Religion News Selection 12 (Apr 15 - 22)

  (21 April 18)
  by Greg Spearritt

Religion News Selection

April 15 - 22, 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

Priest Philip Murphy spared jail after court hears of Skype chats about child abuse fantasies (ABC News)
Apr 20 - An Anglican priest who was caught having online chats about raping boys as young as two, and who once said he wanted to watch a man sexually abuse his own son while in a "pedo mood", has avoided jail.

’I’m not his property’: Abused Muslim women denied right to divorce (ABC News)
Apr 18 - The first time Noor* visited the Board of Imams Victoria, in Melbourne’s Coburg North, to apply for an Islamic divorce, she took with her an audio recording she had secretly made during one of her husband’s violent outbursts.

Also: ’Now is the time for change’: call for an urgent review of the Islamic divorce process (ABC News)
Apr 19 - Muslim community leaders and politicians are calling for an urgent review of the Islamic divorce process in Australia following an ABC News investigation that revealed abused women are being trapped in violent marriages.

Cardinal George Pell targeted to punish Catholic church, defence lawyer says (The Guardian, Australia)  
Apr 18 - Cardinal George Pell has been targeted with historic sexual abuse allegations in an attempt to punish the Catholic church for its failure to prevent other instances of child sexual abuse, his lawyer has argued.

Priest allegedly told girl to pray before he raped her in church (Sydney Morning Herald)  
Apr 18 - A former Anglican priest told a young girl she might see her beloved deceased dog if she prayed before he raped her in a church, a court has heard.

 

CATHOLIC CHURCH

Catholic Church falls victim to Melbourne’s latest crime spree (Sydney Morning Herald)  
Apr 22 - The Catholic Church, one of Victoria’s wealthiest institutions, has found itself repeatedly targeted as part of a crime spree that some believe could be an “inside job”.

 

EDUCATION

States not recording complaints made about school chaplains (The Guardian, Australia)  
Apr 15 - The federal and several state governments have stopped counting complaints against the school chaplains program and no states keep records of the faith of those providing pastoral care.

 

INTERNATIONAL STORIES

Abuse

Anger at Hindu leaders over India’s rape epidemic (Sydney Morning Herald)  
Apr 19 - New Delhi: Indian women know that nothing has changed since the savage 2012 gang rape that shook the nation’s conscience.

Islam

Saudi Arabia ends 35-year ban on cinemas with ’Black Panther’ screening (Sydney Morning Herald)  
Apr 19 - Riyadh, Saudi Arabia: Saudi Arabia held a private screening on Wednesday of the Hollywood blockbuster Black Panther to herald the launch of movie theatres in the kingdom, and tickets go on sale on Thursday for public showings on Friday.

Religious Violence

Suspected Sydney plane bomb plot ringleader and Australian IS terrorist captured in Iraq (ABC News)
Apr 18 - An Islamic State (IS) commander suspected of hatching a plan to blow up a flight from Sydney last year and an Australian IS fighter allegedly connected to the country’s most notorious terror cell have been captured in Iraq.

Other

App faith: how religions are embracing technology (The Guardian, Australia)  
Apr 19 - As part of an effort to reduce noise in Ghana’s capital, Accra, the environment minister has suggested that the Muslim call to prayer, normally broadcast over loudspeakers across the city, should instead be sent out on WhatsApp.

 

ISLAM

Veiled threats: Muslim women cop hate from all sides (Brisbane Times)
Apr 22 – (Opinion: Julia Baird) Where does anonymous hate come from?

 

POLITICS

Guy under pressure to allow gay ’conversion’ therapy for kids (The Age, Melbourne)
Apr 15 - Victorian Opposition Leader Matthew Guy is under pressure to give parents greater access to gay ’conversion’ therapy for their children, with sections of the Liberal Party set to push the issue at this month’s state council meeting.

Also: Gay ’conversion’ off Liberal agenda after party president pulls pin (Sydney Morning Herald)  
Apr 17 - Victorian Liberals president Michael Kroger has intervened to stop a motion on gay "conversion" therapy being debated at the party’s state council.

Also: Greg Hunt must condemn gay conversion therapy, not protect it (Sydney Morning Herald)  
Apr 18 – (Opinion: Chris Csabs) I was just 16 when I began conversations with a Sydney church leader that would change the course of my life for the following decade.

Scott Morrison praises Israel Folau’s ’strong character’ after anti-gay remarks (The Guardian, Australia)  
Apr 18 - The federal treasurer, Scott Morrison, has backed Wallabies star Israel Folau’s “strong character” in standing up for his religious belief that gay people will go to hell unless they repent their sins.

 

RELIGION & SOCIETY

Melbourne has a ’Bible ring’: A map of religious affiliation across the city (The Age, Melbourne)
Apr 16 - On the face of it, it might look like Melbourne has become less religious.

Israel Folau is prepared to ’walk away’ from rugby union over beliefs (ABC News)
Apr 17 - Wallabies star Israel Folau has said he is prepared to walk away from rugby if his situation becomes untenable due to his Christian beliefs.

Also: Israel Folau’s anti-gay comments condemned by All Black, referee and players (The Guardian, Australia)  
Apr 19 - All Black TJ Perenara has stated his “100%” opposition to comments on homosexuality made by the Australian rugby star Israel Folau in a series of tweets supporting “diverse” sexual orientations.

Also: Dear Israel Folau, I’ve already been to hell (The Guardian, Australia)  
Apr 20 – (Opinion: Kim Baker Wilson) I don’t need anyone to tell me I’m going to hell, I’ve already been.

Also: Folau at a crossroads, but RA and Castle have chosen their path (Sydney Morning Herald)  
Apr 22 – (Opinion: Georgina Robinson) The sight of a subdued Israel Folau sitting among his teammates in the stands at Allianz Stadium on Friday night prompted the obvious question: where to from here?

Iranian asylum seeker whose church attendance ’dropped off’ loses High Court immigration fight (ABC News)
Apr 18 - An Iranian man whose bid to stay in Australia was denied because authorities did not believe he had genuinely converted to Christianity has lost his High Court fight against the fast-track protection visa system.

Fifty religious leaders say no to Adani Carmichael mine (Sydney Morning Herald)  
Apr 18 - More than 50 religious leaders have banded together to urge Adani to abandon its Queensland coal project and invest in renewable energy instead.

Cricket fixture in memory of slain friend puts fringe dwellers back in their box (The Age, Melbourne)
Apr 20 – (Opinion: Catherine McGregor) “What do they know of cricket, who only cricket know?” enquired CLR James, in his celebrated work, Beyond a Boundary.

 


From the Archive…

Religion News Australia 2018 – 12 (Apr 15 - 22)

Religion News Australia 2018 – 11 (Apr 1 - 7)

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)

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

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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)

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

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

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

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