by Greg Spearritt
Religion News Australia
July 5 – 12, 2015
Religion news stories from Australia
(Research: Greg Spearritt)
brother underwent psycho-sexual therapy (Brisbane Times)
July 8 - A paedophile Catholic brother who preyed on three children in Melbourne before returning to America was ordered by his Marianist religious order to undergo psycho-sexual therapy 26 years before being charged by Victoria Police.
God, gays and marriage:
the view of the church (Brisbane
July 6 – (Opinion: Philip Freier) Many Christians support same-sex marriage, but most believers remain more conservative.
Where are the Pope's
Australian bishops? (Brisbane
July 10 – (Opinion: Frank O'Shea) A report in Fairfax newspapers last week described an alliance between business organisations, energy suppliers and climate activists to persuade the federal government to increase its commitment to reducing greenhouse emissions.
NSW Catholics urged to
oppose gay marriage (The
July 12 - CATHOLIC Archbishop Anthony Fisher says married couples must uphold their vows and resist being bullied into accepting gay marriage.
ambassador fails to turn up for child sex abuse trial (Sydney Morning Herald)
July 12 - Rome: The Vatican's first child sex abuse trial opened on Saturday - and closed after six minutes when the defendant failed to turn up.
Thousands of Catholics
greet Pope Francis in Ecuador at start of South American trip 'home' (ABC
July 7 - Thousands of jubilant people lined the streets of Quito as Pope Francis began his long-awaited South American trip that will also take him through Bolivia and Paraguay.
Pope Francis to meet 'Mr
Nobody' (The Age, Melbourne)
July 7 - Guayaquil, Ecuador: The Reverend Francisco Cortes walks slowly with a cane with a built-in flashlight and admits to a lifelong weakness for cigars.
Pope Francis gifted
'Communist' crucifix by Bolivian president; sparks anger among Catholic
officials (ABC News)
July 10 - Pope Francis has been gifted a hammer and sickle sculpture with a figure of a crucified Christ by Bolivia's leftist president Evo Morales, sparking anger among Catholic officials.
Pope Francis seeks
Bolivians' forgiveness for colonial-era crimes (The West Australian)
July 10 - Santa Cruz de la Sierra (Bolivia) (AFP) - Pope Francis, in a historic gesture of reconciliation, sought forgiveness Thursday from Bolivia's predominantly indigenous inhabitants for crimes committed centuries earlier in the name of the Catholic Church.
Pope Francis excoriates
global capitalism as 'subtle dictatorship' (Brisbane Times)
July 12 - His speeches can blend biblical fury with apocalyptic doom.
Pope Francis dedicates
mass to women as thousands make Paraguay pilgrimage (The Guardian, Australia)
July 12 - Pope Francis received a very Argentinian welcome on Saturday at Paraguay’s most important pilgrimage site, with thousands of his countrymen joining hundreds of thousands of Paraguayan faithful for a mass that served as a makeshift homecoming for the Argentinian pope.
Pope laments 'gangrene'
of corruption plaguing 'all peoples of the world' (The Guardian, Australia)
July 12 - Pope Francis decried the scourge of corruption as the “gangrene of a people” in a speech in Paraguay, one of the poorest countries in South America and where graft is rampant.
Birthing pants designed
to maintain modesty slammed by Malaysian women's groups (ABC
July 10 - Women's groups in Malaysia have criticised maternity trousers designed to cover Muslim women's genitals during childbirth, questioning their safety during labour.
Ramadan leads to date
demand increase but only a small number are grown in Australia (ABC
July 10 - The image of date palms swaying in sandy soils would cause many people to imagine the Middle East.
Saudi TV show 'Selfie'
becomes a hit by mocking IS (The
July 10 - A new TV satire program has become a hit in the Arab world by mocking some of the region's most serious issues, from the intractable Sunni-Shiite divide and religious extremism to the brutality of militants like the Islamic State group.
27 dead in Bangladesh charity
handout stampede: police (The
July 11 - Dhaka (AFP) - A stampede during a Ramadan charity handout killed at least 27 people in Bangladesh on Friday as hundreds of desperately poor people tried to get their hands on free clothing, police said.
turns ugly as Bosnian Muslims mob Serbian Prime Minister (news.com.au)
July 12 - An angry crowd hurling stones and plastic bottles has forced Serbia’s premier to flee a ceremony marking the 20th anniversary of the Srebrenica massacre of some 8000 Muslims in Bosnia, Europe’s worst atrocity since World War II.
propaganda: what the West doesn't understand (Sydney Morning Herald)
July 7 - Beirut: Behind the ultra-violent execution videos that have become the Islamic State's disturbing trademark is a carefully calibrated set of messages aimed not at terrorising but at recruiting people to "an alternative way of living".
Homegrown jihadists with
Libya ties target Tunisia's democracy (The West Australian)
July 8 - SOUSSE, Tunisia(Reuters) - In late 2013, two young Tunisians returned from a jihadi camp in Libya planning to blow themselves up among foreign tourists.
pilots: AFP tracked Indonesians, report says (The Australian)
July 9 - Australian Federal Police are monitoring two Indonesian pilots who appear to be influenced by pro-Islamic State elements, on concerns they may pose a security threat, an intelligence website says.
The Islamic State strategy
v the Western approach (Brisbane
July 9 – (Opinion: Amin Saikal) The United States-led war on the self-declared Sunni extremist Islamic State is faltering badly.
Want to join ISIS? Fill
out form (The Australian)
July 11 - Potential Islamic State recruits need to fill out a detailed application form before they can undergo training.
US drone strike 'kills
Afghanistan-Pakistan region terror chief' (ABC
July 12 - The head of the Islamic State terrorist group in the Afghanistan-Pakistan region has been killed in a drone strike in eastern Afghanistan, intelligence officials and militant commanders say.
Aussie Ginger Jihadi
Abdullah Elmir marries runaway British teen Amira Abase (news.com.au)
July 12 - SYDNEY teenager Abdullah Elmir - dubbed the Ginger Jihadist - has married a 16-year-old British girl who fled the UK earlier this year to become a jihadi bride.
China says repatriated
Uighurs 'were on way to jihad' (The
July 12 - Beijin(AFP) - China's security ministry said Saturday that 109 Uighurs repatriated by Thailand had been on their way to Turkey, Syria or Iraq "to join jihad", state media reported.
Boyd Packer, the Mormon
chief who fought ‘disease of profanity’ (Brisbane Times)
July 6 – At age five, Boyd Packer was stricken with polio and was bedridden for many weeks.
HSBC bank staff sacked
for Islamic State beheading prank (The
July 7 - London: Six British bank staff members have been sacked after filming themselves staging a mock Islamic State-style execution during a team-building day out.
The New Zealand man who
spent four years growing a church from trees (Brisbane Times)
July 7 - You'd think that with a passion for trees and an encyclopedic knowledge of them that Barry Cox would have enjoyed a long career in arboriculture.
Sunshine Coast Mayor
Mark Jamieson defends approval of Maroochydore Mosque (ABC
July 7 - Sunshine Coast Mayor Mark Jamieson has defended the approval for a mosque to be developed in Maroochydore.
Islamic State threat: Malcolm Turnbull (Brisbane Times)
July 7 - The threat posed by the Islamic State terror group should not be overstated, and critics of new national security measures should not be denounced, Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull has said.
Liberal Sinodinos open
to gay marriage law (The West
July 8 - Liberal senator Arthur Sinodinos says he's prepared to back same-sex marriage if religious institutions are exempted and other concerns can be met.
Church could opt out of
marriage (The Australian)
July 7 - The NSW Presbyterian Church has flagged withdrawing from the Marriage Act if parliament legalises same-sex marriage.
Hare Krishna building
sells for record price (Brisbane
July 7 - The home of Melbourne's Hare Krishnas and their popular Crossways and Gopal vegetarian restaurants - a skinny, eight-level building on Swanston Street - has set a new city land price record, selling to a Chinese investor for $81,500 a square metre.
Atheists can be every
bit as moral as believers (Brisbane
July 11 – (Opinion: Barney Zwartz) On the recent Monday – as the ABC's Q&A pulled the scab off its self-inflicted wound in giving a platform to former jihadist and present misogynist Zaky Mallah – public atheist Lawrence Krauss could not resist sliding the stiletto into religion.
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