Religion News Australia 2017 - 32 (Aug 27 - Sept 3)

  (02 September 17)
  by Greg Spearritt

Religion News Australia

August 27 – September 3, 2017

Religion news stories from Australia

(Research: Greg Spearritt)

 

anglican church / arts & entertainment / catholic church / education / international stories / islam / politics / religion & society

 

 

 

ANGLICAN CHURCH

Anglican Church elects Australia’s first female Archbishop Kay Goldsworthy (ABC News)  
Aug 29 - The Anglican Church has elected its first female Archbishop, the Right Reverend Kay Goldsworthy AO, to lead the West Australian division.

 

ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT

Ali’s Wedding: The radical Muslim rom-com that breaks stereotypes (ABC News)  
Sept 2 – (Review)  Every now and then, a piece of art comes along to remind us that there is more than one way to appreciate it.

Also: Osamah Sami charms in offbeat comedy (Sydney Morning Herald)  
Sept 2 – (Review)  Australia has barely begun to mine the great stories within our migrant experience, which is odd and frustrating, given we have six million of them.

The Mormons are coming: The Book of Mormon announces Sydney season in 2018 (Sydney Morning Herald)  
Sept 3 - One of the most controversial and critically acclaimed Broadway musicals, The Book of Mormon, will transfer to Sydney in February 2018.

 

CATHOLIC CHURCH

Rites v rights: the Catholic Church faces a crisis of conscience (The Age, Melbourne)
Sept 1 - The Catholic Church in Australia is fighting on three fronts – same-sex marriage, euthanasia and education funding – that will test its influence both inside and outside the church, with the people in the pews and the politicians and powerbrokers.

 

EDUCATION

High heel lessons for students in regional Victorian Christian schools labelled sexist (ABC News)  
Sept 2 - Parents and students are divided over etiquette classes offered by regional Victorian Christian schools, which include lessons for female students on how to walk in high heels.

Transgender students welcomed by Lismore’s Catholic secondary school principal, community (ABC News)  
Aug 29 - The principal of a Catholic secondary college in northern New South Wales is urging the school community to embrace two transgender students.

 

INTERNATIONAL STORIES

Catholic Church

Pope reveals he had weekly psychoanalysis sessions at age 42 (The Guardian, Australia)
Sept 2 - Pope Francis has revealed that he sought the help of a psychoanalyst for six months when he was 42 and the leader of the Jesuit order in Argentina during the country’s military dictatorship.

Islam

Pepe the Frog creator forces withdrawal of ’alt-right’ children’s book (ABC News)  
Sept 1 - The cartoonist behind the Pepe the Frog meme cartoon has taken legal action to force a self-published children’s book that uses the character to promote anti-Islamic themes to give all of the profits to a Muslim advocacy organisation.

Religious Violence

Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh: Indian court sentences ’godman’ to 20 years in prison for rape (ABC News)  
Aug 29 - An Indian judge has handed a 20-year jail sentence to self-styled "godman" Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh, whose followers went on a deadly rampage after he was convicted of rape on Friday.

Suicide bomber hits Kabul bank, amid reports of deadly airstrike (The Age, Melbourne)
Aug 30 - Kabul: A Taliban suicide bomber struck at a bank not far from the US Embassy in Kabul, killing five people on Tuesday as government employees lined up to withdraw salaries ahead of a religious holiday.

Convoy of Isis fighters and families blocked by airstrikes in Syria (The Guardian, Australia)
Sept 2 - A convoy of Islamic State fighters and their families being evacuated into jihadist territory in east Syria remained in government-held areas of Syria on Friday, US-led forces have said.

Rohingya Muslims fleeing Myanmar in wooden boats to find safety in Bangladesh (ABC News)  
Sept 3 - Tens of thousands more people have crossed by boat and on foot into Bangladesh in the last 24 hours as they flee violence in western Myanmar, the UNHCR says.

 ’We die or they die’: Rohingya insurgency sparks fresh violence in Myanmar (The Guardian, Australia)
Sept 3 - The voice crackles down the phone line. Hashem, a Rohingya Muslim fighter, is getting anxious.

Other

Caste and inequality at the heart of India’s love affair with controversial ’godmen’ (ABC News)  
Aug 29 – (Opinion: James Bennett) "The charismatic and controversial sect leader claims millions of devoted followers."

Former monk sues L’Oreal over patented anti-ageing formula (The Age, Melbourne)
Aug 31 - A US former Catholic monk is suing beauty giant L’Oreal, alleging they stole his patented anti-ageing cream formula.

Jesus Christ superstars: meet the modern-day messiahs (The Guardian, Australia)
Sept 2 - Jonas Bendiksen grew up in a “godless home” in Tønsberg, Norway, which makes him an unlikely candidate to photograph the messiah, let alone six of them.

Coptic Pope sees hope in Egypt (The Australian)
Sept 3 – (Opinion: Greg Sheridan) The leader of this ancient branch of Christianity treads a careful line.

 

ISLAM

Burkas are political symbols not Islamic ones, Muslim scholar says (ABC News)  
Aug 28 - Pauline Hanson’s recent burka stunt attracted criticism from both sides of Parliament, but a Muslim scholar and human rights adviser says it’s the garment itself that’s offensive.

 

POLITICS

John Howard wants more detail on religious exemptions ahead of same-sex marriage survey (ABC News)  
Sept 1 - Former Liberal prime minister John Howard has called on the Turnbull Government to provide more detail on religious exemptions from same-sex marriage laws ahead of the country’s postal vote.

 

RELIGION & SOCIETY

Churches offer sanctuary to asylum seekers affected by welfare crackdown (ABC News)  
Aug 29 - Australia’s Christian churches are offering sanctuary to 100 asylum seekers caught up in a Government welfare crackdown affecting those who were originally transported to Australia for medical treatment.

’God’s property’ sells for $120,000 after Beerepoots refused to pay rates on religious grounds (ABC News)  
Sept 1 - A Tasmanian family has had their house sold by the local council for $120,000 after they refused to pay about $3,000 in rates over seven years on religious grounds.

Next time you see a sex worker on a street corner, ponder this... (The Age, Melbourne)
Sept 3 - Ever pondered the women you see on street corners?

Same Sex Marriage

Elite Catholic schools defy church leadership on same-sex marriage (The Age, Melbourne)
Aug 30 - Two of Australia’s most prestigious Catholic schools have cautiously endorsed same-sex marriage in messages to parents, staff and students, directly rebuking recent statements from church leaders.

Same-sex marriage debate was always going to get ugly (Sydney Morning Herald)  
Sept 2 – (Opinion: Nick O’Malley) Perhaps it was George Brandis who put it best. People do indeed have the right to be bigots.

Legalise same-sex marriage for the ’common good’, says Catholic priest Frank Brennan (Sydney Morning Herald)  
Sept 2 - Same-sex marriage should be legalised for the "common good", one of Australia’s leading Catholic thinkers has urged, arguing civil marriage cannot be seen as an instrument of the church.

Welcome to the ’No’ case (The Saturday Paper)
Sept 2 – (Opinion: Sean Kelly) It was a fairly stunning admission to make at the beginning of a long campaign.

’Not everything is about same-sex marriage’: Father’s Day ad deemed too ’political’ for TV (news.com.au)
Sept 3 - A NOT-FOR-PROFIT group behind a heartwarming Father’s Day ad pulled from TV for being too “political” in the lead-up to the same-sex marriage postal vote has taken its website and social media pages down for “security reasons”.

Dads4Kids ad is ’dodgy campaign tactic’ in marriage debate, says LGBTI activist (The Guardian, Australia)
Sept 3 – A fathers group that claimed its political ad was blocked from television is engaged in a “dodgy campaign tactic” to claim victimhood in the same-sex marriage debate, according to a senior LGBTI advocate.

 

 


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