Religion News Selection 6 (Feb 11 - 18)

  (17 February 18)
  by Greg Spearritt

Religion News Selection

February 11 - 18, 2018

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

Victims critical of Paul de Jersey’s intervention in church debate on limiting abuse cases (ABC News)
Feb 14 - Queensland Governor and former chief justice Paul de Jersey and a fellow judge played a key role in thwarting an internal push by Anglican clergy for the church to abandon a contentious legal defence against child sex abuse claims, victims and their supporters say.

Court says ’no’ to Pell lawyers push to view accusers’ medical records (Sydney Morning Herald)  
Feb 16 - George Pell’s legal defence team has been denied access to the medical records of the people who have made allegations of sexual offences against him.

Cardinal George Pell’s barrister: loud, socially progressive and an avowed atheist (Sydney Morning Herald)  
Feb 17 - Robert Richter is not the obvious choice to defend Catholic Cardinal George Pell against historical sex charges.

Church blames fatigue for redress failure (The Saturday Paper)
Feb 17 - On December 15 last year, the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse handed its final report to the governor-general.

 

CATHOLIC CHURCH

With $30b in wealth, why is the Catholic Church struggling to pay for justice? (Sydney Morning Herald)  
Feb 11 - After a lifetime contributing to the Catholic Church, Neil Ormerod could give no more.

Also: The archbishop, the mansion and the beach house (The Age, Melbourne)
Feb 12 - At the same time the Catholic Church was fighting a family who refused to accept $55,000 compensation for each of their abused daughters, it purchased a Kew mansion for Archbishop Denis Hart now valued at $2.25 million.

Also: Where will relentless campaign leave the most needy? (Sydney Morning Herald)  
Feb 12 – (Opinion: Archbishop Anthony Fisher ) The Catholic Church is far more than its buildings. It is principally our people and their works.

Also: Reform or die: money investigation shows church must open up the books (The Age, Melbourne)
Feb 13 – (Opinion: Michael Bachelard) Confronted at the recent royal commission about the Catholic Church’s habit of minimising compensation to victims of child sex abuse, officials pursed their lips and cried poor.

Also: Catholic Church’s misconceived wealth and power, and its growing weakness (Brisbane Times)
Feb 14 – (Opinion: John Warhurst) The Catholic Church is a wealthy institution, but Archbishop Anthony Fisher is right that to compare its type of wealth to that of Westfield or Wesfarmers is crude and simplistic.

 

EDUCATION

’The model absolutely fails’: Catholic primary schools face overhaul (Brisbane Times)
Feb 15 - Catholic primary schools in Victoria are facing one of the most significant overhauls in their 150-year history, with principals pushing to strip priests of their power over schools.

 

INTERNATIONAL STORIES

Abuse

Pope revives lapsed sex abuse commission (Sydney Morning Herald)  
Feb 18 - Vatican City: Pope Francis renewed a commission on clergy sexual abuse on Saturday, confirming a US cardinal as its head, as the Vatican promised to give victims a greater say in its work.

 

RELIGION & SOCIETY

Praying anti-abortionists in ’public act of protest’: prosecutors (Canberra Times)
Feb 17 - When three men went to Canberra’s abortion clinic last year it was in a "public act of protest rather than a private act of prayer," prosectors told a court on Friday.

One of Australia’s oldest Chinese temples brings fortune and family, worshippers say (ABC News)
Feb 18 - The Bendigo Joss House Temple was built to protect Chinese miners, and almost 150 years later is still used as a place of worship.

Religious freedom review

Churches demand new ’religious freedom’ law to combat era of ’hatred’ (Brisbane Times)
Feb 13 - Religious organisations’ exemptions from anti-discrimination laws would be permanently enshrined in federal law under an unprecedented proposal from several major Christian churches made to Philip Ruddock’s review of religious freedom.

It’s in our hands how the flawed religious freedom inquiry will play out (The Guardian, Australia)  
Feb 13 – (Opinion: Rodney Croome) This is how it could go: Philip Ruddock’s religious freedom inquiry recommends a law to allow discrimination in the name of religious conscience; to fight off new rightwing parties and wedge Labor; the Turnbull government introduces a religious freedom bill; to smooth over divisions in its own ranks Labor waves the bill through.

ACT government says religious freedom inquiry could undermine Human Rights Act (Brisbane Times)
Feb 14 - The outcome of a religious freedom review headed by Philip Ruddock could undermine or even nullify the ACT’s Human Rights Act, the territory government has warned.

Christian Schools Australia defends right to hire and fire teachers over beliefs (The Guardian, Australia)  
Feb 14 - Schools must retain the ability to hire and fire teachers and other staff based on their beliefs and adherence to religious codes, Christian Schools Australia has said.

Catholic church says its hiring practices do not discriminate against gay people (The Guardian, Australia)  
Feb 15 - The Catholic church has denied discriminating against gay people in its hiring practices, despite rallying to protect its ability to fire staff for contravening church doctrines on same-sex marriage.

 


From the Archive…

Religion News Australia 2018 – 6 (Feb 11 - 18)

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

Religion News Australia 2018 – 4 (Jan 28 – Feb 4)

Religion News Australia 2018 – 3 (Jan 14 - 28)

Religion News Australia 2018 – 2 (Jan 7 - 14)

Religion News Australia 2018 – 1 (Jan 1 - 7)

Religion News Australia 2017 – 49 (Dec 24 - 31)

Religion News Australia 2017 – 48 (Dec 17 - 24)

Religion News Australia 2017 – 47 (Dec 10 - 17)

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

Religion News Australia 2017 – 45 (Nov 26 – Dec 3)

Religion News Australia 2017 – 44 (Nov 19 - 26)

Religion News Australia 2017 – 43 (Nov 12 - 19)

Religion News Australia 2017 – 42 (Nov 5 - 12)

Religion News Australia 2017 – 41 (Oct 29 - Nov 5)

Religion News Australia 2017 – 40 (Oct 22 - 29)

Religion News Australia 2017 – 39 (Oct 15 - 22)

Religion News Australia 2017 – 38 (Oct 8 - 15)

Religion News Australia 2017 – 37 (Oct 1 - 8)

Religion News Australia 2017 – 36 (Sept 24 – Oct 1)

Religion News Australia 2017 – 35 (Sept 17 - 24)

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

Religion News Australia 2017 – 33 (Sept 3 - 10)

Religion News Australia 2017 – 32 (Aug 27 – Sept 3)

Religion News Australia 2017 – 31 (Aug 20 - 27)

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

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

Religion News Australia 2017 – 28 (July 23 - 30)

Religion News Australia 2017 – 27 (July 16 - 23)

Religion News Australia 2017 – 26 (July 9 - 16)

Religion News Australia 2017 – 25 (July 2 - 9)

Religion News Australia 2017 – 24 (June 25 – July 2)

Religion News Australia 2017 – 23 (June 18 - 25)

Religion News Australia 2017 – 22 (June 11- 18)

Religion News Australia 2017 – 21 (June 4 - 11)

Religion News Australia 2017 – 20 (May 28 – June 4)

Religion News Australia 2017 – 19 (May 21 - 28)

Religion News Australia 2017 – 18 (May 14 - 21)

Religion News Australia 2017 – 17 (May 7 - 14)

Religion News Australia 2017 – 16 (Apr 30 – May 7)

Religion News Australia 2017 – 15 (Apr 16 - 23)

Religion News Australia 2017 – 14 (Apr 9 - 16)

Religion News Australia 2017 – 13 (Apr 2 - 9)

Religion News Australia 2017 – 12 (Mar 19 – Apr 2)

Religion News Australia 2017 – 11 (Mar 11 – 19)

Religion News Australia 2017 – 10 (Mar 5 - 11)

Religion News Australia 2017 – 9 (Feb 26 – Mar 5)

Religion News Australia 2017 – 8 (Feb 19 - 26)

Religion News Australia 2017 – 7 (Feb 12 - 19)

Religion News Australia 2017 – 6 (Feb 5 - 12)

Religion News Australia 2017 – 5 (Jan 29 - Feb 5)

Religion News Australia 2017 – 4 (Jan 22 - 29)

Religion News Australia 2017 – 3 (Jan 15 - 22)

Religion News Australia 2017 – 2 (Jan 8 - 15)

Religion News Australia 2017 – 1 (Jan 1 - 8)

Religion News Australia 2016 – 49 (Dec 25 - 31)

Religion News Australia 2016 – 48 (Dec 11 - 25)

Religion News Australia 2016 – 47 (Dec 4 - 11)

Religion News Australia 2016 – 46 (Nov 27 - Dec 4)

Religion News Australia 2016 – 45 (Nov 20 - 27)

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Religion News Australia 2016 – 32 (Aug 14 - 21)

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Religion News Australia 2016 – 29 (July 24 - 31)

Religion News Australia 2016 – 28 (July 17 - 24)

Religion News Australia 2016 – 27 (July 10 - 17)

Religion News Australia 2016 – 26 (June 26 – July 10)

Religion News Australia 2016 – 25 (June 19 - 26)

Religion News Australia 2016 – 24 (June 12 - 19)

Religion News Australia 2016 – 23 (June 5 - 12)

Religion News Australia 2016 – 22 (May 29 – June 5)

Religion News Australia 2016 – 21 (May 22 - 29)

Religion News Australia 2016 – 20 (May 15 - 22)

Religion News Australia 2016 – 19 (May 8 - 15)

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Religion News Australia 2016 – 17 (Apr 24 – May 1)

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Religion News Australia 2016 – 13 (Mar 27 – Apr 3)

Religion News Australia 2016 – 12 (Mar 20 - 27)

Religion News Australia 2016 – 11 (Mar 13 - 20)

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Religion News Australia 2016 – 9 (Feb 28 – Mar 6)

Religion News Australia 2016 – 8 (Feb 21 - 28)

Religion News Australia 2016 – 7 (Feb 14 - 21)

Religion News Australia 2016 – 6 (Feb 7 - 14)

Religion News Australia 2016 – 5 (Jan 31 – Feb 7)

Religion News Australia 2016 – 4 (Jan 24 - 31)

Religion News Australia 2016 – 3 (Jan 17 - 24)

Religion News Australia 2016 – 2 (Jan 10 - 17)

Religion News Australia 2016 – 1 (Dec 27 – Jan 3)

Religion News Australia 2015 – 48 (Dec 20 - 27)

Religion News Australia 2015 – 47 (Dec 13 - 20)

Religion News Australia 2015 – 46 (Dec 6 - 13)

Religion News Australia 2015 – 45 (Nov 29 – Dec 6)

Religion News Australia 2015 – 44 (Nov 22 - 29)

Religion News Australia 2015 – 43 (Nov 15 - 22)

Religion News Australia 2015 – 42 (Nov 8 - 15)

Religion News Australia 2015 – 41 (Nov 1 - 8)

Religion News Australia 2015 – 40 (Oct 25 – Nov 1)

Religion News Australia 2015 – 39 (Oct 18 - 25)

Religion News Australia 2015 – 38 (Oct 11 - 18)

Religion News Australia 2015 – 37 (Sept 27 – Oct 11)

Religion News Australia 2015 – 36 (Sept 20 - 27)

Religion News Australia 2015 – 35 (Sept 13 - 20)

Religion News Australia 2015 – 34 (Sept 6 - 13)

Religion News Australia 2015 – 33 (Aug 30 – Sept 6)

Religion News Australia 2015 – 32 (Aug 23 - 30)

Religion News Australia 2015 – 31 (Aug 16 - 23)

Religion News Australia 2015 – 30 (Aug 9 - 16)

Religion News Australia 2015 – 29 (Aug 2 - 9)

Religion News Australia 2015 – 28 (July 26 – Aug 2)

Religion News Australia 2015 – 27 (July 19 - 26)

Religion News Australia 2015 – 26 (July 12 - 19)

Religion News Australia 2015 – 25 (July 5 - 12)

Religion News Australia 2015 – 24 (June 28 – July 5)

Religion News Australia 2015 – 23 (June 21 - 28)

Religion News Australia 2014 – 22 (June 22 - 29)

Religion News Australia 2014 – 21 (June 15 - 22)

Religion News Australia 2014 – 20 (June 8 - 15)

Religion News Australia 2014 – 19 (June 1 - 8)

Religion News Australia 2014 – 18 (May 25 – June 1)

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Religion News Australia 2014 – 14 (April 27 – May 4)

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Religion News Australia 2014 – 9 (Mar 16 - 23)

Religion News Australia 2014 – 8 (Mar 9 - 16)

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Religion News Australia 2014 – 6 (Feb 23 – Mar 3)

Religion News Australia 2014 – 5 (Feb 16 - 23)

Religion News Australia 2014 – 4 (Feb 9 - 16)

Religion News Australia 2014 – 3 (Feb 2 - 9)

Religion News Australia 2014 – 2 (Jan 26 – Feb 2)

Religion News Australia 2014 – 1 (Jan 4 - 26)

 

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