Religion News Australia 2015 - 25 (July 5 - 12)

  (12 July 15)
  by Greg Spearritt

Religion News Australia

July 5 – 12, 2015

Religion news stories from Australia

(Research: Greg Spearritt)

 

 

 

abuse / anglican church / catholic church / international stories / islam / politics / religion & society

 

 

 

ABUSE

Paedophile Catholic 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.

 

ANGLICAN CHURCH

God, gays and marriage: the view of the church (Brisbane Times)
July 6 – (Opinion: Philip Freier) Many Christians support same-sex marriage, but most believers remain more conservative.

 

CATHOLIC CHURCH

Where are the Pope's Australian bishops? (Brisbane Times)
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 Australian)
July 12 - CATHOLIC Archbishop Anthony Fisher says married couples must uphold their vows and resist being bullied into accepting gay marriage.

 

INTERNATIONAL STORIES

Abuse

Accused Vatican 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.

Catholic Church

Thousands of Catholics greet Pope Francis in Ecuador at start of South American trip 'home' (ABC News)
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.

Islam

Birthing pants designed to maintain modesty slammed by Malaysian women's groups (ABC News)
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 News)
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 West Australian)
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 West Australian)
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.

Srebrenica memorial 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.

Religious Violence

Islamic State 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.

Pro-Islamic State 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 Times)
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 News)
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 West Australian)
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.

Other

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 Age, Melbourne)
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.

 

ISLAM

Sunshine Coast Mayor Mark Jamieson defends approval of Maroochydore Mosque (ABC News)
July 7 - Sunshine Coast Mayor Mark Jamieson has defended the approval for a mosque to be developed in Maroochydore.

 

POLITICS

Don't overestimate 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 Australian)
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.

 

RELIGION & SOCIETY

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 Times)
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 Times)
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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