Iraq holding more than 1,000 foreign wives, children of suspected IS fighters (ABC News)  
Sept 12 - Iraq is holding more than 1,000 family members of suspected Islamic State (IS) foreign fighters in a desert camp south of Mosul.

Videos purportedly show scale of violence in Myanmar as relatives in Australia await news (ABC News)  
Sept 13 - Just inside Myanmar, where Islam and Buddhism collide, thousands of desperate Muslim families are on the move.

What is going on with Myanmar, the Rohingya and Aung San Suu Kyi (Sydney Morning Herald)  
Sept 13 - The systematic slaughter of civilians by security forces in Myanmar’s Rakhine State has forced hundreds of thousands of stateless Rohingya Muslims to flee to Bangladesh, creating a humanitarian disaster not seen in Asia for decades.

Myanmar Rohingya crisis: Al Qaeda warns crimes against ’Muslim brothers’ will be avenged (ABC News)  
Sept 14 - Al Qaeda’s intervention in the humanitarian crisis in Myanmar has stoked new fears that Rohingya militants have the backing of global jihadist groups, including Islamic State (IS).

Islamic State caliphate a ’crocodile’s lair’, former members say in Indonesian anti-terror video (ABC News)  
Sept 15 - Indonesians returning from life in Islamic State’s rapidly-shrinking caliphate have described a horrific and brutal world — a "pit of lies" where fighters chased three things: power, money and women.

Suicide attacks claimed by Islamic State kill scores in southern Iraq (Sydney Morning Herald)  
Sept 15 - A coordinated attack on a restaurant and a security checkpoint in southern Iraq killed more than 80 people Thursday, police and health officials said, in a rare spasm of violence targeting a route used by Shiite pilgrims to visit their holiest shrines.

Systematic torching of entire Rohingya villages a ’crime against humanity’ (Brisbane Times)
Sept 15 - Bangkok: New evidence reveals the systematic torching of entire villages and the shooting of villagers as they try to flee in Myanmar’s strife-torn Rakhine state.

Myanmar Rohingya crisis: Australia needs to stand up and help as the situation worsens (ABC News)  
Sept 16 – (Opinion: John Blaxland and Elaine Pearson) The world seems to be sitting on its hands as the Rohingya crisis in Myanmar descends into what the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights has described as "a textbook example of ethnic cleansing".

Other

Archaeologists to plumb depths of Mayan pyramid in search of ’elaborate underworld’ (ABC News)  
Sept 14 - Archaeologists are set to explore the ancient Mayan Temple of Kukulkan and the ruins of Chichen Itza like never before, using a specially-modified radar to hunt for hidden passages, rooms and caves, National Geographic reports.

Is this Mary Magdalene? Forensic reconstruction of a holy relic puts a face to the skull of a Saint (news.com.au)
Sept 16 - THE relic is one of the most precious in all Christendom.

 

POLITICS

Sir Joh refused Indigenous AIDS tests, successor claims (Brisbane Times)
Sept 16 - Former Queensland Premier Sir Joh Bjelke-Peterson refused to curb the spread of AIDS among indigenous Australians out of belief it was punishment from God, his successor claims.

 

RELIGION & SOCIETY

Indian government lodges official diplomatic protest about ’offensive’ Australian lamb ad (Sydney Morning Herald)  
Sept 11 - The Indian government has intervened in the controversy over an Australian marketing campaign for lamb, lodging an official diplomatic complaint.

Tibetan Sky Burials: Stumbling upon the secret ritual of feeding the dead to vulture ’angels’ (ABC News)  
Sept 16 - Tibetan Sky Burials is a traditional custom in Tibetan Buddhism to farewell their dead, and these days outsiders are mostly forbidden from witnessing them.

Is the world going to end on September 23? (news.com.au)
Sept 16 - DOOMSDAY could be sooner than you think if you are to believe conspiracy theorists claiming a planet will collide with Earth on September 23.

Same Sex Marriage

Melbourne reverend speaks out as the Uniting Church debates its position (ABC News)  
Sept 12 - When she was freshly ordained, the Reverend Robyn Whitaker believed homosexuality was a sin.

Marriage trashed by straight people not gays, says Christian Lobby boss Lyle Shelton (Sydney Morning Herald)  
Sept 13 - Straight people have trashed the institution of marriage, and gays and lesbians have been subjected to "hateful and hurtful" things by Christians, a Canberra audience heard on Wednesday.

Australian Christian Lobby not worried about marriage campaign vilification law (The Guardian, Australia)
Sept 13 - A bill banning vilification, intimidation and threats in the same-sex marriage postal survey has passed parliament, as the Australian Christian Lobby apologised for hurtful historical remarks about Aids.

Police called as hundreds of protesters surround Sydney University ’vote no’ rally (Sydney Morning Herald)  
Sept 14 - Police have been called to the University of Sydney after a rally encouraging students to vote "no" in the same-sex marriage postal survey drew hundreds of counter-protesters.

Same-sex safeguards just ’gesture politics’ (The Australian)
Sept 14 - Two NSW Catholic bishops have broken ranks with the No side in the same-sex marriage debate.

Conservative Christians’ anti-marriage equality lines ’betray gospel of grace’, says reverend (The Guardian, Australia)
Sept 14 - The Parramatta Catholic Diocese and the St James Anglican church have both rejected the anti-marriage equality lines of conservative religious leaders in Sydney.

Also: Church split over anti-marriage equality views of the Australian Christian Lobby (news.com.au)
Sept 16 - TWO major Sydney churches have hit back at the Australian Christian Lobby’s conservative marriage equality views.

Church cancels wedding because bride and groom supported gay marriage on Facebook (Sydney Morning Herald)  
Sept 15 - A Victorian church refused to marry a young couple and cancelled their wedding plans because the bride-to-be expressed support for same-sex marriage on Facebook.

Also: Turnbull defends church that refused to marry couple backing same-sex marriage (The Guardian, Australia)
Sept 15 - Malcolm Turnbull has defended a Victorian church that cancelled the wedding of a local couple after they posted their support for same-sex marriage on Facebook.

Also: PM’s focus on freedom for religion (The Australian)
Sept 16 - The PM has declared he believes in religious freedom ’even more strongly’ than in same-sex marriage.

Same-sex marriage: many synagogues reject rabbinical council’s ’no’ (The Guardian, Australia)
Sept 17 - Australia’s peak Jewish body and many synagogues have rejected a statement by the Rabbinical Council of Victoria urging people to vote no in the same-sex marriage postal survey.

 


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