Religion News Australia 2018 - 10 (Mar 25 - Apr 1)

  (31 March 18)
  by Greg Spearritt

Religion News Australia

March 25 – April 1, 2018

Religion news stories from Australia

(Research: Greg Spearritt)

 

 

 

abuse / education / international stories / politics / religion & society

 

 

 

ABUSE

Pell’s lawyer accuses journalist of ’poisoning the public’s mind’ (Sydney Morning Herald)  
Mar 27 - An investigative journalist with the ABC has been accused of "distorting" a story about Cardinal George Pell by omitting information to "poison the public’s mind" about the high-ranking Catholic.

’I stand by my story’ (The Australian)
Mar 27 - Louise Milligan has rejected accusations she omitted information in order to “poison the public’s mind” against Cardinal George Pell.

ABC journalist defends sources in book about cardinal (The Guardian, Australia)  
Mar 27 - The ABC journalist Louise Milligan has told Cardinal George Pell’s defence barrister that victims of abuse were “torn apart by people like you” in courtrooms because they often had a trajectory of drug and alcohol abuse and crime that was used to discredit their story.

Paedophile trainee priest blames church disciplinary hearing for harming chance at fresh start (ABC News)
Mar 28 - An Anglican disciplinary board has recommended a paedophile priest be defrocked as part of sanctions imposed on three current and former employees.

Police accused of ’single-mindedly’ pursuing charges, court told (ABC News)
Mar 29 - Detectives have been accused of "single-mindedly" pursuing charges against Cardinal George Pell as a Melbourne court heard Victoria Police set up a taskforce to investigate Australia’s most senior Catholic cleric before receiving a complaint against him.

Pell lawyer asks magistrate to step down, she tells him to stop shouting (Sydney Morning Herald)  
Mar 29 - Cardinal George Pell’s lawyer has made an extraordinary request for the magistrate overseeing the hearing into allegations of historical sexual assault against the cardinal to disqualify herself from the matter, claiming she has a "biased view" of the evidence.

George Pell hearing: police quizzed on why they didn’t ask for diary (The Guardian, Australia)  
Mar 29 - The committal hearing into sexual offence allegations against Cardinal George Pell has concluded, with senior detectives saying they did not ask Pell for his diary records nor approach St Patrick’s Cathedral for archival information about his movements.

Pell’s lawyer asks why police trusted a ’nutter’ and a ’troubled soul’ (WAToday.com.au)
Mar 30 - The lead detective in charge of investigating historical sex offence allegations against George Pell has been accused by the cardinal’s lawyers of charging him without examining conflicting evidence from witnesses.

The pool, the cinema and the cathedral — what we learned at the committal (ABC News)
Mar 30 - After four weeks in court, Cardinal George Pell’s committal hearing ended on the eve of the most solemn day of the Catholic calendar — Good Friday.

Paying for the sins of their church (ABC News)
Mar 31 – The Anglican Diocese of Newcastle is using money raised from selling churches to compensate victims of child sexual abuse, but one coastal community is fighting back.

One hell of a month for Pell (The Australian)
Mar 31 - There’s been no keener observer of the extraordinary scenes inside court 22 than the man at the centre of them.

George Pell committal: tension, theatre and tedium in courtroom 22 (The Guardian, Australia)  
Mar 31 - In a matter of weeks Australia’s most senior Catholic, Cardinal George Pell, will know whether he will stand trial to face allegations of historical sexual offences.

 

EDUCATION

Why is the funding of Catholic schools so controversial? (ABC News)
Mar 27 - The past few weeks have seen a fresh round of debates emerge about Catholic school funding.

’No sign’ Birmo is anti-Catholic (The Australian)
Mar 30 - Liberal frontbencher Michael Sukkar says a new method of calculating incomes will deliver a fairer school funding model.

Secular groups call for review of ’blatantly discriminatory’ school chaplains program (The Guardian, Australia)  
Apr 1 - A group of humanist societies has demanded that the Australian Human Rights Commission review the $60m-a-year school chaplains program, claiming it harms freedom of religion.

 

INTERNATIONAL STORIES

Catholic Church

Pope, in Holy Thursday prison visit, says death penalty not Christian (WAToday.com.au)
Mar 30 - Rome: Pope Francis washed and kissed the feet of 12 prison inmates, including two Muslims and a Buddhist, in a Holy Thursday ritual and said the death penalty should be abolished because it is neither Christian nor humane.

Does hell exist? And did the pope give an answer? (The Age, Melbourne)
Mar 31 - Rome: The Vatican has felt obliged to reaffirm that Pope Francis believes in a central tenet of Catholicism, that there is a hell.

Vatican to hold exorcist training course after ’rise in possessions’ (The Guardian, Australia)  
Mar 31 - The Vatican is to hold a training course for priests in exorcism next month amid claims that demands for deliverance from demonic possession have greatly increased across the the world.

China’s underground Catholic churches resist mounting Beijing pressure to control religion (ABC News)
Apr 1 - On a windy evening in the hills of Mindong in the south-eastern Chinese province of Fujian the faithful are gathering for a service at one of the many underground churches.

Religious Violence

Sixteen Palestinians killed, hundreds injured as ’Land Day’ protest begins along Israeli border (ABC News)
Mar 31 - At least 16 Palestinians were killed and hundreds injured by Israeli security forces confronting one of the largest Palestinian demonstrations along the Israel-Gaza border in recent years, Gaza medical officials have said.

Israel-Gaza border violence subsides as Palestinians mourn dead (ABC News)
Apr 1 - Dozens of Palestinian youths gathered by the Israel-Gaza border on Saturday, though the area remained mostly quiet, a day after deadly violence broke out in one of the biggest Palestinian demonstrations there in years.

Jihadist ’Beatles’ complain they will not be given fair trial (The Guardian, Australia)  
Apr 1 - Two British militants believed to have been part of an Islamic State cell notorious for beheading hostages in Syria have complained they will not be given a fair trial.

Other

One in four churchgoers in abusive relationships, UK study finds (ABC News)
Mar 26 - One in four churchgoers has experienced domestic abuse in their current relationship, according to a new study in Britain.

How a beached statue sparked a unique Easter ritual and transformed a region’s religious beliefs (ABC News)
Mar 30 - One day just over 500 years ago, a fisherman found a beautiful statue of a woman washed up on a remote beach in Indonesia.

Happy Easter to you. Now let’s nationalise our churches (The Guardian, Australia)  
Mar 30 – (Opinion: Simon Jenkins) Lonely this Easter, depressed, in need of company or just escaping Facebook tyranny? Why not go to church?

Stephen Hawking’s religious funeral to be held in Cambridge (Sydney Morning Herald)  
Mar 31 - Cambridge: A funeral service for Professor Stephen Hawking will include traditional religious themes when family and friends gather at a church near the Cambridge University college that was his academic home for more than 50 years.

Something about Mary (The Australian)
Mar 31 – (Travel) Despite her tarnished reputation elsewhere, the ’apostle to the apostles’ is revered here.

Antisemitism matters: Jews are the canary in the coalmine (The Guardian, Australia)  
Mar 31 – (Opinion: Jonathan Freedland) Easter? The very word gives me a migraine.”

Malala Yousafzai visits hometown in Pakistan for first time since shooting (ABC News)
Apr 1 - Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai has visited her birthplace in Pakistan’s Swat Valley, bursting into tears as she entered her childhood home for the first time since a Taliban gunman shot her in 2012.

Theatre-goer attacks ’Roman soldier’ in a bid to rescue ’Jesus’ from being crucified (news.com.au)
Apr 1 - THE drama unfolded during a performance of a biblical play — with the attacker barging on stage screaming “I am not going to let Jesus die.”

Author Sarah Sentilles’ churchless faith (The Saturday Paper)
Mar 31 - It was a photograph that gave writer Sarah Sentilles the final push to leave her faith and her dream of being a priest.

 

POLITICS

Christian on a political mission (The Australian)
Mar 31 - Bolstered by the No campaign, Australian Christian Lobby head Martyn Iles is on a quest to influence the major parties.

Libs’ Good Friday ’treachery’ (The Australian)
Mar 31 - Two MPs excused from voting on Good Friday for religious reasons unexpectedly returned to vote down a controversial bill.

 

RELIGION & SOCIETY

Attention trolls: religion can be good for women (ABC News)
Mar 29 – (Opinion: Julia Baird and Hayley Gleeson) "The stupidity of religion, the idiocy of faith, never ceases to amaze," read the text sent to Melbourne radio host Rafael Epstein.

Scientologists linked to China ask state for $1b rail to $31b city (The Age, Melbourne)
Mar 29 - The consortium proposing a $31 billion high-tech city on Melbourne’s western city fringe asked Victorian taxpayers to chip in more than $1 billion for a rail line to its development.

Religious freedom review: Margaret Court claims anti-gay marriage voices silenced (The Guardian, Australia)  
Mar 30 - Former tennis champion turned preacher Margaret Court has claimed anti-marriage equality voices will be excluded from public debate in a submission to the Ruddock religious freedom review.

Don’t change discrimination laws, architect tells religious freedom review (Sydney Morning Herald)  
Mar 31 - The architect of Australia’s sex discrimination laws has told the Turnbull government’s religious freedom review there is "no case" for changing the regime in the wake of same-sex marriage.

Easter

How people marked the first day of the Easter holiday in Australia and around the world (ABC News)
Mar 30 - Fish was filleted and oysters were shucked as the Sydney Fish Market welcomed shoppers this Good Friday.

SA pubs and hotels serve alcohol on Good Friday for first time in 100 years (ABC News)
Mar 30 - South Australian pubs are open on Good Friday for the first time since World War I, with the new rules drawing mixed reactions from religious leaders and happy punters.

I was expecting Book of Mormon to be an attack on religion. Here’s why it’s not (ABC News)
Mar 30 – (Opinion: Michael Jensen) If you are nice and decent person, does it matter what you believe?

Can we forgive our fallen hero? (Sydney Morning Herald)  
Mar 30 – (Opinion: Michael Jensen) Can we forgive our fallen hero, Steve Smith?

Who will we crucify this Easter? Same as always: those who defy power and privilege (The Guardian, Australia)  
Mar 30 – (Opinion: Brad Chilcott and Anthony Castle) Australians love a good crucifixion, not least the one we commemorate at Easter; Christ challenging the ruling class, the mockery and the execution that followed.

Monk’s soup and street processions: Being a Maronite Catholic on Good Friday (ABC News)
Mar 31 - By mid-morning, thousands of darkly dressed figures are gathered in a park in suburban western Sydney.

Why Easter is so wildly my season of choice (Sydney Morning Herald)  
Mar 31 – (Opinion: Elizabeth Farrelly) Happy oestrus! Oh, if only they knew.

 

 

 

 


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