by Greg Spearritt
Religion News Australia
April 10 - 17, 2016
Religion news stories from Australia
(Research: Greg Spearritt)
George Pell's lawyers
score small victory at Royal Commission (Brisbane Times)
Apr 13 - Lawyers for Cardinal George Pell have sought to discredit a witness at the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sex Abuse on Wednesday, persuading Justice Peter McClellan to publicly release a document they say calls into question the testimony of a man whose brother was allegedly abused by disgraced Ballarat Christian Brother Edward Dowlan.
Parents shocked as
priest compares adultery to paedophilia (Sydney Morning Herald)
Apr 14 - A Catholic priest has offended parents at a Malvern East school by comparing paedophile priests to adulterous women in a school newsletter.
Catholic church defends
priest who likened paedophile priests to adulterers (The Guardian, Australia)
Apr 15 - The Catholic church in Melbourne has defended comments by a parish priest that likened paedophile priests to biblical adulterers as an “excellent homily” and said only “lazy people” would interpret it as equating an extramarital affair with paedophilia.
told of child sex abuse rumours but did nothing – inquiry (The Guardian, Australia)
Apr 14 - A senior Catholic nun, alarmed that a priest had boys in his bedroom, told a Melbourne archbishop about rumours he was sexually abusing boys.
seek training in how to spot, report child sex abusers (ABC News)
Apr 14 - There has been a spike in Canberra churchgoers seeking child protection training following royal commission revelations of past Australian child sex abuse.
Anglican Archbishop Jeffrey Driver calls for greater ‘connection’ (Adelaide Now)
Apr 10 - GRIEF and satisfaction were the overriding emotions for departing Anglican Archbishop Jeffrey Driver on Sunday when he told his flock the time had come for him to retire.
When it comes to keeping
the faithful happy, the Pope giveth, and the Pope taketh away (The Guardian, Australia)
Apr 13 – (Opinion: Kristina Keneally) For the past few years the Catholic world has been waiting for Pope Francis to do something that would declare his hand.
Islamic schools keep
federal funding after government probe (ABC News)
Apr 13 - Islamic schools in Perth, Melbourne and Brisbane will hang on to their public funding following a Federal Government review sparked by concerns over their financial management and governance.
Islamic schools stripped
of Federal Government funding after review (news.com.au)
Apr 14 - IT ONCE had support from the King of Saudi Arabia but a controversial Islamic school now faces financial ruin after $20 million in government funding was cut off.
Pope can’t abandon ‘just
war’ (The Australian)
Apr 16 – (Opinion: Tess Livingstone) The push to overturn the 1700-year-old Christian tradition is a dangerous one.
Pope Francis flies 12
Syrian refugees to Rome after Lesbos visit (ABC News)
Apr 17 - Pope Francis has taken three families of Syrian refugees back to Rome after visiting the frontline of Europe's migrant crisis at a camp in Greece where migrants wept at his feet, kissed his hand and begged for help.
‘Before they are
numbers, these people are human beings’: pope’s poignant visit to refugees (The Guardian, Australia)
Apr 17 - It lasted barely five hours, began on the asphalt of an island airport, moved to a prison-like camp, stopped at a harbour and ended on the runway again.
Young Arabs see militant
group as biggest regional challenge, new survey reveals (ABC News)
Apr 13 - Young Arabs view Islamic State militants as the biggest challenge facing their region, according to a new survey, with many blaming poor job opportunities for the rise of the hardline group.
Muslims not all one type (The Australian)
Apr 17 - Southeast Asians studying in the Middle East show no indication of being radicalised.
questioned on claim Poles killed more Jews than Germans in war (The Guardian, Australia)
Apr 14 - A Polish prosecutor has questioned a Polish-American scholar, Jan Tomasz Gross, to determine if he committed the crime of publicly insulting the nation with a statement on Polish violence against Jews during the second world war.
Chibok girls: 'Proof of
life' video claims girls kidnapped by Boko Haram are well (Sydney Morning Herald)
Apr 14 - Lagos: A video appearing to show proof of life of 15 of Nigeria's kidnapped Chibok girls is being aired along with images of tearful parents recognising their daughters, unheard of since the mass abduction by the Islamic extremist group Boko Haram two years ago.
Chilling video shows
abducted Nigerian schoolgirls may still be alive (news.com.au)
Apr 14 - “WHAT’S your name? Is that the name your parents recognise? Where were you taken from?”
Chilling final words of
James Foley just before he was beheaded by Jihadi John (news.com.au)
Apr 14 - ISLAMIC State hostage John Cantlie has revealed US captive James Foley’s chilling final words minutes before he was brutally executed.
Five held by anti-terror
police in Birmingham and Gatwick (news.com.au)
Apr 15 - BRITISH police have arrested five people on suspicion of preparing acts of terrorism as part of an investigation which a security source said was linked to the attacks in Paris and Brussels.
Al-Qaida in the Arabian
Peninsula video said to show Australians killed by drones (The Guardian, Australia)
Apr 17 - Al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) has published images of two Australians it says were killed by US drone strikes in Yemen.
Dozens killed, hundreds
injured in India temple fire (Sydney Morning Herald)
Apr 10 - New Delhi: A massive fire that broke out during a fireworks display in an Indian temple has killed at least 84 people and injured 200.
Losing my religion: life
after extreme belief (The
Apr 11 - Fleeing the grip of a sect can be a matter of life or death. Megan Phelps-Roper, and two other former believers, reveal how they lost almost everything when they lost their faith
Were key texts written
earlier than previously thought? (news.com.au)
Apr 13 - Archaeologists and mathematicians in Israel have unearthed evidence that could suggest key biblical texts were composed earlier than previously thought.
Katy Perry wins a
victory in battle to buy nuns’ convent (Sydney Morning Herald)
Apr 14 - In a victory for Katy Perry, a Los Angeles judge announced Wednesday that she intends to block an effort by nuns to sell a convent in the city’s Los Feliz neighborhood to a competing buyer.
Letting them die:
parents refuse medical help for children in the name of Christ (The Guardian, Australia)
Apr 14 - Mariah Walton’s voice is quiet – her lungs have been wrecked by her illness, and her respirator doesn’t help.
Hindus foment Islam
hysteria (The Australian)
Apr 16 - Rising fears about Islamic State are being harnessed.
Church of the Flying
Spaghetti Monster: 'Noodly knot' tied in religion's first legal wedding (ABC News)
Apr 17 - The Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster has held its first legally recognised marriage, with the offbeat movement hailing the New Zealand ceremony as a world-first milestone toward acceptance.
Holy yoga wars:
spiritual spat as Christians stake claim to Hindu tradition (Sydney Morning Herald)
Apr 17 - It is during yoga that Josephine Lau feels closest to Jesus.
IS supporter carves
'e4e' on ex-Australian soldier's head in NSW prison (Sydney Morning Herald)
Apr 10 - The manager of a NSW prison has been stood down after a young Islamic State supporter allegedly attacked a former Australian soldier in a jail cell.
Prisoner should be
rehabilitated, terrorism expert says (ABC News)
Apr 11 - Radicalised inmates should be rehabilitated rather than isolated in high security, a terrorism expert says, after a prisoner and former Australian soldier was bashed and had a jihadist slogan carved into his head by a radicalised teenager he was sharing a cell with.
Prisoner injured in
Islamic State attack may not have been a veteran: David Elliott (Sydney Morning Herald)
Apr 11 - NSW Corrections Minister David Elliott says he has been unable find any evidence that a prisoner who was allegedly attacked by an Islamic State supporter at a jail on the NSW Mid North Coast was an Australian Army veteran.
convicted terrorist married ‘killer hitman’ Rodney ‘Goldie’ Atkinson behind
bars (Daily Telegraph,
Apr 10 - ALLEGED former contract killer and aspiring UFC fighter Rodney “Goldie’’ Atkinson has revealed how he was married by Australia’s first convicted terrorist inside NSW’s most secure jail.
Pro-Islamic State cyber
group hack websites of Australian small businesses (ABC News)
Apr 16 - A group of pro-Islamic State (IS) hackers have gone on a website defacement spree, breaking into the websites of more than 20 Australian small businesses.
Extremist back on
circuit (The Australian)
Apr 16 - In the heart of southwestern Sydney, one of Australia’s most notorious Islamic extremists has quietly resurfaced.
Safe Schools: The
Christian Right's roots in rural Queensland (Brisbane Times)
Apr 11 – (Opinion: John Harrison ) With unemployment in Mackay at 6.9 per cent, why did the local federal member, George Christensen (LNP, Dawson) spend so much time attacking the Safe Schools anti-bullying program during the last sitting of the Parliament?
The marriage debate is
not about autonomy or equality (Sydney Morning Herald)
Apr 13 – (Opinion: Jeremy Bell) The case for same-sex marriage can seem both straightforward and unanswerable.
Telstra denies backflip after pressure from Catholic church (The Guardian, Australia)
Apr 13 - Telstra has claimed it has not changed its position on marriage equality after pressure from the Catholic church, despite saying it will not drive further public debate on the issue.
Church told gay CEOs at
Qantas, SBS to stop supporting marriage equality (Sydney Morning Herald)
Apr 16 - The Catholic church lobbied two of Australia's most prominent gay chief executives to stop their companies' support for marriage equality.
suspended for posting degrading slurs before Greens MP Jenny Leong harassed (Sydney Morning
Apr 17 - Police officers were posting homophobic and sexually degrading posts on social media before a NSW Police Integrity Commission investigation homed in on the racial and sexist harassment of an MP.
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