by Greg Spearritt
Religion News Australia
June 14 - 21, 2015
Religion news stories from Australia
(Research: Greg Spearritt)
Victims speak out about
horrific abuse at Marist Brothers schools (The Age, Melbourne)
June 18 - From the top of the steps at Sydney's Downing Centre court complex the past two-and-a-half years seemed "like an eternity" to Terry Kippen.
Shredding of church sex
abuse documents referred to Police Integrity Commission (ABC
June 19 - The New South Wales Government says it will refer claims about the shredding of police documents concerning child sex abuse cases within the Catholic Church to the Police Integrity Commission (PIC).
NSW Catholic school
teacher charged over online grooming of 13yo (ABC
June 19 - A Catholic school teacher on the New South Wales far south coast has been charged with procuring a child for sex.
Inspector failed to
investigate child sex abuse allegations, Police Integrity Commission finds (ABC News)
June 19 - A senior NSW police officer engaged in misconduct by failing to investigate allegations of child sexual abuse raised during regular meetings with the Catholic Church, the Police Integrity Commission (PIC) has found.
My father, the
paedophile (The Australian)
June 21 - Brian Houston The founder of Hillsong Church recalls the day his great hero fell from grace.
This Jesus is quite
ordinary (The West Australian)
June 19 – (Review) The release of Monty Python’s Life of Brian in 1979 drew howls of outrage and demonstrations outside cinemas from religious groups accusing it of blasphemy and worse.
Methodist Ladies College
cuts ties to church three years after Rosa Storelli was sacked (Brisbane Times)
June 15 - Methodist Ladies College has cut ties with the Uniting Church, three years after parents angered by the sacking of principal Rosa Storelli asked the church to intervene.
Pope blasts global
warming deniers (The Age,
June 19 - Washington: A draft of an environmental encyclical by Pope Francis says "the bulk of global warming" is caused by human activity. He calls on people - especially the world's rich - to take steps to mitigate the damage by reducing consumption and reliance on fossil fuels.
Pope Francis' climate
scientist: the German adviser who primed the pontiff (The Age, Melbourne)
June 19 - When Pope Francis seeks advice, one doesn't hesitate to respond – even if you're a German professor of theoretical physics who had been baptised as a Protestant and is no longer an active member of the church.
Pope encyclical on
climate change an urgent plea to humanity to save itself (Sydney Morning Herald)
June 19 - In a lengthy statement on the environment addressed not just to Catholics but "every living person on this planet", the Pope has issued an urgent call for humanity to tackle climate change and rebalance its relationship with the planet and each other.
Pope's climate change
encyclical glosses over role of population growth (The Guardian, Australia)
June 19 – (Opinion: John Vidal) It’s more than 150 pages long with lots of commentary on climate, water scarcity, waste, the state of humanity, poverty, consumption, justice, morality and technology.
Muslim gymnast Farah Ann
Abdul Hadi offends Islamists with ‘revealing’ leotard (news.com.au)
June 18 - GYMNAST Farah Ann Abdul Hadi blitzed the Southeast Asian Games last week, bringing home six medals, including two gold, for Malaysia.
Senegal's reformers call
for science to fix Ramadan dates (The
June 19 - Dakar (AFP) - The Muslim holy month of Ramandan unites the Islamic world in a devotional act of fasting from sunrise to sunset -- but in Senegal its approach brings divisive arguments over the moon.
Female Iran VP scolds
hardliners over volleyball ban (The
June 20 - Tehran (AFP) - One of Iran's female vice presidents launched a furious attack Saturday on "sanctimonious" groups whose threats of violent confrontation at a volleyball match ultimately triggered a clampdown on women spectators.
Top Muslim body condemns
China's Ramadan restriction (The
June 20 - Cairo (AFP) - The leading Sunni Muslim seat of learning, Al-Azhar, condemned China Friday for imposing restriction on fasting in its mainly Muslim Xinjiang region during the holy month of Ramadan.
British teenager said to
be UK's youngest suicide bomber after Iraq attack (ABC
June 15 - A 17-year old who left northern England to join Islamic State is reported to have become Britain's youngest suicide bomber after he blew himself up in a car in northern Iraq, British media says.
Myanmar to bar Rohingya
from fleeing hunger and persecution (Sydney Morning Herald)
June 15 - The government of Myanmar says it is determined to stop the departures of migrants fleeing religious persecution in places like this bitterly divided port city, but it will not budge in its refusal to address the conditions driving the exodus across the sea.
Chad warplanes bomb Boko
Haram after attacks (The West
June 18 - N'Djamena (AFP) - Chad said Thursday its warplanes bombed Boko Haram positions in neighbouring Nigeria to avenge twin suicide bombings in the capital this week blamed on the jihadists.
Chad bans burqas after
suicide bombings kill 33 (news.com.au)
June 19 - THE central African nation of Chad has banned the full-face Muslim veil and ordered security forces to seize burqas from markets after 33 people were killed in suicide bombings blamed on Nigerian Islamist group Boko Haram.
Chad's ban on Islamic
veil after attacks divides Muslims (The
June 21 - N'Djamena (AFP) - Chad's decision to ban women from wearing the Islamic veil, which came two days after bloody suicide bombings hit the capital, has divided Muslims but the government defends it as part of an anti-terror strategy.
An NRA board member
blamed a murdered pastor for the deaths in Charleston (Sydney Morning Herald)
June 19 - Charles Cotton is a National Rifle Association board member who also runs TexasCHLForum.com, an online discussion forum about guns and guns rights in Texas and beyond.
Medium killed, tomb desecrated
in latest Brazil attacks (The
June 20 - Rio de Janeiro (AFP) - A well-known medium popular with the stars was killed and the tomb of another was desecrated Friday in the latest wave of violence targeting spiritualists in several days in Brazil, police said.
Three sisters, nine
children, one dangerous journey to the heart of Isis. (The
June 21 - A year after the establishment of the so-called caliphate by Islamic State, western governments are struggling for strategies to challenge sympathy among their citizens towards the militants.
For Isis women, it’s not
about ‘jihadi brides’: it’s about escape (The Guardian, Australia)
June 21 – (Opinion: Deeyah Khan) At the beginning of this year, al-Khansa brigade uploaded its Arabic manual for women in Islamic State.
Gang raped woman in
India faces horrendous purification ritual (news.com.au)
June 16 - A WOMAN in India who was kidnapped, gang raped for eight months and fell pregnant as a result, is now being forced to undergo a gruelling purification ritual.
Champion of the
separation of church and state (The
June 19 – (Obituary) Anne Gaylor was an American feminist and activist who transformed a local campaign for abortion rights into a national crusade to maintain the separation of church and state.
Name inscribed on
ancient pot linked to rival of biblical King David (news.com.au)
June 19 - A 3000-year-old pot carrying the name of one of King David’s rivals has sent ripples of excitement through Israel’s archaeological community as new, rare, evidence of the biblical story’s authenticity.
India beef ban shines
light on cow care homes (The West
June 19 - Mumbai (AFP) - At a care home for cows just outside the Indian city of Mumbai, dedicated staff lovingly tend to the every need of its ageing bovine residents, recently saved from slaughterhouses.
Perth 'sheikh' Junaid
Thorne jailed for using airline tickets under false name (Brisbane Times)
June 15 - An influential Islamic preacher has been granted bail on the same day he was sentenced to nine months' jail for booking and using airline tickets under a false name.
Ginger Jihadi Abdullah
Elmir among Islamic State recruiters infiltrating Bankstown youth groups (news.com.au)
June 19 - ABDULLAH Elmir — the Ginger Jihadi — was one of a number of extremists infiltrating youth welfare services in Bankstown to recruit vulnerable teens for Islamic State’s terror army.
helping Islamic State, Tareq Kamleh, has 'no concern' if passport is cancelled (ABC News)
June 21 - A former Australian doctor now helping Islamic State (IS) in Syria has responded to moves to arrest him, saying he no longer considers himself a citizen and the prospect of his passport being cancelled does not concern him.
Playboy Islamic State
doctor Tareq Kamleh loved Australia but won't return (Brisbane Times)
June 21 - A playboy doctor who fled Australia to join Islamic State said he anticipated an arrest warrant being issued for him and he has no plans to return to the country he "once loved so much".
WikiLeaks 'Saudi Cables'
reveal secret Saudi government influence in Australia (The Age, Melbourne)
June 21 - WikiLeaks has revealed secret Saudi Arabian influence in Arabic media and Islamic religious groups in Australia as well as covert monitoring of Saudi students studying at Australian universities.
Lobby groups gear up for
parliamentary free vote on same sex marriage (The Age, Melbourne)
June 17 – (Opinion: John Warhurst) Lobby groups with an interest in same-sex marriage must now proceed on the assumption that a parliamentary free vote will occur later this year.
will give 'great weight' to Pope's climate views: Malcolm Turnbull (Sydney Morning Herald)
June 19 - Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull has said "everyone will give great weight" to Pope Francis' major encyclical on the environment, including Prime Minister Tony Abbott.
Pope Francis' views on
global warming cold comfort for Canberra (Sydney Morning Herald)
June 19 – (Opinion: Neil Ormerod) Catholic leader calls for long-term planning on climate change using enforceable international agreements.
Pope will help PM with
climate morality (news.com.au)
June 19 - THE Pope's statement on climate change should help Tony Abbott understand his moral obligation to be part of the solution, conservationists say.
Heed Pope on climate,
Catholics urge PM (news.com.au)
June 19 - TONY Abbott's views on fossil fuels, renewable energy and climate change differ strongly from those of Pope Francis, but Catholic bishops believe the prime minister is not beyond redemption.
anti-halal crusade unleashes torrent of hate (Sydney Morning Herald)
June 21 - Liberal senator Cory Bernardi's inquiry into halal food has attracted a flood of hateful and sometimes downright bizarre submissions.
Players who had God on
their bench in footy days (Herald-Sun, Melbourne)
June 17 - The game of rugby league is like a religion for some, with the State of Origin series a major feast cycle in the holy calendar.
confident God is on the Blues’ side (Perth Now)
June 19 - NERVOUS NSW faithful praying for some divine intervention tomorrow night can rest assured, God is on our side.
Q&A discusses how
far Australia has come in accepting the gay, lesbian, transgender community (news.com.au)
June 19 - IT STARTED as a balanced discussion on whether the marriage equality campaign was distracting from other issues facing the gay and lesbian community.
What Fred Nile could
learn from my queer family (Brisbane
June 19 – (Opinion: Maeve Marsden) There's been a lot of anger from the LGBTQI community this week after conservative politician Fred Nile was booked to appear on a Q&A special discussing our rights.
'Bizarre' union video
pulled from YouTube (The Age,
June 19 - One of the country's biggest unions has been forced to pull a video off YouTube, after social media expressed shock and dismay over its suggestion that union members should reassert their "values" in the ALP over same-sex people, environmentalists and other members.
Can the Pope save the
world? (The Age, Melbourne)
June 20 – (Opinion: Martin Flanagan) Prior to Pope Francis delivering his encyclical on climate change, US Republican Senator James Inhofe declared: "The Pope ought to stay with his job, and we'll stay with ours."
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