Religion News Selection 16 (Apr 14 - 22)

  (21 April 19)
  by Greg Spearritt

Religion News Selection

April 14 - 22, 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

Principal knew about alleged sex abuse 35 years before teacher was convicted, letter reveals (ABC News)
Apr 16 - Senior staff at a Catholic school in Tasmania, including the then principal and his boss, were aware of allegations a teacher was sexually abusing multiple children as far back as 1971, and sought to move the teacher to a different parish, a letter obtained by the ABC reveals.

Uniting church allowed paedophile priest to deliver sermon and posted it online (The Guardian, Australia)  
Apr 20 - The Uniting church allowed a paedophile priest who had been jailed twice to deliver a sermon in Sydney and then posted it online, because he signed a piece of paper saying that he would not harm more children.

 

ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT

Life of Brian is 40 years old, but is it still controversial? (ABC News)
Apr 16 – (Opinion: Philip Almond) This year is the 40th anniversary of the release of Monty Python's Life of Brian.

 

EDUCATION

Cut Catholic and private school fund, raise teaching ATARs: Grattan (Sydney Morning Herald)  
Apr 17 - Major changes to funding including the abolition of a $1.2 billion fund for Catholic and independent schools and introducing strong consequences for universities that don't raise ATAR requirements for teaching degrees are part of new recommendations for the next Commonwealth government.

 

INTERNATIONAL STORIES

Catholic Church

The medieval design innovation that helped save Notre Dame from perishing completely (ABC News)
Apr 17 - As Parisians gathered around Notre Dame cathedral on Monday, powerless to do anything but watch it burn while fire raged through the structure, there were fears all would be lost.

Chaplain who rescued victims of horrific 2015 terrorist attack heroically saves Jesus’ Crown of Thorns (news.com.au)
Apr 17 - A Parisian chaplain who entered Notre Dame with firefighters and saved the sacred Crown of Thorns has been once again hailed as a hero.

The Guardian view on the Catholic church: trouble ahead (The Guardian, Australia)  
Apr 16 – (Opinion: Editorial) Jesus entered Jerusalem a week before his death as if he were the messiah, pushing through adoring crowds who sang and waved palm fronds – at least that’s what the story says.

Pope cites plight of migrants, children on Good Friday (Sydney Morning Herald)  
Apr 19 - Vatican City: Pope Francis used a Good Friday ceremony to decry "all the crosses" of suffering in the world, including those borne by migrants who find doors closed due to "political calculations" and children who are harmed in their "innocence and purity," in a reference to paedophile clergy.

Islam

Malaysia investigates women who discussed their 'dehijabbing' (The Guardian, Australia)  
Apr 19 - Three women in Malaysia who held an event discussing their decision to stop wearing the hijab are being investigated by Malaysian Islamic authorities.

Religious Violence

Abu Shujaa: The man behind the rescue of Yazidi women and children kidnapped by Islamic State (ABC News)
Oct 19 - Osman Darwish Hassan, better known as Abu Shujaa, has the weary face and distracted demeanour of a very busy man.

We helped you defeat Islamic State now please help treat our wounds, say Kurds (The Age, Melbourne)
Apr 16 - Hassaka, Syria: Kurdish soldiers who lost limbs fighting the so-called Islamic State in Syria have been rebuffed in their efforts to get medical visas allowing them advanced care in Western countries, the Kurds’ top foreign affairs official says.

'I lost consciousness': woman whipped by the Taliban over burqa without veil (The Guardian, Australia)  
Apr 19 - One of four women who was recently subjected to a brutal public lashing by armed Taliban fighters in Afghanistan has spoken about her experience, amid an increase of violent punishments given to those violating its strict interpretation of religious law.

'Unprecedented' surge of online extremism after Christchurch (The Age, Melbourne)
Apr 22 - The Christchurch terrorist attack has prompted an unprecedented surge in online activity by white supremacists as well as a call by a group with Islamic State links for attacks on Australians travelling in Indonesia, according to ongoing analysis by an American intelligence firm.

Religious Violence – Colombo bombings

Easter Sunday tragedy a 'terrorist attack by religious extremists' (Sydney Morning Herald)  
Apr 22 - Colombo: More than 200 people were killed and hundreds more wounded in eight bomb blasts that rocked churches, luxury hotels and other sites in Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday - the deadliest violence the South Asian island country has seen since a bloody civil war ended a decade ago.

'There was utter chaos': Sri Lanka left reeling after wave of bombings (The Guardian, Australia)  
Apr 22 - Set back from a strip of golden sand and the shimmering sea, beyond the groves of palm trees heavy with coconuts, the Roman Catholic church in the small town of Negombo had been a place of calm devotion amid the colour, vibrancy and noise of Sri Lanka for more than 200 years.

 

ISLAM

Australian Isis terrorist's children reunited with grandmother in Syria (The Guardian, Australia)  
Apr 16 - After more than five years of sleepless nights, Australian grandmother Karen Nettleton has finally had a chance to embrace her orphaned grandchildren – the children of Australia’s most notorious Isis terrorist, Khaled Sharrouf.

Also: Australian children are trapped in Syria and the Government must bring them home (ABC News)
Apr 18 - An ABC Four Corners investigation has exposed the callous indifference of Australian officials over the return of Australian children held without charge in foreign camps for families of Islamic State members.

 

POLITICS

Secular lobby advocates equality as religious leaders weigh in on election (The Guardian, Australia)  
Apr 17 - The tussle between secularism and religious freedom will enter the federal election fray this week.

Inside our Pentecostal PM's church (Sydney Morning Herald)  
Apr 19 - As Australia’s first Pentecostal PM, Scott Morrison will worship this Easter in the fold of a fast-growing Christian movement that’s starkly different to many of its counterparts.

 

RELIGION & SOCIETY

Hillsong founder passes on advice to Israel Folau (news.com.au)
Apr 16 - Hillsong founder and pastor Brian Houston has called on Israel Folau to abandon his judgmental attitude and embrace love rather than trying to scare people to side with his religious beliefs.

Also: Wretched are the offence-takers: in defence of Folau and Assange (Sydney Morning Herald)  
Apr 19 – (Opinion: Elizabeth Farrelly) Israel Folau and Julian Assange make unlikely bedfellows.

Also: Instagram trail shows why Folau can't win a religious freedom argument (Brisbane Times)
Apr 20 – (Opinion: Paul Cully) Israel Folau's Instagram account is quite something.

Hugging the hugging saint: Amma made others cry but it was different for me (The Guardian, Australia)  
Apr 19 - I first heard of Amma a couple of weeks ago when my friend Trav, a real estate agent in Byron Bay, suggested I fly up to the Sunshine Coast and receive a hug from her.

Don't despair about Notre Dame — destruction like this can be overcome (ABC News)
Apr 17 – (Opinion: Claire Smith and Jordan Ralph) The destruction of Notre Dame cathedral is lamentable.

Notre Dame fire: Was the crown of thorns that survived the blaze THE crown of thorns? (ABC News)
Apr 18 - From the crucifixion of Jesus to the crumbling Latin Empire, the crown of thorns has (purportedly) withstood the test of time.

Easter

This Easter – and this election – let's think about the kind of Australia we’d like to create (The Guardian, Australia)  
Apr 19 – (Opinion: Brad Chilcott) This Easter marks the first significant Christian festival since George Pell’s conviction for child sexual abuse.

Melbourne's Catholic Archbishop uses Easter message to reflect on 'shattered' church (ABC News)
Apr 19 - Melbourne's new Catholic Archbishop has used his Easter message to acknowledge the church seems "shattered" and "wounded" after a year in which Cardinal George Pell was jailed for sexually abusing two choirboys.

 


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