by Greg Spearritt
Religion News Australia
November 30 – December 7, 2014
Religion news stories from Australia
(Research: Greg Spearritt)
Yoga leader told
children sex acts would aid 'spiritual growth' (ABC
Dec 2 - The spiritual leader of a New South Wales yoga retreat sexually abused child residents after summoning them to a hut and asking them for a massage, an inquiry has heard.
Ashram apologises to child sexual abuse
victims it threatened to sue (The
Dec 2 - An ashram where children were sexually abused has apologised to the victims, eight months after threatening them with legal action for damaging its brand.
Ashram children starved,
drugged, tortured, royal commission hears (Sydney Morning Herald)
Dec 3 - Children living at Australia's oldest yoga ashram were starved, tortured and drugged, according the evidence presented at the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.
Mindset of NSW yoga
retreat 'as dangerous as ever', witness tells hearing (ABC
Dec 3 - A former resident of Australia's oldest yoga ashram has received applause after delivering a passionate call for justice at the child sexual abuse royal commission in Sydney.
Child abuse royal
commission: victim recounts being raped during ritual at Satyananda Yoga Ashram (ABC News)
Dec 4 - A young girl was raped by the head of a global yoga movement, Satyananda Sawaswati, on his visit to a New South Wales ashram, an inquiry has heard.
Yoga movement did not
view child abuse as crime, victim says (ABC
Dec 4 - Child sexual abuse was not considered a crime at a New South Wales yoga retreat where young residents were frequently targeted, a royal commission has heard.
Woman admits having sex
with boy, 14, at Satyananda Yoga Ashram (ABC
Dec 6 - A woman has broken down while admitting to having sex with a 14-year-old boy at a yoga ashram on the NSW central coast.
Archbishop's shock at
hungry Britain (The West
Dec 7 - The Archbishop of Canterbury says he's more shocked by the plight of Britain's hunger-stricken poor than suffering in African refugee camps.
George Pell moves into
Vatican bank (The Australian)
Dec 6 - POPE Francis' economic czar, Australian Cardinal George Pell, is symbolically asserting his control over Vatican money by moving into the enormous office of the president of the Vatican bank.
Ex Vatican bank heads
accused of embezzlement, accounts seized (The West Australian)
Dec 7 - Vatican City (AFP) - Two former Vatican bank managers and a lawyer have had their accounts seized as part of an investigation into allegations of embezzlement, the Vatican said Saturday.
rehab: homework, football and Islam (news.com.au)
Dec 3 - How do you turn around a young man who is determined to destroy the West?
Pakistan police register
blasphemy case against 'disco mullah' (The West Australian)
Dec 3 - ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - Pakistan police said on Wednesday they were investigating blasphemy allegations against a man dubbed the "disco mullah" who quit a career in pop music to become a preacher.
Low profit, weak
standards hamper Islamic banks: experts (The West Australian)
Dec 3 - Manama (AFP) - The Islamic banking industry is being hampered by low profits and "mediocre" customer satisfaction despite impressive growth, officials and executives said at a financial conference in Bahrain.
Sukuk for vaccine fund
ushers Islamic finance into ethical sphere (The West Australian)
Dec 5 - (Reuters) - The latest entrant into Islamic finance is leading the industry in the new direction of socially responsible investment - which could even include the fight against Ebola.
Coalition air strikes
target Islamic State 'capital' in Syria: report (Sydney Morning Herald)
Dec 1 - Islamic State group jihadists battling for control of the Syrian town of Kobane have suffered some of their heaviest losses yet following 24 hours of clashes and further US-led air strikes.
Student who travelled to
Iraq to join IS quits after being put on toilet duty (news.com.au)
Dec 2 - AN INDIAN student who travelled to Iraq to join the Islamic State group has returned home disillusioned after jihadists made him clean toilets and do other menial jobs, according to media reports.
Wife and son of Islamic
State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi detained in Lebanon (Brisbane Times)
Dec 3 - Beirut: The second wife of Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi is under interrogation in military detention in Lebanon after she was arrested in the north of Lebanon 10 days ago, security officials revealed on Tuesday.
Who is mystery woman
Saja al-Dulaimi?. (news.com.au)
Dec 4 - AN IRAQI official denied Wednesday that a woman detained in Lebanon is a wife of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the leader of the Islamic State group, adding that she is the sister of a terror suspect being held in Iraq.
French minister condemns
brutal 'anti-Semitic' attack on couple. (The West Australian)
Dec 4 - (France) (AFP) - France's interior minister on Wednesday condemned an "anti-Semitic" attack on a young couple that saw armed assailants storm into their apartment, rape the woman and steal jewelry and bank cards.
Last stop: fearful Arab
drivers quit Jerusalem buses (The
Dec 4 - Jerusalem (AFP) - Fadi has endured verbal abuse and even the threat of suicide bombers during 15 years at the wheel of Jerusalem's public buses, but like dozens of Palestinian drivers he has finally had enough.
Family left father’s
corpse to rot believing their prayers could resurrect him (news.com.au)
Dec 2 - A CANADIAN family has admitted to leaving the dead body of a man upstairs for six months, believing their prayers would resurrect him.
Grand Theft Auto fans
call for ban on ‘sickening’ Bible in fightback after attack on the game (news.com.au)
Dec 6 - A PETITION calling for Target to ban the Bible has gained almost 13,000 signatures.
Openly gay mayor takes
power in Polish city (The West
Dec 7 - Warsaw (AFP) - The first openly gay mayor of a large Polish city officially took power on Saturday, saying the traditionally Catholic country was "opening up".
child bride leaves Australia to be married (ABC News)
Dec 2 - A nine-year-old Sydney girl has allegedly left the country to be married overseas, just one of a dozen cases since June, a women's health service says.
Halal critics vilify community (Brisbane Times)
Dec 2 - Anti-halal movements have gained significant traction across Australia.
Burqa ban a political
excuse for persecution (Brisbane
Dec 3 – (Opinion: Waleed Aly) Even before the embarrassing back-down there were problems.
Barossa Valley wine
called 72 Virgins sold as fundraiser for anti-Islamic organisation, Q Society (Adelaide Now)
Dec 3 - A BAROSSA wine called Hal & Al’s 72 Virgins is being sold as a fundraiser for an anti-Islamic movement that is worried about a “culture war”.
No bail for 'ISIS
member' accused of threat to behead policeman (Sydney Morning Herald)
Dec 4 - A man who allegedly told a police officer he was from militant group Islamic State and threatened to behead him has been denied bail in the Supreme Court.
Woodyatt under fire from
Family First over band's 'Word War II' music video (ABC
Dec 4 - Fisher by-election candidate Dan Woodyatt has been accused of glorifying war by Family First in a music video created by his band.
Abbott government cuts
university support; funds priests' training (The Age, Melbourne)
Dec 5 - Taxpayers would subsidise the training of priests and other religious workers at private colleges for the first time under the Abbott government's proposed higher education reforms.
Faiths unite on slavery
fight (The West Australian)
Dec 4 - A campaign to end modern slavery started by WA mining magnate and philanthropist Andrew Forrest's family has secured an historic agreement signed by the leaders of the world's religious faiths.
Gods and faith versus
Coal in name of climate change (The
Dec 6 - IT’s probably the closest thing the coal industry will ever get to actually receiving the word of a god – or rather, a note from several gods as well as other various prophets, spiritual leaders and the like.
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