Religion News Selection 13 (Apr 12 - 19)

  (18 April 15)
  by Greg Spearritt

Religion News Selection

April 12 - 19, 2015

A 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.

 

ABUSE

'Stain on my brain': David Owen to tell Royal Commission of life of abuse (Brisbane Times)
Apr 14 - David Owen was born after his 12-year-old mother was raped, was offered for adoption in a newspaper advertisement, and was physically, sexually and emotionally assaulted for years at an isolated orphanage run by the Catholic Sisters of Mercy.

Orphanage priest made victim confess her 'sin': inquiry (Brisbane Times)
Apr 14 - A Queensland woman has told a national inquiry she was repeatedly raped as a child by a Catholic priest, who then made her confess to her "sin".

Girl raped at an orphanage told at birth she was 'having the devil taken out' (ABC News)
Apr 16 - A teenager who was raped at a Queensland orphanage and fell pregnant was told by nuns she had the devil inside her, the royal commission into child sexual abuse has heard.

Former Neerkol resident claims nuns knew about sexual abuse (ABC News)
Apr 16 - The nuns at St Joseph's Neerkol Orphanage knew about the sexual abuse, the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse has heard.

Neerkol Orphanage Inquiry: 'You'll go to hell if you speak out': priest (Brisbane Times)
Apr 17 - A Catholic priest at the notorious Neerkol Orphanage in central Queensland brutally abused boys as young as nine and told his victims they would go to hell if they spoke out, a royal commission has heard.

Bishop Brian Heenan regrets handling of child abuse at Queensland orphanage (The Courier-Mail, Brisbane)
Apr 18 - A RETIRED senior Queensland cleric has admitted the Catholic Church failed victims of sexual abuse in the Rockhampton diocese.

 

EDUCATION

No benefit in private schooling: Queensland study (Brisbane Times)
Apr 14 - Spending thousands of dollars a year to send your child to private school won't improve their education, Queensland researchers have found.

 

INTERNATIONAL STORIES

Catholic Church

Pope riles Turkey by calling WWI slaughter of Armenians 'genocide' (ABC News)
Apr 14 - Pope Francis uttered the word "genocide" to describe the mass murder of Armenians 100 years ago, sparking anger from Turkey which summoned the Vatican's ambassador for an explanation.

France stands by choice of gay Vatican envoy Laurent Stefanini despite Holy See silence (ABC News)
Apr 16 - France says it is sticking by its choice to send a gay diplomat to the Vatican despite three months of silence from the Holy See over the appointment.

Islam

Gallipoli a ‘victory for Allah’ (The Australian)
Apr 18 - Turkey has its own history war as a hardline President seeks to recast Gallipoli as a holy war.

Religious Violence

Asylum seekers arrested for 'throwing fellow passengers overboard' in religious row, say Italian police (ABC News)
Apr 17 - Italian police have arrested 15 Muslim migrants suspected of throwing a dozen Christians from a boat in the Mediterranean.

Hollywood recruited to help fight IS, hacked emails show (Brisbane Times)
Apr 17 - Top Hollywood executives including James Murdoch have been recruited to help the United States counter Islamic extremist propaganda, according to hacked Sony Pictures emails published by WikiLeaks.

Other

Turin Shroud to attract more than one million visitors during newest exhibition (ABC News)
Apr 19 - The Turin Shroud goes on display for the first time in five years from today, with more than a million people already booked in to view one of Christianity's most celebrated relics.

TV ‘exposure’ of Scientology halted by UK libel law split (The Guardian, Australia)
Apr 19 - Plans to broadcast HBO’s Church of Scientology exposé, Going Clear, have been shelved by Sky Atlantic in a virtual repeat of events two years ago, when UK publishers abandoned publication of the book on which the hard-hitting new TV documentary is based.

 

ISLAM

Anti-Islamic abuse on Sydney train: victim Hafeez Ahmed Bhatti thanks Stacey Eden  (Sydney Morning Herald)  
Apr 17 - A man at the receiving end of an anti-Islamic tirade on a Sydney train has thanked the woman who stood up for his family and is meeting police on Friday to report the incident.

Toowoomba mosque damaged by second suspected arson attack (The Guardian, Australia)
Apr 17 - A Queensland mosque has suffered its second suspected arson attack this year, prompting a spokesman to appeal to Australians to condemn anti-Islamic sentiments that are “polluting” public discussion.

Police drop probe into anti-Muslim 'J Church' hate letters (Brisbane Times)
Apr 17 - A police investigation into an anti-Muslim campaigner has been quietly dropped, leaving dozens across the country with no explanation as to how their private home addresses were obtained, and whether their safety has been compromised.

More Australians joining ISIS with 30 deaths confirmed (The Courier-Mail, Brisbane)
Apr 18 - THE number of Australians killed fighting with Islamic State in the Middle East continues to rise, with 30 now confirmed to have died.

Hoax fools wannabe jihadis (The West Australian)
Apr 18 - An internet impostor has fooled dozens of followers of radical hate preacher Junaid Thorne into revealing their thirst for violence against Australian-based targets including newspaper cartoonists, Jewish groups and other innocent civilians.

Five arrested in counter-terrorism raids in Melbourne's south-east (Sydney Morning Herald)  
Apr 19 - LATEST:  Police have charged an 18-year-old man with conspiring to plan a terrorist attack on Anzac Day following multiple raids across Melbourne on Saturday morning.

Ex-members of Al-Furqun Islamic Information Centre express fears over teachings (Herald-Sun, Melbourne)
Apr 19 - FORMER members of the radical Al-Furqan Islamic Information Centre have long suspected other members of brainwashing its young men with evil.

 

POLITICS

Vaccination-exempt church revealed as Christian Scientists (Sydney Morning Herald)  
Apr 14 - It is the question that Scott Morrison has repeatedly refused to answer.

Why stay at home parents may not enjoy Morrison’s theory of tough love (Daily Telegraph, Sydney)
Apr 19 – (Opinion: Samantha Maiden.) WHEN Scott Morrison graced a Liberal fundraiser in Adelaide on April Fools’ Day, his frontbench colleague Chris Pyne hailed him as prime ministerial material.

 

RELIGION & SOCIETY

Buddhist monk charged with wounding with intent to murder over Sydney nail gun shooting (Sydney Morning Herald)  
Apr 16 - A Buddhist monk has been charged with wounding with intent to murder after he allegedly shot another resident of a temple in Sydney's south-west in the head with a nail gun before turning the weapon on himself.

Jimmy Carter's message: the fight continues against male-sanctioned female submission (The Age, Melbourne)
Apr 18 – (Opinion: Muriel Porter) What do Southern Baptists in the United States have in common with the Anglican Diocese of Sydney?

Christianity the cornerstone of democratic values (The Australian)
Apr 18 – (Opinion: Kevin Donnelly) In his Easter message, David Cameron stated that Britain was a Christian country and that “the church is not just a collection of beautiful old buildings. It is a living, active force across our country.”

Catholic cathedral exists in name only (Brisbane Times)
Apr 19 - If the late Brisbane Catholic Archbishop James Duhig's vision had been realised the northern entrance to the CBD would be a whole lot more holy.

Religious vaccination loophole closed (The Australian)
Apr 19 - Christian Scientists will no longer be able to claim a religious exemption to avoid vaccinating their children.

Also:  Vaccination crackdown: Australia announces end to religious exemptions (The Guardian, Australia)
Apr 19 - Doctors will be given incentive payments so that parents stick to their children’s vaccination schedule, and the one religious exemption to vaccinations will end, as part of a push by the federal government to boost the immunisation rate.

 

 


 

 

From the Archive…

Religion News Australia 2015 – 12 (Apr 5 - 12)

Religion News Australia 2015 – 11 (Mar 29 – Apr 5)

Religion News Australia 2015 – 10 (Mar 22 - 29)

Religion News Australia 2015 – 9 (Mar 15 - 22)

Religion News Australia 2015 – 8 (Mar 8 - 15)

Religion News Australia 2015 – 7 (Mar 1 - 8)

Religion News Australia 2015 – 6 (Feb 22 – Mar 1)

Religion News Australia 2015 – 5 (Feb 15 - 22)

Religion News Australia 2015 – 4 (Feb 8 - 15)

Religion News Australia 2015 – 3 (Feb 1 - 8)

Religion News Australia 2015 – 2 (Jan 25 – Feb 1)

Religion News Australia 2015 – 1 (Jan 18 - 25)

Religion News Australia 2014 – 55 (Dec 21 - 28)

Religion News Australia 2014 – 54 (Dec 14 - 21)

Religion News Australia 2014 – 53 (Dec 7 - 14)

Religion News Australia 2014 – 52 (Nov 30 – Dec 7)

Religion News Australia 2014 – 51 (Nov 23 - 30)

Religion News Australia 2014 – 50 (Nov 16 - 23)

Religion News Australia 2014 – 49 (Nov 9 - 16)

Religion News Australia 2014 – 48 (Nov 2 - 9)

Religion News Australia 2014 – 47 (Oct 26 – Nov 2)

Religion News Australia 2014 – 46 (Oct 19 - 26)

Religion News Australia 2014 – 45 (Oct 12 – 19)

Religion News Australia 2014 – 44 (Sept 14 - 21)

Religion News Australia 2014 – 34 (Sept 14 - 21)

Religion News Australia 2014 – 33 (Sept 7 - 14)

Religion News Australia 2014 – 32 (Aug 31 – Sept 7)

Religion News Australia 2014 – 31 (Aug 24 - 31)

Religion News Australia 2014 – 30 (Aug 17 - 24)

Religion News Australia 2014 – 29 (Aug 10 - 17)

Religion News Australia 2014 – 28 (Aug 3 - 10)

Religion News Australia 2014 – 27 (July 27 – Aug 3)

Religion News Australia 2014 – 26 (July 20 - 27)

Religion News Australia 2014 – 25 (July 13 - 20)

Religion News Australia 2014 – 24 (July 6 - 13)

Religion News Australia 2014 – 23 (June 29 – July 6)

Religion News Australia 2014 – 22 (June 22 - 29)

Religion News Australia 2014 – 21 (June 15 - 22)

Religion News Australia 2014 – 20 (June 8 - 15)

Religion News Australia 2014 – 19 (June 1 - 8)

Religion News Australia 2014 – 18 (May 25 – June 1)

Religion News Australia 2014 – 17 (May 18 - 25)

Religion News Australia 2014 – 16 (May 11 - 18)

Religion News Australia 2014 – 15 (May 4 - 11)

Religion News Australia 2014 – 14 (April 27 – May 4)

Religion News Australia 2014 – 13 (April 20 - 27)

Religion News Australia 2014 – 12 (April 12 - 20)

Religion News Australia 2014 – 11 (Mar 30 – April 12)

Religion News Australia 2014 – 10 (Mar 23 - 30)

Religion News Australia 2014 – 9 (Mar 16 - 23)

Religion News Australia 2014 – 8 (Mar 9 - 16)

Religion News Australia 2014 – 7 (Mar 3 - 9)

Religion News Australia 2014 – 6 (Feb 23 – Mar 3)

Religion News Australia 2014 – 5 (Feb 16 - 23)

Religion News Australia 2014 – 4 (Feb 9 - 16)

Religion News Australia 2014 – 3 (Feb 2 - 9)

Religion News Australia 2014 – 2 (Jan 26 – Feb 2)

Religion News Australia 2014 – 1 (Jan 4 - 26)

Religion News Australia 2013 – 53 (Dec 29 – Jan 4)

Religion News Australia 2013 – 52 (Dec 22 - 29)

Religion News Australia 2013 – 51 (Dec 15 - 22)

Religion News Australia 2013 – 50 (Dec 8 - 15)

Religion News Australia 2013 – 49 (Dec 1 - 8)

Religion News Australia 2013 – 48 (Nov 23 – Dec 1)

Religion News Australia 2013 – 47 (Nov 17 - 23)

Religion News Australia 2013 – 46 (Nov 10 - 17)

Religion News Australia 2013 – 45 (Nov 3 - 10)

Religion News Australia 2013 – 44 (Oct 27 – Nov 3)

Religion News Australia 2013 – 43 (Oct 20 - 27)

Religion News Australia 2013 – 42 (Oct 13 - 20)

Religion News Australia 2013 – 41 (Oct 6 - 13)

Religion News Australia 2013 – 40 (Sept 29 – Oct 6)

Religion News Australia 2013 – 39 (Sept 22 - 29)

Religion News Australia 2013 – 38 (Sept 15 - 22)

Religion News Australia 2013 – 37 (Sept 8 - 15)

Religion News Australia 2013 – 36 (Sept 1 - 8)

Religion News Australia 2013 – 35 (Aug 25 – Sept 1)

Religion News Australia 2013 – 34 (Aug 18 - 25)

Religion News Australia 2013 – 33 (Aug 11 - 18)

Religion News Australia 2013 – 32 (Aug 4 - 11)

Religion News Australia 2013 – 31 (July 28 – Aug 4)

Religion News Australia 2013 – 30 (July 21 - 28)

Religion News Australia 2013 – 29 (July 14 - 21)

Religion News Australia 2013 – 28 (July 7 - 14)

Religion News Australia 2013 – 27 (July 1 - 7)

Religion News Australia 2013 – 26 (June 23 - 30)

Religion News Australia 2013 – 25 (June 16 - 23)

Religion News Australia 2013 – 24 (June 9 - 16)

Religion News Australia 2013 – 23 (June 2 - 9)

Religion News Australia 2013 – 22 (May 26 – June 2)

Religion News Australia 2013 – 21 (May 19 - 26)

Religion News Australia 2013 – 20 (May 12 - 19)

Religion News Australia 2013 – 19 (May 5 - 12)

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Religion News Australia 2013 – 17 (Apr 21 - 28)

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Religion News Australia 2013 – 14 (Mar 31 – Apr 7)

Religion News Australia 2013 – 13 (Mar 24 - 31)

Religion News Australia 2013 – 12 (Mar 17 - 24)

Religion News Australia 2013 – 11 (Mar 10 - 17)

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Religion News Australia 2013 – 9 (Feb 24 – Mar 3)

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Religion News Australia 2013 – 7 (Feb 10 - 17)

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Religion News Australia 2013 – 5 (Jan 27 – Feb 3)

Religion News Australia 2013 – 4 (Jan 20 - 27)

Religion News Australia 2013 – 3 (Jan 13 - 20)

Religion News Australia 2013 – 2 (Jan 6 - 13)

Religion News Australia 2013 – 1 (Dec 30 – Jan 6)

 

 

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