Religion News Australia 2018 - 17 (May 20 - 27)

  (26 May 18)
  by Greg Spearritt

Religion News Australia

May 20 - 27, 2018

Religion news stories from Australia

(Research: Greg Spearritt)

 

 

 

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

           

 

 

ABUSE

NSW sex cult leader ’Little Pebble’ to sell ’holy grounds’ (Sydney Morning Herald)  
May 21 - Convicted cult leader William "Little Pebble" Kamm is selling the "sacred" property on the NSW South Coast where he claims the Virgin Mary told him to repopulate the earth with two 15-year-old girls.

Archbishop of Adelaide Philip Wilson found guilty of covering up child sexual abuse (ABC News)
May 22 - The most senior Catholic to be charged with concealing child sexual abuse — Adelaide’s Archbishop Philip Wilson — has been found guilty by a New South Wales court, in a landmark ruling.

Also: Archbishop Philip Wilson abuse concealment case the ’tip of the iceberg’ (ABC News)
May 22 - The verdict in the case of Archbishop Philip Wilson — the most senior Catholic to be charged with concealing child abuse — is already being declared a "landmark" case, with one legal expert predicting it could trigger a flood of other prosecutions.

Also: Guilty Archbishop Philip Wilson should be ’thrown in prison’, says original Spotlight investigator (ABC News)
May 23 - Walter "Robbie" Robinson was not in Newcastle on Tuesday to hear the gasps when Magistrate Robert Stone delivered his decision.

Also: Archbishop Philip Wilson will not resign after child sexual abuse cover-up conviction (The Guardian, Australia)  
May 25 - The disgraced archbishop of Adelaide, Philip Wilson, officially stood aside from his duties on Friday but has not resigned.

’Ellis defence’ scrapped as Victorian law change opens church up to abuse legal action (ABC News)
May 25 - It was only years later, long after he had been admitted to practise as a lawyer, that John Ellis decided to exercise his legal right to sue the Catholic Church.

Tasmanian Anglican Church to launch probe into retired bishop’s response to sexual abuse (ABC News)
May 26 - A preliminary hearing to investigate a retired bishop’s response to child sexual abuse by a former priest will start next month, Tasmania’s Anglican Church has announced.

 

ANGLICAN CHURCH

The signs of Father Bower (The Saturday Paper)
May 27 - As a local pastor in Gosford, a regional city on the New South Wales Central Coast, Father Rod Bower might administer last rites three times a week.

 

ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT

Netflix’s Wild Wild Country docu-series examines the attraction and terror of the Rajneesh movement (ABC News)
May 22 - A few years ago, the documentary filmmaker Maclain Way and his brother Chapman were fishing around for their next story when they got chatting to a young film archivist in Portland, Oregon.

 

EDUCATION

Cuts hit Catholic schools (The Australian)
May 21 - Funding has been lopped at hundreds of Catholic schools with cuts imposed in politically critical areas.

 

INTERNATIONAL STORIES
Catholic Church

Pope Francis tells gay man: ’God made you like this’ (The Guardian, Australia)  
May 21 - A survivor of clerical sexual abuse has said Pope Francis told him that God had made him gay and loved him, in arguably the most strikingly accepting comments about homosexuality to be uttered by the leader of the Roman Catholic church.

Also: The pope says God made gay people just as we should be – here’s why his comments matter (The Guardian, Australia)  
May 22 – (Opinion: Ruth Hunt) It is immensely powerful to hear that Pope Francis, the leader of the Roman Catholic church, reportedly told Juan Carlos Cruz, a gay man: “God made you like this and loves you like this.”

Islam

Heatwave in Pakistan’s Karachi during Ramadan kills dozens (ABC News)
May 22 - Dozens of people have died in Pakistan, where a severe heatwave has coincided with the start of Ramadan.

Woman who helped concoct fake story about Muslim men groping women at German bar found dead (news.com.au)
May 23 - A GERMAN club owner who lied about Muslim men groping women in his bar last year was arrested on Friday for allegedly killing the woman who helped him concoct the fabricated story.

Religious Violence

Syria war: Army captures last insurgent area near Damascus after ousting Islamic State (ABC News)
May 22 - The Syrian army has restored control of all areas surrounding the capital, Damascus, for the first time since early in the seven-year-old war, after pushing Islamic State militants out of a south Damascus pocket, the military says.

’They deserve no mercy’: Iraq deals briskly with accused ’women of Isis’ (The Guardian, Australia)  
May 22 - In a small holding room in a Baghdad court, French citizen Djamila Boutoutao cradled her two-year-old daughter and begged for help.

Other

’Jesus never charged a leper a co-pay’: the rise of the religious left (The Guardian, Australia)  
May 22 - In his prayer at the opening of the US embassy in Jerusalem last week, a prayer delivered against a backdrop of violence in Gaza, the evangelical pastor Robert Jeffress said Donald Trump was a moral leader who stood “on the right side of you, O God”.

Ireland’s abortion referendum ’to be very, very tight’, with many voters still undecided (ABC News)
May 22 - Ireland was once considered the most Catholic country in the world.

Also: Ireland abortion referendum returns huge majority for Yes campaign in historic vote (ABC News)
May 27 - Ireland has voted by a landslide to liberalise some of the world’s most restrictive abortion laws, in what its Prime Minister described as the culmination of a "quiet revolution" in what was one of Europe’s most socially conservative countries.

Also: ’Quiet revolution’: Abortion vote cements Ireland’s liberal shift (Sydney Morning Herald)  
May 27 - Dublin: Ireland voted decisively to repeal one of the world’s more restrictive abortion bans, sweeping aside generations of conservative patriarchy and dealing the latest in a series of stinging rebukes to the Roman Catholic Church.

Also: Ireland has shed its historic culture at a speed that amazes (Sydney Morning Herald)  
May 27 – (Opinion: Ruth Dudley Edwards) As the journalist Jason O’Mahony tweeted pithily: "Jaysus. In my youth you couldn’t buy condoms, be gay, get divorced or even see Life of Brian. Now we’re one of the most liberal countries in the world. Incredible."

 ’A ticket to the next life’: the lavish Buddhist dog funerals of Bangkok (The Guardian, Australia)  
May 24 - Fou Fou always liked the good things in life.

Australian nun Patricia Fox ordered to leave Philippines after appeal rejected (ABC News)
May 24 - The Philippine immigration bureau has turned down an Australian nun’s appeal for the reversal of an order revoking her missionary visa after the President complained about her joining opposition rallies and ordered her to leave the country.

Alexa, say grace: C of E launches prayer skill for smart-home devices (The Guardian, Australia)  
May 24 - Alexa, who is God?

Bishop who lit up royal wedding tells Washington crowd: ’Love your neighbor’ (The Guardian, Australia)  
May 25 - Bishop Michael Curry, the minister who electrified the royal wedding between Meghan Markle and Prince Harry with a powerful sermon on love, returned to the US with a message for his countrymen: “Love your neighbor.”

 

ISLAM

Terror gun supplier’s journey from rascal to radical (Sydney Morning Herald)  
May 21 - Talal Alameddine was once a bit of a larrikin.

 

POLITICS

Operation Augury: Australia’s war on terror goes ’dark’ in the Philippines, but why? (ABC News)
May 21 - Canberra had a problem. So it fixed it with secrecy.

Luke Foley, Auburn needs to talk (Sydney Morning Herald)  
May 25 – (Opinion: Garry Maddox) Luke Foley, the people in your electorate need to talk.

’We are absolutely in a new culture war’: ’Religious freedom’ next on the Liberal agenda (Sydney Morning Herald)  
May 25 – (Opinion: Michael Koziol) On Monday night, former deputy prime minister John Anderson delivered a rousing and ominous speech to a gathering of religious educators in Parliament House.

 

RELIGION & SOCIETY

If Bishop Curry’s sermon shocked that is no bad thing (Sydney Morning Herald)  
May 21 – (Opinion: Michael Jensen) Who would have thought that, of all the many features of the royal wedding, the sermon would have been one of the most talked about?

Christianity empowers tradition (The Australian)
May 21 – (Opinion: Jennifer Oriel) Christian scripture supports the values we should continue to cherish: that is, a secular state, free will and forgiveness.

Domestic violence in the church: When women are believed, change will happen (ABC News)
May 23 – (Opinion: Julia Baird) Tonight, hundreds of people are expected to gather in North Sydney to talk about how church communities can take action on domestic violence.

200-year-old almanac offers insight into history of magic in Australia (ABC News)
May 24 - For more than 40 years a clue to Australia’s secret history of folk magic has sat undisturbed in a library in Tasmania.

Are religion and science always at odds? Here are three scientists that don’t think so (ABC News)
May 24 - When you ponder the vastness of the universe, the wonder of the natural world, or the mysteries of consciousness, what are you left with?

The Gospels must be gospel (The Australian)
May 24 – (Opinion: Greg Sheridan) Jesus did ascend to heaven despite what a wayward Catholic document claims.

Darwin family aim to scare ’evil spirits’ away from 108-year-old business after devastating fire (ABC News)
May 27 - As the sun slowly creeps over the rooftops at Winnellie, the aroma of Asian spices drifts on the breeze and the sound of rhythmic drumming fills the air.

Sydney Catholic bishop calls for church ’safe zones’ after abortion protection bill passes  (ABC News)
May 27 - A Sydney Catholic bishop is calling for safe access zones to be enforced around churches, connecting the idea to a proposal endorsed by the NSW Upper House this week to give women seeking an abortion protection from pro-life protestors.

Christians all in a huff about Thomas the Tank Engine, while real threat to children is ignored (Sydney Morning Herald)  
May 27 – (Opinion: Nick O’Malley) There was a revealing meltdown on the fringes of Victorian politics during the week that you might have missed.

 

 


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