by Greg Spearritt
Religion News Selection
May 17 - 24, 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,
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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.
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.
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".
The moment I gave up on
the Catholic Church (The
May 24 – (Opinion: Claire Harvey) Sounds a bit bah-humbug, doesn’t it?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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