Religion News Selection 17 (May 20 - 27)

  (26 May 18)
  by Greg Spearritt

Religion News Selection

May 20 - 27, 2018

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

NSW sex cult leader ’Little Pebble’ to sell ’holy grounds’ (Sydney Morning Herald)  
May 21 - Convicted cult leader William "Little Pebble" Kamm is selling the "sacred" property on the NSW South Coast where he claims the Virgin Mary told him to repopulate the earth with two 15-year-old girls.

Archbishop Philip Wilson abuse concealment case the ’tip of the iceberg’ (ABC News)
May 22 - The verdict in the case of Archbishop Philip Wilson — the most senior Catholic to be charged with concealing child abuse — is already being declared a "landmark" case, with one legal expert predicting it could trigger a flood of other prosecutions.

Also: Archbishop Philip Wilson will not resign after child sexual abuse cover-up conviction (The Guardian, Australia)  
May 25 - The disgraced archbishop of Adelaide, Philip Wilson, officially stood aside from his duties on Friday but has not resigned.

’Ellis defence’ scrapped as Victorian law change opens church up to abuse legal action (ABC News)
May 25 - It was only years later, long after he had been admitted to practise as a lawyer, that John Ellis decided to exercise his legal right to sue the Catholic Church.

 

ANGLICAN CHURCH

The signs of Father Bower (The Saturday Paper)
May 27 - As a local pastor in Gosford, a regional city on the New South Wales Central Coast, Father Rod Bower might administer last rites three times a week.

 

INTERNATIONAL STORIES

Catholic Church

The pope says God made gay people just as we should be – here’s why his comments matter (The Guardian, Australia)  
May 22 – (Opinion: Ruth Hunt) It is immensely powerful to hear that Pope Francis, the leader of the Roman Catholic church, reportedly told Juan Carlos Cruz, a gay man: “God made you like this and loves you like this.”

Other

’Jesus never charged a leper a co-pay’: the rise of the religious left (The Guardian, Australia)  
May 22 - In his prayer at the opening of the US embassy in Jerusalem last week, a prayer delivered against a backdrop of violence in Gaza, the evangelical pastor Robert Jeffress said Donald Trump was a moral leader who stood “on the right side of you, O God”.

’Quiet revolution’: Abortion vote cements Ireland’s liberal shift (Sydney Morning Herald)  
May 27 - Dublin: Ireland voted decisively to repeal one of the world’s more restrictive abortion bans, sweeping aside generations of conservative patriarchy and dealing the latest in a series of stinging rebukes to the Roman Catholic Church.

Also: Ireland has shed its historic culture at a speed that amazes (Sydney Morning Herald)  
May 27 – (Opinion: Ruth Dudley Edwards) As the journalist Jason O’Mahony tweeted pithily: "Jaysus. In my youth you couldn’t buy condoms, be gay, get divorced or even see Life of Brian. Now we’re one of the most liberal countries in the world. Incredible."

Alexa, say grace: C of E launches prayer skill for smart-home devices (The Guardian, Australia)  
May 24 - Alexa, who is God?

 

POLITICS

’We are absolutely in a new culture war’: ’Religious freedom’ next on the Liberal agenda (Sydney Morning Herald)  
May 25 – (Opinion: Michael Koziol) On Monday night, former deputy prime minister John Anderson delivered a rousing and ominous speech to a gathering of religious educators in Parliament House.

 

RELIGION & SOCIETY

Domestic violence in the church: When women are believed, change will happen (ABC News)
May 23 – (Opinion: Julia Baird) Tonight, hundreds of people are expected to gather in North Sydney to talk about how church communities can take action on domestic violence.

200-year-old almanac offers insight into history of magic in Australia (ABC News)
May 24 - For more than 40 years a clue to Australia’s secret history of folk magic has sat undisturbed in a library in Tasmania.

Are religion and science always at odds? Here are three scientists that don’t think so (ABC News)
May 24 - When you ponder the vastness of the universe, the wonder of the natural world, or the mysteries of consciousness, what are you left with?

Sydney Catholic bishop calls for church ’safe zones’ after abortion protection bill passes  (ABC News)
May 27 - A Sydney Catholic bishop is calling for safe access zones to be enforced around churches, connecting the idea to a proposal endorsed by the NSW Upper House this week to give women seeking an abortion protection from pro-life protestors.

Christians all in a huff about Thomas the Tank Engine, while real threat to children is ignored (Sydney Morning Herald)  
May 27 – (Opinion: Nick O’Malley) There was a revealing meltdown on the fringes of Victorian politics during the week that you might have missed.

 


From the Archive…

Religion News Australia 2018 – 17 (May 20 - 27)

Religion News Australia 2018 – 16 (May 13 - 20)

Religion News Australia 2018 – 15 (May 5 - 13)

Religion News Australia 2018 – 14 (Apr 29 – May 5)

Religion News Australia 2018 – 13 (Apr 22 - 29)

Religion News Australia 2018 – 12 (Apr 15 - 22)

Religion News Australia 2018 – 11 (Apr 1 - 7)

Religion News Australia 2018 – 10 (Mar 25 – Apr 1)

Religion News Australia 2018 – 9 (Mar 18 - 25)

Religion News Australia 2018 – 8 (Feb 25 – Mar 4)

Religion News Australia 2018 – 7 (Feb 18 - 25)

Religion News Australia 2018 – 6 (Feb 11 - 18)

Religion News Australia 2018 – 5 (Feb 4 - 11)

Religion News Australia 2018 – 4 (Jan 28 – Feb 4)

Religion News Australia 2018 – 3 (Jan 14 - 28)

Religion News Australia 2018 – 2 (Jan 7 - 14)

Religion News Australia 2018 – 1 (Jan 1 - 7)

Religion News Australia 2017 – 49 (Dec 24 - 31)

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

Religion News Australia 2017 – 47 (Dec 10 - 17)

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Religion News Australia 2017 – 45 (Nov 26 – Dec 3)

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