by Greg Spearritt
Religion News Australia
March 15 - 22, 2015
Religion news stories from Australia
(Research: Greg Spearritt)
Archbishop Philip Wilson
becomes world's most senior Catholic charged with concealing child abuse (Brisbane Times)
Mar 18 - Former Hunter priest Adelaide Archbishop Philip Wilson has become the most senior Catholic clergyman in the world to be charged with concealing a child sex abuse allegation against another priest on what a Hunter paedophile priest victim has described as "a Saint Patrick's Day we'll never forget".
Royal Commission into
child sexual abuse: Salvos failed to protect boys, report finds (Brisbane Times)
Mar 18 - The Salvation Army failed to protect boys in its care from sexual abuse and punished many who reported assaults, according to a damning royal commission report published on Tuesday.
Former Bishop Keith
Slater to face defrocking by the Anglican Church for mishandling abuse claims (ABC News)
Mar18 - The Anglican Church is quietly preparing for a hearing that could see the defrocking of one of its former bishops, five months after the royal commission recommended he face disciplinary action for ignoring complaints from sexual abuse victims.
What Archbishop Philip
Wilson knew about paedophile priest will be tested in court next month (Adelaide Now)
Mar 20 - DANIEL Feenan was born in 1976. The same year a newly ordained priest by the name of Philip Wilson was living in Maitland, in country NSW, with another priest called James Fletcher.
Archbishop in the hot
seat but will conviction be sledge hammer approach (Brisbane Times)
Mar 19 – (Opinion: Chris McGillion) Archbishop Philip Wilson of Adelaide is not the Pope and he is not Cardinal George Pell.
Jesuit priest Stanislaus
Hogan jailed over child pornography found in Saint Ignatius' College quarters (ABC News)
Mar 20 - An Adelaide Jesuit priest and teacher found with more than 1,500 pornographic images of boys has been jailed for more than two years.
SA Catholic priest
jailed for child porn (The West
Mar 20 - A Catholic priest who says he was interested in finding out "what makes young males tick" has been jailed for at least 10 months for possessing child pornography.
St Ignatius College
priest jailed over ‘graphic and repugnant’ child pornography (Adelaide Now)
Mar 21 - A SENIOR priest at a prestigious Adelaide private school who downloaded more than 1500 depraved images of child pornography will serve at least 10 months behind bars.
Former St Joseph's
College dorm master brother John Dennis Maguire sentenced for child sex abuse (Sydney Morning
Mar 21 - A former dorm master at Sydney's prestigious St Joseph's Catholic College has been jailed for sexually assaulting a student after nine separate trials spanning 13 years, and more than 30 years after the abuse took place.
Former Catholic brother
charged with child sex offences at St Joseph's and St Gregory's colleges (Sydney Morning
Mar 21 - A former Catholic brother has been arrested over a number of sex offences allegedly committed at two Sydney schools in the 1980s.
Matthew E. White's
'Fresh Blood' (The Saturday Paper,
Mar 21 - The irony of Matthew E. White is that he never intended becoming a mainstream artist.
schools to be given right to reject students who don't share faith (ABC
Mar 19 - The Tasmanian Government has moved to give religious schools the right to reject students whose families do not share their faith.
Commissioner criticises bid by private schools to exclude students based on
faith (The Mercury, Hobart)
Mar 20 - TASMANIA’S Anti-Discrimination Commissioner will lobby MPs to reject a proposed law that would allow private schools to exclude students on the basis of their faith.
Victorian schools to get
a pasta class in religion (Herald-Sun, Melbourne)
Mar 20 - PASTAFARIANS of Victoria, lovers of spaghetti and carbohydrate-fanciers in general rejoice, for a new god could be coming to a school near you.
Chile's Bishop Juan
Barros, linked to sex abuse priest, faces Catholic fury (Sydney Morning Herald)
Mar 22 - Santiago: Black balloons in hand, hundreds of Catholics gathered at a church in the small Chilean city of Osorno to protest against the appointment of Bishop Juan Barros, accused of protecting one of the nation's most notorious paedophiles.
Pope Francis condemns
death penalty in most forceful statement on the subject so far (Perth Now)
Mar 21 - POPE Francis says nothing can justify the use of the death penalty and there is no “right” way to humanely kill another person.
Pope Francis rails
against mafia and corruption in southern Italian city of Naples (ABC
Mar 22 - Pope Francis has visited one of the most violent and drug-infested neighbourhoods of Naples and urged residents not to let organised crime and corrupt politicians rob them of hope.
Fashion blogger Dina
Torkia: ‘There’s a fear factor around the hijab’ (The Guardian, Australia)
Mar 17 - In a lot of ways, Dina Torkia is a typical fashion blogger.
clash with police over Pakistan church bombings (ABC
Mar 17 - Thousands of Christians have rioted in the Pakistani city of Lahore, smashing property and vehicles as they clashed with police, in a second day of protests following the twin Taliban suicide bombings of churches that left 17 dead.
Jihadi Jake Bilardi was
‘weak’ and ‘sold his soul cheaply’, says Islamic State online propaganda (news.com.au)
Mar 17 - A MELBOURNE teen who reportedly blew himself up in Iraq has been mocked by fellow extremists for his “weak body”.
ISIS fighters caught
trying to flee the death cult disguised in drag (The Courier-Mail, Brisbane)
Mar 17 - DOZENS of ISIS fighters are dressing in drag to flee the Iraqi battle zone, according to photos published to Instagram.
Egyptian court seeks death penalty for group leader (ABC News)
Mar 17 - An Egyptian court is seeking the death penalty for the Muslim Brotherhood's top leader Mohamed Badie and 13 other members of the group for inciting chaos and planning attacks on police and army institutions, judicial sources say.
Koran rage: Afghan woman
burned alive by mob (Brisbane
Mar 20 - The parents of the dead woman, who had allegedly burned a Koran at a shrine, say she had a mental illness, police say.
IS likely committing
genocide against Yazidi minority in Iraq: UN (The West Australian)
Mar 20 - Geneva (AFP) - Islamic State jihadists appear to be committing genocide against the Yazidi minority in Iraq, UN investigators said Thursday, calling for the perpetrators to be brought to justice at the International Criminal Court.
Suicide bombers kill 137
in Yemen mosque attacks (The West
Mar 20 - SANAA/ADEN (Reuters) - Suicide bombers killed at least 137 worshippers and wounded hundreds more during Friday prayers at two mosques in the Yemeni capital Sanaa, in coordinated attacks claimed by Islamic State.
Yemen mosque bombings:
More than 100 killed in suicide attacks in capital Sanaa, medics say (ABC
Mar 21 - Triple suicide bombings have killed more than 100 people at mosques in the Yemeni capital attended by Shiite Huthi militiamen who have seized control of the city, medics say.
Retreating Boko Haram
leaves mass of throat-slit corpses near Nigerian town (Sydney Morning Herald)
Mar 21 - Damasak, Nigeria: Soldiers from Niger and Chad who liberated the Nigerian town of Damasak from Boko Haram militants have discovered the bodies of at least 70 people, many with their throats slit, scattered under a bridge, a witness said.
Five convicted for fake
rape claim that sparked Myanmar riot (The West Australian)
Mar 21 - Yangon (AFP) - Five people have each been been jailed for 21 years for spreading false allegations that sparked a deadly religious riot in the Myanmar city of Mandalay last year, a lawyer said Saturday.
Pakistan says 80
militants killed in heavy clashes in country's lawless north-west (ABC
Mar 22 - Pakistani troops have killed 80 militants in heavy clashes in the country's lawless north-west, near the mountainous border with Afghanistan, a spokesman says.
IS releases 'hit list'
of soldiers' addresses (The West
Mar 22 - Islamic State has posted online what it says are the names, US addresses and photos of 100 American military service members, and called upon its "brothers residing in America" to kill them.
Fearing Islamic State,
some Afghan Shi'ites seek help from old enemies (The West Australian)
Mar 22 - KABUL (Reuters) - Even by Afghanistan's standards of often-shifting alliances, a recent meeting between ethnic Hazara elders and local commanders of the Taliban insurgents who have persecuted them for years was extraordinary.
Noor Ellis murder trial:
Balinese wife ‘swaps faith for inheritance’ (news.com.au)
Mar 18 - AN INDONESIAN woman accused of ordering the murder of her wealthy Australian husband is claiming to be of another religion so she won’t lose her inheritance, a lawyer says.
New Zealand bar manager
sentenced to jail in Myanmar for insulting Buddhist faith (ABC
Mar 17 - A New Zealand bar manager and his two Myanmar colleagues have been sentenced to two-and-a-half years in jail by a Yangon court for using a Buddha image to promote a cheap drinks night.
China stops pulling down
churches (Brisbane Times)
Mar 21 - Beijing: Beijing has ordered an end to a campaign that has partly or fully demolished 400 churches in the past year, a Chinese bishop said.
Religion helps Vanuatuans
through cyclone shock (The West
Mar 22 - Saama (Vanuatu) (AFP) - Celine Jimmy prayed three times before running out of a clubhouse into the darkness to a family home as Cyclone Pam roared through her village in Vanuatu, her four children close by her side.
Three-quarters of Muslim
Australians feel they are unfairly targeted by terror laws, study reveals (The Guardian, Australia)
Mar 17 - Muslim Australians believe overwhelmingly that they are unfairly targeted by counter-terrorism laws but say terrorist groups distort the true meaning of Islam, a survey of community attitudes has revealed.
establishes $1 million television studio (ABC
Mar 18 - Members of Sydney's Muslim community have set up a $1 million television studio to counter the mainstream media's treatment of Islam in Australia.
Muslims speak out after
‘thorough’ screening at Brisbane airport (The Courier-Mail, Brisbane)
Mar 20 - MUSLIMS say they are being unfairly targeted in the counterterrorism crackdown at Australian airports, with a South African businessman and his son-in-law speaking out about their treatment.
Jihadi Jake’s father’s
heartwrenching message to Australia (news.com.au)
Mar 22 - JOHN Bilardi doesn’t know who ‘Jihadi Jake’ was.
Christian group NCC
orchestrated email spam campaign supporting Tony Abbott ahead of spill (ABC
Mar 17 - A conservative Christian group orchestrated a campaign to spam federal Liberal MPs with thousands of emails in support of Prime Minister Tony Abbott ahead of last month's spill vote.
Christian campaign for
Abbott (The West Australian)
Mar 17 - Australia's anti-gay marriage Christian lobby went into overdrive to protect Tony Abbott's prime ministership in the lead-up to his "near-death experience" at the hands of his MPs last month.
Inside the Church of
Scientology’s planned $6 million Perth headquarters (Perth Now)
Mar 18 - THE Church of Scientology plans to spend $6 million converting a Perth warehouse into its new WA headquarters.
Salvation Army retired
General Eva Burrows remembered as 'the People's General' (The Age, Melbourne)
Mar 21 - From her tireless work on the streets of Melbourne to her rise as global leader of the Salvation Army, Eva Burrows has been remembered for a lifetime dedicated to the less fortunate.
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