by Greg Spearritt
Religion News Australia
August 23 - 30, 2015
Religion news stories from Australia
(Research: Greg Spearritt)
Former pope John Paul II
handled allegations 'poorly', inquiry hears (ABC
Aug 24 - Former pope John Paul II handled sex abuse claims within the church "poorly" because he simply could not grasp the scale of the problem, a retired senior Bishop in Sydney says.
Silence in the Catholic
church may be its weapon of self destruction (The Guardian, Australia)
Aug 25 – (Opinion: Kristina Keneally) In a day of remarkable evidence before the royal commission into institutional responses to child sexual abuse, Bishop Geoffrey Robinson offered damning assessments of the most senior Catholic clerics on the planet.
Paedophile priest found
guilty of sex, physical assaults at Salesian College (The Age, Melbourne)
Aug 28 - The former Australian head of a worldwide Catholic order has been found guilty of brutally sexually and physically assaulting young boys at Victorian schools more than 30 years ago, it can now be revealed.
Making cricket bats for
holy cause helps resurrect Victorian industry (ABC
Aug 29 - Australian bat makers are rejoicing after they were called upon to supply the Pope's cricket team.
NSW Education Minister
bans schools from screening gay film (Sydney Morning Herald)
Aug 26 - The NSW Education Minister, Adrian Piccoli, has banned every public school in the state from screening a documentary about children with gay parents during school hours.
Access Ministries accuse
Vic Govt of "marginalising religious identity" (ABC
Aug 26 - The Victorian Government will no longer allow special religious education—known elsewhere in Australia as scripture—to be taught during lesson time in the state’s public primary schools.
Islamic State destroys
Baalshamin Temple at Syria's Palmyra: activists (Sydney Morning Herald)
Aug 24 - Beirut: Activists say Islamic State militants have destroyed a temple at Syria's ancient ruins of Palmyra.
Israeli gay pride
stabbing suspect charged with murder, continues to curse parade in court (ABC News)
Aug 24 - Israel has charged an ultra-Orthodox man with murder for stabbing a 16-year-old girl to death and wounding five others at a gay pride parade as he lashed out at homosexuality in court.
Afghanistan district; US troops killed in 'insider' attack (The Age, Melbourne)
Aug 27 - Lashkar Gah: Taliban fighters seized a district headquarters in Afghanistan's Helmand province on Monday despite repeated US air strikes to repel them, adding to the insurgents' recent advances in a heavily fought over region of opium farms and trade routes.
Police arrest suspect
over Bangkok shrine bombing (Sydney Morning Herald)
Aug 30 - Bangkok: Police have arrested a key suspect in the Bangkok shrine bombing in a seedy apartment building in a predominantly Muslim area of the Thai capital.
Two Indian sisters to be
raped as 'punishment' after brother eloped (The Age, Melbourne)
Aug 30 - Two sisters in India - one aged only 15 years - are to be raped as "punishment" for their brother running away with a married woman from a higher caste in the latest case to shock the country.
Chad executes 10 members
of Boko Haram by firing squad (The
Aug 30 - Chad has executed 10 members of Boko Haram by firing squad, marking the first use of the death penalty since the country bolstered its anti-terrorist measures last month.
Debate rages over
authenticity of papyrus scrap linking Jesus and Mary in marriage (news.com.au)
Aug 25 - MY WIFE: It’s a common phrase found on scrap of papyrus no bigger than a business card.
Mayim Bialik: ‘It’s not
trendy to be religious in Hollywood’ (news.com.au)
Aug 25 - BIG Bang Theory star Mayim Bialik has spoken of the difficulty she has experienced being deeply religious in Hollywood.
Pastor charged in global
hacking scheme gets $2.8 million bail (Brisbane Times)
Aug 27 - New York: A Pennsylvania pastor described by prosecutors as the "linchpin" of a global insider-trading scheme was granted bail after his backers urged a judge to allow him to remain free.
National audit being
conducted into third party certifiers including halal and kosher organisations (ABC News)
Aug 24 - The Islamic organisations paid to certify halal meat in Australia are being reviewed as part of an overall audit of food certifiers, which includes organic and kosher organisations.
Neo-Nazi group Combat 18
plasters anti-Islam stickers over children's playground in Heidelberg West (The Age, Melbourne)
Aug 27 - Neo-Nazi group Combat 18 has been distributing hate material at a Melbourne playground, outraging parents whose young children have discovered the material.
Lindt Cafe gunman's
claimed Islamic State affiliation simply desperation, inquest hears (Brisbane Times)
Aug 27 - Man Haron Monis was so desperate to be accepted into any group or cause that the Lindt Cafe siege might never have occurred if his efforts to join the Rebels bikie gang had succeeded, a terrorism expert says.
Anti-Islam and anti-racist protester face off in counter rallies (Daily Telegraph, Sydney)
Aug 30 - UGLY scenes erupted in Bendigo as anti-Islam and anti-racism protesters clashed over recently approved plans to build a mosque.
Attorney-General can't say how often advice on IS is requested (Brisbane Times)
Aug 25 - Attorney-General George Brandis has said he cannot say how often he is asked for advice on Islamic State because his department receives so many letters relating to national security issues.
Prime Minister Tony
Abbott and the Christian right (The
Saturday Paper, Australia)
Aug 29 – (Opinion: Mike Seccombe) As Australia becomes less religious, churches have insinuated themselves into politics and gained particular control over Tony Abbott.
Church leaders arrested
after staging Hobart protest over treatment of child asylum seekers (ABC
Aug 25 - Six people protesting against the mandatory detention of asylum seeker children have been arrested for staging a sit-in at a Tasmanian senator's office.
The power of language
holds the code to hurt (Sydney Morning Herald)
Aug 25 – (Opinion: David Leser) Prejudice is as old as the human project, but it seems to be getting a good shot in the arm with Reclaim Australia, gay bashings and online hate groups.
Church of Kopimism:
faith just a mouse click away (Brisbane
Aug 26 – (Opinion: Andrew Masterson) The question, framed baldly, seems specious, an act of bolshie undergraduate bird-flipping smart-arsery. Is file-sharing a religious act?
Destruction of world heritage
site justifies military action (Brisbane
Aug 26 – (Opinion: Lucas Lixinski) As the destruction of Palmyra in Syria by Islamic State is confirmed, one must wonder what kind of reaction can be expected of countries as far from there as Australia.
Pastor who organised
Jayde's vigil inspired by experience of Jaidyn Leskie (Brisbane Times)
Aug 27 - The pastor who organised a candlelight vigil for missing Gatton teenager Jayde Kendall said he was inspired to act after living through one of Australia's most notorious child kidnapping cases.
‘I was raised in a
religious cult’: New book Joy and Sorrow details life in the Exclusive Brethren (news.com.au)
Aug 27 - FOR the first 25 years of her life, Joy Nason lived in constant fear of “God’s wrath” — to the point where death was a better option than confessing her sins.
The new oppressed –
religions claim underdog status in same-sex marriage debate (Brisbane Times)
Aug 27 – (Opinion: Mark Kenny) Who would have predicted that out of the robust debate around marriage equality we would see the crystallisation of a whole new victim class: the persecuted mainstream.
Census change: Is
Australia losing its religion? (Brisbane
Aug 28 - Next year's census has a very subtle edit that may completely change the way Australia sees itself and have drastic consequences for the way government money is spent on welfare and education.
Gayby Baby movie:
Tolerance must cut both ways on subject of gay parenting (news.com.au)
Aug 29 – (Opinion) TWO of the child stars of new gay awareness documentary, Gayby Baby, rose to the occasion to address an enthusiastic pro-gay audience at Newtown’s Dendy cinema on Thursday night, a day after the film featured on the front page of The Daily Telegraph.
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