by Greg Spearritt
Religion News Australia
August 10 - 17, 2014
Religion news stories from Australia
(Research: Greg Spearritt)
At last, Anglican Church
sorry for decades of abuse (The
Aug 11 - AUSTRALIAN and British child sex victims have finally been vindicated after years of cover-up by the Anglican Church, with an official admission that one of its most senior clergymen was a pedophile who had been “allowed’’ to abuse children.
spokesman questions sanctity of confessional when used by paedophile priests (ABC
Aug 12 - The Catholic Church's spokesman on child sexual abuse has questioned its stance on the sanctity of the confessional when it is used by priests who make admissions of abuse.
Catholic church proposes
new compensation scheme for sexual abuse victims (ABC
Aug 13 - The leadership of the Catholic Church has formally proposed a major shake-up of its compensation scheme for survivors of clergy child sexual abuse.
George Pell opens up
about his new role at the Vatican as 'God's Banker' (The Age, Melbourne)
Aug 11 – (Opinion: Colin Kruger ) Cardinal George Pell appears to have settled in quite nicely to his new role as ‘'God’s banker'’.
Catholic school kids
protest against asylum seeker policies (Sydney Morning Herald)
Aug 16 - Catholic schools are taking a stand against children in detention, a policy they say violates basic human rights and is inconsistent with their Christian values.
North Korea test-fires
missiles as pope visits South (The
Aug 14 - North Korea test-fired five missiles on Thursday as Pope Francis began a visit to its southern neighbour with a call for renewed efforts to forge peace.
North Korea says rocket
launches not linked with visit by 'so-called Pope' to Seoul (ABC
Aug 16 - North Korea says its firing of short-range rockets shortly before the "so-called Pope" arrived in South Korea had nothing to do with the pontiff's visit.
Pope warns of 'cancer'
of despair in newly affluent Asia (The
Aug 15 - Dangjin (South Korea) (AFP) - Pope Francis warned Friday of a "cancer" of despair in materially obsessed, outwardly affluent societies and urged South Korean Catholics to reject "inhumane economic models" in a stark message to wealthier Asian nations.
'What would we die for?'
Pope asks at mass for Korean martyrs (The West Australian)
Aug 16 - Seoul (AFP) - Pope Francis beatified 124 early Korean martyrs Saturday at a mass in Seoul and challenged the massive crowd to ask what values would be worth dying for in an increasingly materialistic, globalised world.
Huge Seoul crowds turn
out to greet Pope Francis for open-air mass (The Guardian, Australia)
Aug 16 - Pope Francis beatified 124 Korean martyrs on Saturday, telling hundreds of thousands of people who turned out for his open-air mass that their ancestors’ willingness to die rather than renounce their faith two centuries ago was a model for Asian missionaries today.
Pope Francis visits
Seoul for Asian Youth Day; China prevents Catholics attending (ABC
Aug 16 - A tight security cordon was thrown around central Seoul to screen out possible threats as up to one million people gathered for a huge, open-air mass by Pope Francis.
The Canadian cleric
seeking revolution in Pakistan (The
Aug 14 - Islamabad (AFP) - Tahir-ul-Qadri, the Pakistani-Canadian cleric seeking to lead a peaceful "revolution" to bring down the government in his homeland, is hailed as a saviour by his followers but considered a military stooge by his detractors.
Iranian president tweets
bare-headed photo of Maryam Mirzakhani (The Guardian, Australia)
Aug 16 - In February 1998, a bus bringing the mathematical elite of Tehran's Sharif University back from a competition in the western city of Ahwaz skidded out of control and crashed into a ravine.
Iraqi Sunnis say could
join new government, fight Islamic State (The West Australian)
Aug 16 - BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Tribal leaders and clerics from Iraq's Sunni heartland offered their conditional backing on Friday for a new government that hopes to contain sectarian bloodshed and an offensive by Islamic State militants that threatens to tear the country apart.
Rise of anti-semitism
from this war is no accident (The
Aug 11 – (Opinion: Editorial) WHILE no civilian casualties are good, reports are emerging that strongly question the number of civilian casualties in Gaza.
Westboro Baptist Church
plans protest at Robin Williams' funeral (Sydney Morning Herald)
Aug 17 - San Francisco: Members of the controversial Kansas-based Westboro Baptist Church are planning an ill-advised protest at actor Robin Williams' funeral over his portrayal of a gay man in The Birdcage.
Indonesia's young men respond to the siren cry of Islamic State (Brisbane Times)
Aug 17 - The high-security island jail called Nusakambangan is described as Indonesia's Alcatraz - there is no stricter prison and perhaps no more secure environment on the entire archipelago.
Religious Violence – Islamic State
Islamic State kills 500
Yazidis, burying some alive, claims human rights minister (Sydney Morning Herald)
Aug 11 - Baghdad: Islamic State militants have killed at least 500 members of Iraq's Yazidi minority, burying some alive and taking hundreds of women as slaves, an Iraqi government minister told Reuters on Sunday.
Third day of US strikes
in Iraq spur Kurd fightback against Islamic State (Sydney Morning Herald)
Aug 11 - Erbil, Iraq: Iraq's Kurdish peshmerga, buoyed by US air strikes, have reclaimed two towns from jihadist fighters, while Western powers ramped up efforts to save displaced civilians stranded on a mountain.
New targets of genocide (The Australian)
Aug 11 - “DAESH hatin, daesh hatin,” was the cry that rippled from village to village across the Sinjar plains until all who could flee did, purging the northern Iraqi land of its ancient population.
Jihadist onslaught poses
a risk beyond Iraq and Syria (The
Aug 11 – (Opinion: Editorial) WITH the imminent prospect of genocide on a scale recalling the horrors of Rwanda and Srebrenica, Barack Obama’s case for intervention in Iraq could not be more compelling and Tony Abbott is right to pledge firm Australian backing.
Saudi father takes 10,
11-year-old sons to fight in Syria (Sydney Morning Herald)
Aug 13 - Dubai: A Saudi father gave his ex-wife the shock of her life when he informed her he was taking their 10 and 11 year-old-sons to join Islamist militants in Syria, telling her to count them as "birds in heaven", Saudi-owned media reported.
How Islamic State wins
supporters (Brisbane Times)
Aug 14 - The siege by Islamic State on Mount Sinjar has apparently been broken but an enduring reversal of the terrifying advances of the militants across Syria and Iraq remains highly uncertain.
More than 300 people
died while trapped on Iraq’s Mt Sinjar, refugee doctor says (news.com.au)
Aug 16 - MORE than 300 people — many of them children — are said to have died while trapped on Mount Sinjar in Iraq.
Iraq conflict: Islamic
State massacres 80 Yazidis; UN passes sanctions against jihadist group (ABC
Aug 16 - Islamic State insurgents massacred some 80 members of Iraq's Yazidi minority in a village in the country's north, according to officials, as the United Nations Security Council adopted their most wide-ranging response yet to the militant group.
Jihadists ‘kill dozens’
in north Iraq as UN targets Islamists in Iraq and Syria (The Australian)
Aug 16 - JIHADISTS carried out a “massacre” in the northern Iraq village of Kocho, killing dozens of people, most of them members of the Yazidi religious minority, officials and a witness said tonight.
UN Council targets
jihadists in Iraq, Syria (The
Aug 16 - United Nations (United States) (AFP) - The UN Security Council unanimously adopted a resolution Friday aimed at weakening Islamists in Iraq and Syria with measures to choke off funding and the flow of foreign fighters.
The West must lose no
time in helping to destroy the Islamic State (The Australian)
Aug 16 - IN May this year, Barack Obama spoke at the US Military Academy.
ISIL's tentacles creep
into Indonesia (Sydney Morning
Aug 17 - The high security island jail called Nusakambangan is described as Indonesia’s Alcatraz — there is no stricter prison and perhaps no more secure environment on the entire archipelago.
Islamic State militants
kill more than 700 in Syria (news.com.au)
Aug 17 - ISLAMIC State jihadists have reportedly killed more than 700 members of a tribe in eastern Syria in the past two weeks.
Teen heart-throb from
the 90s, Andrew Keegan, starts his own religion called Full Circle (news.com.au)
Aug 16 - HE starred alongside Heath Ledger in 10 Things I Hate About You but now 90s heart-throb Andrew Keegan has started his own religion.
Fannie and Delia Miller
return home after going missing for 24 hours (news.com.au)
Aug 16 - TWO missing Amish sisters have turned up safe about 24 hours after they were apparently abducted from their family’s roadside farm-stand in northern New York, authorities say.
That’s my boy: Sharrouf
kids witness war’s horror (The
Aug 11 - KHALED Sharrouf’s son, a child raised in the suburbs of Sydney, struggles with both arms to hold up the decapitated head of a slain Syrian soldier.
Boy's uncle says forget
about photo of severed head (The
Aug 12 - Politicians and Muslim community leaders have labelled it sickening, deplorable and shockingly evil.
Muslims slam 100-year
war call (The Australian)
Aug 11 - ISLAMIC community leaders and Labor yesterday criticised former army chief Peter Leahy’s provocative warning that Australia should prepare for a 100-year battle with Islamic radicals intent of terrorist attacks.
teenager Abu Bakr storms off SBS Insight show (news.com.au)
Aug 12 - PARENTS of vulnerable Australian-born Muslim teenagers are becoming increasingly fearful they’re helpless to stop them travelling overseas to fight for the Islamic State.
Australian Islamic State
supporter walks off the set of Insight (Sydney Morning Herald)
Aug 13 - An Australian teenager who supports the Islamic State, formerly known as ISIL, stormed off the set of SBS program Insight on Tuesday night.
Death threats against
Muslim leader Dr Jamal Rifi who spoke out against radicals (ABC
Aug 14 - The concern about home-grown terrorism has taken an alarming twist today with death threats being made against a Sydney Muslim leader who spoke out against Australian radicals.
Khaled Sharrouf mental
health problems left untreated in prison (Brisbane Times)
Aug 14 - Sydney jihadist Khaled Sharrouf's mental health issues were left untreated for almost all of his four-year incarceration and would only have worsened while he was in jail for terrorism offences, the psychiatrist who treated him says.
Yehya El-Kholed says
Australians thinking of travelling to Syria to fight should think again (The Courier-Mail, Brisbane)
Aug 16 - A QUEENSLAND activist who travelled to Syria this year has revealed the terrifying tactics the Islamic State uses to recruit foreigners, threatening to kill them if they do not join their cause.
Youths turn to extremism (The West Australian)
Aug 16 - A small group of young Perth men have become immersed in an extreme form of Islam that has had civilians around the world joining the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria.
Tony Abbott 'not happy'
teenager left for Middle East on brother's passport (The Guardian, Australia)
Aug 15 - Tony Abbott is “not happy” a Sydney teenager managed to leave Australia using his brother’s passport and was believed to be heading to the Middle East to fight with the Islamic State (Isis).
against religious Love Makes A Way group (ABC News)
Aug 13 - Trespassing charges against nine religious leaders who protested in the Adelaide Hills electorate office of federal MP Jamie Briggs in June have been dismissed by the Adelaide Magistrates Court.
Nun arrested at Hockey's
Sydney office (The Age,
Aug 13 - A nun is among praying protesters who have been arrested at federal Treasurer Joe Hockey's electorate office in Sydney.
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