Religion News Australia 2018 - 5 (Feb 4 - 11)

  (11 February 18)
  by Greg Spearritt

Religion News Australia

February 4 - 11, 2018

Religion news stories from Australia

(Research: Greg Spearritt)

 

 

 

abuse / anglican church / education / international stories / islam / judaism / politics / religion & society

 

 

 

ABUSE

Sacred Heart Mission founder Father Ernie Smith defrocked over sexual abuse allegations (The Age, Melbourne)
Feb 6 - Shockwaves are reverberating across Melbourne’s not-for-profit sector after Sacred Heart Mission founder Ernie Smith was defrocked over sexual abuse allegations.

Cardinal George Pell’s lawyers want medical records of his accusers (Brisbane Times)
Feb 10 - George Pell’s legal defence team wants access to the medical records of the people who have made allegations of sexual offences against the cardinal.

 

ANGLICAN CHURCH

Kay Goldsworthy makes history in Perth by becoming the world’s first female Anglican Archbishop (ABC News)
Feb 11 - World history has been made in Australia, with the installation of the first female Anglican Archbishop.

 

EDUCATION

Wealthy private schools overfunded by $747m a year, Catholic sector says (The Guardian, Australia)  
Feb 7 - The federal government overfunds wealthy private schools by $747m each year, an analysis of education spending has found.

Churchie old boys tell Anglican Church to hand over control of schools or risk losing donations (ABC News)
Feb 9 - Prominent businessmen are ramping up pressure on the Anglican Church to hand over control of its schools in southern Queensland amid concern about the handling of child sexual abuse cases and its dated school governance practices.

 

INTERNATIONAL STORIES

Abuse

Letter contradicts Pope (The Australian)
Feb 6 - The Pope’s insistence that he knew nothing of a sexual abuse cover-up has been contradicted by a letter sent to him in 2015.

Islam

Long robes not necessary attire for Saudi women, says senior cleric (Brisbane Times)
Feb 11 - Dubai: Saudi women need not wear the abaya - the loose-fitting, full-length robes symbolic of religious faith - a senior member of the top Muslim clerical body said, another indication of the Kingdom’s efforts towards modernisation.

Judaism

Poland’s President signs off on highly controversial Holocaust law (ABC News)
Feb 7 - The phrase "Polish death camp" has long upset and infuriated many people in Poland.

Also: Poland’s Jews fear for future under new Holocaust law (The Guardian, Australia)  
Feb 11 - Even on a clear day, history hangs over Warsaw like smog.

Religious Violence

Israel says it will legalise West Bank settlement after rabbi is shot dead in isolated outpost (ABC News)
Feb 5 - Israel says it plans to legalise an isolated West Bank outpost in response to the murder of one of its residents in a shooting last month.

Israelis have secret pact with Egypt to take on ISIS (Opinion)  
Feb 5 - Washington: Unmarked Israeli warplanes and helicopters have carried out dozens of covert attacks against the Islamic State and other terrorist groups inside the Egyptian Sinai in recent years, said two former senior US officials.

Islamic State fighters fleeing Syria await orders for renewed battle (Sydney Morning Herald)  
Feb 6 - Washington: Thousands of Islamic State foreign fighters and family members have escaped the US-led military campaign in eastern Syria, according to new classified US and other Western military and intelligence assessments, a flow that threatens to tarnish US declarations that the militant group has been largely defeated.

Two British members of Islamic State’s ’The Beatles’ cell captured in Syria, US official says (ABC News)
Feb 9 - US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) have captured two notorious British members of an Islamic State (IS) insurgent cell commonly dubbed "The Beatles" and known for beheading hostages, an American military official has said.

Also: The jihadist ’Beatles’: Britons who became the face of Isis cruelty (The Guardian, Australia)  
Feb 10 - Exhausted and strikingly different in appearance from the other captives, the two new prisoners were believed by Kurdish militia leaders to be among Islamic State’s cadre of foreign fighters.

Also: Put ’Beatles’ Isis fighters on trial, victims’ families say (The Guardian, Australia)  
Feb 10 - Relatives of the victims of an Islamic State torture and murder cell known as “the Beatles” have expressed relief that the two remaining members have been captured and said they wanted to see them stand trial.

Several churchgoers and priest injured in machete attack on Catholic Church in Yogyakarta (ABC News)
Feb 11 - A priest and several churchgoers have been injured during a machete attack on a church in the Indonesian city of Yogyakarta.

Other

C of E raises serious concerns about Christian Freemasons (The Guardian, Australia)  
Feb 9 - The Church of England has reiterated “significant concerns” about Christians becoming Freemasons amid renewed controversy about the presence of the secretive organisation at the heart of the British establishment.

Gay teacher fired after posting wedding pictures online (news.com.au)
Feb 11 - A GAY primary school teacher has been fired after posting her wedding photos online because they showed she allegedly “broke her contract”.

 

ISLAM

Judge unreasonable for barring woman from Victorian court because of niqab, Islamic Council says (ABC News)
Feb 7 - A judge who barred a woman from wearing traditional Muslim garb in the Victorian Supreme Court was being unreasonable, the Islamic Council of Victoria (ICV) has said.

Woman charged with terrorism after alleged ’Islamic State’ stabbing (Brisbane Times)
Feb 10 - A 24-year-old Bangladeshi woman who has been in the country for less than a fortnight has faced court charged with terrorism after an alleged "Islamic State-inspired" stabbing in Mill Park.

Also: ’She’s a brilliant student’: family of alleged ISIS stabber shocked (The Age, Melbourne)
Feb 11 - The family of a Bangladeshi student alleged to be behind an “Islamic State-inspired attack” in Melbourne say they are baffled by the arrest of the “brilliant student” who had received a scholarship to study in Australia.

 

JUDAISM

Sydney sisters build empire with ’man-repelling’ Orthodox Jewish fashion (ABC News)
Feb 11 - Growing up in the beachy Sydney suburb of Coogee, sisters Simi Polonsky and Chaya Chanin stuck out like a sore thumb.

 

POLITICS

Christian Lobby head Lyle Shelton to join Cory Bernardi in politics (Sydney Morning Herald)  
Feb 3 - High-profile conservative activist Lyle Shelton, a key figure in the campaign against legalising same-sex marriage, will make a pitch for Federal Parliament.

Also: Bernardi’s newest recruit channels Trump in Toowoomba announcement (Opinion)  
Feb 4 - The newest recruit to Cory Bernardi’s Australian Conservatives party has channelled US President Donald Trump to declare "Canberra is broken" ahead of his tilt to join the ranks of federal parliamentarians.

Also: Lyle Shelton joins Cory Bernardi’s Australian Conservatives (The Guardian, Australia)   
Feb 4 - Lyle Shelton will join Cory Bernardi’s Australian Conservatives party as its federal communications director.

New senator Jim Molan has ’no regrets’ about posting far-right videos on Facebook (ABC News)
Feb 4 - Newly-elected Liberal senator and retired senior Army officer Jim Molan is defending his decision to share anti-Muslim videos posted by far-right UK group Britain First on Facebook.

 

RELIGION & SOCIETY

The rise, fall and rebirth of the Fairy Investigation Society (ABC News)
Feb 8 - For a brief moment after World War One, everyone was obsessed with fairies.

 

 


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