by Greg Spearritt
Religion News Australia
July 20 - 27, 2014
Religion news stories from Australia
(Research: Greg Spearritt)
Bishop to plead not
guilty to child abuse (The West
July 25 - A Catholic bishop will plead not guilty to charges alleging he sexually abused a child in New Norcia more than four decades ago.
Roberts House for sale:
Anglican parish to sell 'house of worship' on Sunshine Coast (ABC
July 22 - An Anglican parish on Queensland's Sunshine Coast has bowed to financial pressure and will sell a property bequeathed to it nearly 50 years ago.
Receivers chase past and
present Anglican bishops of Bathurst for money (ABC
July 22 - The Commonwealth Bank will be pursuing the Bishop of Bathurst Ian Palmer as part of its legal bid to recoup $25m dollars in debts.
A pub with God's cheer? (ABC
July 23 - There are suggestions the Anglican diocese of Bathurst's financial problems may open up new worshipping opportunities in locations such as pubs and houses in western New South Wales.
Piety and faith put to
good use at school (Sydney Morning Herald)
July 26 – The Very Reverend Dom Philip Jebb was a charismatic headmaster of Downside School during the 1980s, when the spirit of student rebellion ran strong and the school threatened to become ungovernable.
revamps training for religious instructors in schools (Sydney Morning Herald)
July 24 - The main provider of the controversial Christian religious instruction in state schools has revealed plans to shake up training for instructors, with accredited courses offered through a private college.
Pope Francis meets
Sudanese woman sentenced to death (Sydney Morning Herald)
July 25 - Rome: Pope Francis met privately on Thursday with a Sudanese woman who refused to recant her Christian faith in the face of a death sentence, blessing the woman as she cradled her infant daughter born just weeks ago in prison.
MH17 tragedy was Allah’s
punishment for alcohol on planes, says Malaysian youth leader (The Courier-Mail, Brisbane)
July 23 - THERE is outrage in Malaysia today after a leader of the youth arm of the Pan-Malaysian Islamic Party (PAS) called the MH17 disaster a punishment from God.
French court overturns
ruling ordering halal food in jail (The
July 23 - Lyon (AFP) - A French court on Tuesday cancelled a November ruling ordering a prison to provide halal meals for Muslim prisoners, in the latest legal battle over an issue that has caused controversy in the secular republic.
Iraq crisis: Islamic
State claims responsibility for deadly Baghdad bomb attacks (ABC
July 20 - The Islamic State jihadist group has claimed responsibility for the deadliest spate of bombings to strike the Iraqi capital in weeks, saying a "Baghdad cell" helped carry out the attacks.
UK prime minister David
Cameron calls for end to female genital mutilation, child marriages (ABC
July 23 - British prime minister David Cameron wants female genital mutilation (FGM) and child marriages to stop globally within a generation, starting with Britain.
UN says Iraq jihadists
order female genital mutilation, experts doubtful (The West Australian)
July 25 - Geneva (AFP) - The United Nations said on Thursday that jihadists in Iraq have ordered all women between the ages of 11 and 46 to undergo female genital mutilation, but experts quickly cast doubt on the claim.
Two men publicly
executed after detonating car bombs in Syria (The Courier-Mail, Brisbane)
July 26 - IN one of the most brutal ways to die, two men have been publicly executed for detonating car bombs in Syria as onlookers recorded it on their phones.
Islamic State militants
obliterate Tomb of Jonah in Mosul, Iraq (The Courier-Mail, Brisbane)
July 26 - THE new jihadist rulers of Iraq’s northern city of Mosul have levelled one its best-known shrines, the Tomb of Jonah.
A nation in peril - Iraq's
struggle to hold together (The
July 27 - BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Salman Khaled has already lived through Baghdad's sectarian disintegration; with Iraq now splintering into Shi'ite, Sunni Arab and Kurdish regions, he says this time the survival of the country is at stake.
Jihadists seize Syria
army base, behead soldiers (The
July 27 - Damascus (AFP) - Islamic State fighters have seized a Syrian army base in the northern province of Raqa, killing scores of troops and beheading some of them, a monitoring group said Saturday.
UN envoy warns of
'permanent segregation' in west Myanmar (The West Australian)
July 27 - Yangon (AFP) - Myanmar's plans for the future of a western region torn apart by Buddhist-Muslim unrest could result in "permanent segregation" of the two religious groups, a UN expert warned Saturday.
Egypt court says 'devil
guided' Peter Greste (Sydney Morning Herald)
July 23 - Cairo: The Egyptian court that jailed Australian journalist Peter Greste and two other Al-Jazeera journalists for alleged ties with Islamists says "the devil guided" the group to spread false news defaming the country.
Massachusetts monks tap
brewing tradition to support aging members (The West Australian)
July 26 - SPENCER, Mass. (Reuters) - Tucked off a two-lane highway in a hilly, wooded section of central Massachusetts, a group of Roman Catholic monks has embraced a centuries-old tradition they hope can sustain their aging members in a world of rapidly rising health costs.
Christian church celebrates 100 years (The West Australian)
July 26 - Manila (AFP) - A Philippine Christian church renowned for its discipline, money and political power will mark its 100th anniversary on Sunday with more than one million followers expected to join the celebrations.
Lebanese-Australian cleric accused of links to Al Qaeda, arrested in Tripoli (ABC News)
July 21 - A Lebanese-Australian cleric with suspected links to Al Qaeda has been arrested in Lebanon's second-largest city, Tripoli.
Australian preacher and
Islamic State supporter Musa Cerantonio arrives in Australia (ABC
July 23 - High-profile Australian preacher and supporter of the Islamic State Musa Cerantonio has arrived in Melbourne after being deported from the Philippines.
extremist Robert 'Musa' Cerantonio deported from Philippines (The Age, Melbourne)
July 23 - Outspoken extremist preacher Robert ‘‘Musa’’ Cerantonio has walked free after landing at Melbourne Airport and spending hours with police and customs officials.
Alleged 'jihadist' back
in Melbourne (The Australian)
July 23 - AN Australian with suspected links to Islamist militants in Syria and Iraq has arrived in Melbourne after being deported from the Philippines.
Radical Islamic preacher
Musa Cerantonio met at Melbourne airport by dad (The Australian)
July 23 - RADICAL Islamic preacher Musa Cerantonio has been met by his father in Melbourne after being deported by Philippine authorities.
Are Aboriginal inmates
the next Muslim extremists? (Sydney Morning Herald)
July 24 - Australia's spy agency has been enlisted to help crack down on radicalisation in jails after revelations Aboriginal prisoners are converting to Islam and risk becoming extremists.
WA hate law 'a failure' (The West Australian)
July 24 - Police have confirmed that a Perth-based Islamic preacher will not be prosecuted for describing Jews and Christians as "filthy rapists", sparking calls for an urgent review of WA's race hate laws.
Muslim leader threatened
for warning against going to Syria and Iraq (Sydney Morning Herald)
July 27 - A Sydney Muslim leader has received a threat via a jihadist social-media account after warning young people not to join the fighting in Syria and Iraq.
Vic Alhadeff Gaza
comments controversy: Premier Mike Baird won't budge (Sydney Morning Herald)
July 24 - Premier Mike Baird is resisting strong pressure to expel Community Relations Commission chairman Vic Alhadeff, whose controversial comments over the Israel-Gaza conflict have ruptured goodwill between Sydney’s Muslim and Jewish communities.
Faith (Sydney Morning Herald)
July 27 – (Opinion: Elizabeth McKenzie) The music to be played on the car radio as we drove to school/work had been the subject of delicate and prolonged negotiations.
Sects, cults and UFOs (Herald-Sun, Melbourne)
July 25 - We take a look at the cults and sects that have popped up across the landscape or branched on to our shores over the decades.
Christian anger over
threats in Iraq (The West
July 25 - If you have seen a trending Facebook profile photo that looks like a smiley face in the past few days, look again.
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