Religion News Australia 2018 - 29 (Aug 12 - 19)

  (19 August 18)
  by Greg Spearritt

Religion News Australia

August 12 - 19, 2018

Religion news stories from Australia

(Research: Greg Spearritt)

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

ABUSE

Churches should lose charity status over child abuse, former tax official says (The Guardian, Australia)  
Aug 13 - It is unacceptable for churches that failed to protect children from sexual abuse to still have charity status nine months after the royal commission delivered its final report, a former assistant taxation commissioner has said.

Former Catholic archbishop Philip Wilson to serve sentence at home; sex abuse survivor called 'rubbish' (ABC News)
Aug 14 - An abuse survivor has been called "rubbish" by a member of Adelaide's former Catholic archbishop Philip Wilson's entourage, in an exchange played out in front of a media scrum.

Catholic priests to be forced to report abuse revealed in confession under Victorian Opposition plan (ABC News)
Aug 14 - Child sexual abuse revealed in confession would have to be reported to police and could be used as evidence if the Coalition wins Victoria's state election, the Opposition's most senior Catholic MP has announced.

Malka Leifer fit to face extradition hearing, psychiatrists tell Israeli court (ABC News)
Aug 15 - Jerusalem's chief psychiatrist has recommended that former Melbourne school principal Malka Leifer is fit to face an extradition hearing in Israel over the alleged sexual abuse of girls.

Dying man wins record $1 million compensation payout for Christian Brothers abuse (ABC News)
Aug 16 - A Perth man who has been awarded a record $1 million compensation payout for abuse suffered at the hands of Christian Brothers says he would have been happy simply with an apology.

Trinity Grammar abuse survivor tells his story after $500,000 payout (news.com.au)
Aug 17 - WHEN John*, a student at Melbourne’s Trinity Grammar School, was molested twice by a teacher, he did the right thing and told his parents.

$1m for Christian Brothers victim (The Australian)
Aug 17 - Dozens of civil cases are expected with the Christian Brothers after victim Paul Bradshaw reached a landmark $1m settlement.

 

ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT

Artists challenge what 'sacred' means in modern Australia (ABC News)
Aug 14 - The word "sacred" often relates to religious or spiritual devotion, but an art project involving a diverse group of artists suggests there might be more to it in contemporary Australia.

'She had no filter': Aretha Franklin's 'great gift' took her from church to the queen (Brisbane Times)
Aug 17 - There was a moment at the Kennedy Center in 2015 when Aretha Franklin, honouring Carole King, turned (You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman into a glorious gospel-inspired religious experience.

 

CATHOLIC CHURCH

Alleged sex abuse victim to plead guilty to robbing churches (The Age, Melbourne)
Aug 13 - An alleged victim of clerical abuse will plead guilty to breaking into more than 20 Catholic churches during a three-month burglary spree that terrorised priests and parishioners.

Benedictine order to join Buddhists as southern Tasmania to become hub of monk business (ABC News)
Aug 15 - An order of Catholic monks famous for their six-day silent retreats and chanting have bought a property in southern Tasmania that they hope will become their new Australian base.

 

EDUCATION

'They were sinners ...They deserved death': Scripture provider forced to remove material from website (The Age, Melbourne)
Aug 19 - A church approved to deliver scripture lessons in NSW schools has been forced to remove material, which teaches children homosexuality is a sin and sinners deserve death, from its website by the NSW Department of Education, after questions were raised by the Herald.

 

INTERNATIONAL STORIES

Abuse

Catholic priests in Pennsylvania have sexually abused hundreds of children since the 1950s: report (ABC News)
Aug 15 - More than 1,000 children — and possibly many more — were molested by hundreds of Roman Catholic priests in six Pennsylvania dioceses and senior church officials took steps to cover it up, according to a landmark grand jury report.

Also: Vatican expresses 'shame and sorrow' (The Australian)
Aug 17 - The Vatican says it feels "shame and sorrow" about a recent grand jury report in Pennsylvania that named 301 priests from the US state as credibly accused child sex abusers.

Also: 'Pope is on your side': Vatican calls clergy child abuse morally reprehensible (Sydney Morning Herald)  
Aug 18 - Rome: The Vatican says it feels shame and sorrow over the findings that more than 1000 children had been abused by hundreds of priests over decades while bishops covered up their crimes.

Islam

China denies detaining a million Uighurs but admits some re-education (The Age, Melbourne)
Aug 14 - Geneva: China has rejected allegations raised by a United Nations panel that 1 million Uighurs may be held in internment camps in the restive Xinjiang region, but said that some people underwent re-education after being deceived by extremists.

11-year-old Thai wife of Malaysian man rescued (The Age, Melbourne)
Aug 17 - Bangkok: An 11-year-old bride to a Malaysian man 30 years her senior has returned to her native Thailand, where she is under the care of the local social welfare department.

Bans on full-face Muslim veils spread across Europe (The Age, Melbourne)
Aug 17 - Washington: Earlier this month, Denmark became the fifth country in Europe to introduce a ban on face coverings in public places.

I wore a hijab for decades. Then one day I stopped. (Sydney Morning Herald)  
Aug 19 - For a minute, it felt good, somewhat thrilling, to walk down the street exposed.

Religious Violence

'Pray for me': the Iraqi spy who infiltrated Islamic State (Brisbane Times)
Aug 13 - Baghdad: The driver was sweating as his white Kia pickup truck sped along a rain-slicked Baghdad highway toward a neighbourhood bustling with open-air markets.

Other

Religious sister found with cocaine hidden in her shoes at Sydney Airport (Sydney Morning Herald)  
Aug 13 - Denise Marie Woodrum believed she would never love again.

Spaghetti injunction: Pastafarianism is not a religion, Dutch court rules (The Guardian, Australia)  
Aug 17 - The Dutch council of state has ruled that Pastafarianism is not a religion, denying a follower of the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster the right to wear a colander on her head in her passport and driving licence photo.

 

ISLAM

The towns where multiculturalism works, built on a foundation of tolerance (ABC News)
Aug 16 - In front of a gathering in Kuala Lumpur of South-East Asia's most influential Muslim scholars, the leader of a mosque in country Western Australia took centre stage.

Islamic leader accused of illegal land clearing claims his group is exempt from Australian law (ABC News)
Aug 19 - A religious leader accused of illegal land clearing on a rural property used for religious prayer has claimed a Western Sydney council is infringing on his group's religious freedoms by pursuing him over the allegations.

 

JUDAISM

Sydney Uni lecturer investigated for defending 'Death to Israel' badge (Sydney Morning Herald)  
Aug 19 - A controversial academic at Sydney's most prestigious university is under official investigation for defending a "death to Israel" badge worn by a Stalinist former colleague with whom he recently visited North Korea.

 

POLITICS

Fraser Anning and Bob Katter's anti-Muslim cry is about comfort, not survival (The Guardian, Australia)  
Aug 18 – (Opinion: Yassir Morsi) As my family thinks about its place in Australia, again I wonder if Fraser Anning imagines himself as brave.

Also: If anyone should want to ban Muslims it would be me - but I don't (Sydney Morning Herald)  
Aug 19 – (Opinion: Alpha Cheng) Why is a Queensland senator with a 19 first-preference vote so obsessed with banning Muslim immigration?

Also: Fraser Anning and Bob Katter's anti-Muslim cry is about comfort, not survival (The Guardian, Australia)  
Aug 19 – (Opinion: Yassir Morsi) As my family thinks about its place in Australia, again I wonder if Fraser Anning imagines himself as brave.

Zed’s Senate won’t knit God a guernsey (The Age, Melbourne)
Aug 19 – (Opinion: Ian Warden) Mention of God reminds me that He did not get a mention in Senator Zed Seseslja’s opinion piece declaration in The Canberra Times (see it online) 'Why I’m voting ‘no’ on the assisted suicide bill'.

 

RELIGION & SOCIETY

'Exorcist, demonologist, ghost hunter' killed to 'protect family', court hears (ABC News)
Aug 13 - A woman accused of killing her former partner was trying to protect her family from an "exorcist, demonologist and a ghost hunter", a NSW court has heard.

TurbanFest aims to increase awareness and understanding of Sikh culture (ABC News)
Aug 18 - Amar Singh gets asked a lot of questions about his turban

Faith: how to pass the compassion test (The Age, Melbourne)
Aug 18 – (Opinion: Philip Huggins) Karen Armstrong gives us a helpful test about how to become more compassionate.

 

 


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