Religion News Selection 9 (Feb 24 - Mar 3)

  (03 March 19)
  by Greg Spearritt

Religion News Selection

February 24 – March 3, 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

George Pell conviction

The case for and against: What the jury was told in George Pell's trial (Sydney Morning Herald)  
Feb 26 - Cardinal George Pell stood trial on allegations he sexually abused two choirboys in St Patrick's Cathedral in East Melbourne after a Sunday mass in December 1996.

Pell was always crucial to the church's war on its own victims (Sydney Morning Herald)  
Feb 26 - Pell’s fall is remarkable not just because he is the most senior of the many thousands of Catholic priests accused of sexual abuse around the world to be convicted, but because he has done more than any other to defend the church against its victims.

George Pell: How the mighty have fallen (Brisbane Times)
Feb 26 – (Opinion: Tony Wright) The spectacle of men of the church being found guilty of the sexual abuse of children – once almost unthinkable – has become in recent years dispiritingly commonplace.

He died before seeing his abuser punished, but his family now knows why he endured so much pain (The Age, Melbourne)
Feb 26 - He died before seeing his abuser punished, but his family now knows why he endured so much pain.

‘I still hope for truth, justice’ (The Australian)
Feb 26 – (Opinion: Frank Brennan) I was surprised by the verdict against George Pell. Many of the details the complainant gave were improbable, if not impossible.

Brutal and dogmatic, George Pell waged war on sex – even as he abused children (The Guardian, Australia)  
Feb 26 – (Opinion: David Marr) This prince of the church was a superb political operator.

Jesus warned against men like Cardinal Pell. His message could save the Church (ABC News)
Feb 27 – (Opinion: Robert Gascoigne) Go into any Australian church on a Sunday and you will find a seat.

Pell conviction blows apart bishops' mantra (Sydney Morning Herald)  
Feb 27 – (Opinion: Francis Sullivan) Yesterday’s announcement of the conviction of Cardinal George Pell has been shattering for many and a relief for others.

George Pell has fallen, but the cardinal's legacy casts a long shadow (The Age, Melbourne)
Feb 27 – (Opinion: Barney Zwartz) So Cardinal George Pell – by far Australia's best-known church leader of the past 25 years, the highest-ranked Australian ever at the Vatican, a confidant of prime ministers – faces a jail sentence for child sexual abuse.

Brutal and dogmatic, George Pell waged war on sex – even as he abused children (The Guardian, Australia)  
Feb 27 – (Opinion: David Marr) He was big on sex.

News Corp columnists declare Cardinal Pell innocent and 'a scapegoat' (The Guardian, Australia)  
Feb 27 - Rupert Murdoch’s Australian mastheads have published several prominent articles defending the convicted child molester George Pell and casting doubt on the jury’s unanimous verdict in Melbourne’s county court.

George Pell's lawyer Robert Richter apologises for 'plain vanilla' offending comments (ABC News)
Feb 28 - George Pell's lawyer, Robert Richter QC, has apologised for describing Pell's crimes as "no more than a plain vanilla sexual penetration case", after the words sparked a widespread backlash from abuse survivors.

'Strength and sincerity': John Howard's glowing character reference for George Pell (The Guardian, Australia)  
Feb 28 - The former prime minister John Howard has described Cardinal George Pell as “a person of both high intelligence and exemplary character” and says that his conviction on child sexual abuse charges doesn’t “alter my opinion of the Cardinal” in a character reference.

When George Pell's powerful friends came out of the woodwork (Sydney Morning Herald)  
Mar 1 – (Opinion: Waleed Aly) If you ever find yourself in Budapest, you really must visit the House of Terror museum.

'You no longer rule our world': The message from Pell accuser's sister to powerful Cardinal supporters (Brisbane Times)
Mar 1 - The sister of a man who alleges he was also sexually abused by George Pell says the family is not dismayed the Cardinal's second trial is not going ahead, as they feel a sense of justice has been served.

The inconsistencies of George Pell's defenders just display their power (The Guardian, Australia)  
Mar 1 – (Opinion: Richard Cooke) What happens when the Australian establishment lines up behind a convicted pedophile?

Parents have every reason to be enraged by the Pell revelations (Sydney Morning Herald)  
Mar 2 – (Opinion: Wendy Tuohy) There is water cooler talk, and then there's water cooler rage, and the emotions expressed by parents following the revelation Cardinal George Pell was convicted of five counts of child sexual abuse are firmly in the second category.

The Jesuits say, 'Give me the boy at seven'. And look what this led to (Brisbane Times)
Mar 2 – (Opinion: Geoffrey Robertson) News of George Pell's conviction was a fitting end to a papal summit on child abuse which achieved nothing and began with other cardinals attributing the problem to homosexuals in the priesthood.

Doubters’ outcry over Pell verdict disrespectful to jury, legal system (Sydney Morning Herald)  
Mar 3 – (Opinion: Peter FitzSimons) Was George Arthur Pell found guilty, “beyond reasonable doubt”, by a jury of his peers, of orally raping a 13-year-old boy and molesting another? Emphatically, yes.

My anger with George Pell has been replaced by immense sadness (The Guardian, Australia)  
Mar 3 – (Opinion: Christos Tsiolkas) I have been angry with Cardinal George Pell for a long time.

Other

Catholic Archbishop Mark Coleridge investigated over handling of child abuse allegations (ABC News)
Feb 26 - Brisbane's Catholic Archbishop Mark Coleridge is being investigated by his former archdiocese over his alleged handling of information on child sex abuse.

 

CATHOLIC CHURCH

What is 'consecrated virginity' and why are modern women marrying Jesus? (ABC News)
Mar 3 - Zara Tai didn't wear white on her wedding day, but then again, it wasn't a conventional ceremony.

Female voices of faith needed to reform Catholic Church (The Age, Melbourne)
Mar 3 - The Catholic Church must elevate women to leadership positions if it is to restore trust following sexual abuse scandals, says the Sydney woman spearheading a global campaign to give women and lay men a greater voice inside the church.

 

EDUCATION

Chaplains to be banned in ACT public schools, those left forced to teach non-religious roles (ABC News)
Feb 23 - Chaplains will be banned from Canberra's public schools from the end of the year in a move that goes beyond federal Labor policy to allow a choice of religious or secular workers.

 

INTERNATIONAL STORIES

Abuse

Lay Catholics who stay silent are complicit in the church’s failure on abuse (The Guardian, Australia)  
Feb 26 – (Opinion: Joanna Moorhead) In Rome, some commentators describe the child abuse scandal as the worst crisis to hit the Catholic church since the Reformation.

Vatican to await cardinal's appeal before taking any action (The Guardian, Australia)  
Feb 27 - The Catholic church’s already shaky credibility on sexual abuse was dealt another hammer blow on Tuesday, with its third most powerful figure and a close associate of Pope Francis facing a jail sentence for crimes committed against two choirboys in the 1990s.

attending the Vatican’s abuse summit last month.

Anglican Church

Church of England makes Sunday services non-compulsory (The Guardian, Australia)  
Mar 3 - The Church of England has dropped a centuries-old requirement for all churches to hold weekly Sunday services.

Islam

‘Jihadi bride’ doesn’t fit: we need a new language for female militants (The Guardian, Australia)  
Feb 26 – (Opinion: Azadeh Moaveni) There are around 150 British women in the world who can be called “jihadi brides” – those who left places such as Luton, Birmingham and Burton upon Trent to migrate to the Islamic State and eventually marry its fighters – and Shamima Begum is one of the youngest.

French retailer Decathlon suspends sale of sportswear hijab amid 'violent controversy' (ABC News)
Feb 27 - French retailer Decathlon has backtracked on plans to sell a sportswear hijab after receiving what it described as "unprecedented insults and threats".

Why it’s OK for young Muslims to be radical (The Guardian, Australia)  
Feb 28 – (Opinion: Ali Nobil Ahmad) The legal and moral conundrums posed by the return (or not) of British jihadis following the collapse of the Islamic State “caliphate” has triggered renewed anxiety about the place of Muslim youth in western society.

Religious Violence

'We are now free': Yazidis fleeing Isis start over in female-only commune (The Guardian, Australia)  
Feb 26 - In Jinwar, north-eastern Syria, a pioneering group of women are rebuilding their lives away from the constraints of patriarchy.

Attack on Argentina’s chief rabbi raises fears of antisemitism (The Guardian, Australia)  
Feb 27 - An attack that badly injured Argentina’s chief rabbi has alarmed authorities in the South American nation and in Israel, raising concerns on Tuesday that it could have been prompted by antisemitism.

The caliphate is gone, but damage runs deep in Raqqa (ABC News)
Mar 3 - Abood sits on the floor of his devastated family home.

 

Other

Social media upends public's Bible quote preferences (Sydney Morning Herald)  
Feb 25 - London: In the beginning - and for centuries that followed - God's sacrifice of Jesus to express his love on Earth was the favourite Bible passage of many Christians.

 

ISLAM

Just before I stepped on the bus ... it happened (The Age, Melbourne)
Feb 26 - I caught the bus from Central Station last week, it was my first day at a new job.

 

RELIGION & SOCIETY

'Killer robots' to be taught ethics in world-topping Australian research project (The Age, Melbourne)
Mar 1 - Australia is embarking on the world’s largest study into how to make autonomous weapons such as future armed drones behave ethically in warfare.

 

 


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