Religion News Selection 10 (Mar 25 - Apr 1)

  (31 March 18)
  by Greg Spearritt

Religion News Selection

March 25 – April 1, 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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

 

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.

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.

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?

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.”

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.

 

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.

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

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?

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.

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

 


From the Archive…

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

Religion News Australia 2018 – 9 (Mar 18 - 25)

Religion News Australia 2018 – 8 (Feb 25 – Mar 4)

Religion News Australia 2018 – 7 (Feb 18 - 25)

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)

Religion News Australia 2016 – 44 (Nov 13 - 20)

Religion News Australia 2016 – 43 (Nov 6 - 13)

Religion News Australia 2016 – 42 (Oct 30 - Nov 6)

Religion News Australia 2016 – 41 (Oct 23 - 30)

Religion News Australia 2016 – 40 (Oct 16 - 23)

Religion News Australia 2016 – 39 (Oct 9 - 16)

Religion News Australia 2016 – 38 (Oct 2 - 9)

Religion News Australia 2016 – 37 (Sept 25 – Oct 2)

Religion News Australia 2016 – 36 (Sept 11 - 18)

Religion News Australia 2016 – 35 (Sept 4 - 11)

Religion News Australia 2016 – 34 (Aug 28 – Sept 4)

Religion News Australia 2016 – 33 (Aug 21 - 28)

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

Religion News Australia 2016 – 31 (Aug 7 - 14)

Religion News Australia 2016 – 30 (Aug 1 - 7)

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)

Religion News Australia 2016 – 18 (May 1 - 8)

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

Religion News Australia 2016 – 16 (Apr 17 - 24)

Religion News Australia 2016 – 15 (Apr 10 - 17)

Religion News Australia 2016 – 14 (Apr 3 - 10)

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)

Religion News Australia 2016 – 10 (Mar 6 - 13)

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)

Religion News Australia 2014 – 17 (May 18 - 25)

Religion News Australia 2014 – 16 (May 11 - 18)

Religion News Australia 2014 – 15 (May 4 - 11)

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

Religion News Australia 2014 – 13 (April 20 - 27)

Religion News Australia 2014 – 12 (April 12 - 20)

Religion News Australia 2014 – 11 (Mar 30 – April 12)

Religion News Australia 2014 – 10 (Mar 23 - 30)

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

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

Religion News Australia 2014 – 7 (Mar 3 - 9)

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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