Religion News Australia 2014 - 28 (Aug 3 - 10)

  (09 August 14)
  by Greg Spearritt

Religion News Australia

August 3 - 10, 2014

Religion news stories from Australia

(Research: Greg Spearritt)

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

ABUSE

Anglican Church in Canberra, Goulburn to apologise to victims of abuse on 'Lamentation Sunday' (ABC News)
Aug 6 - Anglican churches across Canberra and Goulburn will hold special services this weekend that include an apology to victims of abuse by the church.

Victorian Catholic priest, 88, jailed for two years for raping boy (ABC News)
Aug 7 - An 88-year-old Victorian Catholic priest has been sentenced to two years in jail for raping a boy more than 40 years ago.

Church offers a blind eye for an eye on child sex abuse (The Saturday Paper, Australia)
Aug 9 - As the spotlight shines on institutional responses to child sex abuse, one victim tells how her church community made her feel more punished than the perpetrator.

 

ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT

Papal whodunit lacks teeth (The West Australian)
Aug 8 – (Review)  The sudden death of the first Pope John Paul, Cardinal Albino Luciani, in September 1978 left a disquieting aftertaste.

David Suchet steps out of Poirot's shadow (Sydney Morning Herald)  
Aug 9 - David Suchet does not do things by halves.

 

CATHOLIC CHURCH

Former Catholic Archbishop of Sydney, Cardinal Edward Clancy, dies aged 90 (ABC News)
Aug 3 - The former Catholic Archbishop of Sydney, Cardinal Edward Clancy, has died at the age of 90.

Also: Archbishop Edward Clancy on his way to Paradise (Sydney Morning Herald)  
Aug 3 - As a young boy, Edward Bede Clancy believed the most important thing in life was to save as many souls as possible.

Also: Ex-Archbishop of Sydney Clancy dies (The Australian)
Aug 3 - THE former Catholic Archbishop of Sydney Cardinal Edward Clancy has died at the age of 90 after years of ill health.

Also: Spire-building cardinal Edward Clancy dies, 65 years a priest (The Australian)
Aug 4 - THE man who completed Sydney’s St Mary’s Cathedral by having its spires built and erected in 2000, Cardinal Edward Clancy AC, died yesterday aged 90 after 65 years’ service as a Catholic priest.

Also: Funeral held for former Sydney Catholic Archbishop, Cardinal Edward Clancy (ABC News)
Aug 9 - More than 1,000 mourners, including Prime Minister Tony Abbott, have attended a funeral for former Catholic Archbishop of Sydney, Cardinal Edward Clancy.

Also: Cardinal Clancy laid to rest (Sydney Morning Herald)  
Aug 9 - Rugby league fan, regular golfer, a humble man of refined humour and a dry wit, Cardinal Edward Clancy was warmly remembered in a service on Saturday at St Mary’s Cathedral attended by hundreds of mourners, including the Prime Minister Tony Abbott, the Governor General Peter Cosgrove and Sydney Lord Mayor, Clover Moore.

Also: Cardinal Clancy remembered in Sydney (The West Australian)
Aug 9 - Former Catholic archbishop of Sydney Cardinal Edward Clancy has been remembered as a dedicated and compassionate clergyman who achieved great things for the church.

 

EDUCATION

Hobart College chaplain apologises for homophobic Facebook post (ABC News)
Aug 7 - A homophobic comment posted on social media by a Tasmanian school chaplain has drawn widespread condemnation.

Also: School chaplain sacked over Facebook post calling homosexuality 'not normal' (ABC News)
Aug 8 - A Hobart school chaplain has been sacked for re-posting a comment on Facebook that described homosexuality as "not normal".

Police investigate St Augustine's Brookvale students for filming up teachers' skirts (Sydney Morning Herald)  
Aug 9 - Police are investigating five year 9 boys from a prestigious Catholic boys' college on Sydney's northern beaches who shared sexual images of two female teachers on Facebook.

 

INTERNATIONAL STORIES

Abuse

The paradox of the Zen master and his abuse (The Age, Melbourne)
Aug 8 - Joshu Sasaki was one of the most influential and charismatic Zen masters in America, imparting a mix of paradox, personality and transcendental insight to an estimated half million people during a 50-year career.

Islam

Uncovered newsreader sparks outrage in Saudi Arabia (news.com.au)
Aug 6 - THIS female newsreader has caused outrage in Saudi Arabia after she became the first person to read the news without a headscarf.

Religious Violence

Jihadists seize town of Sinjar, Iraq (The Australian)
Aug 3 - JIHADISTS raised their black flag in the northern Iraqi town of Sinjar in a second straight day of advances against Kurdish forces, forcing thousands of displaced people back on the road.

Islamic State fighters swoop on Iraq's biggest dam, seize three more towns in offensive (ABC News)
Aug 4 - Islamic State fighters, formerly known as Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), have seized control of Iraq's biggest dam, an oilfield and three more towns.

Islamist rebels repairing Mosul dam, Kurds in rush to arms (The West Australian)
Aug 7 - BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Islamic State insurgents who seized Iraq's biggest dam in a offensive that has caused international consternation have brought in engineers for repairs, witnesses said on Saturday, as nervous Kurds stocked up on arms to defend their enclave nearby.

Jihad is built into the fabric of Arab Islam (Sydney Morning Herald)  
Aug 7 – (Opinion: Paul Sheehan) It just gets worse.

New theory on missing Nigerian schoolgirls  (news.com.au)
Aug 7 - A SPATE of suicide bombings in Nigeria has led to speculation the schoolgirls abducted by Boko Haram in April are being used as human bombs, the BBC reports.

Yazidis: Kurdish-speaking, religious-ethnic minority maintain faith despite centuries of persecution (ABC News)
Aug 8 - They sit on a mountaintop, trapped without food or water; as many as 50,000 people, followers of a mysterious ancient faith, surrounded by Islamic militants who now threaten to kill them

Also: Ancient Yazidi sect faces its 73rd genocide (The Age, Melbourne)
Aug 8 - The followers of the Peacock Angel believe they are facing their 73rd genocide.

Also: Iraq’s ancient Christian community is on the run after being told “convert or die” (news.com.au)
Aug 10 - THEY have gone from comfortable lives in historic towns in Iraq’s parched northern plains to the precarious existence of refugees unsure about their next meal and where they will spend the night — and even whether they belong in this country anymore.

UN Council urges world to help Iraq after jihadist onslaught (The West Australian)
Aug 8 - United Nations (United States) (AFP) - The UN Security Council on Thursday urged governments to help Iraq cope with a humanitarian crisis sparked by a jihadist offensive that has left hundreds of thousands of Iraqis on the run.

US aircraft strike Islamic State positions in Iraq: Pentagon (ABC News)
Aug 9 - American aircraft bombed positions held by Islamic State insurgents in northern Iraq on Friday in the first major US military action there since it withdrew troops in 2011, the Pentagon said.

Also: US bombs militants in Iraq as women reported kidnapped (The Australian)
Aug 9 - THE US unleashed its first air strikes in northern Iraq against militants of the Islamic State group, amid a worsening humanitarian crisis.

Also: US jets strike jihadists in Iraq (The West Australian)
Aug 9 - Arbil (Iraq) (AFP) - US jets struck jihadist positions in northern Iraq on Friday, a potential turning point in a two-month crisis Washington said was threatening to result in genocide and to expose US assets.

Militants execute 14 Yemeni soldiers (The West Australian)
Aug 9 - Suspected al-Qaeda militants have reportedly executed 14 Yemeni government soldiers in the country's southeast.

Other

British police raid pub in search for 'Holy Grail' (The West Australian)
Aug 8 - LONDON (Reuters) - British police raided an English country pub this week in search of a stolen wooden relic believed by some to be the Holy Grail - a cup from which, according to the Bible, Jesus is said to have drunk at his final meal before crucifixion.

China frees religious-freedom campaigner Gao Zhisheng (The Age, Melbourne)
Aug 8 - Beijing: After more than three years since they last spoke, Gao Zhisheng’s telephone exchange with his wife after being released from jail was frantically brief.

 

ISLAM

Canberra's Muslim community celebrates Eid al-Fitr (ABC News)
Aug 4 - Canberra's Islamic community took part in Eid al-Fitr events across the capital on Sunday - the culmination of three days of celebrations that mark the end of the month of Ramadan.

How a regular suburban kid put his faith in a killer cult (The Australian)
Aug 9 - IT is an unusually warm winter’s afternoon in Sydney’s West - school is out and, at another table in Bankstown’s Golden Bean Café, a first grader is swinging his legs and slurping at a milkshake as his mum attempts to extract information about his day.

Islamic groups threaten SMH boycott over Mike Carlton's departure (The Guardian, Australia)
Aug 9 - Australian Islamic groups have condemned the Sydney Morning Herald for threatening the suspension of columnist Mike Carlton and accused Fairfax of losing its independence.

Also: Muslim groups threaten SMH boycott over loss of Mike Carlton (The Australian)
Aug 9 - MUSLIM groups have condemned the suspension of Fairfax columnist Mike Carlton and have accused the media organisation of losing its independent and respected stance.

 

JUDAISM

Jewish groups welcome apology from Fairfax Media for Gaza cartoon (ABC News)
Aug 5 - Jewish community groups have welcomed an apology from media company Fairfax over a cartoon about the conflict in Gaza.

Jewish schools on alert after anti-semitic bus attack in Sydney (The Age, Melbourne)
Aug 7 - Jewish schools are on high alert after a bus load of Jewish children was bombarded by five teenagers screaming "Heil Hitler" and "kill the Jews" in Sydney on Wednesday.

Also: Jewish schools on alert after eight men threaten to cut schoolchildren’s throats (The Courier-Mail, Brisbane)
Aug 7 - JEWISH children as young as five were subjected to a terrifying racial attack when thugs stormed their school bus and threatened to slit their throats.

 

POLITICS

George Brandis slams Fairfax newspaper over ‘anti-Semitic’ cartoon (The Australian)
Aug 4 - ATTORNEY-General George Brandis has accused Fairfax Media of publishing anti-semitic coverage of the Middle East, and denounced a cartoon in The Sydney Morning Herald depicting a Jewish man with an exaggerated nose as comparable to propaganda that emerged in Nazi Germany.

Government plans new measures to enhance powers to suspend and cancel passports (Sydney Morning Herald)  
Aug 5 - The federal government will have enhanced powers to suspend passports at short notice to stem the flow of young Australians joining the Islamist rebellions in Syria and Iraq, under legislation expected to be put to Parliament shortly.

Also: Muslim groups slam Abbott government's new counter-terror plans (Sydney Morning Herald)  
Aug 7 - Prime Minister Tony Abbott's hope for a united "Team Australia" approach to proposed new terror laws has hit a hurdle with a Muslim group describing them as "more destructive" than the now abandoned changes to the race-hate laws.

Also: Abbott's haste to tackle home-grown terrorists carries grave risks (The Age, Melbourne)
Aug 7 – (Opinion: Andrew Zammit) The threat posed by Australians in extremist groups in Syria and Iraq is being used to justify dramatic changes to national security legislation.

Also: Muslims to fight new terror laws (The West Australian)
Aug 8 - Australia's Islamic community has vowed to fight the Abbott Government's terror laws after its religious leaders claimed the controversial measures appeared to be directed at Muslims.

Coalition of churches calls for release of children from immigration detention (ABC News)
Aug 5 - A coalition of West Australian churches and not-for-profit groups is calling on the Federal Government to release asylum seekers with very young children from offshore detention into the community.

We’ll fight Islam for 100 years, says ex-army head Peter Leahy (The Australian)
Aug 9 - AUSTRALIA needs to prepare for an increasingly savage, 100-year war against radical Islam that will be fought on home soil as well as foreign lands, the former head of the army, Peter Leahy, has warned.

Misogynist rants from Young Libs (The Age, Melbourne)
Aug 10 - Young Liberals at one the country's most elite universities have posted racist, crude and misogynist comments on social media, describing women as ''sluts'', Muslims as ''degenerates'' and saying all feminists are ugly.

 

RELIGION & SOCIETY

Church groups call for independent body to set welfare payment levels (Sydney Morning Herald)  
Aug 7 - The power to set the level of welfare payments should be taken from the federal government and given to an independent body, according to major church groups.

Church leaders' cowardice doesn't negate the value of God (The Age, Melbourne)
Aug 8 – (Opinion: Bill Farrelly) Not infrequently, and again this week, letter writers and/or commentators in the Herald bemoan the teaching of religion in schools.

Iraqi Christians call for international troops and higher refugee intake by Australia (The Age, Melbourne)
Aug 9 - The head of Australia's Iraqi Christians has called for international forces to be deployed to protect the religious community from jihadists in his homeland and said US plans for narrowly-focused air strikes were inadequate.

Father tells kids to convert to Roman Catholic or get nothing in from his last will and testament (news.com.au)
Aug 10 - A FATHER refused to leave an inheritance to his children unless they converted from Jehovah’s Witnesses to become Roman Catholics.

 

 


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