Religion News Selection 10 (Mar 3 - 10)

  (10 March 19)
  by Greg Spearritt

Religion News Selection

March 3 - 10, 2019

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

George Pell conviction

How a devastated family watched their son's life spiral after George Pell abuse (ABC News)
Mar 4 - The family of one of the boys sexually abused by George Pell have revealed their sadness and anger at watching their son's life spiral out of control in the wake of his abuse.

George Pell conviction leaves Catholic parishioners 'hanging on by their fingernails' (ABC News)
Mar 4 - Days after he led a prayer for Cardinal George Pell from inside the city's prison, an Ararat cleric has delivered a stirring homily calling for urgent reform in the Catholic Church.

How will you feel if Pell's appeal is successful? (Sydney Morning Herald)  
Mar 4 – (Opinion: Amanda Vanstone) Cardinal George Pell was a divisive figure over his career.

Support services inundated since George Pell's conviction (The Guardian, Australia)  
Mar 4 - A specialist counselling service that supports victims of childhood sexual abuse has been inundated with calls since the conviction of Cardinal George Pell, with many survivors saying they have been traumatised by high-profile support for the disgraced prelate.

Andrew Bolt, please stop implying that you know all the facts about George Pell (The Guardian, Australia)  
Mar 4 – (Opinion: Clare Linane) I am a Ballarat local who has been living with the aftermath of child sexual abuse for many years.

'You can't get away from it, it's all happening again' (Sydney Morning Herald)  
Mar 5 – (Opinion: Jane Gilmore) Survivors of sexual abuse by religious figures suffer injuries beyond the abuse itself.

Q&A: church leader says George Pell's Melbourne Response should be scrapped (The Guardian, Australia)  
Mar 5 - The former leader of the Catholic Church’s response to the child sex abuse royal commission has called for an end to the controversial compensation scheme George Pell set up for survivors of clerical sexual abuse.

Only hope for institutional Christianity lies in truth (Sydney Morning Herald)  
Mar 5 – (Opinion: Michael Jensen) Jesus once said: "If anyone causes one of these little ones to stumble… it would be better for them to have a large millstone hung around their neck and to be drowned in the depths of the sea."

Church knew Pell was at centre of decades-old lurid sex claims (Sydney Morning Herald)  
Mar 6 - The claims were lurid and unverified so Helen Last, the counsellor hired by the Catholic Church in Melbourne to assist victims of clerical abuse, agonised before reporting them to her superiors.

Other

How my daughter inspired me to put my childhood rapist back in jail (ABC News)
Mar 6 - My daughter Mia and I have always had an unusual bond.

Armidale bishop directs Catholic schools to stop asking priests for working-with-children checks (The Guardian, Australia)  
Mar 6 - A bishop has written to the director of a Catholic Schools Office that oversees 24 schools asking that principals be directed to stop asking priests for their working-with-children checks.

'Conditioned to lying': how Mormon sexual questioning is 'child abuse' (WAToday.com.au)
Mar 9 - Brad Harker had been married twice – once in a Mormon temple – and had four children.

 

CATHOLIC CHURCH

The Catholic Church can't simply return to the way things were (Sydney Morning Herald)  
Mar 6 – (Opinion: Jim Barber) On Sundays at 8am, you can find me at Mass about halfway along the third pew from the front.

 

INTERNATIONAL STORIES

Abuse

French cardinal found guilty of covering up sexual abuse (The Guardian, Australia)  
Mar 8 - A French archbishop has been found guilty of covering up child sexual abuse by a priest in his diocese in yet another crushing blow to the Catholic church’s credibility on the most damaging issue it has faced in recent history.

Catholic Church

In the Closet of the Vatican: Power, Homosexuality, Hypocrisy by Frédéric Martel (The Guardian, Australia)  
Mar 4 – (Review)  When God died, the official cause was elderly enfeeblement; after reading Frédéric Martel’s exposé of infamy in the Catholic church, I suspect that the old boy committed suicide in remorse, aghast at the crimes and un-Christian sins of organised religion.

Judaism

The unanswered question: why do antisemites think Labour is the party for them? (The Guardian, Australia)  
Mar 4 – (Opinion: John Harris) I had a conversation last week with a Jewish woman from a family of Holocaust survivors, and people murdered by the Nazis.

Debunking the myth that anti-Zionism is antisemitic (The Guardian, Australia)  
Mar 8 – (Opinion: Peter Beinart) It is a bewildering and alarming time to be a Jew, both because antisemitism is rising and because so many politicians are responding to it not by protecting Jews but by victimising Palestinians.

For 2,000 years we’ve linked Jews to money. It’s why antisemitism is so ingrained (The Guardian, Australia)  
Mar 9 – (Opinion: Jonathan Freedland) I’m reluctant to add to the workload of the Equality and Human Rights Commission, which this week announced the first step towards a statutory inquiry into Labour and antisemitism.

Other

Lent is all showy, wholesome abstinence. No one ever gives up porn (The Guardian, Australia)  
Mar 7 – (Opinion: Zoe Williams) Lent was, historically, an annoying idea: take a time of year when there is nothing to eat anyway, and then dress up your abstemiousness as an article of faith.

 

RELIGION & SOCIETY

If we reject gender discrimination in every other arena, why do we accept it in religion? (The Guardian, Australia)  
Mar 6 – (Opinion: Beatrice Alba) Cardinal Pell’s recent child sexual abuse conviction has been the catalyst for criticisms of women’s lack of authority in the Catholic church. But why has it taken a crime of this magnitude for criticism of the church patriarchy to gain traction?

 


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