by Greg Spearritt
Religion News Australia
September 6 - 13, 2015
Religion news stories from Australia
(Research: Greg Spearritt)
The Catholic priest, the
Mollymook weekender and bedtime ghost stories for altar boys (Sydney Morning Herald)
Sept 13 - Sydney priest Father Robert Flaherty would take boys to his Mollymook weekender, tell them ghost stories at bedtime and then talk about 'the birds and the bees'.
Bendigo singing priest
Father Rob Galea set to be fan favourite (Herald-Sun, Melbourne)
Sept 6 - A CHARISMATIC singing priest is set to break down stereotypes, and be a fan favourite on The X Factor.
A Current Affair report
on Access Ministries breaches code of practice on grounds of accuracy: ACMA (ABC News)
Sept 7 - A report about a religious group broadcast by Channel Nine's A Current Affair has been found to be in breach of the commercial TV code of practice on the grounds of accuracy.
Archbishop calls on
Sydney Anglicans to throw arms open to Syrian refugees (Sydney Morning Herald)
Sept 9 - The Archbishop of Sydney has sent a clarion call to the city's 900,000 Anglicans asking them to do whatever they can to welcome Syrian refugees to Australia.
Jewish school to be
first in state with armed guards (The
Sept 6 - Victoria's largest Jewish school will become the first in the state to employ armed guards, in a significant boost to its security.
Pope's radical marriage
reforms could open Church door to divorced Catholics (Sydney Morning Herald)
Sept 10 - Rome: Pope Francis has introduced the most radical changes to Roman Catholic marriage rules in three centuries, announcing a fast-track system to make annulments easier.
Pope makes it easier for
Catholics to end marriages (ABC
Sept 10 - Pope Francis has made it easier, quicker and free for Catholics to have their marriages annulled under reforms conservatives fear may lead to church-approved divorce.
against Pope Francis brewing in the Vatican (Sydney Morning Herald)
Sept 12 - Vatican City: On a sunny morning earlier this year, a camera crew entered a well-appointed apartment just outside the 9th-century gates of Vatican City.
At least 107 dead and
more than 200 injured as crane crashes into Mecca's Grand Mosque (ABC
Sept 12 - A massive construction crane has crashed into Mecca's Grand Mosque in stormy weather, killing at least 107 people and injuring 238, Saudi authorities said, less than a fortnight before the annual hajj pilgrimage.
Pakistan armed drone
kills three in first attack, predicted to play 'important role' in border wars (ABC News)
Sept 8 - Pakistan's military has deployed a locally manufactured drone for the first time, killing three Islamist insurgents in its restive north-west, in what analysts have termed a "significant development" for the country's defence capabilities.
Islamic State seizes
last Syrian oilfield under government control, monitor says (ABC
Sept 8 - Islamic State (IS) fighters have seized the last major oilfield under Syrian government control during battles over a vast central desert zone, a group monitoring the conflict says.
UK killed two British
Islamic State fighters with first drone strike in Syria (Sydney Morning Herald)
Sept 8 - London: Britain has killed two of its own nationals who had been fighting for Islamic State and plotting attacks on British soil, in its first air strike in Syria, Prime Minister David Cameron said.
Angelina Jolie warns
Islamic State using rape on unprecedented scale (Sydney Morning Herald)
Sept 9 - London - Hollywood actress Angelina Jolie warned on Tuesday that Islamic State was using rape as a weapon of war on a scale never seen before and called for greater action against those responsible.
IS commander ‘shot dead’
by woman he forced into sex slavery (news.com.au)
Sept 10 - HE WAS one of Islamic State’s top commanders who captured women in terrifying conditions and forced them to have sex with his depraved fighters.
Beijing stance in the
spotlight as Islamic State takes Chinese hostage (Sydney Morning Herald)
Sept 11 - Beijing: The Islamic State group has identified a Chinese and a Norwegian national it claims to be holding hostage, and is demanding ransoms in exchange for their release.
The women taking on
Isis: on the ground with Iraq's female fighters (The Guardian, Australia)
Sept 12 - “Her story is too long and too sad,” says Alfred Yaghobzadeh.
Defiant Kentucky clerk's
supporters want deputy clerks fired over marriage licences issued to gays (ABC News)
Sept 10 - Supporters of Kentucky county clerk Kim Davis, who refused to issue marriage licences to gay couples due to her religious beliefs, say that any of her deputies who provide gay marriage licences without her permission should be fired.
FBI says 'Australian IS
jihadist' is actually a Jewish American troll named Joshua Ryne Goldberg (Sydney Morning
Sept 12 - A young Jewish American man has been charged with pretending to be an Australian-based Islamic State jihadist after a FBI joint investigation with the Australian Federal Police based on information provided by Fairfax Media.
Australian halal certifiers
offer payment in attempts to ensure greater access to Indonesian market (ABC News)
Sept 7 - Halal certifiers in Australia have offered tens of thousands of dollars to Indonesia's top halal authority — the Majelis Ulama Indonesia (MUI) — in apparent attempts to ensure greater access to the lucrative Indonesian market.
A Four Corners investigation
looks into halal certification and its impact on Australian consumers (news.com.au)
Sept 8 - IT’S the issue that has Australians confused, divided and often misguided: what, exactly, is Halal certified food, what does it mean for the average customer — and where does the money from it go?
Australia looks set to
start bombing Syria as Libs warn against too much refugee compassion (Sydney Morning Herald)
Sept 8 - The Abbott government was expected on Tuesday night to green-light bombing runs against Islamic State targets in Syria, but the question of how many refugees Australia should take from the millions escaping the war-ravaged country has exposed ugly divisions in the Coalition party room.
Australian military commitment is open ended, says Tony Abbott (Brisbane Times)
Sept 10 - Prime Minister Tony Abbott has insisted that Australia's military commitment to the fight against the Islamic State terror group is open-ended, saying he won't "put a particular timeline" on the mission.
Gay adoption could be
hindered over push for religious exemptions (The Age, Melbourne)
Sept 13 - Plans to allow gay couples to adopt may not pass the Victorian Parliament after Liberal leader Matthew Guy declared he would not support any laws that penalised faith-based organisations.
If you turn your back on
Syria's Muslims, forget about 'Team Australia' (Sydney Morning Herald)
Sept 8 – (Opinion: Maher Mughrabi) I know that many people will already have moved on to some other social media sensation, but I would ask you to cast your mind back a couple of days to the boy on the beach.
Christian or Muslim?
It's irrelevant if children are drowning at sea, Labor says (Sydney Morning Herald)
Sept 8 - Religion is irrelevant if children are drowning at sea and Australia should not favour Christians when deciding which Syrian refugees deserve sanctuary, Opposition Leader Bill Shorten says.
Syrian migrant crisis:
Australian Islamic leaders label Christian refugee preference as 'bigoted' (Sydney Morning
Sept 9 - Islamic leaders have lashed out at suggestions by the federal government to preference Christian refugees fleeing war-ravaged Syria for asylum in Australia.
Tasmanian Bishop says
Australia should accept Syrian refugees on grounds of persecution not faith (ABC News)
Sept 12 - Tasmania's retiring Anglican Bishop says Australia should put a priority on persecution not faith when it comes to accepting refugees and asylum seekers from Syria.
Christians should be
priority (The Australian)
Sept 12 – (Opinion: Gerard Henderson ) This is not a matter of religious competition but, rather, of survival.
Supporters and opponents
in the same-sex marriage debate push for protection (Brisbane Times)
Sept 10 - People on both sides of the same-sex marriage debate are pushing for greater protection to air their views ahead of a popular vote on whether to make it lawful, citing the Gaby Baby scandal as proof they are vulnerable to attack.
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