by Greg Spearritt
Religion News Australia
May 25 – June 1, 2014
Religion news stories from Australia
(Research: Greg Spearritt)
Priest Frank Klep jailed for
abusing schoolboys (The Age, Melbourne)
May 26 - Victorian priest Frank Klep has been jailed for 10-and-a-half years for sexually abusing 15 schoolboys.
Cameron Flynn Tully denies molesting girls at Hillview farm (Sydney Morning Herald)
May 29 - Cameron Flynn Tully has denied molesting young girls at his family's religious "Hillview" farm, saying he's never even laid eyes on one of them.
Religious film Son of
God flops in Australia (Sydney Morning Herald)
May 28 - Cinema distributor Mike Vile has learnt the difference between religious devotion in the US and Australia.
Resident demands apartment's 'racist, sacrilegious' mural be
painted over (The Age, Melbourne)
May 30 - As loading bays go, there can't be many more colourful, vibrant or intriguing than the one at The Quays, a new apartment development in Docklands.
Schools to lose secular
welfare staff under Christian chaplaincy drive (Sydney Morning Herald)
May 29 - The group that provides chaplains and Christian religious instruction to Victorian schools expects a surge in demand after the federal government revealed plans to remove the option for schools to hire a non-religious welfare worker.
Victorian Department of
Education to overhaul religious education after Access Ministries breach (ABC News)
May 30 - The way religion is taught in Victorian primary schools will be overhauled after a report found that volunteers from the state's key provider Access Ministries breached its guidelines.
Allocating $245.3m for
school chaplains at odds with Budget cuts (The Courier-Mail, Brisbane)
June 1 – (Opinion: Mike Bruce) AS FISCAL damnation rains down on the nation and we are all set to burn in the fires of financial purgatory, salvation will come, apparently, in the form of school chaplains.
Pope Francis to hold
first meeting with sex abuse victims, says abuse is 'like a satanic Mass' (ABC News)
May 27 - Pope Francis says he will have his first meeting with a group of sex abuse victims at the Vatican early next month, and that he would show zero tolerance for anyone in the Catholic Church who abused children.
Pope backs Palestinian State
in unscripted stop at wall (Sydney Morning Herald)
May 26 - Standing beneath an Israeli watchtower, the separation wall looming over him, the leader of the world's 1.2 billion Catholics reached out and touched the metres-high concrete barrier that has become a symbol of repression to Palestinians throughout their divided state.
Pope Francis, Benjamin
Netanyahu dispute Jesus' language during papal visit to Israel (Sydney Morning Herald)
May 27 - Jerusalem: The Pope visited a memorial to Jewish victims of terrorism on Monday after Israel demanded the gesture following his decision to pray at the foot of the giant concrete wall that symbolises the divisions between Palestinians and Israelis.
Shimon Peres, Mahmoud
Abbas to pray for peace at Vatican at Pope’s invitation (The Australian)
May 31 - ISRAELI President Shimon Peres and his Palestinian counterpart, Mahmoud Abbas, will pray for peace at the Vatican on June 8, the Holy See said yesterday.
Maths teacher Ertan P.
jailed for using name of Allah in his Twitter name (The Courier-Mail, Brisbane)
May 31 - A MATHS teacher in Turkey has been jailed after using the nickname of Allah on Twitter, which mocked Islam in a “humiliating” way.
On Jerusalem Day
Netanyahu vows never to divide the city (The West Australian)
May 29 - Jerusalem (AFP) - Tens of thousands of religious Jews waving Israeli flags marched into mainly Arab east Jerusalem Wednesday as the country celebrated the anniversary of its capture in the 1967 Six-Day War.
China launches year-long
crackdown on 'terrorism' after Xinjiang attack (ABC
May 27 - China has vowed a year-long campaign against terrorism, days after attackers in the western region of Xinjiang reportedly killed 39 people in a suicide attack.
Belgian police release
video of Jewish museum gunman, France tightens security after Paris attack (ABC News)
May 27 - Belgian authorities have released surveillance footage of Saturday's shooting at a Jewish
At least 54 killed in
Iraqi violence (The West
May 29 - BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Violence rocked Iraq on Wednesday as at least 54 people died in car bombings, suicide attacks and assassinations around the country.
Boko Haram still holding
219 girls, after escape of 4 more reported (The West Australian)
May 29 - MAIDUGURI Nigeria (Reuters) - Four more of the girls kidnapped by Boko Haram last month have escaped than previously thought, Nigeria's Borno state said on Wednesday, but 219 others were still missing and assumed held by the Islamist militants.
orders full-scale offensive against Boko Haram militants (ABC
May 30 - Nigeria's president says he has ordered "a full-scale operation" against Boko Haram Islamist militants, and sought to reassure parents of 219 schoolgirls being held by the group that their children
British PM appalled by
'barbaric' Sudanese death sentence (The
May 31 - London (AFP) - British Prime Minister David Cameron said Saturday he was "appalled" by the "barbaric" death sentence given to a Sudanese woman for apostasy.
Sudanese woman sentenced
to death for renouncing Islam to be 'freed within days', official says (ABC
June 1 - A Christian Sudanese woman sentenced to hang for apostasy will be "freed within days", a foreign ministry official said, after her case triggered an international outcry.
Chinese 'cult' members
held after a woman is beaten to death (Sydney Morning Herald)
June 1 - Shanghai: Chinese police have detained six people for beating to death a woman at a McDonald's restaurant who refused to disclose her phone number, accusing them of being members of a religious cult, state media says.
releases draft bill to restrict religious conversion (ABC
May 30 - Myanmar's government has proposed legislation that will require those wishing to change religion to register and obtain approval from the government.
Family and followers in
dispute on whether Indian guru is dead or meditating (The Courier-Mail, Brisbane)
May 30 - LIKE something out of a black comedy, a court must decide whether an Indian religious leader is dead or in a state of meditation.
Life sentence for S
Korean missionary (The Australian)
May 31 - NORTH Korea says it has sentenced a South Korean Baptist missionary to hard labour for life for allegedly spying and trying to set up underground churches, the latest in a string of missionaries to run into trouble in the rigidly controlled North.
US baker told to make
gay wedding cake (Daily Telegraph,
May 31 - A US Civil Rights Commission has ordered a baker to make wedding cakes for same-sex couples, finding his religious objections did not outweigh the state's anti-discrimination statutes.
Brotherhood Boxn: Gym
for young Muslim men in Greenacre under threat of closure (ABC News)
May 25 - A boxing gym, established after the Cronulla riots in Sydney in 2005, has been offering young Muslim men a positive alternative through a unique mix of sport and religion.
Council decides against
consultation meeting with mosque opponents (ABC
May 30 - The Bendigo council has confirmed it will not be holding a consultation meeting with people who have objected to plans for a mosque in the city.
addresses misunderstandings about Muslims (ABC
May 31 - A new documentary that addresses cultural misunderstandings about Muslims will be shown to high school students in South Australia.
New top rabbi brings
openess to the table (The Age,
May 26 - By the time the sun sets on Monday, the man sitting at this gleaming walnut dining table in St Kilda East will be the most prominent face in Australian Judaism.
Australian Ken Ham to
unveil a dinosaur fossil that proves humans lived alongside dinosaurs (The Courier-Mail, Brisbane)
May 24 - THE Australian man building a Noah’s ark in America has defied his critics again, unveiling a dinosaur fossil named “Ebenezer” he says proves humans lived alongside dinosaurs.
Africa's jihadist groups
the new threat, says Australia's counter-terrorism ambassador (Sydney Morning Herald)
May 26 - Australia's new counterterrorism ambassador has singled out the growth of jihadist groups in Africa as a key concern in the post-Bin Laden era, as global terrorism continues to evolve and morph.
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