Religion News Australia 2018 - 31 (Sept 9 - 16)

  (15 September 18)
  by Greg Spearritt

Religion News Australia

September 9 - 16, 2018

Religion news stories from Australia

(Research: Greg Spearritt)

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

ABUSE

Push for jail time for priests who fail to report child sexual abuse 'not needed' (ABC News)
Sept 11 - A push to jail priests who fail to report suspected child abuse when its revealed through confession has been called "unnecessary" and "discriminatory" by South Australia's Attorney-General.

Church's 'wall of silence' saw Boystown Beaudesert boys abused (Brisbane Times)
Sept 14 - The Catholic church oversaw a "wall of silence" at a south-east Queensland youth home where boys were abused, a court has heard.

'A severe breach of trust': Orthodox priest jailed for molesting boy (The Age, Melbourne)
Sept 15 - A decade after becoming a Russian Orthodox priest, Stanislav Vakhabov invited a 14-year-old boy from overseas to stay in his Sydney church flat, where he would be locked away and repeatedly sexually molested.

Anglican Church horrified over how redress scheme calculates payments to victims (ABC News)
Sept 16 - As preparations are made for next month's national apology to survivors, the Anglican Church of Australia says it is deeply disappointed with parts of the National Redress Scheme, describing it as unfair.

 

ANGLICAN CHURCH

D.W.B. Robinson and the puzzle of Sydney Anglicanism (ABC News)
Sept 12 - Donald William Bradley Robinson, AO (1922-2018), Bishop in Parramatta (1973-1982), Anglican Archbishop of Sydney (1982-1993), could appear to observers as something of a puzzle.

 

ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT

Dancer Joel Bray grapples with life between worlds  (ABC News)
Sept 12 - When British scientists first saw a platypus, some thought it must be a hoax; when Charles Darwin first saw one, he took it as proof of his theory of evolution — unable to fathom why an omniscient "creator" would make a creature so similar to, yet distinct from, a water rat.

Dancing Shiva at Art Gallery of South Australia was stolen from India (ABC News)
Sept 13 - A 600-year-old Dancing Shiva owned by the Art Gallery of South Australia has been identified as stolen from India, with authorities there commencing a bid for its return.

'Fake news' spoils Kadina's celebration of William Morris stained-glass church window (ABC News)
Sept 16 - Anglican Reverend Ali Wurm thought all her Christmases had come at once when she was told her humble country church had a stained-glass window by world-famous artist William Morris.

 

EDUCATION

Malek Fahd, Australia's largest Islamic school, has funding restored (ABC News)
Sept 10 - Australia's largest Islamic school has had its funding permanently restored by new federal Education Minister Dan Tehan, after several years of court battles.

 

INTERNATIONAL STORIES

Abuse

Catholic Church admits 'shameful' legacy after study details thousands of sexual abuse cases (ABC News)
Sept 13 - The Catholic Church in Germany has acknowledged a "depressing and shameful" legacy of sexual abuse after a leaked study said clerics had abused thousands of children over a 70-year period.

Anglican Church

Gig economy denounced as 'evil' by Archbishop of Canterbury (Sydney Morning Herald)  
Sept 13 - Washington: Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby, the most senior cleric in the Church of England, denounced the gig economy as "evil" and accused Amazon and other tech companies of "leeching off" the UK by avoiding taxes.

Catholic Church

Pope Francis tells Sicily’s mafia: ‘You cannot believe in god and be Mafiosi’ (news.com.au)
Sept 16 - POPE Francis denounced the mafia’s “blasphemous” existence on Saturday during a brief trip to Sicily to honour a priest murdered by the mob 25 years ago while trying to save youngsters in poor neighbourhoods from falling into their hands.

Islam

Saudi Arabia detains Egyptian after his video of breakfast with female co-worker goes viral (ABC News)
Sept 11 - Saudi Arabian authorities have detained an Egyptian hotel worker who appeared in an online video eating breakfast with a female Saudi colleague, and the Labour Ministry has summoned the hotel owner for questioning.

Indonesian election could be decided by the economy, not religion, as Joko Widodo eyes challenger (ABC News)
Sept 14 - Indonesia's sliding rupiah could threaten President Joko Widodo's re-election chances, with his political rival shifting the debate to the economy in an attempt to expose a key weakness, analysts say.

Indonesian Muslim preacher 'introducing God in whatever circumstances' in Bali nightclub (ABC News)
Sept 14 - Footage of an eccentric Indonesian preacher has gone viral after he was filmed holding an Islamic sermon in a nightclub in the Hindu-majority island of Bali to teach Islam to "those who haven't met God".

Judaism

'You didn't get our message': key Trump aide Stephen Miller condemned by childhood rabbi (The Guardian, Australia)  
Sept 11 - The childhood rabbi to Stephen Miller, special adviser to Donald Trump and a key architect of his “zero-tolerance” immigration policies, criticized his former charge on Monday as a purveyor of “negativity, violence, malice and brutality” who had learned nothing from his Jewish spiritual education.

Religious Violence

Seventeen years after 9/11, al-Qaeda stronger in Syria and elsewhere (Brisbane Times)
Sept 11 - Beirut: In the days after September 11, 2001, the United States set out to destroy al-Qaeda.

US-backed forces launch major battle against Islamic State in Syria (Sydney Morning Herald)  
Sept 12 - Beirut: US-backed forces have launched what they hope will be the final battle for territory in the four-year old war against the Islamic State with an assault on the militants' last major holdout in the eastern Syrian desert, the US military said on Tuesday.

Indonesia’s troubled minorities (The Age, Melbourne)
Sept 13 - Meiliana, a 44-year-old Buddhist mother of Chinese descent, sat crying in disbelief in a North Sumatra court in late August.

'My soul, where are you?': families of Muslims missing in China meet wall of silence (The Guardian, Australia)  
Sept 14 - An estimated 1 million Muslims are being held in re-education camps in Xinjiang.

Other

Former Grace Road Church member speaks out about life inside Fiji 'cult' (ABC News)
Sept 10 - A former member of South Korea's Grace Road Church says she has given evidence to South Korean police in the hope the group's founder will be prosecuted and jailed.

China’s war against religion: ‘Unauthorised’ churches stormed  (news.com.au)  
Sept 11 - BEIJING officials have stormed one of China’s largest “underground” Protestant churches for operating without a licence, part of a widespread move to impose state control over religious worship.

China cracks down on 'chaotic' religious information online (The Guardian, Australia)  
Sept 11 - China has drawn up new draft guidelines to crack down on the “chaotic” and illegal online promotion of religion, the official Global Times reported on Tuesday, part of a tough state campaign to bring religious worship into line.

First ‘red heifer’ born in Israel for 2000 years triggers armageddon fears (news.com.au)  
Sept 11 - A BIBLE prophecy predicting the End of Days is feared to come true after the first “red heifer in 2000 years” was born in Israel.

New York’s hot new trend? Prairie dresses inspired by Orthodox Judaism (The Guardian, Australia)  
Sept 15 - New York’s churches and art galleries begin readjusting back to their more humdrum daily life as New York fashion week comes to an end on Friday and the baton is hurled over to London.

Uygurs call for sanctions over mass internments (The Saturday Paper)
Sept 15 - In a theatre in Parramatta, about 400 people from Australia’s tiny community of Uygurs – the Turkic people of China’s far western region of Xinjiang – are gathered for a rare moment of recognition as their culture is included in Sydney’s two-week festival of sacred music.

 

ISLAM

Islamic leader detained man serving court papers on cleared Colo property, court hears (ABC News)
Sept 16 - Two men found to have conducted illegal land clearing detained a man for 30 minutes when he came to serve them legal documents, a court has heard.

 

POLITICS

Scott Morrison vows to change laws on religious freedom but won't be a 'culture warrior' PM (Sydney Morning Herald)  
Sept 10 - Prime Minister Scott Morrison has vowed to change laws to protect religious freedom while assuring voters he will not be a "culture warrior" on divisive social issues, as he sets out his agenda as the new leader of a battered government.

Scott Morrison's claim to be 'on God's side' is fraught with danger (The Guardian, Australia)  
Sept 10 – (Opinion: Geoff Thompson) Everyone, it seems, has a take on the faith of Australia’s new prime minister.

What is the 'religious freedom' debate about, and why are we having it? (The Age, Melbourne)
Sept 11 - One of the loudest voices calling for better protection of religious freedoms in recent years has been the Prime Minister Scott Morrison.

The real test of religious freedom today (The Age, Melbourne)
Sept 12 – (Opinion: Robert Forsyth) Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s pledge to take action to protect religious freedom should not be interpreted as caving in to Liberal Party’s conservative base, let alone as serving the vested interests of the Pentecostal community of which he is a member.

Scott Morrison's Christianity doesn't spell the end of democracy (ABC News)
Sept 13 – (Opinion: Simon Smart) Scott Morrison's religious faith has come under scrutiny and, in some quarters, derision of late.

Religious freedom could be Morrison's first major test (Brisbane Times)
Sept 13 – (Opinion: David Crowe) Prime Minister Scott Morrison does not hesitate when asked if Australia needs new laws to protect religious freedom.

Morrison’s faith a blessing for us  (The Australian)
Sept 13 – (Opinion: Greg Sheridan) The PM’s progress reflects the nation’s diversity and sets a significant Western precedent.

The Liberals’ religious right (The Saturday Paper)   
Sept 15 – (Opinion: Mike Seccombe) Mal Washer is no longer a federal Liberal MP, which is probably just as well for him, because it’s really not his party anymore.

 

RELIGION & SOCIETY

'It was a real worry': Blogger tells court of 'sleazy' session with spiritual healer (Sydney Morning Herald)  
Sept 14 - A former client of a northern NSW spiritual healer says she was "sort of relieved" when he stopped using a concerning technique on her stomach so she could turn over and no longer have to face him.

Harper is not an impudent child, she is hope (Brisbane Times)
Sept 15 – (Opinion: Wendy Squires) I was around nine years old when I found my voice as a free-thinking human being with every right to be so.

Jewel in Sydney's heart fighting back against big and boring (The Age, Melbourne)
Sept 15 – (Opinion: Elizabeth Farrelly) If it’s religious freedom we’re talking, you know what Sydney needs now?

 


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