Religion News Australia 2011 - 40 (Sept 25 - Oct 2)

  (01 October 11)
  by Greg Spearritt

Religion News Australia

Sept 25 – Oct 2, 2011

Religion news stories from Australia

(Research: Greg Spearritt)

 

 

 

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

 

 

ABUSE

 

Church denies disabled kids' sex abuse cover-up (ABC News)

Sept 26  - New evidence has emerged indicating that the Catholic Church in Adelaide sought to cover up a police investigation into abuse of intellectually disabled children at one of its schools.

 

Breakaway archbishop urged to quit (ABC News)

Sept 27 - The head of the traditional Anglican communion, John Hepworth, has been asked to resign by colleagues in the United States.

 

Lawyers slam 'morally bankrupt' Church defence (ABC News)

Sept 29 - Lawyers for victims of sexual abuse say the Catholic Church has used a legal technicality to reduce compensation payouts to their clients.

 

Defrocked Anglican priest loses court fight (Newcastle Herald)

Oct 1 - A DEFROCKED Newcastle Anglican priest fighting for reinstatement has lost an attempt for a court order against the church.

 

 

ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT

 

Losing my religion (Sydney Morning Herald)  

Oct 1 – (Opinion: John McDonald) On its 60th anniversary, the Blake Prize has but one outstanding claim to fame: it is the greatest advertisement for atheism that exists in Australia today.

 

The true colours of the Cross come to light (The Age, Melbourne)

Oct 2 - Once the soot and varnish are gone, no one will ignore this painting again.

 

 

BUDDHISM

 

Buddhist temple close to approval (ABC News)

Sept 28 - Yankalilla Council says its residents support a $15 million Buddhist temple planned just south of Adelaide.

 

 

CATHOLIC CHURCH

 

Artefacts found at MacKillop dig site (ABC News)

Sept 28 - A coin from the mid-1800s is among items found at the site of an archaeological dig in the south-east of South Australia.

 

Threat to Catholic marriages (The West Australian)

Oct 1 - Perth Catholic Archbishop Barry Hickey has warned that the archdiocese will stop conducting legal marriages if it was forced to carry out same-sex unions.

 

 

EDUCATION

 

Nile told to drop ethics class fight (Sydney Morning Herald)  

Sept 27 - MOST religious groups that conduct scripture classes in schools have urged the Christian Democrat MP Fred Nile to drop his campaign against ethics classes, arguing the fight is over.

 

Critics need a lesson in tolerance (The West Australian)

Sept 28 – (Opinion: Bethany Hiatt) Religion and education are hot-button topics, but put the two together and you have issues of explosive quality.

 

Schools insert God into Australian anthem (news.com.au)

Oct 1 - THOUSANDS of schoolchildren are being forced to sing an alternate version of the Australian national anthem that installs "Christ" as the country's head of state and removes any reference to the Southern Cross.

 

 

INTERNATIONAL STORIES

 

Abuse

 

Pope's visit fails to appease critics (Sydney Morning Herald)  

Sept 27 - BERLIN: Pope Benedict XVI's first state visit to his native Germany has fallen far short of the expectations of sex abuse victims and those clamouring for a more open and tolerant church.

 

Buddhism

 

Successor chosen by Dalai Lama illegal: China (ABC News)

Sept 26 - China says any successor chosen by the Dalai Lama would be "illegal" after the Tibetan spiritual leader announced that he, and not Beijing, would decide whether he should be reincarnated.

 

Two monks try to self-immolate in China (The West Australian)

Sept 27 - BEIJING (AFP) - Two young monks set themselves on fire Monday in an attempted self-immolation at a restive Tibetan Buddhist monastery in southwestern China, rights groups said, adding the pair survived.

 

Islam

 

Saudi cleric's discontent after women's rights move (The West Australian)

Oct 2 - JEDDAH, Saudi Arabia (Reuters) - One of Saudi Arabia's most senior clerics said he was not consulted about King Abdullah's decision to grant women more political rights, one of the first signs of discontent from powerful conservatives since the reform was announced.

 

Religious Violence

 

 

Al-Qaeda recruiter killed in Yemen (Sydney Morning Herald)  

Oct 1 - ANWAR AL-AWLAKI, a US-born Islamic cleric who masterminded the attempted bombing of a Detroit-bound aircraft in 2009 with explosives hidden in underwear, has been killed in Yemen, the Yemen Defence Ministry said.

 

Also: Memo gave approval for al-Awlaki hit (Sydney Morning Herald)  

Oct 2 - WASHINGTON: The US Justice Department wrote a secret memorandum authorising the lethal targeting of Anwar al-Awlaki, the US-born radical cleric who was killed by a US drone strike on Friday, according to administration officials.

 

Also: American jihadist was prodigal son (Sydney Morning Herald)  

Oct 2 - CHARLOTTE: FROM his parents' basement in a part of town where homes have lots of bedrooms and most children go to college, Samir Khan blogged his way into the highest circles of al-Qaeda, waging a media war he believed was as important as the battles with guns on the ground.

 

Also: Air strike triggers row over targeted killings (The Age, Melbourne)

Oct 2 - The US has argued that Anwar al-Awlaki had joined the enemy.

 

Al-Awlaki airstrike reveals a shift in anti-terror strategy (The Australian)

Oct 1 – (Opinion: Giles Whittell) AL-QA'IDA can run, but it can't hide. That is the message that the CIA and the Pentagon hope to have conveyed as clearly as if they had written it in white smoke in the skies above southern Yemen.

 

Other

 

Teenage girl found dead after exorcism (ABC News)

Sept 27 - A 13-year-old girl suffocated after she was strapped down and doused with water by her father and a monk who were trying to expel an "evil spirit", according to Japanese police and media reports.

 

Faith-healing couple guilty over death of child (Sydney Morning Herald)  

Sept 30 - A US couple who prayed and rubbed olive oil on their sick infant rather than seek medical care for the dying boy have been convicted of manslaughter, becoming the latest members of an Oregon faith-healing church to be blamed in their child's death.

 

Death sentence for killer of Pakistan governor (ABC News)

Oct 1 - A Pakistani court has convicted a policeman of murder and sentenced him to death for killing one of the country's top liberal politicians who wanted to reform controversial blasphemy laws.

 

Christians of the Nile (The Australian)

Oct 1 – (Travel) BEHIND its high walls, the courtyard of the nunnery of el-Mohareb in the scruffy desert near the Valley of the Kings is empty but for old pews, barrels and discarded junk.

 

 

ISLAM

 

Police tail Sydney's jihad gang (The Courier-Mail, Brisbane)

Oct 2 - AN EXTREMIST Islamic group suspected of planning a crime spree across Sydney to raise money for the Taliban has been uncovered by counter-terrorism police.

 

 

POLITICS

 

Mall preachers fight could go to High Court (ABC News)

Sept 29 - A political fight has erupted over action taken against a group of Adelaide street preachers and there are plans to take the matter to the High Court.

 

 

RELIGION & SOCIETY

 

In Nambucca Shire, religion divides the dead (Daily Telegraph, Sydney)

Sept 25 - A LOCAL council has divided a community by turning a cemetery into "religious zones" - outraging the families of deceased non-believers buried there.

 

Bad Choice, Almost Dead (Sydney Morning Herald)  

Sept 29 – (Opinion: Barney Zwartz) Out of England, source of so many insanities of political correctness, comes a report that the BBC’s ethics specialists have urged presenters to drop BC and AD for ''religiously neutral'' BCE and CE.

 

Tax breaks for wealthy criticised (The Age, Melbourne)

Sept 30 - MORE than a third of superannuation tax concessions, worth more than $10 billion, go to the top 5 per cent of income earners, the Treasury says.

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

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