by Greg Spearritt
Religion News Australia
June 1 - 8, 2014
Religion news stories from Australia
(Research: Greg Spearritt)
Victim of paedophile
'hurt' by Fox findings (Sydney Morning Herald)
June 2 - A paedophile priest victim, whose evidence at the NSW Special Commission of Inquiry reduced people to tears, is ''hurt'' and ''disappointed'' by findings he says lack balance about Detective Chief Inspector Peter Fox and what he represents for child sexual abuse victims.
NSW priest charged over
historical abuse (The
June 4 - A CATHOLIC priest has been charged with sexually and indecently assaulting a child in the NSW Hunter region almost 30 years ago.
Catholic Church under
fire over revelations officials failed to act against Hunter Valley paedophiles (ABC News)
June 4 - The Catholic Church is under fire over its weak response to revelations that its officials failed to act against paedophiles in the New South Wales (NSW) Hunter Valley.
Vatican defended an
accused priest (The Australian)
June 5 - THE Vatican’s influence on local cases of alleged child sex abuse will be scrutinised later this month when the Archbishop of Adelaide, Philip Wilson, gives evidence about his handling of allegations against a former priest.
Cameron Tully found
guilty of molesting girls at Hillview family farm (The Age, Melbourne)
June 6 - Cameron Flynn Tully has been found guilty of molesting young girls while their parents gathered on his family’s religious “Hillview” farm.
Lawyer lauds Canberra's
role in exposing Catholic sex abuse scandals (The Age, Melbourne)
June 6 - The prosecution of Canberra Marist Brother John William Chute (aka Brother Kostka) in 2008 and subsequent six-figure civil compensation payouts were crucial in exposing the Catholic Church's sex abuse scandal nationwide, ACT lawyer Jason Parkinson says.
Sydney Anglicans reject
the sacred feminine (Sydney Morning Herald)
June 5 – (Opinion: Elizabeth Farrelly) What has got into Anglicans? The cover of this month’s Sydney Anglican magazine, Southern Cross, shows a scarcely clad female in black lycra.
Anthony Weigh provides
food for thought in exploration of faith and architecture (The Age, Melbourne)
June 5 - On Melbourne’s independent theatre scene, performance can spring up in the weirdest places.
Pope Francis would be
appalled by treatment of asylum seekers on Manus Island, says Archbishop (ABC
June 4 - Pope Francis would be appalled at the Australian Government’s treatment of asylum seekers, according to one of Australia’s most senior Catholics in an interview with Four Corners.
Access Ministries uses
taxpayer money to threaten parents over religious teaching (The Age, Melbourne)
May 31 - A powerful Christian organisation has threatened a small grassroots parent group with legal action for posting its religious curriculum book online.
Safe Schools program,
chaplaincy scheme don't mix: experts (Sydney Morning Herald)
June 8 - A national program to protect gay high school students from bullying and discrimination is being undermined by the Abbott government's chaplaincy scheme, according to campaigners who fear religious-based counselling puts gay pupils at risk.
Skeletons of 800 babies,
infants believed to be buried at Bon Secours Sisters site (news.com.au)
June 2 - A WOMAN with a dark secret has revealed why the skeletons of about 800 infants and children are believed to be in a disused septic tank.
Irish examining possibility
of other mass baby graves (The
June 6 - London (AFP) - Irish officials will investigate whether the mass grave for almost 800 babies discovered near a home for unmarried mothers run by nuns is an isolated case, Prime Minister Enda Kenny said Thursday.
Freer hand for Pell as
Pope sacks board of Vatican watchdog (The Age, Melbourne)
June 6 - Cardinal George Pell's power to clean up the Catholic Church's finances has received a boost with Pope Francis' sacking of the five-man board of the Vatican's financial watchdog – all Italians.
Japan's Abe talks peace
in Asia with Pope Francis (The
June 7 - Vatican City (AFP) - Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe discussed ways of promoting peace and stability in Asia at a meeting with Pope Francis on Friday, the Vatican said in a statement.
Israel-Palestine peace prayer (Sydney Morning Herald)
June 8 - Vatican City: Vatican officials insist no political agenda is lurking behind Pope Francis’ invitation to the Israeli and Palestinian presidents to pray for peace together in the Vatican gardens, and no concrete initiatives are expected.
Pope says Israelis,
Palestinians must seek peace 'undaunted in dialogue' (The West Australian)
June 8 - VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - Pope Francis told Israeli and Palestinian leaders they "must respond" to their people's yearning for peace "undaunted in dialogue" during an unprecedented prayer meeting among Jews, Christians and Muslims at the Vatican on Sunday.
Religious issues on the
rise in Indonesian poll (The
June 7 - THE brother of Indonesian presidential candidate Prabowo Subianto has lashed out at reports he has courted extremist Islamic groups as “a slander” perpetrated by sections of the Indonesian news media.
Belgian Jewish museum
shooting (ABC News)
June 2 - A man believed to have returned recently from fighting with rebels in Syria has been arrested for the killing of at least three people at a Jewish museum in Brussels last month.
Taliban release video of
US soldier Bowe Bergdahl being handed over to American forces (ABC
June 4 - The Taliban has released a video they say shows the moment a US soldier was handed to American forces after being held captive in Afghanistan for five years.
Australian killed in
Yemen drone strike not radicalised in New Zealand, says Muslim preacher (ABC News)
June 4 - A Muslim preacher in New Zealand has denied suggestions an Australian man killed in Yemen was radicalised at a Christchurch mosque.
Caitlan Coleman and Joshua Boyle and their child believed to be
held by Taliban in Afghanistan since 2012 (The Courier-Mail,
June 5 - The video files, which were provided to the AP, were emailed to Ms Coleman’s father last July and September by an Afghan man who identified himself as having ties to the Taliban but who has been out of contact for several months.
In disguise, Boko Haram
kills hundreds in Nigeria (The
June 6 - WHEN men wearing military fatigues and carrying weapons showed up in pick-up trucks, villagers thought Nigerian soldiers had finally come to protect them from Boko Haram.
Wild sword fight erupts
in Sikh temple in northern India (news.com.au)
June 7 - A SWORD fight broke out in a Sikh temple in northern India on Friday, injuring at least 10 people.
Egypt court sentences 10
Muslim Brotherhood supporters to death – sources (The West Australian)
June 7 - CAIRO (Reuters) - An Egyptian court sentenced 10 supporters of the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood to death in absentia on Saturday, but postponed sentencing of the movement's leader and other senior members on trial in the same case, judicial sources said.
Ukraine crisis deepens
rift between Orthodox Churches (The
June 3 - Donetsk (Ukraine) (AFP) - The pro-Russian insurgency in eastern Ukraine has deepened the country's religious divide as two Orthodox Churches tied to rival patriarchates in Moscow and Kiev support opposite sides in the conflict.
Singing nun Cristina
Scuccia makes finals of The Voice Italy (The Australian)
June 5 - A SINGING nun who has charmed audiences across Italy with romping renditions of Alicia Keys' No One and Cyndi Lauper's Girls Just Want To Have Fun heads into the finals of TV talent show The Voice as an unusual front-runner.
Radical Myanmar monks
urge 'Muslim' phone company boycott (The West Australian)
June 6 - Yangon (AFP) - Radical Buddhist monks in Myanmar are urging a boycott of telecoms firm Ooredoo because it hails from Muslim-majority Qatar, despite its promise to boost access to affordable mobile phones, a cleric said Thursday.
US tourist held for
Bible ‘crime’ (The Australian)
June 7 - NORTH Korean officials have detained a US man for leaving a Bible in a Pyongyang hotel room, accusing him of spreading Christianity.
North Korea detains
third US tourist
June 7 - Seoul (AFP) - North Korea said it had detained a US tourist for "hostile activities" after he reportedly left a bible at a hotel, bringing to three the number of Americans held by the reclusive regime including missionary Kenneth Bae.
Berlin prayer house
unites Jews, Christians, Muslims (The
June 8 - Berlin (AFP) - Christians, Muslims and Jews, all praying under the same roof -- that's the groundbreaking project of a pastor, a rabbi and an imam in Berlin.
Baby killer loses appeal
to double $3000 compo awarded for being denied halal meat in prison (The Courier-Mail, Brisbane)
June 4 - A BABY killer has lost an appeal to double the $3000 compensation he was awarded for being forced to eat vegetables instead of halal meat in prison.
Hatred of Jews on rise
again (The Australian)
June 7 – (Opinion: Editorial) THE fatal shootings in late May at the Brussels Jewish Museum were shocking.
Jews welcome end to
‘occupation’ term (The Australian)
June 7 - A PROMINENT Jewish leader yesterday defended Attorney-General George Brandis’s move to have the Australian government cease referring to east Jerusalem as “occupied”.
Blood ‘conflicts’ not
declared to national body (Perth
June 2 - THE National Blood Authority appointed a Perth Jehovah’s Witness, whose religion bans the donating or receiving of blood, as the key “consumer” representative on a federal government panel developing new transfusion guidelines for the nation’s hospitals.
Western Australia now
experiencing ‘super diversity’ (Herald-Sun,
June 7 - WA’s population now comes from every country in the world, speaks about 270 languages and identifies with more than 100 religious faiths.
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