Religion News Selection

June 12 – 19, 2022

A selection of religion news stories from Australia

(Research: Greg Spearritt)



Catholic church uses paedophile priest’s death as shield against new allegations in NSW (The Guardian, Australia)
June 18 – The Catholic church has used the death of a known paedophile priest to shield itself from being sued over new complaints of child sexual abuse.


Labor confirms it will allow schools to hire secular workers under chaplaincy program (The Guardian, Australia)
June 17 – Former Coalition education minister Alan Tudge has warned Labor’s plan to give schools a choice of secular pastoral care workers will “effectively end” the use of religious chaplains in some schools.

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Pope Francis says Ukraine war was ‘perhaps somehow provoked’ (The Guardian, Australia)
June 15 – Pope Francis has said Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine was “perhaps somehow provoked” as he recalled a conversation in the run-up to the war in which he was warned Nato was “barking at the gates of Russia”.


Saudi Arabian authorities seize rainbow toys for ‘promoting homosexuality’ (ABC News)
June 19 – Authorities in Saudi Arabia have seized any rainbow-coloured toys and clothing for promoting homosexuality, according to Saudi state TV.


Antisemitic sculpture can remain in church, German court rules (The Guardian, Australia)
June 15 – The federal court of justice upheld rulings by lower courts on the Judensau, sculpture on the town church in Wittenberg – one of more than 20 such relics from the Middle Ages that still adorn churches across Germany and elsewhere in Europe – pointing to the addition in recent decades of a memorial and an information sign.


Focus on Islamist extremism linked to neo-Nazi rise, as 10-year-old kids radicalised (The Age, Melbourne)
June 15 – Australian authorities have had a “myopic” focus on Islamist extremism since 9/11, experts have lamented, warning that it has come at the expense of identifying the rise of far-right extremism.


Christian crusader and same-sex marriage campaigner form unlikely alliance (Sydney Morning Herald)
June 18 – Christian crusader and NSW upper house MP Fred Nile has opposed almost every reform that same-sex marriage campaigner and Sydney MP Alex Greenwich has worked to achieve in parliament.

The Howard battlers joined the party (The Saturday Paper)
June 19 – After John Howard’s loss, the Liberal Party was transformed again, with branches taken over by religious sects, and the voters he targeted from a distance becoming members.


‘Final resting place’: sacred Indigenous objects returned to Australia from US university (The Guardian, Australia)
June 19 – Seven sacred Indigenous objects have been returned to central Australia from an American university.