by Greg Spearritt
Religion News Australia
March 22 - 29, 2015
Religion news stories from Australia
(Research: Greg Spearritt)
Saint Ignatius’ College, Riverview sexual abuse allegations
known to Jesuits for a decade (ABC News)
Mar 25 - Allegations of child sexual abuse at a prestigious Sydney boys school, which were reported to police this week, have been known about by the body that governs the school for more than a decade.
Alleged indecent assaults by former priest were ‘furtive,
clandestine acts’, court told (ABC News)
Mar 25 - An 85-year-old former priest has gone on trial in Canberra charged with molesting a young girl in the 1990s.
Catholic Church says
rejection of national compensation and support scheme surprising (ABC
Mar 27 - The Federal Government's rejection of a proposal for a national compensation and support scheme for victims of child sexual abuse is surprising, the Catholic Church's Truth, Justice and Healing Council chief says.
Jailed Christian brother
'satanic': victim (The West
Mar 27 - He professed to be a man of God, but outside a Victorian court where he was jailed for child sex abuse, former Christian Brother Edward "Ted" Bales was called evil and satanic.
Ashram could wind up
amid sex abuse allegations (The
Mar 29 - A Melbourne ashram is closing and could be wound up amid allegations its members were sexually and physically abused there.
apologises for derogatory comments about Jill Meagher (The Age, Melbourne)
Mar 29 - A Catholic Church official has apologised after a priest told parishioners that had murdered Melbourne woman Jill Meagher's faith been stronger, she would have been "home in bed" and not walking down a street on the night she was brutally raped and killed.
Catholic schools’ dubious funding pleas fall on willing ears
at election time (Sydney Morning
Mar 25 - (Opinion: Ross Gittins) Catholic schools’ superior bargaining power tends to spread gains to other religious and independent schools.
Muslim Tory candidate Afzal Amin suspended amid accusations
of faking anti-mosque protest (ABC News)
Mar 23 - Britain’s ruling Conservative Party has suspended a Muslim candidate in a key seat following allegations he plotted with the far right English Defence League (EDL) to stir up racial tension to help win votes in May’s election.
Hindu group attacks cathedral in central India, police
arrest six (ABC
Mar 23 - Indian police have arrested six people after Hindu fundamentalists were shown vandalising a cathedral in central India, the latest attack on Christian establishments in the Hindu-majority country.
Kabul police officers suspended over lynching of woman ‘falsely’
accused of burning Koran (ABC News)
Mar 25 - Afghanistan’s interior ministry has fired the spokesman for Kabul’s police chief for Facebook comments that seemed to try to justify the mob killing of a 27-year-old woman falsely accused of burning a Koran.
Also: Farkhunda ‘didn’t burn Koran’: Afghanistan mob killed
innocent woman (news.com.au)
Mar 25 - SHE was beaten to death, burned and thrown in a river by an angry mob for burning a copy of Islam’s holiest book.
Also: Outcry over brutal lynching of woman in Kabul (Sydney Morning Herald)
Mar 25 - Kabul: Hundreds of Afghans marched in the capital to protest the lynching of a 27-year-old woman in central Kabul last week, while a prominent Afghan police official was sacked on Tuesday for his actions after the killing.
Most senior Australian in al Qaeda speaks about Islamic
State and why men go to Syria (news.com.au)
Mar 25 - AUSTRALIA’S highest ranking member of al-Qaeda has spoken about the trend of young Australians travelling to Syria to fight and the unrest between competing terror regimes and Islamic State.
Boko Haram kidnap 500 women, children from 'liberated'
Nigerian town, residents say (ABC News)
Mar 25 - Boko Haram militants have kidnapped more than 500 women and children from the northern Nigerian town of Damasak that was reportedly freed this month by troops from Niger and Chad, residents claim.
Islamic State: Indonesia
arrests seven suspected militants in one week (ABC
Mar 26 - Indonesian police have arrested two men on suspicion of links to Islamic State (IS) militants, bringing the number of such arrests this week to seven.
president warns of 'terrible threat' from Islamic State (ABC
Mar 26 - Afghanistan's new president, Ashraf Ghani, has warned US lawmakers of the "terrible threat" the Islamic State poses in central and western Asia, and said the militant group was already sending fighters to his country.
Shiite militias quit
siege of Islamic State in Tikrit over US role (Sydney Morning Herald)
Mar 27 - Al Rashid airbase: Three major Shiite militia groups have pulled out of the fight for Tikrit, immediately depriving the Iraqi government of thousands of their fighters on the ground even as US warplanes readied for an expected second day of airstrikes against the Islamic State there.
Tunisian forces kill
nine militants in crackdown following Tunis Bardo museum attack (ABC
Mar 29 - Tunisian forces have killed nine militants during a raid in a southern region as part of crackdown following the attack on the Tunis Bardo museum that targeted foreign tourists, an interior ministry official says.
Twenty-three people have
been decapitated in a horrific Boko Haram attack (The Courier-Mail, Brisbane)
Mar 29 - SUSPECTED Boko Haram gunmen have beheaded 23 people and set fire to homes in Buratai, northeast Nigeria, on the eve of elections on Friday, a federal politician representing the area says.
The Church of
Scientology has taken to the internet to refute damning accusations (news.com.au)
Mar 24 - AFTER winning an Academy Award for his controversial documentary about torture and interrogation techniques in US war on terror, Alex Gibney has a new target in his sights.
Indian police make first
arrest in nun's rape (The West
Mar 26 - Kolkata (AFP) - Indian police have arrested a suspect in connection with the rape of an elderly nun, a senior officer said Thursday, their first breakthrough in a case that has shocked the country.
Apple's Cook joins tech
CEOs in blasting Indiana religious freedom law (The West Australian)
Mar 28 - SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Apple Inc's Tim Cook, one of the most prominent openly gay American CEOs, has joined fellow tech industry chiefs in decrying a controversial Indiana law that opponents say could allow companies to deny services to gay people.
Stampede at Hindu
festival in Bangladesh kills at least 10, injures dozens of pilgrims (ABC
Mar 29 - At least 10 people have been killed in a stampede during a Hindu ritual outside the Bangladeshi capital Dhaka, police say.
Muslim woman speaks out about attack on Sydney train, says
she was targeted because of religion (ABC News)
Mar 23 - A Muslim woman left severely shaken by a physical and verbal assault on a packed Sydney train on Monday night believes she was targeted because of her religion.
Sydney Boys High
students return to school while AFP investigates attempt to join Islamic State (Sydney Morning
Mar 25 - Two high-achieving brothers have returned to their prestigious inner city school while the Australian Federal Police investigates their alleged attempt to flee Australia to join Islamic State.
conference organiser Waseem Razvi met notorious sheikh (The Age, Melbourne)
Mar 26 - The organiser of an Islamic conference to be held in Melbourne has met a sheikh who supported jihad in Syria and the use of suicide bombers against Israelis.
Terror teenager caught
trying to leave Sydney Airport for conflict zones in the Middle East (news.com.au)
Mar 26 - IT has been revealed the latest Sydney teenage wannabe terrorist, who had to be dragged off a plane bound for the Middle East two weeks ago, tried to slip out of the country a second time the following day.
Terror fight can't be
won with laws alone (The West
Mar 27 - A leading Muslim community figure is worried millions of dollars earmarked to prevent the radicalisation of young Australians is not hitting the mark.
Not all media is 'evil':
Vic Muslim (news.com.au)
Mar 29 - AN Australian sheikh has urged Muslims to remember that "not everyone in the media is bad" the next time they read a story they feel is unfair.
Latrobe councillor Christine Sindt asked to remove
anti-Islam Facebook posts (ABC News)
Mar 23 - The Latrobe City Council in south-east Victoria is investigating whether a councillor has breached its code of conduct by using social media to campaign against Islam and immigration.
before parliament (news.com.au)
Mar 24 - FEDERAL parliament has been petitioned to ban Islam and crack down on halal certification.
needed so meat producers can grow exports, says federal MP Bruce Scott (ABC
Mar 26 - Federal Liberal National Party Bruce Scott says that if Australia is to capitalise on jobs and exports in the rural sector, it needs to ensure its food is halal certified.
Catholic crusader Peter
Westmore blesses daughter's gay marriage in New Zealand (The Age, Melbourne)
Mar 26 - The head of the leading Catholic-based lobby group campaigning against same-sex marriage in Australia has attended and blessed his daughter's wedding to another woman in New Zealand.
Palm Sunday plea: Start
the soul-searching and stop turning back the boats (Sydney Morning Herald)
Mar 29 – (Opinion: Tim Winton) Palm Sunday commemorates the day an itinerant prophet spoke truth to power.
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