by Greg Spearritt
Religion News Australia
February 26 – March 5, 2017
Religion news stories from Australia
(Research: Greg Spearritt)
Priest accused of inappropriately touching
children living next to Canberra primary schools (Canberra Times)
Feb 28 - Catholic Archbishop Christopher Prowse moved a priest who was investigated for inappropriately touching children to live next to two Canberra primary schools because there was nowhere else to put him, the archbishop has revealed.
Canberra parents left in the dark over
disgraced priest living next door to primary schools (ABC
Mar 3 - Parents of students at a Catholic primary school in Canberra were never told a priest accused of inappropriate conduct with children was living in a neighbouring retirement home.
Catholic Church moves three former priests
away from Canberra schools after community concerns (ABC
Mar 3 - In the wake of community outcry, the Catholic Church says it has now removed three former priests from a Catholic-run retirement home neighbouring two Canberra primary schools.
Catholic Archbishop promises a listening
tour with victims of sexual abuse (Canberra
Mar 1 - The Catholic Archbishop of Canberra and Goulburn has promised a "listening tour" to meet victims of child sexual abuse and their families as part of a healing mission in the lead-up to Easter.
Catholic primary school teacher charged
over child exploitation material (ABC
Mar 1 - A West Australian Catholic primary school teacher has been charged with possessing and distributing child exploitation material.
Bravehearts founder calls for Catholic
Archbishop to resign over relocation of priest (ABC
Mar 2 - The founder of a group that advocates for and supports victims of sexual assault has called for Catholic Archbishop Christopher Prowse to resign over the relocation of a priest accused of inappropriate behaviour towards children.
Catholic Church blocks victims\’ path to further compensation (ABC
Mar 3 - The Catholic Church’s Melbourne Archdiocese has rejected an independent review’s recommendation to extend compensation for child sex abuse victims to their families or carers.
Beaconsfield Anglican church welcomes
Muslim community, offers land for mosque (ABC
Mar 1 - An Anglican church in Perth’s south, which has been opening its doors to local Muslim worshippers once a week, has offered to sell part of its land for a mosque to be built next door.
Remains of Tasmania\’s first Catholic Bishop Robert Willson arrive from UK (ABC
Mar 1 - Tasmania’s first Catholic bishop has returned to the island state, more than 150 years after his death.
Melbourne Uni college \’strongly deplores\’ academic\’s link to notorious
cult The Family (The Age,
Feb 27 - The University of Melbourne’s prestigious Queen’s College council has rebuked one of its former leaders for helping set up The Family, saying it "strongly deplores" Dr Raynor Johnson’s seminal role in the notorious cult.
Clerical abuse victim leaves Vatican
commission, accuses it of \’silence and secrecy\’ (ABC
Mar 2 - A prominent survivor of clerical sexual abuse has accused authorities within the Vatican of hiding behind a culture of silence and secrecy to avoid dealing with the issue.
Opponent of female priests urged to decline
bishop of Sheffield post (The
Feb 24 - A senior Church of England theologian has called on the newly appointed bishop of Sheffield to stand aside ahead of his consecration, saying his opposition to female priests will “cause significant pastoral and public damage to the church”.
Civil war in the Vatican as conservatives
battle Francis for the soul of Catholicism (The Guardian, Australia)
Mar 5 – (Opinion: Catherine Pepinster) When Pope Francis was elected nearly four years ago, on 13 March 2013, he was escorted – like every pope before him – from the Sistine Chapel to the Room of Tears.
\’I spent the night at my Muslim friends\’\’: Christians flee
Islamic State in Sinai (Sydney Morning Herald)
Feb 27 - Ismailia, Egypt: Some fled with little more than the clothes they were wearing, terrified that the militants of Islamic State would come for them next.
Khabib Nurmagomedov\’s father and mentor denied visa for US ahead of UFC 209 (The Guardian, Australia)
Feb 28 - The father of one of MMA’s most talented fighters, Khabib Nurmagomedov, has been denied a visa to the US ahead of this weekend’s UFC 209 in Las Vegas.
Tariq Ramadan: \’Muslims need to reform
their minds\’ (The Guardian, Australia)
Mar 1 - Tariq Ramadan knows all about travel bans.
US Jewish centres report another wave of
hoax bomb threats: NBC (Brisbane
Feb 28 - New York: At least 16 Jewish community centres and schools around the United States reported receiving bomb threats on Monday, NBC News reported, the fifth wave of such threats this year that have stoked fears of a resurgence of anti-Semitism.
President Donald Trump suggests
anti-Semitic threats coming from Jews (news.com.au)
Mar 1 - PRESIDENT Donald Trump has suggested a series of bomb threats against Jewish community centres across the United States could be coming from within the Jewish community itself.
Mosul: \’Scared, tired, hungry\’ civilians flee Iraqi city, caught in Islamic State crossfire (ABC
Feb 27 - Thousands of civilians have fled western Mosul as Iraqi forces continue to push back Islamic State militants.
Philippines condemns \’barbaric beheading\’ of German hostage Jurgen Kantner (Brisbane Times)
Feb 27 - Manila: The Philippines on Monday condemned the "barbaric beheading" of a German captive by Islamic State-linked Abu Sayyaf militants, who posted a video of the killing after a deadline for a 30m peso, or around $777, 600, ransom passed.
Suspected terrorist shot dead after bomb
explosion in Bandung, Indonesia (Brisbane
Feb 28 - Jakarta: A suspected terrorist believed to have links to Islamic State was shot dead by police on Monday after a bomb was detonated in the Indonesian city of Bandung.
US drone strike in Syria kills top al-Qaida
leader, jihadis say (The Guardian,
Feb 28 - One of al-Qaida’s most senior global leaders has been killed by a US drone strike in north-west Syria, jihadi leaders have said.
Nigeria rejected British offer to rescue
seized Chibok schoolgirls (The
Mar 5 - British armed forces offered to attempt to rescue nearly 300 Nigerian schoolgirls kidnapped by the Islamist militant group Boko Haram, but were rebuffed by Goodluck Jonathan, Nigeria’s president at the time, the Observer has learned.
Australians aren\’t as Islamophobic as
we\’re led to believe (ABC
Feb 27 – (Opinion: Riaz Hassan ) Over the last few months, several reports have indicated a significant number of Australians hold anti-Muslim attitudes.
Halal certification defamation case against
Kirralie Smith settled out of court (Sydney Morning Herald)
Feb 28 - A Supreme Court defamation case brought by halal certifier Mohamed El-Mouelhy against the far-right Q Society has been settled out of court, with the organisation, its board members and politician Kirralie Smith making an apology.
SBS\’s Is Australia Racist?
exposes a shocking insight into everyday bigotry (Brisbane Times)
Feb 28 - "Where’s your f---ing face? What are you hiding from? F---ing Allah?" These questions were among the abuse caught on shocking hidden-camera footage of a random hate-filled attack on a young Muslim woman by herself in a shopping centre.
Man arrested at Young, NSW for allegedly
researching missiles for Islamic State (ABC
Feb 28 - A 42-year-old electrician alleged to be helping Islamic State develop sophisticated missile technology is behind bars after being arrested at Young, north-west of Canberra.
Major police operation underway in NSW town
of Young (news.com.au)
Feb 28 - MANY would know the small NSW town of Young as the “Cherry Capital of Australia”, but news of a terrorism raid has put the spotlight on the area’s Muslim population.
\’I feel sorry for her\’: Australia Post boss Ahmed Fahour slams
Pauline Hanson over religion innuendo (Sydney Morning Herald)
Feb 28 - Outgoing Australia Post managing director Ahmed Fahour has lashed out at One Nation leader Pauline Hanson for her "ill-informed" and "hurtful" comments about his Islamic faith at his final appearance before Senate estimates hearings.
Donald Trump\’s America shows why
Australians are turning to Pauline Hanson (ABC
Mar 3 – (Opinion: Stan Grant) There are things people say sometimes that really pull me up short and it happened again this week.
Turnbull ramps up national security
rhetoric, saying Australia is \’destroying\’ Isis (The Guardian, Australia)
Mar 3 - Malcolm Turnbull has muscled up his language on national security, declaring Australia’s objective is to kill fighters serving with Islamic State in the Middle East wherever possible.
Pauline Hanson blasts Muslims, praises
Putin, questions vaccines in ABC interview (Sydney Morning Herald)
Mar 5 - Muslims want to impose Sharia law because they "hate Western society," Australia needs a "strong" leader like Vladimir Putin and the government must stop "blackmailing" parents into vaccinating their children, Pauline Hanson has told the ABC.
Catholicism has done more harm to Australia
than Islam. Where\’s the outrage? (The Guardian, Australia)
Feb 28 – (Opinion: Kristina Keneally) Every Muslim who speaks out is expected to own, explain and condemn any act carried out by Muslims worldwide. The same doesn’t apply to Catholics
Lent sacrifices still relevant as Christian
tradition spans generations (ABC
Mar 1 - "What are you giving up for Lent?" is a phrase commonly used at this time of year.
Religious fanatics charged over damage to
Toowong war memorial (Brisbane
Mar 2 - Charges have been laid against religious fanatics who confessed to vandalising an Australian war memorial at Toowong, over what they said were its "blasphemous" overtones.
Is the church\’s culture of shame
increasing abortions? (ABC News)
Mar 5 – (Opinion: Michael Paget) I have been the senior minister at St Barnabas Broadway, in Sydney’s inner city, for six years.
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