Religion News Australia 2015 - 15 (Apr 26 - May 3)

  (02 May 15)
  by Greg Spearritt

Religion News Australia

April 26 – May 3, 2015

Religion news stories from Australia

(Research: Greg Spearritt)

 

 

 

abuse / anglican church / catholic church / education / international stories / islam / judaism / politics / religion & society

 

 

 

ABUSE

Paedophile priest David Edwin Rapson to be sentenced for molesting young boys (Herald-Sun, Melbourne)
May 3 - DAVID Edwin Rapson made a career out of destroying lives.

 

ANGLICAN CHURCH

Court hears about financial failings within Anglican Diocese of Bathurst (ABC News)
Apr 28 - The management board of the debt-ridden Anglican Diocese of Bathurst in western New South Wales has admitted huge loans weren't properly examined before being approved.

 

CATHOLIC CHURCH

The architectural legacy of WA's Roman Catholic church (ABC News)
May 1 - The Roman Catholic church has had a strong presence in Western Australia since the 1840s, when it was established by a handful of European settlers.

New pilgrimage set to begin (The West Australian)
May 1 - If Father Robert Cross has his way, a walking pilgrimage from Northampton to Geraldton will become a world-class attraction.

 

EDUCATION

Bill to allow schools to exclude children on basis of faith progresses in Tasmania (ABC News)
May 1 - Legislation allowing religious schools to exclude children of a different faith has passed Tasmania's Lower House.

Also: Discrimination will preserve religious faith (The Mercury, Hobart)  
May 3 – (Opinion: Archbishop Julian Porteous) THERE is debate in the Tasmanian community about changes to the Anti-Discrimination Act.

Labor's own in dark on private school deal (The Age, Melbourne)
May 3 - The Labor government's contentious guarantee of special funding to private schools blindsided the experts selected by the party to shape its education policy.

 

INTERNATIONAL STORIES

Anglican Church

Church of England sells off $23 million of investments in fossil fuel to help curb climate change (ABC News)
May 1 - One of the world's wealthiest religious institutions, the Church of England, says it has divested about $18 million in investments in thermal coal tar sands companies to promote a transition to a low-carbon economy.

Catholic Church

Pope Francis meets UN chief ahead of key environmental statement (ABC News)
Apr 28  - Pope Francis has met with United Nations secretary general Ban Ki-moon for informal talks, just weeks before the Vatican is due to issue a statement on environmental issues that could have a profound impact on the worldwide debate on global warming.

Vatican gave out 1.5 million euros in charity in 2014 (The West Australian)
May 1 - Vatican City (AFP) - The Vatican under Pope Francis gave out aid worth 1.5 million euros ($1.6 million) in 2014, an increase of 25 percent over the previous year, an official said on Thursday.

Islam

Does a long, black skirt flout France's treasured secularity? (The West Australian)
Apr 30 - Paris (AFP) - Is a long, black skirt a "conspicuous" sign of Islam?

Anger as Algeria pores over new alcohol measures (The West Australian)
May 2 - Algiers (AFP) - Alcohol has resurfaced as a hot-button issue in Algerian politics, with ultra-conservative Muslims angered by plans to liberalise sales in a country torn between respect for Islam and freedom of choice.

Religious Violence

Nearly 300 women rescued from militant stronghold, Nigeria army says not kidnapped Chibok girls (ABC News)
Apr 28 - Nigeria's military says it has rescued 200 girls and 93 women from a notorious Boko Haram stronghold, but an army spokesman says the hostages were not those kidnapped from Chibok a year ago.

Also: Nigerian troops rescue more women and girls from Boko Haram stronghold in Sambisa forest (ABC News)
May 2 - Nigeria's military says it has rescued another group of women and children who were kidnapped by Boko Haram militia and were being detained in Boko Haram's stronghold in the Sambisa forest.

Trial begins in case of mob lynching of Afghan woman which sparked widespread protests (ABC News)
May 3 - Dozens of Afghan men including several policemen have faced trial on over the mob killing in Kabul of a 27-year-old woman accused of burning a Koran.

Yazidi captives killed by Islamic State militants near Mosul (news.com.au)
May 3 - ISLAMIC State group militants have shot to death captive Yazidis at a prison camp in northern Iraq, a says.

Other

Bali nine pair Chan and Sukumaran choose their execution witnesses (Brisbane Times)
Apr 27 - The families of Bali nine pair Myuran Sukumaran and Andrew Chan have received the news they were dreading - they will be forced to say their final farewells on Tuesday afternoon.

Also: Bali Nine pair An drew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran denied spiritual support before executions (ABC News)  
Apr 28 - Australian drug smugglers Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran have been denied their right to spiritual support in the final moments before their executions.

Also: Bali 9 executions: Final insult as condemned pair denied pastor, outraging families (Brisbane Times)
Apr 28 - Indonesian authorities have refused Bali nine duo Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran the right to have a pastor of their choice to witness their executions, outraging their families.

Also: The terrible fate that awaits the Bali Nine duo (news.com.au)
Apr 28 - IN the case of Indonesian woman Rani Adriani, who was shot on July 18, it took six minutes for her to be pronounced dead.

Thousands welcome arrival of 400-year-old King James Bible in Papua New Guinea (ABC News)
Apr 28 - Tens of thousands of people have gathered in Papua New Guinea to mark the arrival of a rare 404-year-old King James Bible donated by an American missionary.

Irish priest jailed for hiring IRA to intimidate nephew (The West Australian)
May 1 - Dublin (AFP) - An Irish priest was jailed on Thursday for hiring men who said they were IRA paramilitaries to issue death threats and intimidate his nephew into dropping legal action.

 

ISLAM

Doctor in Islamic State video worked in Queensland (Brisbane Times)
Apr 26 - A DOCTOR who appeared in an Islamic State propaganda video once worked in Queensland, at Mackay Base Hospital.

Also: Young Aussie ISIS doctor was a manipulative ‘sleaze’ and ‘creep’ (news.com.au)
Apr 27 - THE Australian doctor appearing in a video on behalf of ISIS was a “fraud”, “sleazeball” and a “creep” who had slept with nurses, doctors and even patients — one of them a sex worker — former colleagues claim.

Also: Australian Islamic State doctor: Tareq Kamleh a 'lazy doctor who flirted with patients' (Brisbane Times)
Apr 28 - Australian jihadist doctor Tareq Kamleh was a lazy doctor who would flirt with his patients and use his charm and good looks to get nurses to do his work, former colleagues say.

Also: Medical Board of Australia takes action over doctor's decision to join militant group (ABC News)
May 2 - The Medical Board of Australia (MBA) is investigating West Australian doctor Tareq Kamleh, after he appeared in a propaganda video for the Islamic State (IS) terrorist group urging other medical professionals to join him in Syria.

Also: Star IS recruit Tareq Kamleh: SA educated doctor won ‘Golden Speculum’ sex contest gong (news.com.au)
May 3 - A PRIZE for the most promiscuous intern at Royal Adelaide Hospital that was once awarded to Adelaide-trained ISIS doctor Tareq Kamleh has been condemned by the health minister.

Mosque attacker 'likely acting alone' (The West Australian)
Apr 30 - It's thought one man is behind repeated arson attacks on a Toowoomba mosque.

ISIS Inc: Why the lure of this death cult is in the marketing (Herald-Sun, Melbourne)
May 3 – (Opinion: Paul Toohey) ONE of his first memories is seeing the planes crash into the Twin Towers.

Islamic State-linked group Al-Furqan still meeting at suburban sports centre after shutting book shop (Herald-Sun, Melbourne)
May 3 - A CONTROVERSIAL Islamic group that has been linked to three counter-terrorism operations and a key IS recruiter is still meeting after claiming to have disbanded.

 

JUDAISM

Senior Rabbi Moshe Gutnick says anti-halal campaign 'ignorant and prejudiced' (The Age, Melbourne)
Apr 27 - One of Australia's most senior rabbis has come to the defence of Australia's Muslim community, saying the anti-halal campaign headed by the group Reclaim Australia and backed by some parliamentarians is an attack on religious freedom.

 

POLITICS

Have nothing to do with IS: Qld premier (Brisbane Times)
Apr 26 - Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has urged Queenslanders to have nothing to do with Islamic State after a doctor who once worked in the state appeared on a recruitment video.

Baird government assures Fred Nile that pokie reforms are in play (Sydney Morning Herald)  
Apr 28 - The horse trading between the Baird government and the Reverend Fred Nile is under way just weeks after the state election delivered him the balance of power, with gambling policy first up for grabs.

Government invests $1.6m in groups fighting radicalism (The Australian)
May 2 - The federal government is handing out $1.6 million to community groups to steer vulnerable individuals away from ideologies of hate and violence.

 

RELIGION & SOCIETY

Nepal earthquake: Nepalese students in Tasmania without temple for prayer vigil (ABC News)
Apr 27 - Nepalese students in Tasmania are planning to hold a prayer vigil on Friday, 1 May in the wake of the Nepal earthquake, however there is currently no temple to support the service.

Men praying outside adult shop causes confusion (Brisbane Times)
Apr 28 - What's going on in this picture?

 

 


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