by Greg Spearritt
Religion News Australia
February 28 – March 6, 2016
Religion news stories from Australia
(Research: Greg Spearritt)
Cardinal George Pell
tells child abuse royal commission Catholic Church made 'enormous mistakes' (ABC News)
Feb 29 - The Catholic Church made "enormous mistakes" and "let people down" in its handling of child sexual abuse by priests, Cardinal George Pell told the child abuse royal commission this morning.
At the scene: George
Pell leaves abuse survivors unconvinced after first royal commission hearing (ABC News)
Feb 29 - After so much anticipation, it was hardly surprising that the hearing began in such a dramatic fashion.
Abuse unseen but 'on the
radar', Cardinal George Pell tells commission (Sydney Morning Herald)
Feb 29 - Cardinal George Pell was aware of the existence of clerical sexual abuse in the early 1970s but failed to recognise widespread offending when he was a junior priest in Ballarat, despite gossip that Christian Brothers there were assaulting children.
Cardinal George Pell:
Out of his comfort zone, and facing sex abuse survivors in Rome (Sydney Morning Herald)
Feb 29 - You would not find a more remarkable bunch of blokes than this group from Ballarat.
Cardinal George Pell:
Ballarat reacts to testimony characterised by memory loss (The Age, Melbourne)
Feb 29 - It was 8:46am when the crowd of more than 60, gathered in the Trench Room at Ballarat Town Hall, murmured with disapproval.
Cardinal George Pell
says 'I have the full backing of the Pope' as testimony spotlight continues (ABC News)
Mar 1 - Cardinal George Pell has declared he has the Pope's "full backing", as he prepares for a second day of testimony in front of the child abuse royal commission.
Cardinal George Pell
meets with sex abuse survivors after royal commission testimony (ABC
Mar 4 - Cardinal George Pell has held what he called a "hard and honest" meeting with Australian survivors of clergy sex abuse in Rome.
Resigning would be an
admission of guilt: Pell (Brisbane
Mar 4 - In the first display of raw emotion from Australia's most powerful Catholic, Pell choked up and stopped talking momentarily when speaking about a meeting with victims that followed his testimony to the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.
Retirement not an option:
Pell (The Australian)
Mar 4 - George Pell has ‘absolutely no plans to retire’ from his job of reforming the Vatican’s byzantine’s financial systems
Andrew Bolt interviews
Cardinal George Pell after the Royal Commission in Rome (news.com.au)
Mar 4 - CARDINAL George Pell has admitted the Victorian Catholic Church had a “colossal failure of leadership” when priests were abusing victims in churches across the state.
Pell: Ridsdale was a
mystery man (The Australian)
Mar 4 - Cardinal Pell says he did not know Australia’s most notorious paedophile priest well, despite living with him
Pell says meeting with
Australia abuse survivors was 'hard and honest' (The Guardian, Australia)
Mar 4 - Cardinal George Pell, a top adviser to Pope Francis, has vowed to help survivors of sexual abuse in his native Ballarat in Australia after meeting a dozen abuse survivors for more than two hours, which he described as “hard” and “emotional”.
MPs call on Melbourne's
Catholic Archbishop to meet parents over parish priest John Walshe (ABC
Mar 4 - Federal shadow attorney-general Mark Dreyfus has called on Melbourne's Archbishop to meet with parents after a backlash against a priest in the city's south-east.
Where Cardinal George
Pell’s future may lie after giving evidence to the Royal Commission in Rome (news.com.au)
Mar 4 - IT WAS perhaps the most heart-wrenching moment in a week full of them.
Cardinal George Pell is
finished whatever way you look at it (Sydney Morning Herald)
Mar 5 – (Opinion: Peter FitzSimons) Staggeringly, even after all the testimony of Cardinal Pell this week at the royal commission, there is still a scattered band of supporters who refuse to accept the obvious: it is over, and he is finished.
Pope Francis never
received request to meet Ballarat sex abuse victims, says Vatican (Brisbane Times)
Mar 5 - Rome: Child sex abuse survivors who flew to Rome to hear Cardinal George Pell give evidence to a royal commission say they were disappointed to learn their request to meet the Pope was never received.
Cardinal George Pell
says resigning would be an admission of guilt (Brisbane Times)
Mar 5 - In the first display of raw emotion from Australia's most powerful Catholic, Pell choked up and stopped talking momentarily when speaking about a meeting with victims that followed his testimony to the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.
Cardinal George Pell's royal
commission testimony (The
Saturday Paper, Australia)
Mar 5 – (Opinion: Martin McKenzie-Murray) Cardinal George Pell asked us to believe some extraordinary things this week.
Pell: Give Church ‘fair
go’ (The West Australian)
Mar 5 - Cardinal Pell admitted in an interview yesterday with columnist Andrew Bolt there was a “colossal failure of leadership” in the Victorian Catholic Church.
Cardinal George Pell
says "I have never lacked any compassion for victims" in rare
interview (Brisbane Times)
Mar 6 - Cardinal George Pell says he grieves for Ballarat and prays daily for victims whose lives have been shattered by the Catholic Church's scourge of sexual abuse.
Tone of a hated note from
Cardinal George Pell lingers (Brisbane
Mar 6 – (Opinion: Madonna King ) For weeks now, I've been looking for a note.
Australian child sex
abuse survivors arrive back home from Rome (The Guardian, Australia)
Mar 6 - Child sexual abuse survivors from Ballarat who flew to Rome to watch Cardinal George Pell give evidence say it’s the pope’s loss he didn’t meet with them at the Vatican.
Role of exorcism in
Catholic Church highlighted after complaint against Wollongong priest (ABC
Mar 3 - A Wollongong clinical psychologist and Catholic priest is being investigated for comments he made about exorcism on ABC radio.
Safe Schools: Irish drag
queen Panti Bliss slams 'weird' opposition to anti-bullying program (ABC
Feb 29 - Drag queen Panti Bliss, a symbol of the Yes campaign in Ireland's gay marriage debate, has hit out at Australian politicians over the controversial Safe Schools program.
Gay senator asks Liberal
colleagues to have empathy for young people in Safe Schools debate (The Age, Melbourne)
Feb 29 - The Coalition's first openly gay MP, Dean Smith, has called on his colleagues to show more support for young people and their parents in the increasingly heated debate about the Safe Schools anti-bullying program.
Islamic College of South
Australia 'confident' about ongoing federal funding (ABC News)
Mar 3 - The acting principal of the Islamic College of South Australia says she is optimistic about ongoing federal funding after statements by the Education Minister.
with education with religion in Qld state schools (Brisbane Times)
Mar 4 - Not enough state school parents understand what religion instruction involves, secular advocates believes, with more parents pushing for transparency at their children's schools.
Catholic church ahead of first New Zealand Rebel Heart show (Sydney Morning Herald)
Mar 4 - A week out from bringing her Rebel Heart tour to Australia, Madonna has been labelled "hugely offensive" by the Catholic Bishop of Auckland ahead of her New Zealand shows.
Saint's treasure 'worth
more than British crown jewels' sparks church battle (ABC News)
Mar 6 - Thousands have protested in Naples in a bid to prevent the Catholic Church gaining any control over the treasure of a local saint that is reputedly worth more than the British crown jewels.
IS teen girl stabs
police officer in Germany (news.com.au)
Mar 5 - A TEENAGE Moroccan girl who cops now say was furious at having to move away from the Islamic State has been arrested following a shocking stabbing attack on a German officer.
Pope Francis condemns
'diabolical' attack on Yemen aged care home (ABC News)
Mar 6 - Yemeni authorities have blamed the Islamic State group for an attack on an aged care home run by missionaries that killed 16 people and was condemned by Pope Francis as "diabolical".
How Islamic State is
training child killers in doctrine of hate (The Guardian, Australia)
Mar 6 - A new generation of Isis recruits is being developed in the Islamic State’s “caliphate”, indoctrinated with religious concepts from birth, and viewed by its fighters as better and purer than themselves, according to the first study of the exploitation and abuse of children as a means of securing the group’s future.
China jails Christian
pastor for 14 years: official (Seven News)
Feb 29 - Shanghai (AFP) - A Chinese court has sentenced a Christian pastor to 14 years in jail for embezzlement and other charges, a court official confirmed on Monday, after the preacher opposed the forced removal of crosses from churches.
Weddings legalised for
Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster in New Zealand (ABC News)
Mar 1 - It's official — New Zealanders can now tie the noodle knot in a legally recognised Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster wedding ceremony.
Polygamist US sect hit
with raids, arrests and discrimination case (Sydney Morning Herald)
Mar 5 - Hildale, Utah: Andrew Chatwin watched as federal agents and sheriff's deputies swarmed this rural polygamist outpost, storming dairy and produce stores and a food distribution centre in black bulletproof vests, guns drawn, handcuffs dangling from their belts.
Shia hero regrets
butchering (The Australian)
Mar 5 - The sword-wielding Abu Azrael now rues the notoriety that has resulted in a bounty on his life.
Islamic group ordered to
stop segregating men and women (Sydney Morning Herald)
Mar 4 - Controversial Islamic group Hizb ut-Tahrir has been ordered to stop forcibly segregating men and women at its public events after a NSW tribunal found the practice constituted sexual discrimination.
group Hizb ut-Tahrir found guilty of gender discrimination (Seven News)
Mar 6 - A Radical Muslim group has been found guilty of discriminating against women after making them sit at the back of public meetings.
Australia could be the
next Paris, terrorism expert warns (Sydney Morning Herald)
Mar 6 - Progress in the bombing campaign against Islamic State has heightened the risk of the terror group lashing out and striking back on Australian soil, one of the world experts on suicide terrorism has warned.
Panti Bliss, the 'Queen
of Ireland', talks bullying, Catholicism and gay marriage (ABC News)
Feb 29 - Panti Bliss is resplendent in shimmering green sequins and heels, with a corset creating eye-popping curves on her Amazonian frame.
Q&A: Lyle Shelton
and Kerryn Phelps clash on same-sex marriage and Safe Schools program (The Age, Melbourne)
Mar 1 – (Opinion: Neil McMahon) Q&A, an equal opportunity clearing house for the cockamamie and the well-considered, is always there to remind us of one thing: on same-sex marriage, the nation is engaged but rather nervous about the ceremony.
Kodi Maybir, Christian
hip hop artist, sentenced to 31 years' jail for murdering girlfriend's 7yo son (ABC News)
Mar 4 - A Christian hip hop artist who systematically abused and then killed his girlfriend's seven-year-old son has been sentenced to at least 31 years and six months in jail.
brainscans: How IS lights up the brain of recruits (Sydney Morning Herald)
Mar 5 - High-tech brain scans could hold the key to unlocking the "black box" mystery of why Australian teenagers such as Abdullah Elmir and Jake Bilardi suddenly ran off to join the terror group Islamic State.
In the name of the
father - the burden of the good priest in a time of shame (Brisbane Times)
Mar 5 - Pope Francis has talked about the Church as a field hospital for the wounded.
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