Religion News Australia 2017 - 48 (Dec 17 - 24)

  (24 December 17)
  by Greg Spearritt

Religion News Australia

December 17 - 24, 2017

Religion news stories from Australia

(Research: Greg Spearritt)

 

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

 

 

 

ABUSE

The secret scourge of family violence and murder in Australian Hindu and Sikh communities (ABC News)
Dec 16 - Just six weeks after her grand Hindu wedding in India, Priya* found herself locked in a Sydney house from 8am to 6pm while her new husband was at work.

’Church must rethink this issue’ (The Australian)
Dec 18 - Liberal backbencher calls for legislation to compel church to report child abuse, even if it overrides sanctity of confession.

Violent and sexually ’defective’: What the royal commission taught us about the Christian Brothers (ABC News)  
Dec 21 - It’s a lonely walk up the gravel pathway beside Ballarat cemetery’s Roman Catholic section.

ABC to hand over documents wanted by George Pell to fight sex abuse charges (The Guardian, Australia)
Dec 21 - Australia’s public broadcaster has agreed to hand over documents which Cardinal George Pell wants to use in his fight against charges of historical sex abuse.

The church just isn’t the same (The Australian)  
Dec 23 – (Opinion: Angela Shanahan) You wouldn’t know it from the royal commission’s report, but child abuse by priests is largely a thing of the past.

 

ANGLICAN CHURCH

’Make Christmas great again’: Hobart’s Anglican Dean parodies Trump in anti-pokies message (ABC News)
Dec 24 - The Anglican Dean of Hobart has channelled Donald Trump in his Christmas message, wearing a red cap proclaiming "Make Christmas great again" and calling for the Tasmanian Government to reduce the number of poker machines.

 

ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT

Handel Messiah: Growing chorus assembles the authentic monster sound (Sydney Morning Herald)  
Dec 24 – (Review) With the revival of historically informed baroque performance in the last 40 years, a view emerged that monster performances of Handel’s Messiah were a Victorian anachronism.

 

CATHOLIC CHURCH

Top Catholic proclaims 2017 as ’annus horribilis’ in wake of SSM, royal commission (ABC News)  
Dec 22 - One of Australia’s top Catholics has declared 2017 an "annus horribilis", the Latin phrase for "horrible year", in his Christmas message.

Also: Same-sex marriage and euthanasia mean annus horribilis – Catholic bishop (The Guardian, Australia)  
Dec 24 - The Catholic Archbishop of Sydney Anthony Fisher said people of faith might describe 2017 as “annus horribilis” because of euthanasia laws in Victoria, the exposure of child sexual abuse in the Catholic church, and the legalisation of same-sex marriage were failures that challenged “our Christian conceptions of life”.

 

INTERNATIONAL STORIES

Abuse

’Cardinal Law allowed this to happen’: Abuse survivors on archbishop’s death (The Guardian, Australia)
Dec 21 -  “This is who I used to be. A smiling child,” said Alexa MacPherson, 42, a clergy abuse survivor, at a press conference held in Boston after the death of Cardinal Bernard Law on Wednesday.

Also: ’He was evil’: Sex abuse survivors slam Vatican over Bernard Law funeral (Brisbane Times)
Dec 22 - Washington: Survivors of clergy sexual abuse reacted with outrage after the Catholic Church honoured disgraced former Boston Archbishop Bernard Law with a full cardinal’s funeral on Thursday.

Catholic Church

Children of Catholic priests chalk up win in fight for recognition (The Guardian, Australia)
Dec 23 - When he was a boy, Vincent Doyle spent most weekends with a priest he believed was his godfather.

Islam

US ambassador to Netherlands Pete Hoekstra apologises for ’no-go zones’, ’fake news’ blunders (ABC News)
Dec 24 - US ambassador to the Netherlands Pete Hoekstra has apologised for anti-Muslim comments and says he "regrets" an interview with Dutch television in which he dismissed them as "fake news".

Religious Violence

Hundreds of Rohingya villages destroyed, report finds (Sydney Morning Herald)  
Dec 18 - Satellite images reveal the destruction of Rohingya villages has continued for weeks after Myanmar’s civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi claimed military operations against the Muslim minority had ceased in her country’s Rakhine State.

Kremlin ’incited terror anger’ (The Australian)
Dec 18 - At least 47 accounts linked to the Kremlin posted polarising and often hate-filled and Islamophobic messages after four atrocities this year, experts say.

Deadly feud rips through Al Qaeda’s leadership as terrorist group takes more ’moderate’ line (ABC News)  
Dec 23 - A deadly feud is ripping through Al Qaeda’s leadership in Syria as the once-feared terror group looks to position itself as a "moderate" alternative to the disintegrating so-called Islamic State and President Bashar Al-Assad’s regime forces.

The deal with the devil (The Australian)
Dec 24 - They were the world’s most famous hostages. But the real story of how the Chibok schoolgirls were freed from Boko Haram hasn’t been told. Until now.

Christmas violence and arrests shake Indian Christians (The Guardian, Australia)  
Dec 24 - The strains of Hindi carols have rung out in the Aligarh Church of Ascension every Christmas since 1858.

Other

Christian carol singers jailed (The Australian)
Dec 18 - Dozens have been arrested and a priest’s car set alight after Hindu hardliners accused them of trying to force the public to convert to Christianity.

Why Christmas is for everyone (The Guardian, Australia)  
Dec 24 – (Opinion: Julian Baggini) Although I’m a card-carrying atheist, I have some sympathy with those who argue that a Christmas without Christ or a mass is as meaningless as celebrating a birthday without a birth, or a jubilee without a coronation.

 

ISLAM

Flinders Street driver was on mental health plan, had no known terror links: Melbourne police (ABC News)  
Dec 22 - Police say the man who crashed his car into Melbourne pedestrians yesterday has blamed "the mistreatment of Muslims" for "some of his activities", but they still do not know what motivated him to drive through a busy crossing.

Also: Melbourne CBD attack: Alleged Flinders Street driver Saeed Noori rambled about Allah and ASIO (Brisbane Times)
Dec 22 - Flinders Street driver Saeed Noori rambled about Allah, Australia’s spy agency ASIO and the mistreatment of Muslims in the hours after the attack, police say.

Muslim man punched in face for ’not having an opinion’, SA Police investigate (ABC News)  
Dec 23 - A Muslim man has been attacked at a mosque in Adelaide’s south after refusing to have a political discussion about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

 

POLITICS

’I’m not going to put up with it any more’: Morrison vows to defend Christianity in 2018 (Brisbane Times)
Dec 21 - Scott Morrison says he will fight back against discrimination and mockery of Christians and other religious groups in 2018, in comments that position him as one of the leading religious conservatives in the Turnbull government.

Also: Scott Morrison vows to stand up to ’mockery’ of Christians (The Guardian, Australia)
Dec 22 - The treasurer, Scott Morrison, has vowed to stand up to “mockery” and jokes about Christians.

 

RELIGION & SOCIETY

Sexist blindness stands in the way of action on child abuse in the Church (Sydney Morning Herald)  
Dec 19 – (Opinion: Stephanie Dowrick ) When I was nine years old, and a year after my mother died, my father became a Catholic and my elder sister and I were also "received into the Church", as it was then described.

What history really tells us about Jesus’ birth (ABC News)  
Dec 22 – (Opinion: Robyn J Whitaker) I might be about to ruin your Christmas. Sorry. But the reality is those nativity plays in which your adorable children wear tinsel and angel wings bear little resemblance to what actually happened.

Let’s remember what Christmas is actually about to counter the stress and sadness (ABC News)
Dec 24 – (Opinion: Simon Smart) A psychologist friend told me recently that she and her colleagues are always overbooked at this time of year.

Jarryd Hayne rape accuser was a Christian, saving herself for marriage (Sydney Morning Herald)  
Dec 24 - The young woman who alleges she was raped by Jarryd Hayne while she was intoxicated was a devout Christian who was saving her virginity for marriage when the alleged incident occurred in 2015.

Thank the Romans, not Jesus (The Australian)
Dec 24 – (Opinion: Helen Dale) Unfortunately for pious folk, Christmas is related to Christianity in the same limited way as Caesar’s wife is to history: only by marriage.

 

 


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