by Greg Spearritt
Religion News Selection
August 10 - 17, 2014
selection of religion news stories from Australia.
(Research: Greg Spearritt)
Inclusion here does not endorse the veracity or quality of any particular item – it just means
I found it worth reading and reflecting on (even if badly conceived or poorly written).
If you’re after the
unexpurgated (and reasonably unbiased) version,
see Religion News Australia which appears weekly on our website.
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.
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.
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.
Religious Violence – Islamic State
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.
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.
The West must lose no
time in helping to destroy the Islamic State (The Australian)
Aug 16 – (Opinion: Editorial) 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.
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.
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.
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.
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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