by Greg Spearritt
Religion News Australia
May 24 - 31, 2015
Religion news stories from Australia
(Research: Greg Spearritt)
George Pell visited St
Patrick's in Ballarat two months before royal commission hearings (ABC News)
May 25 - It has been revealed Cardinal George Pell visited his old school, St Patrick's College in Ballarat, on a private trip about two months ago, as calls for him to re-appear at the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Abuse continue.
Anthony Fisher defends Catholic Church and Cardinal George Pell (Sydney Morning Herald)
May 25 - Sydney's Catholic Archbishop Anthony Fisher has defended Cardinal George Pell over his handling of child sexual abuse in the Catholic Church.
Scotch College abuse
victims receive apology and compensation (The Age, Melbourne)
May 25 - Students abused on the grounds of Melbourne's prestigious Scotch College have received compensation and an apology from the school.
SA sex offender Tony
James Roach says he does not blame his victim (news.com.au)
May 25 - A CHURCH youth leader and sex offender says he does not blame his teenage victim for his crimes — but wants her “relationships” with other men considered in his sentencing.
Priest horrified to
learn of child sex abuse charges against Gerald Ridsdale (The Guardian, Australia)
May 26 - A priest says he was shocked when he found out Father Gerald Francis Ridsdale was facing child sex abuse charges, but still gave character evidence for him in court.
Catholic Church's worst
paedophile Gerald Ridsdale was unleashed on Sydney's southern beaches (Sydney Morning Herald)
May 27 - Catholic Church superiors knew a remorseless paedophile priest was a self-confessed child abuser when they quietly shifted him to Sydney where he went on to prey on children around the southern beaches.
Gerald Ridsdale's failure to recall abusive past 'incredible' (ABC
May 28 - The judge presiding over an inquiry into child sexual abuse says it is "incredible" that notorious paedophile Gerald Ridsdale cannot remember crucial details surrounding the Catholic Church's knowledge of his offending against numerous children in regional Victoria.
'Another priest' present
when Gerald Ridsdale abused a child in his bedroom, royal commission hears (Sydney Morning
May 28 - Another priest was present when Gerald Ridsdale abused a child in his bedroom, a royal commission has heard, but he says he cannot remember who it was.
Catholic Church did not
understand paedophilia at the time of Gerald Ridsdale's offending (ABC
May 29 - A priest who visited convicted paedophile Gerald Ridsdale in prison says no-one within the Catholic Church at the time fully understood the effect Ridsdale's abuse had on his victims, and many believed he could change.
Inside the Ridsdale
child sexual abuse inquiry (The
Saturday Paper, Australia)
May 30 - Philip was 10 when he first thought about killing himself.
The rare Singing and
Praying Bands of America (Sydney Morning Herald)
May 25 - Glen Burnie: On a sweltering Sunday morning in a little church not far from Washington, DC, a mesmerising singing rises and falls, rises and falls, over and again - each peak higher than the previous - before the band reaches a joyous clapping, foot-stamping crescendo an hour after their quiet start.
Church members support
marriage equality (Brisbane Times)
May 26 – (Opinion: Peter Catt) I was attracted to the church by some people who had a passion for making a difference in the world.
Students drawn to
Islamic State need local and national de-radicalisation strategy, expert says (ABC News)
May 28 - Schools need both a national strategy and individualised approaches to prevent the radicalisation of students drawn to Islamic State and other extremist groups, an Edith Cowan University counterterrorism researcher says.
School officials join
radicalisation fight (Brisbane
May 29 - Senior education officials will support law enforcement agencies to prevent Australian schoolchildren from being radicalised and lured overseas by foreign fighters.
A Qatari sheikh,
Picasso's censored breasts and the west’s confusion over Islam (The Guardian, Australia)
May 26 - Picasso’s Women of Algiers (Version O) is the painting that just keeps on giving to news outlets.
warns masturbating men ‘will find their hands pregnant in the afterlife’ (news.com.au)
May 27 - A MUSLIM televangelist has advised male followers to stop masturbating — because it will leave their hands pregnant in the afterlife.
Thousands of women
brutalised and sold into sex slavery by ISIS militants (news.com.au)
May 25 - THE brutalisation and sexual slavery of women and girls has become central to the ISIS ideology, with “pretty” virgins sold at auctions and women killed and raped.
Islamic State fighters
execute hundreds in ancient Syrian city of Palmyra: reports (news.com.au)
May 25 - ISLAMIC State extremists have reportedly slaughtered at least 400 people in the ancient Syrian city of Palmyra, as the US accused Iraqi forces of having “failed to fight” off the terrorist group.
Islamic State push
towards Damascus as Syrian jets bomb Palmyra (news.com.au)
May 26 - SYRIAN government aircraft have carried out intense strikes against the Islamic State group in and around the ancient city of Palmyra after its fall to the jihadists, a military source said.
IT chief for Coca-Cola
company arrested on suspicion of joining Islamic State (news.com.au)
May 26 - AN executive working for a subsidiary of beverage giant Coca-Cola has been arrested on suspicion of planning to fight with Islamic State, according to a report.
Skyping with the enemy:
I went undercover as a jihadi girlfriend (The Guardian, Australia)
May 26 – (Opinion: Anna Erelle) It was 10 o’clock on a Friday night in spring 2014 and I was sitting on the sofa in my one-bed Paris apartment when I received a message from a French terrorist based in Syria
Islamic State claims
blast at Saudi Arabia mosque (Sydney Morning Herald)
May 30 - Islamic State claimed responsibility for a bombing that killed four people at a Shiite Muslim mosque in eastern Saudi Arabia on Friday, the second attack claimed by the Sunni militant group in a week in the world's top oil-exporting country.
Muhammadu Buhari faces
Islamist rebellion after being sworn in as Nigerian President (Sydney Morning Herald)
May 30 - Former military ruler Muhammadu Buhari was sworn in as President of Nigeria on Friday at a ceremony in the capital attended by numerous African heads of state and foreign dignitaries including US Secretary of State John Kerry.
Strange beliefs of
America’s most notorious family (news.com.au)
May 29 - THEY’RE the Christian reality-show family engulfed by scandal after eldest son Josh admitted to sexually abusing girls, including several of his sisters.
Secret deal to tie up
halal market (news.com.au)
May 25 - A NUMBER of the region’s top Muslim leaders signed a secret deal in Mecca last year to tie up more of the $1 trillion halal certification market.
Sydney woman leaves
children to join Islamic State (ABC
May 26 - The friends of a Sydney mother who travelled to the Middle East to join the Islamic State militant group have confirmed they have been contacted by police about her whereabouts.
Good Samaritan assaulted
after standing up for Muslim women who were abused on Melbourne train (Sydney Morning Herald)
May 26 - A commuter was assaulted after he stood up for three Muslim women who were subject to a vile racial and bigoted attack on a packed Melbourne train.
IS fighter Khaled
Sharrouf's wife and children seek return to Australia (Sydney Morning Herald)
May 27 - Notorious Australian Islamic State fighter Khaled Sharrouf's wife and children, including the son who was photographed holding a severed head, are seeking to return to Australia.
Perth Muslim leaders say
de-radicalisation strategy should 'not marginalise' youth (ABC
May 29 - Perth's Muslim leaders say a national strategy to prevent the radicalisation of students would help divert impressionable young people away from the "criminal indoctrinations" of Islamic State and other terrorist networks.
Religious leaders call
on Abbott government and Labor to pledge deep carbon cuts (Sydney Morning Herald)
May 26 - Leading religious figures have called on the Abbott government and Labor to commit to deep cuts in greenhouse gases after the current goal expires in 2020.
Religious leaders pen
letter to Government pushing ambitious post-2020 emissions cuts (ABC
May 27 - Australia's most senior Anglican Church official believes politicians may have "misread" the mood for strong action to tackle climate change.
Abbott bundles fight
against IS extremists with battle against terrorists at home (news.com.au)
May 26 - ANALYSIS: The Government appears to be softening up voters for consideration of the central question of the war against Islamic State: Should it be an actual war?
face loss of citizenship, but not sole nationals yet (The Guardian, Australia)
May 26 - Tony Abbott will push ahead with proposed changes to strip dual citizens of their Australian nationality if they are suspected of terrorism, but has deferred a decision on strong new powers against sole nationals after a cabinet backlash.
Is Khaled Sharrouf’s
family still entitled to Australian citizenship? (news.com.au)
May 30 - A SEVEN-year-old Australian boy who horrified the world when he was photographed holding the severed head of a Syrian soldier by the hair has created a quandary for the Federal Government, which wants to make scores of Australian fighters in the Middle East someone else’s problem by revoking their citizenship.
No marriage equality,
but uncles can wed their nieces (Brisbane
May 26 – (Opinion: John Birmingham) It'd be a real pity if Cardinal Pell couldn't find time in his busy Roman schedule to pop back home and attend the Royal Commission into child abuse.
Iranian refugee case
could test religious freedom laws, experts say (ABC
May 28 - A group of Iranian asylum seekers whose claims for protection have been rejected are appealing against the decision in the Federal Court, in what constitutional experts say could test Australia's protection of religious freedom.
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