by Greg Spearritt
Religion News Australia
May 4 - 11, 2014
Religion news stories from Australia
(Research: Greg Spearritt)
Laws weighted toward the
accused allowed paedophiles to escape trial (news.com.au)
May 5 - IT was not until 1962 that the Christian Brothers were expressly forbidden in their own rules from fondling their pupils, the child sex abuse royal commission has been told.
Christian Brothers say
sex abuse victims can have compensation claims revisited (ABC
May 7 - The Christian Brothers have invited victims of child sexual abuse to have their compensation claims revisited.
Religious ministers to
undergo checks under Victorian Government reform (Herald-Sun, Melbourne)
May 8 - ALL religious ministers will have working with children’s checks and there will be new standards for organisations dealing with youth under a $10 million State Government reform.
State 'leads on priests' (The Age, Melbourne)
May 9 - Victoria's move to require priests to gain accreditation to work with children should be considered nationally, Premier Denis Napthine says.
Vic govt must do more on
abuse: victims (The West
May 8 - Victorian child abuse victims will no longer be constrained by time limits in seeking compensation from the organisations that harboured their abusers, but another hurdle remains.
Correggio’s Jesus rises
again after a safe journey from Spain (The Australian)
May 10 - THE freight of precious artworks halfway around the world is necessarily shrouded in secrecy, for reasons of security and safety.
Doubt cast on chaplain
funding (The Australian)
May 7 - STATE governments have lined up in a High Court challenge to stop federal funding of religious chaplains in schools, casting further legal doubt on hundreds of commonwealth-funded programs.
Catholic School grade 2
children [told] to thank their mums for not aborting them (The Courier-Mail, Brisbane)
May 10 - GRADE 2 children at Southern Cross Catholic School were told to thank their mums for not
United Nations Committee
against Torture grills Vatican on clerical sexual abuse (ABC
May 6 - Vatican representatives have faced tough questions from a United Nations committee on the Catholic Church's record of dealing with child sexual abuse by members of the clergy.
Italian sex abuse
victims appeal to Pope (The
May 10 - ITALIAN victims of sex abuse by priests have appealed directly to Pope Francis for justice, calling for a commission of inquiry into the problem in the Vatican's backyard.
First openly gay
Episcopal bishop to divorce (Sydney Morning Herald)
May 5 - Washington: Gene Robinson, the first openly gay bishop in the Anglican Church, whose ordination divided the church in the United States, is to divorce his husband of three and a half years, after a partnership spanning more than 25 years.
Catholics 'welcome' in
Algeria 20 years after sectarian killings (The West Australian)
May 9 - Algiers (AFP) - Twenty years ago, Islamists shot dead a Roman Catholic brother and nun as they helped young Algerians prepare for exams, the first of 19 Christians murdered during the country's devastating civil war.
'Saudi Liberals' website
founder sentenced to 10 years in jail, 1000 lashes (Sydney Morning Herald)
May 8 - A court in Saudi Arabia has sentenced the editor of an internet forum he founded to discuss the role of religion in the conservative Islamic kingdom to 10 years in jail and 1000 lashes, Saudi media reported on Wednesday.
bank EIIB swings back to profit, eyes capital reduction (The West Australian)
May 9 - (Reuters) - London-based European Islamic Investment Bank will propose a capital reduction plan next month to enhance returns for its shareholders, after the firm swung back into profit in the 2013 financial year.
'Noah' film denied
release in China, after Muslim bans (The West Australian)
May 9 - Los Angeles (AFP) - China has refused to approve the release of biblical epic "Noah" starring Russell Crowe, which has already been banned in a string of Muslim countries for religious reasons, industry sources said.
Sri Lankan Buddhist
monks in court accused of insulting Koran (ABC
May 6 - Four of Sri Lanka's most senior hardline Buddhist monks have appeared in court, accused of insulting the Koran.
Abducted Nigerian schoolgirls: Police offer $300,000 reward for
information on kidnapped students (ABC News)
May 6 - Nigerian police have offered a 50 million naira ($300,000) reward on Wednesday to anyone who can give credible information leading to the rescue of more than 200 schoolgirls who were kidnapped by Boko Haram militants 22 days ago.
Aceh woman, gang-raped
by vigilantes for alleged adultery, now to be flogged (Sydney Morning Herald)
May 6 - Sharia police in the Indonesian province of Aceh will publicly flog a young woman for adultery after she was turned in by eight vigilantes who had already gang-raped her as punishment.
Boko Haram attack in
Nigerian town kills hundreds, witnesses say (ABC
May 8 - An attack by Boko Haram Islamists in a north-eastern Nigerian town on the Cameroon border has killed about 300 people, a local senator and witnesses said.
Boko Haram attack in
Nigerian town leaves hundreds dead (Sydney Morning Herald)
May 8 - Maiduguri, Nigeria: A new Boko Haram massacre has killed hundreds in Nigeria’s north-east, as police offered a 50 million naira ($324,600) reward for information leading to the rescue of more than 200 schoolgirls held hostage by the Islamists.
Boko Haram attack in
Nigeria border town kills hundreds (news.com.au)
May 8 - AN ATTACK by Boko Haram Islamists in a north-eastern Nigerian town on the Cameroon border has killed hundreds of people, a local senator and witnesses said.
Nigerian president says
believes kidnapped girls still in the country (The West Australian)
May 9 - ABUJA (Reuters) - Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan said on Friday he believed 200 schoolgirls abducted by Islamist militants last month in an attack that has stirred global outrage are still in his country and have not been moved to neighbouring Cameroon.
Boko Haram exploits
Nigeria's slow military decline (The
May 9 - ABUJA (Reuters) - Two decades ago Nigeria's military was seen as a force for stability across West Africa. Now it struggles to keep security within its own borders as an Islamist insurgency in the northeast kills thousands.
claims Nigerian military knew Boko Haram was going to attack
May 10 - AMNESTY International said that Nigeria’s military had been warned of an attack on a school in which more than 200 girls were abducted by Boko Haram Islamists three weeks ago, but failed to act for nearly five hours.
Extremists blow up
Nigerian bridge (news.com.au)
May 11 - ISLAMIC extremists have blown up a bridge, killed an unknown number of people and abducted the wife and two children of a retired police officer in northeastern Nigeria.
The Voice of Italy:
singing nun Cristina Scuccia elevates reality TV to the divine (The Age, Melbourne)
May 7 - A young woman enrols at a drama school sponsored by nuns, where the artistic director is a former Italian erotic film actress who redirected her career after a religious awakening.
Survey finds fewer
Latinos in US are Catholics (The
May 7 - Washington (AFP) - Most Latinos in the United States still adhere to the Roman Catholic Church, but a growing number are becoming Protestants or eschewing organized religion altogether, says a study published Wednesday.
US to return ancient
statue to Cambodia (The West
May 8 - New York (AFP) - An ancient statue of a warrior stolen in 1972 and which almost went on the auction block three years ago will be returned to Cambodia, US authorities said Wednesday.
New mosque in Blacktown
aims to help troubled youth (ABC
May 5 - After years of attempting to build a mosque in the heartland of Sydney's western suburbs, Blacktown Mosque has finally opened its doors.
Syrian terror strikes
home as Australian mother arrested and charged with supporting terrorism (news.com.au)
May 5 - POLICE had to call in reinforcements after a group of hardline Muslims gathered at a Sydney police station clamouring for the release of a woman later charged with supporting terrorism.
appears in court (The West
May 9 - Anti-Islamic leader Nathan Abela has complained police have not met his request for a copy of his interview with them over a shooting at his home in Sydney's west.
‘Muslim question’ posed
by stirring the melting pot (The
May 10 – (Opinion: Miriam Cosic) THERE are times when non-Muslims in the Western world must be heartily sick of the M-word.
Ex-Manus Island workers
report beatings, rapes of asylum seekers (ABC News)
May 5 - Disturbing allegations of regular beatings, racist slurs and unwanted
sexual advances by G4S guards on Manus Island have been made by a former
Salvation Army worker.
laws ‘erode religious freedom’ (The
May 10 - ONE of the nation’s leading authorities on law and religion has warned that religious freedom in Victoria is being degraded in favour of anti-discrimination laws.
Former speaker Ken Smith
pushes for euthanasia reform (Sydney Morning Herald)
May 11 - Former Victorian speaker Ken Smith has called for a renewed debate on euthanasia - free from "religious fanaticism" within State Parliament - so terminally ill patients would have the right to seek assistance to die.
Melbourne City Mission
takes leasing dispute to court (The
May 11 - Melbourne City Mission is facing a $750,000 loss after a wealthy property developer allegedly backed out of a deal to help pay for the charity's new headquarters.