by Greg Spearritt
Religion News Australia
August 3 - 10, 2014
Religion news stories from Australia
(Research: Greg Spearritt)
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.
priest, 88, jailed for two years for raping boy (ABC
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.
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.
Archbishop of Sydney, Cardinal Edward Clancy, dies aged 90 (ABC
Aug 3 - The former Catholic Archbishop of Sydney, Cardinal Edward Clancy, has died at the age of 90.
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.
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.
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.
Funeral held for former
Sydney Catholic Archbishop, Cardinal Edward Clancy (ABC
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.
Cardinal Clancy laid to
rest (Sydney Morning
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.
remembered in Sydney (The West
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.
Hobart College chaplain
apologises for homophobic Facebook post (ABC
Aug 7 - A homophobic comment posted on social media by a Tasmanian school chaplain has drawn widespread condemnation.
School chaplain sacked
over Facebook post calling homosexuality 'not normal' (ABC
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.
The paradox of the Zen
master and his abuse (The Age,
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
Ancient Yazidi sect
faces its 73rd genocide (The Age,
Aug 8 - The followers of the Peacock Angel believe they are facing their 73rd genocide.
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
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.
US bombs militants in
Iraq as women reported kidnapped (The
Aug 9 - THE US unleashed its first air strikes in northern Iraq against militants of the Islamic State group, amid a worsening humanitarian crisis.
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
Aug 9 - Suspected al-Qaeda militants have reportedly executed 14 Yemeni government soldiers in the country's southeast.
British police raid pub
in search for 'Holy Grail' (The
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,
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.
community celebrates Eid al-Fitr (ABC
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
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.
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.
Jewish groups welcome
apology from Fairfax Media for Gaza cartoon (ABC
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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,
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.
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.
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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