Religion News Australia

November 15 – 22, 2020

Religion news stories from Australia

(Research: Greg Spearritt)



Child sex abuse survivor wins payout after electric shock ‘therapy’ (Sydney Morning Herald)
Nov 15 – A former ward of the state who was forced to undergo electric shock “therapy” after disclosing he had been sexually abused has reached an $825,000 settlement with the state government and Uniting Church.

Church child sex abuse survivor says crimes made her a ‘compassionate’ oncology nurse (ABC News)
Nov 16 – A South Australian child sex abuse survivor has told a court that crimes committed against her within the Church have made her a “compassionate” oncology nurse who cares for those dying of cancer.

Bail for Christian school teacher accused of raping student (The Age, Melbourne)
Nov 22 – The family of an alleged victim of her high school teacher charged with over 50 sexual offences including rape have told police they could be forced to leave the country after he was granted bail.


Can a fake priest beat the real thing? Corpus Christi dares to wonder (Sydney Morning Herald)
Nov 20 – (Review) Turn your shirt collar around and you’re immediately a different person.

Indigenous Dance Rites competition on country, telling ancient stories honouring ancestors (ABC News)
Nov 21 – Dance is more than movement or art to Peta Strachan. It is a language she has studied to tell the ancient stories of this country and now it is her turn to teach others.

Catholic Church

Vatican cardinal sues, saying ouster deprived him of possible papacy (Sydney Morning Herald)
Nov 20 – Rome: The Vatican cardinal sacked by Pope Francis amid a corruption investigation is suing an Italian news magazine, claiming that his ruined reputation has eliminated his chances of becoming pope and will undermine the legitimacy of any future papal election.


Booze ban push threatens Bali’s tourist future (Sydney Morning Herald)
Nov 17 – Bali’s hoteliers are warning a proposed Indonesia-wide booze ban would scare off Aussie tourists and stop a post-coronavirus economic recovery dead in its tracks.

Religious Violence

Macron hits out at foreign media coverage of terror attacks (Brisbane Times)
Nov 17 – Paris: Emmanuel Macron has accused The New York Times and other English-language media outlets of “legitimising” violence against France by branding the country “racist and Islamophobic”.

Kabul explosions: three die in rocket attacks on Afghan capital (The Guardian, Australia)
Nov 22 – At least three people have been killed in a series of loud explosions that shook central Kabul, including several rockets that landed near the heavily fortified Green Zone where many embassies and international firms are based, officials said.