by Greg Spearritt
Religion News Australia
March 13 - 20, 2016
Religion news stories from Australia
(Research: Greg Spearritt)
Former Marist Brothers
teacher admits indecently assaulting students (ABC News)
Mar 14 - A former Catholic school teacher has pleaded guilty to a string of indecent assaults involving students in northern New South Wales in the 1970s and '80s.
Anglican Bishop welcomes
Royal Commission hearing in Newcastle (ABC News)
Mar 16 - Newcastle's Anglican Bishop Greg Thompson says having the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse come to Newcastle will be important for the community.
Former Catholic Church
insider calls for police and royal commission to subpoena secret 'red files' (ABC News)
Mar 17 - A former Catholic Church insider has called on police and the royal commission to subpoena all of the church's secret clergy abuse documents — known as the "red files".
Tasmania's new Bishop
Richard Condie consecrated amid child sex abuse inquiry fallout (ABC
Mar 19 - A new Anglican bishop has been consecrated in Tasmania as the church continues to deal with the fallout from the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.
Matilda lyricist Tim
Minchin has no regrets over that George Pell song (Sydney Morning Herald)
Mar 14 - Tim Minchin has no regrets about Come Home Cardinal Pell, the song in which he urged Australia's highest-ranking Catholic clergyman to catch a plane from Rome to face the Royal Commission in person.
Arson attempt on
Catholic church where paedophile Terrence Pidoto was priest (The Age, Melbourne)
Mar 15 - Another Melbourne Catholic Church historically linked with a prominent paedophile priest
Religious Instruction in
Queensland schools is discriminatory (Brisbane Times)
Mar 14 – (Opinion: Hugh Harris ) When I found out my eight-year-old had been taught at school that there's no God, I was shocked.
St Joseph's principal
brushes off bullied student's Safe Schools Coalition plea (Brisbane Times)
Mar 15 - A gay student at St Joseph's College Gregory Terrace has hit back at his school's decision to not join the Safe Schools Coalition.
Sydney Catholic schools
looking to appoint principals from other industries (Sydney Morning Herald)
Mar 20 - The career path to principal traditionally started in the classroom but, in a major shift, the Catholic education system in Sydney's west says their new school leaders may not be teachers but managers from the private sector.
Barbarin: hardline Catholic mired in abuse scandal (Seven News)
Mar 16 - Lyon (AFP) - French Cardinal Philippe Barbarin, accused of covering up sex abuse, is a hardline Catholic who has been outspoken against gay marriage and championed the cause of Christians persecuted in Iraq and Syria.
Vatican due to approve
Mother Teresa's sainthood (The
Mar 15 - Mother Teresa’s elevation to the Catholic sainthood is expected to be announced on Tuesday by a Vatican committee.
Shi’ites kick head of
ISIS teen (The Australian)
Mar 14 - Panic and brutality mark front line in the new battle for Fallujah.
Two brave women carry
hidden cameras, film life inside Islamic State-held al-Raqqah, Syria (news.com.au)
Mar 14 - THIS is what it looks like inside the city Islamic State sealed off from the rest of world.
Brussels police hunt
fleeing gunmen in Paris attacks investigation, officers wounded in shootouts (ABC News)
Mar 16 - Armed Belgian police, with French support, are hunting at least two fleeing gunmen who wounded four officers during a raid in Brussels linked to the investigation of November's Islamist attacks in Paris, officials say.
attacks suspect captured alive after police raid in Brussels (ABC News)
Mar 19 - The most-wanted fugitive from November's Paris attacks has been arrested after being shot in the leg during a dramatic police raid in Brussels.
Abdeslam's trial could lift lid on secret world of Isis (The Guardian, Australia)
Mar 19 - With Salah Abdeslam possibly set to appear before a judge in Brussels as early as Saturday, the key issue will be the extradition of the 26-year-old alleged extremist to France.
Key Paris attacks suspect
'wanted to blow himself up'
Mar 20 - Key Paris attacks suspect Salah Abdeslam has told interrogators that he "wanted to blow himself up" at the Stade de France but changed his mind, Paris prosecutor Francois Molins told a Paris news conference.
Paris attacks suspect
Salah Abdeslam fights extradition to France (The Age, Melbourne)
Mar 20 - Salah Abdeslam, the prime surviving suspect in November's Paris attacks, answered questions from Belgian investigators on Saturday, but will fight extradition to France, his lawyer said.
the activists turning young Muslims away from extremism (The Guardian, Australia)
Mar 19 - Jahan Mahmood doesn’t bring out his stash of unexploded shells straight away.
Islamic State Jihadists
conducting ‘genocide’: US (The
Mar 19 - The US has declared Islamic State’s slaughter of Christians, Yazidis and Shi’ites in Iraq and Syria amounts to genocide and has vowed to halt it.
British journalist and
ISIS hostage John Cantlie has resurfaced in a new ISIS video (news.com.au)
Mar 20 - CAPTIVE British journalist John Cantlie appeared for the first time in more than a year in an ISIS propaganda video released Saturday in which he mocks President Obama.
India's hardline Hindus
abandon trademark shorts (Seven News)
Mar 13 - New Delhi (AFP) - A hardline Indian Hindu movement announced Sunday it was abandoning its trademark khaki shorts to try to modernise the dress code, 91 years after adopting the austere military-style uniform.
PETA urges Christians to
go vegan (Seven News)
Mar 17 - Animal rights activist group PETA Australia has launched a campaign urging Christians to go vegan in time for Easter.
Hindu activist dies
after drinking pesticide in cows rights protest in India (ABC News)
Mar 18 - A Hindu cow rights activist who drank pesticide as part of a protest in India calling for the animals to be given greater protection has died of his injuries.
Exiled Tibetans vote to elect political
leader to succeed Dalai Lama (ABC News)
Mar 20 - Exiled Tibetans have started voting to elect a political leader for the next five years in a bid to help sustain their struggle to secure complete autonomy for Chinese-ruled Tibet.
Hunter Valley mosque plans
changed after community concerns (ABC News)
Mar 15 - The organisation behind plans to build a mosque in the Hunter Valley has called on the proposal to be judged on its merits rather than the opinions of those against all Islamic developments.
Karen Nettleton embarks
on desperate trip to Syria to rescue Sharrouf children (Sydney Morning Herald)
Mar 19 - Karen Nettleton, the mother-in-law of notorious Australian Islamic state terrorist Khaled Sharrouf is travelling to Turkey in a bid to recover her five grandchildren.
Jewish solidarity by
lawyer 'misguided' (The
Mar 16 - A prominent Victorian lawyer relied on a “misguided concept” of religious solidarity when he rebuked the victim of a notorious Jewish pedophile ...
Lobby registers Eternity House building as a separate not-for-profit (Brisbane Times)
Mar 19 - Directors of the Australian Christian Lobby have registered the organisation's Canberra office premises as a separate not-for-profit entity.
Are we ready to face
death without religion? (The
Mar 14 – (Opinion: Adam Lee) For centuries, the Christian church wrote the script for how westerners deal with death.
Holiest of times for
water worshippers in Sydney (ABC News)
Mar 18 - Hundreds of followers of an ancient Middle Eastern faith have descended on a river in western Sydney for one of the holiest weeks in their calendar.
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