by Greg Spearritt
Religion News Selection
April 12 - 19, 2015
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.
'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
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
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
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.
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.
No benefit in private
schooling: Queensland study (Brisbane
Apr 14 - Spending thousands of dollars a year to send your child to private school won't improve their education, Queensland researchers have found.
Pope riles Turkey by
calling WWI slaughter of Armenians 'genocide' (ABC
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
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.
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.
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
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.
Turin Shroud to attract
more than one million visitors during newest exhibition (ABC
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.
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
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
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.
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?
cornerstone of democratic values (The
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.”
exists in name only (Brisbane
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.
Vaccination crackdown: Australia announces end
to religious exemptions (The
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.
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