Religion News Australia 2018 - 35 (Oct 7 - 14)

  (13 October 18)
  by Greg Spearritt

Religion News Australia

October 7 - 14, 2018

Religion news stories from Australia

(Research: Greg Spearritt)

 

 

 

arts & entertainment / education / international stories / politics / religion & society

 

 

 

ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT

Jesus Wants Me For A Sunbeam premieres at Riverside (Sydney Morning Herald)  
Oct 10 - Darren Yap believes the stories that are worth retelling are the ones that linger in your mind.

 

EDUCATION

Catholic school fight with nuns over multimillion-dollar loan (Brisbane Times)
Oct 8 - A major scandal is looming within a Sydney Maronite Catholic school as government-appointed auditors probe decades of payments to nuns as well as a mysterious multimillion-dollar loan.

Private schools stand to win big from Labor's $400m cash splash (The Age, Melbourne)
Oct 8 - Catholic and independent schools have been given a major pre-election promise, with the Andrews government pledging to boost their funding and cut red tape so that new schools can be built faster.

Religious freedom review enshrines right of schools to turn away gay children and teachers (Sydney Morning Herald)  
Oct 10 - Religious schools would be guaranteed the right to turn away gay students and teachers under changes to federal anti-discrimination laws recommended by the government’s long-awaited review into religious freedom.

Also: Gay students could be rejected by religious schools under new laws, report claims (The Guardian, Australia)  
Oct 10 - Gay students and teachers could be rejected by religious schools under changes to anti-discrimination laws being recommended by a federal review into religious freedom, according to a media report.

Also: 'I was the secretly gay captain of a private Christian school' (ABC News)
Oct 10 - Jess was one of the highest achievers at her school.

Also: Catholic schools say they don't discriminate on sexuality (Sydney Morning Herald)  
Oct 11 - The Catholic school sector says it welcomes staff and students from all backgrounds and has not sought concessions to discriminate against students or teachers based on their sexuality, gender identity or relationship status.

Also: Teacher lost school job after revealing he was in same sex relationship  (ABC News)
Oct 14 - A Perth teacher who lost his job after telling his school he was in a same-sex relationship has attacked a national push for uniform laws allowing religious schools to discriminate against students and teachers on the basis of sexuality, saying it risks further isolating some of the most vulnerable people in the community — gay school children.

 

INTERNATIONAL STORIES

Abuse

Pope Francis accepts the resignation of archbishop of Washington amid sex-abuse scandals (news.com.au)
Oct 12 - POPE Francis has accepted the resignation of Cardinal Donald Wuerl as archbishop of Washington amid unfolding sex-abuse scandals.

Pope Francis defrocks two Chilean bishops over sexual abuse allegations (ABC News)
Oct 14 - Pope Francis has defrocked two Chilean bishops accused of sexually abusing minors, as he tries to tackle the Catholic Church's sexual abuse scandals around the world.

Other

Belief is back: why the world is putting its faith in religion (The Guardian, Australia)  
Oct 5 – (Opinion: Neil MacGregor) Fifty years ago, religion was on the retreat as science advanced.

Ashers Baking Co wins 'gay cake' case appeal in UK Supreme Court (ABC News)
Oct 11 - The United Kingdom's highest court has ruled in favour of a Belfast bakery at the centre of a long-running legal stoush that's been dubbed locally as the "gay cake" case.

US pastor Andrew Brunson freed after two years in detention in Turkey (ABC News)
Oct 13 - A US pastor has been flown out of Turkey after a court freed him from two years of detention, in a step that could improve US-Turkish ties strained by disputes over Syria, Iran and Ankara's planned purchase of Russian military equipment.

Also: US President Donald Trump denies 'hostage' negotiations with Turkey for US pastor's release (ABC News)
Oct 14 - United States President Donald Trump welcomed American pastor Andrew Brunson to the Oval Office, celebrating his release from nearly two years of confinement in Turkey that had sparked a diplomatic row with a key ally and outcry from US evangelical groups.

 

POLITICS

'Catastrophic outcome': Premier calls Archbishop in Rome over funding (Sydney Morning Herald)  
Oct 10 - Premier Gladys Berejiklian personally called the Catholic Archbishop of Sydney while he was in Rome to allay fears that NSW would block a $4.5 billion federal funding deal for schools.

Religious freedom review

Scott Morrison 'has a blind spot': Bitter Liberal MPs won't stay silent for long on religious freedom split (ABC News)
Oct 10 - A temporary, tenuous and deeply superficial silence has overcome the federal Liberal Party as it battles to retain the seat of Wentworth.

Ruddock review rejects religious groups' fears about same-sex marriage (Sydney Morning Herald)  
Oct 10 - The federal government's religious freedom review has rejected concerns that same-sex marriage could undermine religious freedom, saying there was scant evidence to support such claims.

Scott Morrison stands by exemptions for religious schools in sex discrimination laws (Sydney Morning Herald)  
Oct 10 - Prime Minister Scott Morrison has backed the right of religious schools to discriminate against gay students in a political row over a confidential government report into religious freedom.

Also: PM faces call to beef up faith discrimination penalties (news.com.au)
Oct 11 - PRIME Minister Scott Morrison is being urged to amend the Racial Discrimination Act or create a new Religious Discrimination Act after a report to Government recommended laws banning discrimination against people of faith.

Also: Scott Morrison says independent schools will not be able to expel students due to their sexuality (ABC News)
Oct 12 - Non-government schools will be prevented from expelling gay students on the basis of their sexuality under new laws to be introduced by the Morrison Government.

Also: Winding back gay discrimination in schools is a pragmatic response from Morrison (The Age, Melbourne)
Oct 12 – (Opinion: David Crowe) This is a pragmatic decision to settle a ferocious dispute in a way that eases anxiety over the treatment of children in school.

Also: Scott Morrison will change the law to ban religious schools expelling gay students (The Guardian, Australia)  
Oct 12 - Scott Morrison has promised discrimination law amendments to make clear no student at a private or religious school should be expelled on the basis of their sexuality.

How religion will divide the Liberals and inflame the Parliament (Sydney Morning Herald)  
Oct 10 – (Opinion: David Crowe) The new fight over religious freedom comes at the worst possible time for Prime Minister Scott Morrison and his wounded government.

Sharma distances himself from religious freedom before Wentworth byelection (Sydney Morning Herald)  
Oct 10 - The Liberal candidate for Wentworth, Dave Sharma, said he would be opposed to new laws that would give religious schools the right to run away gay students and teachers.

Also: Liberal Dave Sharma rejects giving religious schools right to expel gay students (The Guardian, Australia)  
Oct 10 - The Liberal candidate for Wentworth, Dave Sharma, has rejected “any new measures” to extend religious schools’ power to expel gay students and sack gay teachers.

The government wants another fight on LGBT rights – and I'm sick with panic (The Guardian, Australia)  
Oct 10 – (Opinion: Sally Rugg) It’s been hours since the long overdue Ruddock report into religious freedom was exposed as recommending religious schools should be able to discriminate against and exclude LGBTIQ students, and I’m sick with panic.

Scott Morrison urged to draft new laws to ban religious discrimination (Sydney Morning Herald)  
Oct 11 - Prime Minister Scott Morrison is being urged to draft new laws to ban discrimination on the grounds of “religious belief or activity” in a sweeping new power that could intensify the clash over religious freedom.

Make no mistake, gay children are the target of new report (The Age, Melbourne)
Oct 11 – (Opinion: Nicholas Stewart) When I was 14 years old, I wasn’t aware of my homosexuality.

Labor and Liberal blocked bid to end schools' right to bar gay pupils (The Age, Melbourne)
Oct 11 - Labor and the Coalition joined forces to defeat a Greens bill two years ago that would have revoked the right of religious schools in Victoria to target students for being gay.

Religious act ‘could backfire’ (The Australian)
Oct 11 - Presbyterian pastor Campbell Markham has warned against a ‘dangerous’ federal religious discrimination act.

Deliver us from hostility (The Australian)
Oct 12 – (Opinion: Greg Craven) Freedom of faith is the neglected human right.

Ruddock review the booby trap that trips everyone up before backfiring (Sydney Morning Herald)  
Oct 14 – (Opinion: Michael Koziol) Perhaps in years to come, political analysts will look back on the Ruddock review of religious freedom as a made-to-measure example of what not to do.

Let’s talk about LGBT teachers: Plibersek (The Australian)
Oct 14 - Australia needs to talk about whether religious schools should be able to exclude LGBT teachers, Tanya Plibersek says.

Coalition 'united' over laws to stop schools expelling gay students, Cormann says (The Guardian, Australia)  
Oct 14 - Mathias Cormann has said the Coalition is “absolutely united” in its plan to amend discrimination laws to ensure that private and religious students cannot be expelled on the basis of their sexuality, as the government struggles to deal with leaked segments of its religious freedoms report before the Wentworth byelection.

 

RELIGION & SOCIETY

Please do not tell us to 'pray away' our mental health issues (Brisbane Times)
Oct 8 – (Opinion: Mariam Veiszadeh) “You don’t need to see a psychologist. Just pray.”

It's time for churches to account for their cash says sex abuse royal commissioner (Brisbane Times)
Oct 10 - All Australian churches should be made to open their books to account more thoroughly for their billions of dollars in assets and revenue, a member of the child abuse royal commission has said.

Do you want an antagonistic society pitted against religious voices? (Sydney Morning Herald)   
Oct 10 – (Opinion: Denis Dragovic) As the 2018 Nobel prize for economics was awarded to two researchers linking economics to climate change, we are once again reminded to listen to the science.

 

 


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