Religion News Selection 7 (Feb 10 - 17)

  (16 February 19)
  by Greg Spearritt

Religion News Selection

February 10 - 17, 2019

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

'Anoint me with oil': How evangelical pastor Neil Thomas preyed on his flock (watoday.com.au)
Feb 12 - As pastor Neil Thomas was demanding sexual favours from the women he had selected from his church, he’d invoke the Bible to convince them it was their spiritual duty.

Former students of Burnie's Marist College come forward after conviction of paedophile priest (ABC News)
Feb 14 - The conviction of a paedophile priest has opened old wounds in a region coming to terms with its dark history of sexual abuse.

Canberra pastor's 'prayers of deliverance' involved rape and threats, police say (ABC News)
Feb 15 - A senior pastor in Canberra allegedly used his religious position to do "prayers of deliverance" on church members that involved sexual acts, police say.

 

ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT

'Sacrilegious mockery': Mardi Gras requiem damned (Sydney Morning Herald)  
Feb 13 - The City Recital Hall has come under attack over its involvement with one of the key performances for the 2019 Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras, which some patrons have labelled "blasphemous" and "offensive to their religion".

Swan Lake twisted into a gripping tale of clerical sex abuse and suppression (The Guardian, Australia)  
Feb 15 – (Review)  There exists a deep kinship between Australia and Ireland.

 

CATHOLIC CHURCH

Melbourne Archbishop enlists LGBTI faithful as church tries to reset (The Age, Melbourne)
Feb 17 - Melbourne Archbishop Peter Comensoli has enlisted the LGBTI community to help the church set a new direction after years of scandal and internal unrest.

 

INTERNATIONAL STORIES

Abuse

Catholic Church headed for another sex abuse scandal as #NunsToo speak up (ABC News)
Feb 16 - All eyes will turn to Rome between February 21-24, when senior church clerics across the world meet to discuss how to handle the widening sexual abuse crisis in the Catholic Church.

Islam

Indonesia's election ignites piety debates, causing divisions within families (ABC News)
Feb 17 - Gayatri, who only wants to be referred to by her first name, considers herself a "normal" practising Muslim woman.

Islam’s quiet transformation (The Australian)
Feb 17 - Adaptation and assimilation is doing more than any government to tame the threat posed by Islamic extremism.

Judaism

Ignorance of the Holocaust is different to wilful disbelief (The Guardian, Australia)  
Feb 11 – (Opinion: Paul Chadwick) And what has the world learned of all this?” is the handwritten question by Holocaust survivor Henri Obstfeld, which appears beside his image in a 2017 book Survivor.

Religious Violence

Finnish WWII troops participated in mass murders of Jews, new government report finds (ABC News)
Feb 11 - An Israeli Holocaust historian has praised Finnish authorities for publishing a report revealing atrocities likely committed by a volunteer battalion which served with Nazi Germany's Waffen-SS.

Let Shamima Begum return to UK or risk more terror recruits, says expert (The Guardian, Australia)  
Feb 17 – (Opinion: Mark Townsend, Jamie Doward, Daniel Boffey and Nosheen Iqbal) The home secretary’s response to teenage Islamic State bride Shamima Begum will guarantee new recruits to the ideology that underpins the terror group, a former senior counter-radicalisation expert for the government has warned.

Other

Scientology High Priestess Shelly Miscavige will ‘never be free’, father-in-law claims (news.com.au)
Feb 11 - It’s been more than a decade since Shelly Miscavige, the wife of Scientology’s revered yet controversial leader David Miscavige, has been seen alive or in public.

In revering Trump, the religious right has laid bare its hypocrisy (The Guardian, Australia)  
Feb 11 – (Opinion: Samuel G Freedman) The annual anachronism known as the National Prayer Breakfast attracted its usual array of clergy, military, and political leaders in Washington on 7 February.

Archive shows medieval nun faked her own death to escape convent (The Guardian, Australia)
Feb 12 - A team of medieval historians working in the archives at the University of York has found evidence that a nun in the 14th century faked her own death and crafted a dummy “in the likeness of her body” in order to escape her convent and pursue – in the words of the archbishop of the time – “the way of carnal lust”.

 

ISLAM

Sonia Kruger 'vilified' Muslims in Today show segment (Sydney Morning Herald)  
Feb 15 - Sonia Kruger vilified Muslim people when she called for Australia to close its borders to those of the Islamic faith during a segment on the Today show, but did not engage in racial vilification because Muslim people living in Australia are not a race, a tribunal has found.

 

POLITICS

LGBT recruiters aim to quell Christian influence in WA federal seat (watoday.com.au)
Feb 12 - LGBT activists are signing up Liberal branch members in the federal seat of Moore in an attempt to counteract the influence of conservative Christian churches in the electorate, according to party sources.

Will heathens see Scomo’s missionary zeal? (Brisbane Times)
Feb 17 – (Opinion: Ian Warden) As all the polls foresee and as this week’s scabrous events in and around parliament seem to prophesy the Coalition will be smithereened at May’s federal election. Where, then, will Scott Morrison’s career path take him?

 

 


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