Religion News Australia 2017 - 46 (Dec 3 - 10)

  (10 December 17)
  by Greg Spearritt

Religion News Australia

December 3 - 10, 2017

Religion news stories from Australia

(Research: Greg Spearritt)

 

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

 

 

 

ABUSE

Royal Commission delivers withering criticism of Melbourne Archdiocese (The Age, Melbourne)
Dec 6 - The Catholic Archdiocese of Melbourne has been found to have ignored, dismissed or covered up allegations of appalling child abuse by seven of its priests in a bid to protect the church’s reputation and avoid scandal.

Also: Melbourne Catholic archdiocese’s inaction had ’catastrophic’ consequences (The Guardian, Australia)  
Dec 6 - The failure of senior figures within the Catholic archdiocese of Melbourne, including the former archbishop Thomas Francis Little, to deal with serious allegations of child sexual abuse “demonstrates the catastrophic human consequences of inaction”, a report from the child sex abuse royal commission has found.

Newcastle Anglican Archdiocese had ’do-nothing’ approach to child sex abuse claims (ABC News)
Dec 7 - The royal commission into child sexual abuse has found powerful paedophiles in the Anglican Diocese of Newcastle were operating under weak church leadership.

 

CATHOLIC CHURCH

Same-sex marriage welcomed by Catholic priest, hopes to officiate weddings on Tiwi Islands (ABC News)
Dec 10 - If the Catholic Church would allow it, Father Pat Mara would love to marry a same-sex couple.

 

EDUCATION

Catholic schools attract most Gonski funding for students with a disability (The Age, Melbourne)
Dec 6 - Victorian Catholic schools will soon receive millions more in Commonwealth funding for students with a disability than state schools.

 

INTERNATIONAL STORIES

Abuse

Did Scientology shield Danny Masterson from rape claims? (news.com.au)
Dec 9 - SCIENTOLOGIST actor Danny Masterson has been accused of rape by four women — and the Church of Scientology claims it knew nothing of the allegations against its longtime member.

Roy Moore: sex scandal judge with God by his side (The Guardian, Australia)  
Dec 10 - Perhaps only in the deeply Republican state of Alabama could a pistol-packing, stetson-wearing ex-judge accused of sexual misconduct become a formidable political candidate.

Catholic Church

We need ’antibodies against some viruses of our times’: Pope Francis tells Rome (The Age, Melbourne)
Dec 9 - Rome: Pope Francis lamented the decay and degradation of Rome on Friday, using a traditional prayer on a national feast day to highlight problems such as environmental blight and corruption in the Italian capital.

Lead us not into mistranslation: pope wants Lord’s Prayer changed (The Guardian, Australia)  
Dec 9 - Pope Francis has called for the English wording of the Lord’s Prayer to be changed, because it implies God “induces temptation”.

Islam

US Supreme Court allows Donald Trump’s travel ban go into full effect (ABC News)
Dec 5 - The US Supreme Court has handed a victory to President Donald Trump by allowing his latest travel ban targeting people from six Muslim-majority countries to go into full effect, even as legal challenges continue in lower courts.

Judaism

Nazi death squad’s shocking secrets revealed in buried note (news.com.au)
Dec 4 - DETAILS of a Nazi death squad — made up of Jews forced to escort inmates to gas chambers — have emerged from a cryptic note.

Religious Violence

Islamic State routed from Iraq after government forces retake areas along Syrian border, PM says (ABC News)
Dec 10 - Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi says Iraqi forces have driven the last remnants of Islamic State from the country, three years after the militant group captured about a third of Iraq’s territory.

Fourteen-year-old keeps heartwrenching diary of life under Islamic State (NEWS.COM.AU)
Dec 10 - THE three women tensed as their taxi approached the checkpoint manned by Islamic State group fighters.

Other

Judges return to culture wars in wedding cake case (The Age, Melbourne)
Dec 6 - Washington: Pivotal Justice Anthony Kennedy sent mixed messages during a spirited and divisive US Supreme Court argument Tuesday over a Colorado baker who refuses to make cakes for same-sex weddings - a case which is reopening culture wars in the divided nation.

US evangelical preacher should be banned from entering UK, critics say (The Guardian, Australia)  
Dec 10 - Opposition is mounting to a planned visit to the UK by a leading American conservative evangelical Christian who has made Islamophobic and anti-gay statements, with critics saying it will promote prejudice and damage interfaith relations.

Former Google and Uber engineer is developing an AI ’god’ (news.com.au)
Dec 10 - THE CONCEPT of an AI ’god’ may seem outlandish, but a former Google and Uber engineer is touting the idea of a hi-tech ’deity’ as a way to improve society.

 

ISLAM

ABC’s Q&A: Young Muslim woman breaks down over Trump’s tweets (news.com.au)
Dec 5 - A YOUNG Muslim woman shared her deeply personal feelings on Q&A. One guest’s response to her was met with disgust.

 

POLITICS

Minister tells principals to throw One Nation senator’s anti-Islam letters in the bin (The Guardian, Australia)  
Dec 4 - The New South Wales education minister, Rob Stokes, has urged school principals to throw anti-Islamic letters from One Nation in the nearest recycling bin, saying “perhaps then some good may still come from it”.

Same-sex marriage

Anglican bishops break ranks to support Dean Smith’s same-sex marriage bill (Brisbane Times)
Dec 4 - A group of Anglican bishops has split with some of the church’s top leaders to declare support for the current version of the same-sex marriage bill before Parliament, publicly calling on lower house MPs to resist the conservative push to insert stronger religious protections.

Same-sex marriage amendments to be blocked in lower house as final debate begins (The Age, Melbourne)
Dec 4 - Controversial amendments to the same-sex marriage legislation are poised for defeat in Parliament this week, with key crossbenchers and Liberal MPs refusing to back them.

The church leaders’ campaign against marriage equality harms those who are already hurt (The Guardian, Australia)  
Dec 4 – (Opinion: Anthony Castle and Brad Chilcott) Conservative church leaders have sent an open letter to the leaders of both major parties asking them to protect religious freedoms when the same-sex marriage bill comes before the House of Representatives this week.

Same-sex marriage: Liberal MP Andrew Wallace ’shocked’ by daughter’s gay relationship (ABC News)
Dec 6 - Andrew Wallace was shocked when his daughter told him she was with another woman.

Ministers to ignore Malcolm Turnbull, scuttle changes to same-sex marriage bill (Brisbane Times)
Dec 6 - Cabinet ministers will ignore Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull’s lead and kill off amendments to the same-sex marriage bill that would have bolstered religious exemptions and enabled civil celebrants to discriminate against gay couples.

 

RELIGION & SOCIETY

Pine Gap protesters spared jail to avoid creating ’martyr’ (ABC News)
Dec 4 - Six Christian peace activists who illegally entered the top-secret Pine Gap defence base near Alice Springs have avoided jail time, with a judge telling the court he didn’t want to make a "martyr" of one of the offenders.

Former pastor claims unfair dismissal over porn allegations (Brisbane Times)
Dec 4 - A former pastor is taking action against a Queensland church for unfair dismissal over allegations he used his work phone to access pornographic internet and chat room sites.

Inquest into cult leader Simon Kadwell, Chantelle McDougall and daughter Leela begins (ABC News)
Dec 6 - A note left behind simply said: "Gone to Brazil".

Also: WA Nannup doomsday cult inquest reveals ’bizarre, alternative lifestyle’ of missing family (ABC News)
Dec 9 - A coronial inquest was set up to shed light on one of the most baffling mysteries in Western Australia this century — the suspected deaths of a WA family linked to a doomsday cult.

Also: ’How can four people just vanish?’: Odd tales emerge in Nannup case (The Guardian, Australia)  
Dec 10 - Cathy McDougall freezes every time she hears that police have found a body.

Yoga, mindfulness and meditation: Is the commercialisation of spirituality all that bad? (ABC News)
Dec 10 - Rochelle Livingstone was eight when a "hippie" school teacher introduced her to yoga.

 

 


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