Religion News Australia 2017 - 11 (Mar 11 - 19)

  (18 March 17)
  by Greg Spearritt

Religion News Australia

March 11 - 19, 2017

Religion news stories from Australia

(Research: Greg Spearritt)

 

 

 

abuse / education / international stories / islam / judaism / religion & society

 

 

 

ABUSE

Reflections from the frontline in the war on Catholic child sex abuse (ABC News)  
Mar 13 – (Opinion: Jonathan Flynn) The presentation of victim impact statements is one of the most powerful and revealing parts of a child sexual abuse trial.

Newcastle Anglican bishop Greg Thompson quits after working hard to deal with abuse issues (ABC News)  
Mar 16 - Anglican Bishop of Newcastle Greg Thompson has resigned after three years of dealing with issues related to clerical abuse and cover ups.

Anglican Church ’deeply ashamed’ about 1,000 complaints of child sex abuse (ABC News)  
Mar 17 - Every Anglican Church diocese in the country bar one has received complaints of child sexual abuse in the past 35 years, a report has found.

Also: Hundreds of abuse allegations involving Anglican church: Royal Commission (Brisbane Times)
Mar 17 - Almost 1100 people alleged they were sexually abused as children in Anglican church institutions, according to new data made public by a royal commission.

Also: Royal commission reveals scale of child sexual abuse in Anglican church (The Guardian, Australia)
Mar 17 - More than 1,100 complaints of child sexual abuse were made against hundreds of Anglican church clergy and laypeople over 35 years, new data shows.

’She has killed me’ (The Australian)
Mar 18 - A landmark court case reveals the shocking story of abuse by a Jewish school principal, a doyenne of the community.

 

EDUCATION

Primary pupils’ beheading threat (The Australian)
Mar 16 - Primary school students in grades as early as Year 5 show signs of extremist ideology, threatening to behead teachers.

Help to fight radicals refused (The Australian)
Mar 18 - Principals at several Muslim schools in Sydney have rejected overtures to introduce a anti-radicalisation program.

 

INTERNATIONAL STORIES
Abuse

Pope may be backing away from promise to crack down on paedophiles, Catholic official says (ABC News)  
Mar 13 - Pope Francis’ recent decision to reduce sanctions for convicted paedophile priests is a worrying sign, the CEO of the Catholic Church’s Australian Truth Justice and Healing Council says.

Catholic Church

Sicilian bishop bans mafia godfathers from baptisms (The Guardian, Australia)
Mar 18 - A bishop in Sicily has banned known mafia criminals from acting as godfathers at baptisms in churches in his diocese.

Islam

Dutch Election: Mark Rutte’s VVD Party beats Geert Wilders’ PVV, exit poll shows (Sydney Morning Herald)  
Mar 16 - Amsterdam: The Netherlands’ centre-right Prime Minister Mark Rutte roundly saw off a challenge by the anti-Islam, anti-EU Geert Wilders in an election on Wednesday, exit polls said, a huge relief to other EU governments facing a wave of nationalism.

Spain’s Moriscos: a 400 year old Muslim tragedy is a story for today (The Guardian, Australia)
Mar 16 – (Opinion: Matthew Carr) I first heard about the expulsion of the 17th-century Spanish Muslims known as Moriscos back in 1992, when I was living in Barcelona.

Hijab ban ruling from European Union court prompts backlash from rights groups (ABC News)  
Mar 16 - European companies may forbid staff from wearing Islamic headscarves and other visible religious symbols under certain conditions, the European Union’s top court has ruled, setting off a storm of complaints from rights groups and religious leaders.

Geert Wilders’ populism rejected in Dutch election as Freedom Party falls well short (ABC News)  
Mar 19 – (Opinion: Steve Cannane) With more than 95 per cent of the votes counted, the anti-Islam, anti-EU candidate claimed just 20 seats in the Dutch lower house, well short of centre-right candidate and prime minister Mark Rutte who won 33 seats.

Religious Violence

Cameroon forces free 5000 from Boko Haram (The Age, Melbourne)
Mar 16 - Yaounde: West African forces have freed 5000 people being held in villages by Boko Haram, in an operation that killed more than 60 fighters and destroyed the Islamist group’s hideout along the Nigeria-Cameroon border, Cameroon says.

The looming crisis if Islamic State is defeated (news.com.au)
Mar 16 - COALITION forces have Islamic State on the ropes and its leader in hiding, but if you thought the terror group’s defeat might be a huge win for the west, think again.

How the Iraqi Army have battled car bombs, drones and mortars to reclaim Mosul (Sydney Morning Herald)  
Mar 18 - The "end is very near" for the Islamic State terror group in its Iraqi heartland of Mosul, according to Brigadier Hugh McAslan, the second-in-command of coalition land forces in the country.

Paris Orly Airport evacuated: man shot after stealing soldier’s gun (news.com.au)
Mar 19 - A CHILLING text sent by a gunman who fired at police before being shot dead after snatching a female soldier’s weapon at Paris Orly Airport has emerged.

Also: Attacker ’ready to die for Allah’ (The Australian)
Mar 19 - A gunman who attacked a soldier and tried to use her as a human shield at a Paris airport was carrying a copy of the Koran.

Also: Paris airport attacker had long criminal record (The Guardian, Australia)
Mar 19 - The Paris airport attacker who tried to take a soldier hostage before being shot dead had a long criminal record, French anti-terror officials have said.

The IS legion resigned to death (The Australian)
Mar 19 - Islamic State fighters from outside Iraq are being abandoned by local militants as the group loses ground in Mosul.

Banned and barred, Israel’s women stand up to religious hardliners (The Guardian, Australia)
Mar 19 - The jeering crowds of men, held back by a thin security cordon as they screamed at the small group of women heading to the most sacred site in Judaism, occasionally made contact, kicking, pushing or tripping one of the would-be worshippers.

Other

Modern witchcraft and the spell on Donald Trump — a murky cauldron (ABC News)  
Mar 13 – (Opinion: Marguerite Johnson) In the ongoing media coverage of the Trump presidency, an unusual story has made headlines.

 

ISLAM

Islamic State video shows man who studied at Australian university criticising ’idle’ Muslims (ABC News)  
Mar 16 - A Bangladeshi man who once studied at an Australian university has appeared in an Islamic State propaganda video to criticise fellow Muslims who have not embraced jihad.

 

JUDAISM

Holocaust survivor pays tribute to Swedish diplomat who saved tens of thousands of Hungarian Jews (ABC News)  
Mar 17 - Swedish humanitarian Raoul Wallenberg, credited with saving tens of thousands of Hungarian Jews during World War II, is being remembered in an exhibit touring Australia.

 

RELIGION & SOCIETY

Is nothing sacred? Mixed response to horse racing on Good Friday in Perth (ABC News)  
Mar 14 - Along with Christmas Day, Good Friday is traditionally a day when everything is closed.

Bibles, beer, two blokes in blue suits and the seven minutes I’ll never get back (Brisbane Times)
Mar 15 – (Opinion: John Birmingham) Well, that was weird.

Imam told mum her ’toddler was possessed by evil spirit’ before alleged murder (The Age, Melbourne)
Mar 15 - A mother accused of murdering her 14-month-old daughter was told by a Fijian imam that the toddler was possessed by an "evil spirit", police say.

God’s land: Tasmanian council votes to sell properties after family refuses to pay rates (ABC News)  
Mar 15 - The Meander Valley Council in Tasmania’s north has decided to sell three properties after the owners refused to pay rates on religious grounds.

Alleged Christian cemetery vandals to fight charges over war memorial damage (ABC News)  
Mar 16 - Two men accused of vandalising a cemetery war memorial at Toowong in Brisbane’s West have fronted the Brisbane Magistrates Court and intend to plead not guilty to wilful damage.

Serbian Orthodox priest finds cultural harmony in Australia (ABC News)  
Mar 17 - Serbian Orthodox priest Father Branko Bosancic is embracing life in Australia and says the cultural differences of his homeland are put aside in his community.

Heroin-in-the-altar convict says he was just there for hammer time (Brisbane Times)
Mar 18 - A man convicted for his part in a heroin import scheme after he was caught covered in white powder has had his appeal application dismissed.

 


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