by Greg Spearritt
Religion News Australia
May 31 – June 7, 2015
Religion news stories from Australia
(Research: Greg Spearritt)
Royal commission into
child sexual abuse will call Cardinal George Pell to second Ballarat hearing (ABC News)
June 1 - Cardinal George Pell will be called to the royal commission into child sexual abuse's second hearings in Ballarat, the commission has said.
Cardinal George Pell
receives support from Catholic archbishops in open letter (ABC News)
June 4 - Seven prominent Catholic officials from around Australia have written an open letter endorsing Cardinal George Pell ahead of his next appearance at the royal commission into child sexual abuse.
Catholic cops involved
in cover-up of child abuse by priests (Sydney Morning Herald)
June 6 - Collusion, cover-ups and conspiracies are usually the domain of Hollywood writers, the naive and the slightly nutty.
Faith: Uplifting power
of music not unlike power of prayer (Sydney Morning Herald)
June 7 – (Opinion: Barney Zwartz) Those of us whose children have forced us to listen to heavy metal know that music can cause suffering.
Catholic bishop warns
children of gay couples [could] become 'next Stolen Generation' (ABC
June 4 - A Catholic bishop has issued a warning about legalising same-sex marriage, saying children of gay couples will see themselves as another Stolen Generation because they have been denied a mother and a father.
Australian Federation of
Islamic Councils schools investigated by ATO (ABC News)
June 3 - Millions of dollars in financial irregularities and falsified loans at three schools run by the Australian Federation of Islamic Councils (AFIC) are being investigated by the Australian Tax Office.
Mike Baird's poor
judgment on power privatisation and ethics classes (Sydney Morning Herald)
June 3 – (Opinion: Editorial) The government should not be party to lifting power prices to bolster privatisation proceeds. Nor should it hide ethics classes away in some political and religious game to curry favour.
Fred Nile denies he
asked for ethics changes in NSW schools in exchange for privatisation support (ABC News)
June 3 - Christian Democrat MP Fred Nile has denied he asked the New South Wales Government to strip any reference to ethics classes from public school enrolment forms in exchange for his support for power privatisation.
Premier Mike Baird's
friend calls proposed ethics changes 'misleading and deceptive' (Sydney Morning Herald)
June 4 - A friend of Premier Mike Baird has slammed as "misleading and deceptive" his proposed change to how parents are alerted to ethics classes as an alternative to special religious education in schools.
Adrian Piccoli 'not in a position' to meet ethics providers over controversial
change (The Age, Melbourne)
June 4 - Education Minister Adrian Piccoli refused to meet the charity that provides ethics classes to NSW schools about a proposal by religious groups to erase reference to their availability from the official enrolment form.
The government's first
priority should be to maintain well-resourced public schools (Brisbane Times)
June 6 - The ongoing debate about the academic value of private schools was given serious fuel this week with an analysis finding independent and Catholic schools each delivered a sizeable dividend compared to public schools – namely higher average ATARs – even when a range of factors were offset.
Mercedes students walk
path of pilgrims (The West
June 7 - As well as a few blisters, a group of hardy Year 12 students walking from Perth to New Norcia hope to gain a sense of spiritual achievement and an insight into Perth's early history.
Pope's rebel advisors
break Vatican code of silence (The
June 5 - External experts brought in by Pope Francis to help tackle the tiny city state's ills are answering the papal call for openness -- and infuriating some Holy See stalwarts in the process.
Pope backs sainthood
candidacy of 'anti-Semitic' priest (The
June 6 - Vatican City (AFP) - Pope Francis raised eyebrows on Friday by supporting the candidacy for sainthood of a French priest whose dossier was put on hold in 2005 because of his alleged anti-Semitic views.
Pope urges lasting peace
in Sarajevo (Brisbane Times)
June 7 - Sarajevo: Pope Francis has urged Bosnians to seek lasting ethnic and religious harmony to heal the deep, lingering wounds of the 1992-1995 war that devastated the former Yugoslav republic.
In Sarajevo, Pope says
world haunted by atmosphere of war (The
June 7 - Sarajevo (AFP) - Pope Francis on Saturday bemoaned the "atmosphere of war" haunting the world as he urged the people of war-scarred Sarajevo to provide an example of how different cultures and religions can co-exist peacefully.
Muslim woman denied job
over headscarf wins in US Supreme Court (The Age, Melbourne)
June 2 - The United States Supreme Court on Monday revived an employment discrimination lawsuit against Abercrombie & Fitch, which had refused to hire a Muslim woman because she wore a headscarf.
Men in Iraqi city of
Mosul brace for 'beard patrols' as decree reportedly comes into force (ABC
June 1 - An Islamic State (IS) group decree ordering all men in the Iraqi city of Mosul to grow beards has reportedly come into effect.
Pam Geller confirmed as
first target of Boston assailant Usaama Rahim (Sydney Morning Herald)
June 5 - Boston: A Boston man shot to death by the terror investigators who were surveilling him had talked about beheading blogger Pamela Geller before deciding to target police officers, Boston police said on Thursday.
US General tells how
social media fails have helped agents identify Islamic State targets (news.com.au)
June 5 - ISLAMIC State’s social media obsession may have backfired: A careless post has resulted in a headquarters being identified — and then flattened by an air strike.
IS jihadists gain ground
in Syria (news.com.au)
June 5 - ISLAMIC State group jihadists, emboldened by a string of battlefield victories, have advanced to the gates of the Syrian city of Hasakeh after intense fighting with regime troops.
Islamic State using
chlorine as a weapon, Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop warns (news.com.au)
June 7 - ISLAMIC State is recruiting highly-trained technicians and scientists to make chemical weapons and has used chlorine in an attack in Iraq, Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop said.
Vatican's accord or not,
Bosnian town believes in its 'miracle' (The West Australian)
June 5 - Medjugorje (Bosnia-Hercegovina) (AFP) - For believers, the Bosnian town of Medjugorje is as sacred as Lourdes or Fatima, a place where the Virgin Mary appeared to children that decades on has become a huge pilgrimage site.
certification inquiry serves up weird and wonderful submissions (The Age, Melbourne)
June 2 – (Opinion: Liam Mannix and Tom Cowie) Controversial Liberal Senator Cory Bernardi's parliamentary inquiry into food certification - really, halal certification - has been receiving all sorts of wonderful and well thought out submissions from the public.
Logan football club
Rochedale Rovers boots out anti-Islamic group (The Age, Melbourne)
June 2 - A community group has been barred from meeting at a Logan football club, after Rochedale Rovers officials found out they were planning to host anti-Islamic speakers.
Violent clashes between
United Patriots Front and anti-racism protesters at Richmond Town Hall (ABC
May 31 - Punches have been thrown in Melbourne as members of a Reclaim Australia splinter group clashed with anti-racism protesters on the steps of a town hall in the city's inner-east.
clinic takes city council to court to stop protesters 'harassing' patients and
staff (ABC News)
June 3 - An abortion clinic in East Melbourne is asking the Supreme Court to order Melbourne City Council to deal with people it says are harassing female patients and staff.
Dalai Lama, Richard Gere
arrive in Sydney as Buddhists plan protest (The Age, Melbourne)
June 4 - US actor Richard Gere says the Dalai Lama's teachings are worth travelling all the way to Australia for, after the pair touched down at Sydney Airport.
Mark Driscoll no longer attending Hillsong Australian conference (ABC
June 7 - Hillsong has canned the appearance of controversial US pastor Mark Driscoll, who once likened women to "penis homes", with the church founder labelling his past comments "outrageous".
Hillsong Church cancels
pastor Mark Driscoll's Australian visit after backlash (Sydney Morning Herald)
June 7 - Hillsong Church has cancelled the Australian visit of a controversial US pastor who once described women as "penis houses" after a public backlash.
Keep out US pastor Mark
Driscoll, Hillsong warned (Sydney Morning Herald)
June 7 - He is already being put in the same category as world champion boxer Floyd Mayweather and self-proclaimed pick-up artist Julien Blanc – barred and kicked out respectively.
Dalai Lama must answer tough questions on
Shugden Buddhists (The Age,
June 7 – (Opinion: Nicholas Pitts) I have been a Buddhist for more than 20 years – eight of them living in Australia – and this week I find myself protesting outside the Dalai Lama's teachings in NSW.
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