Religion News Selection 47 (Dec 10 - 17)

  (17 December 17)
  by Greg Spearritt

Religion News Selection

December 10 - 17, 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

Church slams Rescue Churchie move (The Courier-Mail, Brisbane)
Dec 12 - School saga: The Anglican Church has slammed a move by a large group of parents and alumni to disband the School Council over child sex abuse payouts at one of Queensland’s most prestigious private schools.

Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse

The key events that led to the child abuse royal commission (ABC News)
Dec 12 - After five years of emotionally exhausting and confronting public hearings, the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse is about to hand its report to the Governor-General.

Why Australia’s royal commission on child sexual abuse had to happen – explainer (The Guardian, Australia)  
Dec 14 - The royal commission delivers its final report to the Australian governor general, Sir Peter Cosgrove, on 15 December, after five years’ work.

Grappling with Rome: David Marr’s lessons from the royal commission (The Guardian, Australia)  
Dec 14 – (Opinion: David Marr) When I grew up on the sheltered Protestant north shore of Sydney one of the givens about the Catholic church was that when push came to shove it would obey Rome rather than the law.

’It was us against everyone’: how abuse survivors will keep pushing for change (The Guardian, Australia)  
Dec 14 - Manny Waks, a survivor of sexual abuse who exposed crimes against children that occurred within the secretive Jewish Yeshivah community, describes the work of the child abuse royal commission as “life-saving” and “life-changing”.

15 recommendations from the royal commission into child sexual abuse you should know about (ABC News)
Dec 15 - The final report from the almost five-year royal commission into child sexual abuse was officially handed to the Governor-General this morning.

Celibacy and confessional overhaul proposed in child sex abuse findings (ABC News)
Dec 15 - The sanctity of the religious confessional would be tossed aside and celibacy would become voluntary under 189 new recommendations delivered by the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.

Also: Catholic bishops reject calls by royal commission for changes to celibacy and confession rules (The Guardian, Australia)  
Dec 15 - Leaders of the Catholic church in Australia have quickly dismissed calls from a landmark Australian inquiry into child sexual abuse that the Vatican should make celibacy for priests voluntary and end the secrecy of confession.

Salvation Army’s response to child sexual abuse ’appalling’, commission finds (Brisbane Times)
Dec 15 - The Salvation Army’s failure to respond appropriately and compassionately to victims of child sexual abuse was "appalling", the Royal Commission has found.

’Killing off confession no help’ (The Australian)
Dec 15 - Catholic Archbishop of Sydney Anthony Fisher has ruled out considering changes to confession as recommended by the royal commission.

The abused are many, and so are the dead, but do Church leaders really get it? (ABC News)
Dec 16 – (Opinion: Tom Keneally) In politics, it is rare that a mechanism for unqualified good is put in place.

’Loud Fence’ ribbons removed from Ballarat cathedral three days after royal commission findings (ABC News)
Dec 16 - Ballarat Catholic Diocese Vicar-General Father Justin Driscoll has defended the decision to cut hundreds of brightly coloured ribbons off the fence at St Patrick’s Cathedral just three days after the findings of the royal commission into child sexual abuse were made public.

 

INTERNATIONAL STORIES

Abuse

Pope Francis says sex abuse royal commission findings should be ’studied in depth’ (ABC News)
Dec 16 - Pope Francis says the findings of Australia’s child sex abuse royal commission "deserve to be studied in depth", after the Catholic Church was heavily criticised in the final report.

Catholic Church

Pope Francis: fake and sensationalised news ’a very serious sin’ (The Guardian, Australia)  
Dec 16 - Pope Francis has criticised journalists who dredge up old scandals and sensationalise the news, saying it’s a “very serious sin” that hurts all involved.

Islam

Gay and extramarital sex remains legal in Indonesia after court hearing (ABC News)
Dec 14 - Indonesia’s Constitutional Court has rejected a push to ban gay and extramarital sex.

Religious Violence

Rohingya death toll likely above 10,000, MSF says amid exodus (ABC News)
Dec 14 - The number of Rohingya Muslims killed during and after the Myanmar military’s "clearance operations" is likely above 10,000, according to medical charity Medicins Sans Frontieres (MSF).

Other

A sacred Japanese island juggles secrecy and survival (Sydney Morning Herald)  
Dec 12 - Munakata, Japan: Okinoshima is a sacred island in the Sea of Japan, shrouded in mystery and strewn with ancient treasures.

Big-nosed Jesus and God as a second-rate Santa: the worst Christian art (The Guardian, Australia)  
Dec 14 - There is a particularly ugly nutwood carving of the infant Jesus dating from 1320.

 

ISLAM

 ’Very strange’: Perth Christmas shoppers interrupted by Islamaphobic Santa (WAToday.com.au)
Dec 14 - Christmas shoppers were left shocked and appalled following a distasteful stunt by a right-wing political group at an upmarket Perth shopping centre on Tuesday morning.

Ugly reality of vibrant neighbourhood: Inside Australia’s most Muslim suburb (news.com.au)
Dec 16 - IT’S viciously hot in Lakemba, western Sydney, and three men are gathered around a table outside a bakery, drinking cans of Solo and laughing their heads off.

 

POLITICS

Ruddock review next big battle for gay community, LGBTIQ council chair says (Sydney Morning Herald)  
Dec 10 - An inquiry into Australia’s religious freedom protections spearheaded by former Howard government minister Phillip Ruddock will be the new battleground for the gay community, the chair of the ACT’s LGBTIQ Ministerial Advisory Council has warned.

Religious freedom review appointee has argued for limited sharia law in Australia (The Guardian, Australia)  
Dec 15 - The Turnbull government has appointed an academic who has argued that recognising religious freedom should include acceptance of a limited form of sharia law to the Ruddock review.

 

RELIGION & SOCIETY

Abusing Lyle Shelton plays right into his hands (The Courier-Mail, Brisbane)
Dec 12 – (Opinion: Paul Syvret ) TELLING Lyle Shelton to eat s..t plays helps his campaign. Put your energy into having his Australian Christian Lobby stripped of its dubious tax-free status instead.

 

 


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