by Greg Spearritt
Religion News Australia
May 17 - 24, 2015
Religion news stories from Australia
(Research: Greg Spearritt)
Former Jesuit priest
jailed for child pornography given permission to appeal against sentence (ABC News)
May 18 - A former Adelaide Jesuit priest and teacher jailed for child pornography offences has won permission to appeal against his sentence.
dismisses reports it will still use Ellis defence (ABC News)
May 18 - The Catholic Church has dismissed reports it is planning to continue relying on a legal defence that blocks victims of child sexual abuse from taking action.
Priest abused every
young boy at regional Victorian school, inquiry hears (ABC
May 19 - A notorious paedophile priest abused every boy at a regional Victorian school between the age of 10 and 16, the child sex abuse inquiry has heard.
Alleged forced adoption:
Sydney mother Lynda Yarnold sues St Vincent de Paul and Sisters of Mercy (Sydney Morning
May 19 - St Vincent de Paul and the Sisters of Mercy have reached an in principle out-of-court settlement with a Sydney woman who was allegedly forced to put her newborn baby up for adoption and then subjected to "inhumane" treatment such as having her chest bound to prevent breastfeeding.
Cardinal George Pell
denies claims he tried to bribe David Ridsdale to be silent (ABC News)
May 21 - Cardinal George Pell has denied claims he bribed the nephew of paedophile priest Gerald Ridsdale to stay quiet about the sexual abuse he suffered at the hands of his uncle.
Cardinal George Pell
denies allegations of involvement in abuse cover-up (Sydney Morning Herald)
May 21 - Cardinal George Pell has strongly denied being involved in an alleged sex abuse cover-up within the Catholic church after a royal commission heard he tried to bribe a victim to keep quiet.
Memories of abuse at St
Joseph's Orphanage, Ballarat still haunt Gordon Hill at 72 (The Age, Melbourne)
May 21 - Smells take Gordon Hill back to the people who tortured him.
Imagine if George Pell
was a teacher, CEO or scout leader? (Brisbane Times)
May 21 – (Opinion: Madonna King) If George Pell had headed a company and not the Catholic Church in Australia, he would have been chased out by shareholders before he was transferred to the Vatican.
Christian Brother called
12yo boy 'evil' as he abused him, royal commission hears (ABC
May 22 - More tales of horrific abuse have emerged in the third day of the royal commission hearing in Ballarat, with victim Stephen Woods recalling being abused by three different members of the Catholic clergy when he was a schoolboy.
'Bully' Cardinal George
Pell complicated royal commission case with nonsense, David Risdale says (ABC News)
May 22 - A man who was sexually abused by his Catholic priest uncle in Ballarat in the 1970s has accused Cardinal George Pell of being a "bully".
TEN network’s Paul
Bongiorno opens up about the sex abuse shame felt in hometown Ballarat (news.com.au)
May 22 - PAUL Bongiorno is a nationally known journalist with a big heart which now is being torn by shame.
The moment I gave up on
the Catholic Church (The
May 24 – (Opinion: Claire Harvey) Sounds a bit bah-humbug, doesn’t it?
Pope Francis canonises
two Palestinian nuns days after recognising state of Palestine (ABC
May 18 - Pope Francis has named two Palestinian women as saints, in a ceremony in Saint Peter's Square just days after the Vatican formalised its de facto recognition of the state of Palestine.
Irish gay marriage vote:
archbishop says church needs reality check (Sydney Morning Herald)
May 24 - Dublin: A top Irish Catholic leader said that the Church needs a "reality check" as the predominantly Catholic nation voted to approve gay marriage.
How the world looks from behind the niqab (news.com.au)
May 19 - ACROSS the Middle East and elsewhere, some conservative Muslim women only look out at the world around them from behind the niqab.
Dutch cabinet backs
partial Islamic burqa ban (The
May 22 - The Hague (AFP) - The Dutch cabinet on Friday approved a partial ban on wearing the face-covering Islamic veil, including in schools, hospitals and on public transport.
3,000 Shiite militia
deployed to recapture Ramadi; John Kerry 'confident' jihadists will be expelled (ABC News)
May 19 - A convoy of 3,000 Shiite paramilitaries have been deployed to Iraq's western Anbar province after Islamic State (IS) militants overran the provincial capital Ramadi in their biggest defeat for the Baghdad government since the middle of last year.
Stalemate emerges as IS
wins precious ground (Sydney Morning Herald)
May 19 – (Opinion: Peter Hartcher) On Saturday, US time, the Obama administration announced with some fanfare that it had killed a senior operative in the group that calls itself Islamic State.
Fall of Ramadi: why it
matters. (Sydney Morning
May 19 – (Opinion: Ruth Pollard) The city of Ramadi – the capital of the Sunni-majority Anbar province that lies just 112 kilometres west of Baghdad – is the first major city to fall to Islamic State militants since last June, when they stormed across the border from Syria and took first Mosul and then Tikrit.
Boko Haram uses mass
rape hoping to create a new generation of fighters, officials say (Sydney Morning Herald)
May 19 - Dalori: Hundreds of women and girls captured by Boko Haram have been raped, many repeatedly, in what officials and relief workers describe as a deliberate strategy to dominate rural residents and possibly even create a new generation of Islamist militants in Nigeria.
Islamic State victory:
Extremists continue Ramadi killing spree (news.com.au)
May 19 - ISLAMIC State militants searched door-to-door for policemen and pro-government fighters and threw bodies in the Euphrates River in a bloody purge on Monday.
Wife of Islamic State
leader Abu Sayyaf captured in Delta Force raid that killed her husband (news.com.au)
May 19 - THEY were supposed to seize one of Islamic State’s leading figures.
ancient Syrian city of Palmyra as fears grow for pre-Islamic cultural treasures (ABC News)
May 21 - Islamic State (IS) militants have stormed the Syrian city of Palmyra, seizing it from government forces in fierce fighting as civilians evacuated and Syria's antiquities chief called on the world to save its ancient monuments.
Suicide bomber kills
scores at Saudi Shiite mosque, Islamic State claims attack (Brisbane Times)
May 23 - Dubai: A suicide bomber killed 21 worshippers during Friday prayers in a packed Shi'ite mosque in eastern Saudi Arabia, residents and the health minister said, in an attack claimed by the Islamic State militant group.
discrimination at all': Myanmar denies persecution at root of migrant crisis (Brisbane Times)
May 23 - Sittwe, Myanmar: The head of the Myanmar state from which thousands of Rohingya Muslims are fleeing has denied persecution prompted the exodus after the United States called on the country to deal with its root causes.
State of deja vu over
Islamic State (Brisbane Times)
May 24 – (Opinion: Ross Douthat) The fall of an autocrat leads to foreign occupation and civil war.
Iraq fires back to take
land from IS near Ramadi (The
May 24 - IRAQI forces retook territory from the Islamic State group east of Ramadi Saturday, commanders said, in their first counter-attack since the jihadists’ capture of the Anbar provincial capital last week.
Jihadists firm up
control of Iraq-Syria border (The
May 24 - Baghdad (AFP) - The Islamic State group took full control of a border crossing between Iraq and Syria Sunday, tightening its grip on the heart of its self-proclaimed caliphate.
Myanmar population law
raises fears for Rohingya minority (The
May 24 - Yangon (AFP) - Myanmar has enacted a population law that rights groups said Sunday targets persecuted Rohingya Muslims, a minority group at the centre of a migration crisis that has seen thousands flee the country.
J. Lo’s BFF Leah Remini
‘still healing’ from Scientology (news.com.au)
May 21 - IT’S been nearly two years since Leah Remini left the Church of Scientology, but the actress says she’s still adjusting to life without the controversial religion.
Reverend Matthew Makela
compared homosexuality to alcoholism ... then went looking for men (news.com.au)
May 21 - A MARRIED priest who compared homosexuality to alcoholism has resigned after he was found cruising for men on the gay hook-up app Grindr.
radicalisation (The Saturday
May 16 – (Opinion: Lauren Williams) In what is usually a dance studio within the old stone walls of the University of Sydney, 400 Australian Muslim men are crammed onto Arabic carpets, kneeled in prayer.
Three Australian men
associated with Islamic State and Jabhat al-Nusra in Syria want to come home (news.com.au)
May 19 - THREE Australians who went off to fight a bloody battle in support of an Islamic state in the Middle East are having second thoughts and want to come home.
Australian IS fighters negotiate with Government over return, fear jail
sentences (ABC News)
May 19 - Australian authorities are negotiating with suspected Islamic State fighters in the Middle East who now want to return home and fear arrest and jail terms.
fighting with Islamic State terrorists should be allowed to return (ABC News)
May 20 - Young Australians fighting overseas with jihadist groups like Islamic State should be allowed to return home, a terrorism and deradicalisation expert says.
Muslim community leaders
and parents in Sydney speak out about tackling Islamic extremism (ABC
May 21 - The proliferation of Islamic State has given ordinary members of Australia's Muslim community even more work to do to ensure young people remain on the right path.
Canberra teen's Facebook
targeted by terror group recruiter, mother claims (ABC
May 22 - A popular ACT mother's group website has posted claims from one of its members that her 13-year-old son's Facebook account has been targeted by Islamic State recruiters.
Baird government lifts
prison Halal food restriction on terrorism suspects (Brisbane Times)
May 24 - Muslim prisoners classified as "extreme high-risk restricted" will be allowed to purchase Halal meat again after the Baird government relaxed a ban imposed on them receiving money from family.
'A crime is a crime is a
crime': Tony Abbott warns no mercy for remorseful jihadis (Sydney Morning Herald)
May 19 - Remorseful jihadis who have joined Islamic State but want to return home will be welcomed back only to a jail cell, Prime Minister Tony Abbott has warned.
Australian Labor Party
call for Aussie jihadis to be jailed, not deported (The Courier-Mail, Brisbane)
May 24 - LABOR has questioned plans to revoke the citizenship of dual national terrorists, arguing Australia would be safer if jihadists were jailed rather than deported.
Tony Abbott getting it wrong
on the Roingya (Brisbane Times)
May 24 – (Opinion: Irfan Yusuf) Something is very rotten in the state of Myanmar.
Halal certification is
not so different to organic, gluten free or kosher labelling (The Courier-Mail, Brisbane)
May 24 – (Opinion: Paul Syvret) HERE’S a scoop for you: halal certified food funds Islamic terror, erodes our most basic and cherished values and promotes a slippery slope descent into such perversions as bestiality, wind farms, death cults and rampant secularism.
Jihadi watch: Schools
plan to teach students and teachers how to spot terrorists (news.com.au)
May 24 - STUDENTS could be given school lessons on how to spot a jihadi under radical new plans before the Federal Government.
Sikh man Harman Singh
acts against religion, removing turban to help injured child (Sydney Morning Herald)
May 19 - Harman Singh says he did what anyone else would have done when he removed his turban to help a child lying on the road and bleeding.
Dalai Lama coming to
town, welcome unknown (Brisbane
May 19 - The Dalai Lama will visit Queensland for the third time in 33 years, but it remains unclear as to whether Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk or a member of her government will meet with him.
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