Religion News Australia 2018 - 44 (Dec 9 - 16)

  (16 December 18)
  by Greg Spearritt

Religion News Australia

December 9 - 16, 2018

Religion news stories from Australia

(Research: Greg Spearritt)

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

ABUSE

Melbourne Archbishop speaks out on priests grooming vulnerable adults (The Age, Melbourne)
Dec 16 - Melbourne’s Catholic Archbishop has acknowledged growing concerns that vulnerable women are being groomed by priests, declaring that “any attempt to sexualise a pastoral relationship” should be viewed as professional misconduct and an abuse of authority.

Former Perth private school teacher to face child sex charges (WAToday.com.au)
Dec 16 - A former teacher at a prestigious Perth private school is facing child sex charges.

 

ANGLICAN CHURCH

Brisbane Anglican diocese welcoming more women than men to the priesthood (ABC News)
Dec 9 - For most of its recorded history, and with few exceptions, the priesthoods of all Christian denominations were men-only domains, a tradition eventually shattered in the Anglican Church — and 26 years later, its Brisbane diocese is ordaining more women than men.

Catholic priest Father Joe Walsh charged with stealing $252,000 from Subiaco church (ABC News)
Dec 12 - Police from the Major Fraud Squad have charged a prominent Perth Catholic priest with stealing $252,000 in church funds.

 

ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT

The gospel according to Hannah Gadsby falls short (Sydney Morning Herald)  
Dec 11 – (Opinion: Michael Jensen) Just as she did in her Netflix special Nanette, in her speech at The Hollywood Reporter’s Women in Entertainment gala last week, Hannah Gadsby managed to turn making an audience feel uncomfortable into an art form.

Wilson case a study of contrasts (The Australian)
Dec 15 – (Opinion: Gerard Henderson) ABC’s The Drum provides an example of the animosity towards the Catholic Church.

 

CATHOLIC CHURCH

The family of a priest who struggled with celibacy is fighting for his reputation (The Age, Melbourne)
Dec 10 - The family and friends of one of Melbourne’s most celebrated priests are fighting to restore his legacy after he was stood down by the Catholic Church over allegations of “inappropriate sexual behaviour” with adult women.

George Pell admitted to hospital (news.com.au)
Dec 15 - Days after being removed from the Vatican’s inner circle of advisers, Cardinal George Pell has been admitted to hospital for knee surgery.

 

EDUCATION

Are teachers still hitting students? Because it's still legal in some schools (ABC News)
Dec 13 - At private schools in Queensland it is still legal for a teacher to "use reasonable force" against a student to discipline or control them.

 

INTERNATIONAL STORIES

Catholic Church

Pope cuts George Pell, Chilean cardinal from informal cabinet (Sydney Morning Herald)  
Dec 13 - Vatican City: Pope Francis has removed two cardinals from his informal cabinet amid the Catholic Church's sex abuse and cover-up scandal, shedding embarrassing advisers ahead of a high-stakes Vatican summit on abuse early next year.

Also: Pope Francis cuts George Pell and two other cardinals from Vatican council (news.com.au)
Dec 13 - Australian Cardinal George Pell has been removed from the Vatican’s inner circle of advisers by Pope Francis.

Catholic priest criticised teenager who killed himself at his own funeral (news.com.au)
Dec 16 - There are calls for a Catholic priest in the US to be removed after he told the funeral of a teenage boy that he might be blocked from heaven because he committed suicide.

Religious Violence

'Islamism is not Islam': confronting Europe's terrorism problem (Brisbane Times)
Dec 7 - On a grey London afternoon in 1995, Ed Husain was sitting quietly in the public library opposite Newham College of Further Education, cramming for his upcoming exams, when he heard a commotion in the street below.

Isis withdraws from last urban stronghold in Syria (The Guardian, Australia)  
Dec 15 - Islamic State extremists have withdrawn from their last urban stronghold in Syria after weeks of intensifying clashes with Kurdish-led fighters that have splintered the remnants of the group’s leadership and raised fresh questions about the fate of its founder, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.

Other

India: Hindus demand building of temple on disputed Ayodhya site (The Guardian, Australia)  
Dec 10 - Dozens of Hindu monks and tens of thousands of followers have urged the Indian government to help build a temple on the ruins of a 16th-century mosque.

Religious leaders arrested at US border in pro-migration protest (The Guardian, Australia)  
Dec 11 - Federal agents have arrested 32 religious leaders and activists at the border in San Diego during a protest in support of the Central American migrant caravan.

Chinese police detain more than 100 Christian church members in series of raids (ABC News)
Dec 11 - Chinese authorities have reportedly detained more than 100 members of an unregistered Christian church and their high-profile pastor, as the Communist Party's country-wide crackdown on organised religion continues.

 

ISLAM

Sydney teenager jailed for at least 12 years for terror plot (Sydney Morning Herald)  
Dec 11 - The boy arrested in a Bankstown backstreet with hunting knives and a desire to kill had once been “your average Muslim 16-year-old boy”, according to the teenager's father.

Islamic super fund Crescent Wealth targets millennials with anti-banking sharia pitch (news.com.au)
Dec 14 - The head of the country’s first Islamic superannuation fund wants to use the scandals exposed by the banking royal commission to sell the value of “sharia-compliant” investing to mainstream Australians.

 

JUDAISM

Canberra's Jewish community 'living in fear' due to anti-Semitic attacks (ABC News)
Dec 12 - Some Jewish residents in Canberra say they are afraid to go out in public or wear their religious clothing for fear of anti-Semitic attacks, which a Rabbi said had already driven one person out of the national capital.

 

POLITICS

Palestinians call on Muslim states to target Australian exports over Jerusalem embassy (The Guardian, Australia)  
Dec 14 - Palestinian leaders are lobbying Arab and other Muslim states to drop Australian exports and withdraw their ambassadors from Canberra in the event the Coalition moves Australia’s embassy in Israel to Jerusalem.

Religious freedoms review

Religious discrimination act to form part of Coalition election platform (ABC News)
Dec 13 - Prime Minister Scott Morrison will take a proposal for a dedicated religious discrimination act to the next election, as he prepares to release a lengthy review into the nation's religious freedoms.

‘Devil is in Religious Act’s detail’ (The Australian)
Dec 13 - Labor is not opposed to a Religious Discrimination Act but outgoing president Mark Butler says the “devil lies in the detail”.

ALP’s secular threat to faith (The Australian)
Dec 13 – (Opinion: Amanda Stoker) Religious freedom is being debated by people who have no idea what it means.

Coalition to unveil new laws to guard religious freedom but stalls on LGBT students (The Guardian, Australia)  
Dec 13 - The Morrison government will promise to prohibit discrimination against religious people but has kicked the can down the road, with a further review on discrimination against LGBT students and school staff.

Bringing race into the religious freedom debate could make for an ugly election (ABC News)
Dec 14 - Prime Minister Scott Morrison's decision to take a proposal for a religious discrimination act to the next election is quietly dividing his colleagues, with some fearing it could further alienate small "l" liberal voters who are fatigued by this debate.

PM right to test ALP on equality (The Australian)
Dec 14 – (Opinion: Paul Kelly) Scott Morrison yesterday asked Bill Shorten a simple question: do you believe in equality for religion in Australia?

Let’s defend religious rights (The Australian)
Dec 14 – (Opinion: Henry Ergas) We can’t let Labor and the Greens penalise believers for passing on their cherished values.

Discrimination bill could lead to challenges to school chaplains program (The Guardian, Australia)  
Dec 14 - Scott Morrison’s proposed new religious discrimination bill could backfire against the controversial chaplains programs in public schools and the military, an expert has warned.

Plans for religious protections complicated by one thing (Brisbane Times)
Dec 15 – (Opinion: Tim Soutphommasane) People often equate the issue of religious discrimination with religious freedom. Only the two aren’t quite the same.

Walking the freedom tightrope (The Australian)
Dec 15 – (Opinion: Frank Brennan) Protecting both personal and religious rights is a question of balance.

Ruddock religious freedom report backfires (The Saturday Paper)
Dec 15 – (Opinion: Karen Middleton) A push by conservative Coalition MPs to entrench churches’ rights to discriminate on sexuality grounds appears to have backfired, with a long-awaited national religious freedom review recommending exemptions for religious organisations from other discrimination laws be wound back or scrapped.

Yes, PM, people of faith fret, but your law can't fix that (Sydney Morning Herald)  
Dec 16 – (Opinion: Jacqueline Maley) A Muslim woman is asked to remove her hijab in her workplace.

 

RELIGION & SOCIETY

No joy to the green-left world (The Australian)
Dec 15 – (Opinion: Chris Kenny) Even atheists must pray for the silliness to stop when carols are rewritten with anti-coal lyrics.

 

 


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