by Greg Spearritt
Religion News Australia
June 8 - 15, 2014
Religion news stories from Australia
(Research: Greg Spearritt)
Jewish camp leader
sentenced for abuse (The West
June 10 - More than 20 years after a Jewish camp leader indecently assaulted a 14-year-old boy, a victim support group has welcomed his sentence as a milestone in the community's fight against child abuse.
Child sex abuser who
preyed on boy at Jewish camp avoids jail (The Age, Melbourne)
June 11 - A Jewish volunteer who indecently assaulted a teenage boy at a Yeshiva camp in the 1980s has escaped jail, a magistrate saying he would have sent him to prison if the crimes had been committed more recently.
apologises to abuse victims (The
June 10 - Stories of ruined lives, death threats, lost police statements and a three-decade-old apology have featured in the opening session of child sexual assault hearings in Canberra.
uses inquiry to apologise to victims (ABC
June 11 - A convicted paedophile has used the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse to apologise to his victims.
Marists had 'disregard'
for abuse victims (Brisbane Times)
June 11 - The Marist Brothers have a "sociopathic disregard" for the welfare of child sex abuse victims and are more concerned about their reputation and limiting compensation payouts, a royal commission has been told.
Abuse royal commission
probes the Vatican (Brisbane
June 12 - The royal commission into child sex abuse is investigating how the Vatican dealt with allegations of abuse against its priests in Australia.
Royal Commission into
child sex abuse hears dog may have been used to groom children (The Courier-Mail, Brisbane)
June 14 - A SERIAL paedophile had a labrador called Jason which was used as a possible “grooming device” against his students, the Royal Commission into child sex abuse has been told.
The Shiva scandal has
led to calls for museum audits (Sydney Morning Herald)
June 14 - The National Gallery of Australia's controversial dancing Shiva statue is now in the possession of the federal government and several suspect Indian statues have been removed from the floor of the Art Gallery of the NSW.
Public school exodus
starts as early as year 2 (Sydney Morning Herald)
June 14 - The stampede from public primary schools to private high schools when a child finishes year 6 is a tradition in parts of Sydney, but principals say the exodus now starts as early as year 2 as parents panic they will miss out on their school of choice.
Archbishop of Dublin
calls for full inquiry into deaths of 796 children at Catholic home (ABC
June 9 - The Archbishop of Dublin has called for a full inquiry into the deaths of almost 800 children at a home for unmarried mothers and their children.
Dublin announces full
probe into Catholic baby homes (The
June 11 - Dublin (AFP) - The Irish government said on Tuesday it would launch a full-scale investigation into controversial Catholic homes for unmarried mothers, following revelations that up to 800 infants died in one such institution over a 35-year period.
Pope Francis says
Israeli, Palestinian presidents 'must respond' to people's yearning for peace (ABC News)
June 9 - Pope Francis has told the Israeli and Palestinian presidents that they "must respond" to their people's yearning for peace in the Middle East.
World economic system is
'madness', puts money ahead of people, Pope Francis says (ABC
June 14 - Pope Francis has launched a sweeping attack on the world's economic system, saying it discards the young, puts money ahead of people and survives on the profits of war.
Pope shuns bullet-proof
car, saying he's too old for protection (The Age, Melbourne)
June 14 - Rome: Pope Francis says he refuses to travel in a "sardine can" bullet-proof Popemobile because, despite concerns for his security, at his age he has nothing to lose.
UK schools report finds
‘campaign’ linked to Muslim extremism (The West Australian)
June 9 - LONDON (Reuters) - A culture of "fear and intimidation" exists in some British schools due to an alleged Muslim extremist plot, the top school inspector said on Monday, citing faith and gender segregation and funding misuse.
'Organised campaign' to
impose Islam in UK (Sydney Morning Herald)
June 10 - London: Conservative Muslim school leaders in Britain's second city, Birmingham, conducted an "organised campaign" to impose faith-based ideology on their pupils, Education Secretary Michael Gove says.
Islamic schools push
sparks lessons in UK values (The
June 11 - ALL children will be taught British values of liberty and tolerance from September after a series of reports revealed yesterday how strict Islamic ideology had been imposed on schools.
Turkish imam given go
ahead to make rock 'n' roll (The
June 11 - Istanbul (AFP) - A Turkish imam has been allowed to rock on after the country's powerful religious authorities gave him the green light to continue playing in his band after a nine-month
Deadly McDonald's attack
highlights fears about cults in China (The Age, Melbourne)
June 9 - BEIJING: Wu Shuoyan was waiting for her husband and their seven-year-old son at a McDonald's when she posted a note on a social media site: "I met some crazy people."
Pakistani Taliban claim
responsibility for Karachi airport attack (Sydney Morning Herald)
June 10 - ISLAMABAD: Taliban militants disguised as security forces stormed Pakistan's busiest airport on Sunday and at least 27 people were killed in a night-long battle at one of the country's most high-profile targets.
Pakistan Taliban in new
attack on Karachi International Airport (Adelaide Now)
June 10 - THE Pakistan Taliban launched a new attack near Karachi International Airport tonight.
Pakistan airport raid
kills 30 as thousands flee tribal district (The West Australian)
June 10 - Karachi (AFP) - Thirty people were killed as Pakistan's military fought an all-night battle Monday with Taliban gunmen who besieged Karachi airport.
Mosul: Iraqi PM Nouri
al-Maliki calls for state of emergency after insurgents take control (ABC
June 11 - Iraq's prime minister Nuri al-Maliki has asked parliament to declare a state of emergency in the northern city of Mosul after it was seized by insurgents.
Islamic extremists seize
northern Iraqi city of Mosul as government forces flee (Sydney Morning Herald)
June 11 - Beirut: Insurgents have seized control of most of the northern Iraqi city of Mosul, including the provincial government headquarters, offering a powerful demonstration of the mounting threat posed by extremists to Iraq’s teetering stability.
kidnapped by Boko Haram 'may never return', says former president (ABC
June 14 - Some of the schoolgirls abducted by militant group Boko Haram may never return home, according to Nigeria's influential former president Olusegun Obasanjo.
ISIS in Iraq
Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi:
Leader of Iraq insurgents is jihad's rising star (ABC
June 12 - The leader of radical Sunni fighters who have made rapid military advances in Iraq is the rising star of global jihad, driven, Islamist fighters say, by an unbending determination to fight for and establish a hardline Islamic state.
ISIS militants expand
across northern Iraq, seize large oil refinery and capture Turkish nationals (ABC News)
June 12 - An Al Qaeda-linked militant group which has seized the northern Iraqi city of Mosul has extended its control to an area further south that includes the country's biggest oil refinery.
Jihadists take Tikrit,
next stop Baghdad (The Australian)
June 12 - MILITANTS have seized the Iraqi city of Tikrit but security forces thwarted an assault on Samarra as a lightning jihadist offensive launched in the city of Mosul swept closer to Baghdad.
ISIS explained: Islamic
State of Iraq and Syria poised to march on Baghdad (ABC
June 13 - "We are fighting devils, not ordinary people" an Iraqi police captain told Reuters on Wednesday, after fleeing from ISIS rebels who swept into Tikrit, home town of former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein.
Barack Obama considers
'all options' as ISIS militants continue their push toward Baghdad (ABC
June 13 - US president Barack Obama says he is considering "all options" in Iraq against Al Qaeda-linked militants who have surged out of the north to menace Baghdad and want to establish their own state in Iraq and Syria.
Baghdad braces for
jihadi onslaught (The Australian)
June 13 - ISLAMIC jihadists were 90km from Baghdad last night after vowing to march into the Iraq capital with “a score to settle”.
What is going on in Iraq
and why? (Sydney Morning
June 13 - An al-Qaeda breakaway group, apparently backed by other Sunni groups and fighters, has seized a large section of northern Iraq after previously taking much of northeastern Syria with an eye toward establishing an Islamic state straddling the two countries.
Senior Shiite cleric
calls on Iraqis to take up arms as ISIS militants push closer to Baghdad (ABC News)
June 14 - Iraq's most senior Shiite cleric, Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, has urged his followers to take up arms to defend themselves against a relentless advance by Sunni militants, in a sharp escalation of a conflict that is threatening civil war and the potential break-up of the country.
Call to arms as Iraq
sinks into sectarian violence (The
June 14 - Iraq sank deeper into all-out sectarian conflict overnight with the country’s most senior Shiite cleric calling for volunteers to take up arms against Sunni militants who are threatening to stage an attack on the capital Baghdad after securing key towns in the north.
Young Iraqis volunteer
to fight surging militants (The
June 14 - HUNDREDS of young Iraqi men gripped by religious and nationalistic fervour streamed into volunteer centres on Saturday across Baghdad, answering a call by the country’s top Shiite cleric to join the fight against Sunni militants advancing in the north.
Iraqi Islamists post
gruesome photos of beheaded policeman on Twitter (The West Australian)
June 14 - While the World Cup is in full swing, men of the Islamist group ISIS have made a grisly contribution to the World Cup fever on social media by posting brutal footage of their executions.
Iraqi military preparing
counter-attack against ISIS fighters around Samarra, north of Baghdad (ABC
June 15 - Iraqi security forces have retaken a town north of Baghdad as they prepare to fight back in other areas taken over by militant Sunni Islamist group ISIS.
Advance of ISIS
insurgents slows as US orders carrier to Gulf (ABC
June 15 - An offensive by insurgents that threatens to split Iraq seemed to slow on Saturday after days of lightning advances as government forces regained some territory in counter-attacks, easing pressure on the Shiite-led government in Baghdad.
India's holy men to
advise on Modi's Ganges river clean up (ABC
June 13 - India's new government will seek the advice of holy men on how best to carry out an ambitious plan by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to clean up the Ganges, a river that is sacred to the majority Hindu population.
Dead or meditating? A
guru awaits his fate in the freezer (The Age, Melbourne)
June 14 - Sometime in the early hours of January 29, doctors agree that the heart of Indian guru His Holiness Shri Ashutosh Maharaj stopped beating.
Imams rap police over
Syrian war allegations (Sydney Morning Herald)
June 10 - Muslim leaders have taken a swipe against police in a run-in that has exposed failures in the effort to stop Australians joining the Syrian jihad.
AFP after ISIS-supporting
sheik Musa Cerantonio (The
June 14 - THE Australian Federal Police is preparing to move against one of the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham’s most influential supporters, radical Australian sheik Musa Cerantonio.
‘It is the young flesh
they want’ (The Australian)
June 14 - ON a hot summer’s day earlier this year, a beautiful young Pakistani girl named Amina stood in the living room of her western Sydney home, listening in horror as her father explained how he planned to murder her.
Salvation Army says
Scott Morrison misled media over Manus riots (The Australian)
June 11 - THE Salvation Army has accused the Abbott government of misleading the media over the death of asylum-seeker Reza Barati during violent riots on Manus Island.
Salvos attack Canberra
over Manus Island report (Sydney Morning Herald)
June 12 - The Salvation Army has attacked the Abbott government and its independent report on the Manus Island violence, maintaining the innocence of a worker accused of delivering the final blow to Reza Barati's skull.
Salvation Army helper
tells inquiry of 'rape dungeon' (The Age, Melbourne)
June 13 - The inquiry into Manus Island violence took a dramatic turn as a former young Salvation Army worker came face-to-face with Queensland Liberal Senator, Ian Macdonald.
No preparation for
reality of Manus Island (The
June 13 - WITHIN days of spotting a Facebook advertisement for a tropical working “holiday” in September 2012, Nicole Judge was counselling suicidal detainees at the heart of Australia’s immigration detention network.
Bishop condemns Iraq
terrorist group (Brisbane Times)
June 12 - Foreign Minister Julie Bishop has condemned military attacks launched by an Islamist terrorist group in Iraq, which has stunned authorities by capturing two major cities in just days.
'Father' Tony Abbott
takes his secular message to the world (The Age, Melbourne)
June 12 – (Opinion: Mark Kenny) In his current guise as Prime Minister, Tony Abbott sometimes channels the “Father” Tony he might-have-been as a religious minister.
William Hopoate on cusp
of startling comeback (The Age,
June 10 - William Hopoate, a Mormon missionary up until a few months ago, is expected to prove the Lord helps those who help themselves when the NSW State of Origin team is named on Tuesday.
Sacred soil project as
part of Anzac centenary plan hits a wall (The Courier-Mail, Brisbane)
June 10 - AN Anzac centenary plan for school students to collect soil from World War 1 battlefields — where Australians fought and died — to create a memorial garden has struck a bureaucratic and political barren ground.
Betting company's Christ
the Redeemer stunt (The Age,
June 10 - What do you do when punters are showing little interest in slapping down money on the World Cup? You bring in the big gun, Jesus.
balloon World Cup stunt called arrogant by Reverend Tim Costello (ABC
June 11 - Gambling company Sportsbet has displayed "extraordinary arrogance and hubris" in floating a giant Jesus air balloon over Melbourne to promote betting on the World Cup, Reverend Tim Costello says.
Jesus, can you credit
the fury over that Christ balloon? (The
June 11 – (Opinion: Peter FitzSimons) Let’s talk about Jesus and sport.
Hospital built on
religious divide (The West
June 11 - The Catholic health provider contracted to run Midland Health Campus is insisting a separate building be constructed to provide abortions, sterilisations and contraception, which cannot share any infrastructure with the public hospital.
Heat over WA stand-alone
abortion clinic (The West
June 12 - A Catholic health provider that will run a new hospital in Perth says the move to have "restricted procedures" such as abortions done at a separate facility was the government's decision.
Premier Colin Barnett
says Midland Health Campus abortion restriction a ‘glitch’ (Perth Now)
June 12 - PREMIER Colin Barnett says he did not know St John of God would not provide abortions at the new Midland Health Campus on religious grounds until the issue became public.
From macchiatos to
mindfulness (The West Australian)
June 11 - Subiaco-based author David Michie wears many hats - writer, meditation coach,
Former mayor calls for
all churches to pay taxes, and donate it to victims of child abuse (The Courier-Mail, Brisbane)
June 15 - FORMER Brisbane Lord Mayor Jim Soorley yesterday called for all churches in Australia to pay rates and taxes with some money going to the victims of child abuse by the clergy.
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