Religion News Australia 2017 - 7 (Feb 12 - 19)

  (18 February 17)
  by Greg Spearritt

Religion News Australia

February 12 - 19, 2017

Religion news stories from Australia

(Research: Greg Spearritt)

 

 

 

abuse / arts & entertainment / catholic church / education / international stories / islam / politics

 

 

 

ABUSE

Anglican Bishop acts over report into sexual abuse claims (news.com.au)
Feb 13 - THE Anglican Bishop of Tasmania has launched an investigation into the response of former church leader Bishop Philip Newell to complaints of sexual abuse by clergy.

Catholic Church schools and homes with the most child abuse claims revealed (ABC News)  
Feb 16 - The Catholic Church has released numbers on how many child sexual abuse claims have been made against staff from their religious schools and orphanages, showing one home for boys faced 219 accusations.

Royal Commission hears Catholic church paid $280 million in sex abuse claims (Brisbane Times)
Feb 16 - Catholic church authorities have paid almost $280 million in compensation to victims of alleged child sexual abuse in the past 35 years, a royal commission has heard.

Ballarat Catholic school with history of sexual abuse puts focus on child protection (ABC News)  
Feb 16 - St Patrick’s College in Ballarat, infamous for its history of child sexual abuse, is determined to become a leader in child protection.

Paedophile priest Brian Spillane jailed for nine years for sexually abusing boys (ABC News)  
Feb 17 - A "wickedly manipulative" serial paedophile priest has had his jail sentence extended until at least 2026 for the sexual abuse of boys at St Stanislaus College in Bathurst in the state’s central west.

Sexual abuser Robin Fletcher ’still believes Wiccan religion justifies crimes’, court told (The Age, Melbourne)
Feb 17 - A man who abused teenage girls and still believes his Wiccan religion condones his crimes  could do "catastrophic" harm to possible future victims, a court has heard.

ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT

Martin Scorsese’s lifelong obsession with spirituality surfaces once more in Silence (ABC News)  
Feb 14 – (Review)  A lifelong obsession with Catholicism is one of the main themes in Martin Scorsese’s latest film, as he continues what he calls a search for the spiritual human condition.

Also: Martin Scorsese’s Silence shows he has begun to talk to God again (Sydney Morning Herald)  
Feb 16 – (Review) When a man takes 27 years to think about a film and that man is Martin Scorsese, we can assume that he wants to say something serious about the human condition.

Also: Saga of missionary misery (The Australian)
Feb 19 – (Review)  Martin Scorsese’s love/hate relationship with the church has been given another outing in his new film, Silence.

 

CATHOLIC CHURCH

Hobart crypt ready to receive Bishop Robert William Willson (ABC News)  
Feb 17 - The dying wish of a religious pioneer, who became known as a champion for the rights of Australian convicts, is close to being fulfilled 151 years after his death.

 

EDUCATION

Islamic College of SA parents angry with school management after loss of funding (ABC News)  
Feb 17 - Parents from the Islamic College of South Australia say they are furious to have been left in the dark about the Adelaide school’s future.

 

INTERNATIONAL STORIES

Anglican Church

C of E in disarray over gay marriage (news.com.au)
Feb 19 - The Church of England’s legislative body has voted against a report from bishops that rejected the idea of blessing same-sex marriages, the latest row over an issue that has divided the Church for years.

Also: Church of England gay marriage vote thrown into chaos after members ’press wrong button’ (news.com.au)
Feb 17 - THE Church of England’s crucial vote on gay marriage has been thrown into chaos after some clergy claimed they “got confused” and “pressed the wrong button”.

Islam

Life as a Muslim-American Olympic champion: ’Travel has become a worry’ (The Guardian, Australia)
Feb 13 - When she slowed to a stop in the Olympic stadium on that warm night in Rio, Dalilah Muhammad knew life would never quite be the same.

Religious Violence

Islamic State suicide bombing at Pakistan shrine leaves at least 75 dead (ABC News)  
Feb 17 - An Islamic State (IS) suicide bomber has targeted a famed shrine in southern Pakistan, killing at least 75 people in the deadliest attack in the country in more than two years.

Also: More than 70 killed in Isis suicide attack on Sufi shrine in Pakistan (The Guardian, Australia)
Feb 17 - Islamic State has claimed responsibility for a bomb blast that killed at least 70 people and injured about 150 at a crowded shrine in southern Pakistan on Thursday.

Also: Pakistan erupts in grief and anger after shrine attack (Sydney Morning Herald)  
Feb 19 - Islamabad: Hundreds of protesters - enraged, inconsolable and demanding justice - converged outside a revered shrine in southern Pakistan on Friday, a day after an Islamic State suicide bomber killed more than 80 people in the country’s deadliest attack in years.

Other

Thai police search controversial Dhammakaya temple for accused money-laundering former abbot (ABC News)  
Feb 16 - Hundreds of Thai police have entered a controversial Buddhist temple on the outskirts of Bangkok after a standoff with the temple’s officials and supporters.

Also: Dhammakaya sect denies mocking police searching for fugitive monk Phra Dhammachayo (ABC News)  
Feb 17 - A controversial branch of Thai Buddhism has apparently mocked police searching for its fugitive founder by placing pillows under his blanket to resemble a human form.

Leah Remini believes Tom Cruise could ’end Scientology’ (news.com.au)
Feb 19 - EX-SCIENTOLOGIST Leah Remini believes Tom Cruise could ’end Scientology’.

 

ISLAM

Australian Muslim leaders targeted in Islamic State propaganda video (Sydney Morning Herald)  
Feb 14 - Islamic State has taken aim at several Australian religious scholars in its latest propaganda video, calling on followers to kill the sheikhs because they discourage violence.

Also: Sheikh Shady Alsuleiman defiant in the face of Islamic State threats (Sydney Morning Herald)  
Feb 15 - A western Sydney sheikh placed in the cross hairs of Islamic State has defiantly vowed to continue his work and says he is "unconcerned" by threats on his life.

This is what sharia law actually is (news.com.au)
Feb 14 - WHEN Muslim activist Yassmin Abdel-Magied confronted Jacqui Lambie over her support of Donald Trump on Q&A last night, she accused the senator of talking about stuff she didn’t know about, so was she right?

Why it’s not enough to counter fear of ’Sharia law’ by insisting Islam is ’feminist’ (Sydney Morning Herald)  
Feb 16 – (Opinion: Ruby Hamad) When it comes to Islam, independent senator Jacqui Lambie is actually right about one thing, but it’s not what she thinks it is.

Victoria launches anti-racism campaign to help counter rise of far right (The Age, Melbourne)
Feb 19 - Racist tirades on public transport, bigotry in schools, and discrimination in the rental market face a crackdown as part of a state-wide push to counter the rise of the far right in Victoria.

How to solve problem like sharia (The Australian)
Feb 19 – (Opinion: Ayaan Hirsi Ali) Islamic laws that belittle women must be criticised.

 

POLITICS

Q&A: Jacqui Lambie and Yassmin Abdel-Magied exchange barbs over sharia law (ABC News)  
Feb 14 - A debate on migration led to fireworks on Monday night’s Q&A program, with outspoken independent senator Jacqui Lambie getting into a shouting match with Islamic youth leader Yassmin Abdel-Magied over sharia law.

One Nation candidate advocated killing Indonesian journalists, attacked gays, Muslims and blacks (WAToday.com.au)
Feb 16 - A One Nation candidate receiving Liberal preferences in the West Australian election once advocated killing Indonesian journalists, and attacked "poofters", Muslims and black people on his now-deactivated Twitter account.

Australia mulls bigger commitment to Islamic State fight (Sydney Morning Herald)  
Feb 17 - Brussels: Australia is open to considering a bigger commitment to the fight against Islamic State in Syria and Iraq, as part of an "acceleration" of military action ordered by US president Donald Trump.

’Blind’ on Islam view of women (The Australian)
Feb 17 - Muslim activist Yassmin Abdel-Magied was ’blindfolded’ during her tour of Islamic nations, Tony Abbott says.

Barnaby Joyce warns anti-Islamic statements could harm trade deals (The Guardian, Australia)
Feb 17 - Barnaby Joyce has warned that anti-Islamic statements could harm Australian trade deals and declared that he would give instructions not to preference Pauline Hanson’s party before the Liberal party in federal seats.

Rushing marriage equality puts ’democracy at risk’, says Liberal senator (The Guardian, Australia)
Feb 17 - Pushing for same-sex marriage in the short term without further religious protections would “put plural and tolerant democracy at risk”, the chair of a Senate inquiry into marriage equality has said.

 

 


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