by Greg Spearritt
Religion News Australia
April 5 - 12, 2015
Religion news stories from Australia
(Research: Greg Spearritt)
Missing Knox teacher
Christopher Fotis found (Sydney Morning Herald)
Apr 11 - A former Knox teacher who could not be found after he was summonsed to appear at a royal commission hearing into sex abuse at the elite school has been apprehended by police.
Head of child protection
in Queensland schools charged with historical sex abuse (Brisbane
Apr 11 - The man responsible for child protection in Queensland public schools has been charged with a series of child sex offences against students at two prominent Sydney private schools where he taught as a Catholic Brother in the 1980s.
Catholic Church abuse
claims were anticipated years before allegations were made (The Age, Melbourne)
Apr 12 - The Catholic Church had set aside tens of millions of dollars to compensate sexual abuse victims years before it was prepared to publicly acknowledge the extent of the problem and now has up to $150 million set aside to cover existing and future claims.
Rothschild Prayer Book,
worth $15.5m, to go on show at National Library in Canberra (ABC News)
Apr 11 - One of the world's most expensive manuscripts, the Rothschild Prayer Book, will go on display for the first time ever in the southern hemisphere at the National Library of Australia in Canberra.
Mannix review: Brenda Niall's biography is a shrewd and
elegant account (Brisbane Times)
Apr 11 – (Review) Daniel Mannix was the Roman Catholic Archbishop of Melbourne for the best part of 50 years, dying in the job on the night of the Melbourne Cup in 1963, a few months short of his 100th birthday.
Also: Archbishop Daniel Mannix: Brenda Niall looks beyond the
Apr 11 – (Review) A brush with greatness becomes a high point in any life, a non-deletable item in a CV.
Teaching western values
in schools will help beat Islamic extremism (Brisbane Times)
Apr 8 – (Opinion: Kevin Donnelly) Values such as the rule of law and freedom of speech arise from Judaeo-Christian beliefs and Western nations should not forgo teaching them.
principal Andrew Barr resigns over porn scandal (The Age, Melbourne)
Apr 10 - The principal of a prestigious Victorian private school has resigned after he was photographed watching pornography in his office.
Pope on diplomatic
tightrope with Armenian genocide mass (The West Australian)
Apr 11 - Vatican City (AFP) - Pope Francis will mark the 100th anniversary of the mass killings of Armenians with a special ceremony on Sunday, with all eyes on whether he will use the word "genocide".
Sanctions key to keeping
Iran’smullahs honest (The
Apr 11 - The gainsaying from Tehran proved the point to Efraim Halevy: if you are asking whether the Iranians can be trusted to stick to the deal and dismantle their nuclear weapons program, you are asking the wrong question.
Istanbul's Hagia Sophia
sees first Koran reading in 85 years (The West Australian)
Apr 12 - Istanbul (AFP) - A Muslim cleric has for the first time in 85 years recited the Koran in the Hagia Sophia, the world famous landmark of Istanbul which is now a museum after serving as a church and a mosque, reports said Saturday.
Yemen conflict: Clashes
between rebels and loyalists leave more than 140 dead in 24 hours (ABC News)
Apr 7 - Fierce clashes have raged between rebels and loyalists in southern Yemen, leaving more than 140 dead in 24 hours, as the Red Cross faced delays to urgently needed aid deliveries.
One-eyed chief Mullah
Omar deployed to keep Taliban followers loyal (Brisbane Times)
Apr 8 - Kabul: Mullah Mohammad Omar has never welcomed the public spotlight, preferring to strategise from the shadows both as a guerrilla fighter against the Soviets and as Afghanistan's ruler before the US invasion in 2001.
Kenya official compares
Garissa University terror victims to 'cockroaches' (Brisbane Times)
Apr 10 - Johannesburg: Kenyan officials have admitted they made mistakes in their handling of last week's terror attack on Garissa University College, but one senior police official seemed to put the onus on the victims, saying people should fight back and "don't just be killed like cockroaches".
10 killed in Taliban
siege on Afghan court complex (The
Apr 10 - Mazar-i-Sharif (Afghanistan) (AFP) - At least 10 people died Thursday when Taliban insurgents wearing military uniforms mounted a six-hour gun and grenade siege on a court complex in northern Afghanistan, in an assault highlighting the country's fragile security situation.
Bombing Yemenis? You
bet. Fighting IS in Iraq? Not so fast (Sydney Morning Herald)
Apr 11 – (Opinion: Paul McGeough) Washington: To be sure, there's a lot of suffering in Yemen.
Middle East political
rivalries stoke dangerous sectarianism (The West Australian)
Apr 11 - Beirut (AFP) - Across the Middle East, fierce rivalry between Sunni Saudi Arabia and Shiite Iran is heightening sectarian tensions, even in conflicts that analysts say are primarily political.
Tibetan nun burns herself
to death in China: reports (The
Apr 11 - Beijing (AFP) - A Tibetan nun is believed to have died after setting herself on fire to protest China's rule over the Himalayan region and to voice support for the Dalai Lama, rights groups and media said.
Islamic State video
shows destruction of ancient Assyrian city of Nimrud (ABC News)
Apr 12 - Islamic State (IS) has released a video showing militants smashing artefacts at the ancient Assyrian city of Nimrud in northern Iraq before blowing up the site.
Also: IS militants destroy
Nimrud in jihadist video (news.com.au)
Apr 12 - NIMRUD, which was shown being blown up in a jihadist video, was once the jewel of Assyria, home to a treasure considered one of the biggest archaeological finds of the 20th century.
President Barack Obama
to call for end to gay 'conversion' therapies (Brisbane Times)
Apr 9 - Washington: A 17-year-old transgender youth, Leelah Alcorn, stunned her friends and a vast Internet audience in December when she threw herself in front of a tractor-trailer after writing in an online suicide note that religious therapists had tried to convert her back to being a boy.
Jamaica looks to Jewish
tourism (The West Australian)
Apr 10 - It's Saturday morning at Sha'are Shalom, but there aren't enough Jews gathered in the dim light of Jamaica's only synagogue to conduct a formal prayer service.
council criticises federal government over Reclaim Australia rallies (Brisbane Times)
Apr 6 - Victoria's main Muslim body has lashed out at the federal government over the Reclaim Australia rallies that sparked angry scenes in Melbourne at the weekend.
Prosecutors seek to
revoke bail for father of 12yo child bride (ABC News)
Apr 8 - Prosecutors are asking the New South Wales Supreme Court to revoke the bail of a man awaiting sentencing for procuring his 12-year-old daughter for sex with an older man she married in an Islamic ceremony.
young Australian Muslims to the margins of society, says leader (Brisbane Times)
Apr 10 - Young Australians are joining terror groups because their "blood is boiling" at domestic persecution and international atrocities committed by the West, a local Muslim leader has warned.
Former NSW Upper House
MP Reverend Gordon Moyes dies in Sydney aged 76 (ABC
Apr 8 - Former New South Wales Upper House MP, Reverend Gordon Moyes, has died in Sydney after a life working for social justice.
officer Cate McGregor defends friend Tony Abbott (Brisbane Times)
Apr 8 - Cate McGregor has a stinging message for Tony Abbott's more truculent critics: the Prime Minister deserves some credit for so publicly supporting her as the world's most senior transgender military officer.
Tony Abbott deserves
praise, not ridicule, for supporting Cate McGregor (Brisbane Times)
Apr 10 – (Opinion: Julia Baird) If we don't applaud decency when it occurs, how the dickens can we expect to see more of it?
Sunshine Coast LNP MP
Steve Dickson sponsors petition to ban Sharia Law (Brisbane Times)
Apr 10 - Sunshine Coast residents are seeking legislation to exclude any group which advocates violence, seeks to promote or impose Sharia Law, or rejects the Australian Constitution from the definition of "religion...and places of worship".
Federal government plan
to regulate halal certification adds to confusion (Brisbane Times)
Apr 12 - Businesses will be free to claim halal status for their products without getting religious certification under a new plan currently being worked on with the approval of Federal cabinet.
Witness' decision to refuse treatment 'harrowing' (Brisbane
Apr 6 - A pregnant Jehovah's Witness and her baby have died after the woman refused a blood transfusion in a Sydney hospital.
Geologist claims new
evidence supports theory that the Talpiot Tomb is Christ’s burial place (The Courier-Mail, Brisbane)
Apr 7 - A GEOLOGIST has reignited the debate over the location of Jesus Christ’s tomb by saying he has “virtually unequivocal evidence” of its location.
Put Christian symbols
with Islamic at new hospitals: MPs (WAToday.com.au)
Apr 7 - A group of West Australian MPs has called for Christian symbols to be permitted in prayer rooms in Perth's two new hospitals alongside prayer rooms built to cater for the Muslim faith.
Notorious cult 'Lodge'
in legal battle (Brisbane Times)
Apr 7 - Sitting pretty on three hectares of prime Dandenong Ranges land at Ferny Creek is a brick hall called the Santiniketan Lodge.
It's Not Cool – don't
judge a book by its cover dude (Brisbane
Apr 9 – (Opinion: Dave O'Neil) Now that Easter has just passed, I'd like to talk a little bit about Jesus.
City of Greater
Dandenong plan for non-Muslims to wear hijab ‘harebrained idiocy’ (news.com.au)
Apr 10 - A CITY of Greater Dandenong proposal for non-Muslim women to wear hijabs in public has been met with the utter disdain it so richly deserves.
Non-Muslim women hit
back at criticism over Hijab social experiment (Herald-Sun, Melbourne)
Apr 10 - FIFTEEN non-Muslim women have trialled hijabs in Dandenong this afternoon as part of a social experiment, with some hitting back at criticism of the event.
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