by Greg Spearritt
Religion News Australia
January 29 – February 5, 2017
Religion news stories from Australia
(Research: Greg Spearritt)
Child sex abuse set to cost Perth Anglican
diocese more than $1m over three years (Perth Now)
Jan 29 - CHILD sex abuse is expected to cost the Anglican diocese of Perth more than $1 million over just three years.
Pair sue church over child abuse (The Australian)
Feb 3 - Two brothers are suing the Anglican Church after a 42-year campaign to seek justice over their alleged child abuse.
Every Catholic archbishop to give evidence
next week (ABC News)
Feb 3 - Every Catholic archbishop in the country is to be called to give evidence at next week’s royal commission hearings in Sydney into child sexual abuse.
Child sex abuse royal commission:
Archbishops’ evidence will ’help provide closure for survivors’ (ABC
Feb 4 - The Catholic Church’s Truth, Justice and Healing Council has welcomed the announcement that almost all Australian Archbishops will front the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.
Australian Catholic Church warns
congregation ahead of final ’grim’ royal commission hearing (ABC
Feb 4 - Catholic Church leaders throughout Australia are warning church-goers and school parents about the release of data on Monday at the child sex abuse royal commission, describing it as an "horrific portrait of appalling abuse".
Victims tell of abuse by notorious Stannies
paedophile priest Brian Spillane (Sydney Morning Herald)
Feb 4 - Victims of the notorious paedophile priest Brian Joseph Spillane have told of devastating and lifelong effects suffered due to the sexual abuse experienced at a prestigious Catholic country boarding school between the 1970s and 1990s.
St Stanislaus chaplain targeted homesick
boys for abuse, court hears (The
Feb 4 - Former priest Brian Spillane took advantage of homesick young boarding school students, then used emotional blackmail to ensure his victims kept quiet, a court has heard.
Teacher watchdog leaked secret Yeshivah sex
abuse complaint (The Age,
Feb 5 - The Victorian teaching regulator has leaked a confidential document that publicly exposed the identity of a complainant, causing them to be relentlessly bullied and ostracised, Fairfax Media can reveal.
Catholic use of confession to be
scrutinised by child abuse royal commission (The Guardian, Australia)
Feb 5 - Whether what is heard in the confessional box should continue to stay there will be considered by the child sexual abuse royal commission as it again turns its focus to widespread offending in the Catholic Church in Australia this week.
Focus on Church a waste of time (The Australian)
Feb 5 – (Opinion: Gerard Henderson) Almost all institutions mishandled child sexual abuse allegations until recently.
What real Australian Mormons think about
The Book of Mormon musical (ABC
Feb 4 - The sell-out stage show The Book of Mormon mocks their faith.
What a (lapsed) Mormon thinks after
watching The Book of Mormon (The
Feb 4 - Most practising Mormons would know, or would have encountered, a real-life Elder Cunningham, the not-so-street smart lead character of the hit musical The Book of Mormon.
Nun receives death threats for suggesting
Mary was not a virgin (The
Feb 3 - A nun in Spain who says she received death threats for suggesting that Mary probably had sex with her husband, Joseph, has apologised for any offence caused but accused her critics of deliberately misunderstanding her point.
Austria’s Muslim face veil ban (The Australian)
Feb 1 - Austria bans Muslim face veils as the government tries to counter the rise of the far-right Freedom Party.
A show more extreme than reality (The Australian)
Feb 4 – (Opinion: David Kilcullen) The US ban on Muslim travel caused vast disruption for little or no gain.
Queer Muslim women from the south: ’We
exist and we’re fierce’ (The
Feb 4 - It’s been especially challenging to be a Muslim this past week.
Steve Bannon’s Islamophobic film script just
one example of anti-Muslim views (The
Feb 4 - The emergence this week of a script for an Islamophobic film written a decade ago by Steve Bannon, Donald Trump’s chief strategist, has drawn new attention to Bannon’s past statements about Islam, and to his view that “the Judeo-Christian west” is engaged in a “global war” against “jihadist Islamic fascism”.
Bangladesh plans to relocate Rohingya
refugees to prevent ’intermingling’ (ABC
Feb 1 - Bangladesh has resurrected a plan to relocate thousands of Rohingya Muslims fleeing violence in Myanmar’s north-western Rakhine State to a flooded island in the Bay of Bengal to prevent them from "intermingling" with Bangladeshi citizens.
Quebec mosque attack: Canadian Muslims
point to anti-immigrant ’trash radio’ (Sydney Morning Herald)
Feb 1 - Quebec: They call it "radio poubelle," or trash radio.
After the Quebec mosque attack, Canada
needs to take a hard look at itself (The Guardian, Australia)
Feb 3 – (Opinion: Emer O’Toole) On Monday, a gunman walked into a mosque in Quebec City and murdered six innocent people.
German police raid homes and mosques,
arrest Tunisian suspected of planning attack (ABC
Feb 1 - More than 1,100 German police have searched 54 homes, business premises and mosques in Frankfurt and other towns in the western state of Hesse and arrested a Tunisian man suspected of planning an attack.
Jewish community centers in US receive
nearly 50 bomb threats in 2017 so far (The Guardian, Australia)
Feb 4 - Nearly 50 bomb threats have been received by Jewish community organizations in the US since the start of the year, in a climate of rising antisemitism nationwide.
Indonesian women being radicalised into would-be
suicide bombers – report (The
Feb 4 - Indonesia is being urged to tackle an increasing threat of would-be female terrorists who are being spurred on via social media to engage in extremist Islamist networks.
Isis paying smugglers’ fees in recruitment
drive among child refugees (The
Feb 5 - Islamic State is paying the smugglers’ fees of child refugees in a desperate attempt to attract new recruits, according to a report highlighting the potential vulnerability of unaccompanied minors to radicalisation.
Johnson Amendment: Trump wants religion and
politics to mix (Brisbane Times)
Feb 3 - Washington: US President Donald Trump vowed on Thursday to "totally destroy" a measure that bars houses of worship from endorsing political candidates, and eager Capitol Hill conservatives are ready to fight for him.
Donald Trump prays for The Apprentice
ratings at DC National Prayer Breakfast (Brisbane Times)
Feb 3 - At the annual National Prayer Breakfast in Washington on Thursday, Donald Trump only had one thing on his mind: Arnold Schwarzenegger.
The secret life of America’s modern Amish (news.com.au)
Feb 5 - THEY’RE known for funny hats, drab clothing, and horse-drawn buggies.
Halal snack pack named people’s choice
word of 2016 by Macquarie Dictionary (Brisbane Times)
Feb 1 - There were queues at kebab stands as its popularity skyrocketed, a HSP appreciation society was formed, and the greasy treat made its mark on Australian politics on election night when Labor senator Sam Dastyari offered to take Pauline Hanson out for a halal bite.
World Hijab Day: Women show solidarity with
Muslims by covering their heads (ABC News)
Feb 2 - Women around the world have been sharing pictures of themselves wearing a hijab in support of Muslim women on World Hijab Day on February 1.
Bankstown terror teen tried to join Islamic
State on family holiday, court hears (Sydney Morning Herald)
Feb 4 - It was supposed to be a family holiday to discover his homeland of Egypt.
Systematic racism, dehumanisation and
Islamophobia (The Saturday Paper)
Feb 4 – (Opinion: Roj Amedi) The destruction and degradation of human life is always insidious and systematic.
I broke bread with Malcolm Turnbull. Now he’s
breaking my heart (The Guardian,
Feb 3 – (Opinion: Yassmin Abdel-Magied) Malcolm Turnbull is breaking my heart.
’I was suicidal every day’: Gay
conversion Australia’s secret shame (news.com.au)
Feb 2 - SURVIVORS of gay conversion therapy say a new watchdog for dodgy health practitioners doesn’t go far enough, and the practice is still alive and well in Australia.
Bid to raise $1 million for giant Christian
cross in Central Australia (ABC
Feb 2 - The Christian organisation behind plans to build a giant illuminated cross atop a hill in remote Central Australia wants to raise a further $1 million for the project.
Mormons in the Never Never (ABC
Feb 4 - It’s not a place you would expect to find Mormons knocking on your door.
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