by Greg Spearritt
Religion News Australia
November 1 - 8, 2015
Religion news stories from Australia
(Research: Greg Spearritt)
Former Brisbane students
come forward to royal commission into abuse (Brisbane Times)
Nov 2 - More former students of one of Queensland's most prestigious schools have come forward with complaints of abuse at the hands of a disgraced paedophile former school counsellor.
Child sex abuse royal
commission: Suicide, drugs and betrayal (Brisbane Times)
Nov 4 - When a young Brisbane boy started at one of Queensland's most prestigious schools 30 years ago, his family thought it was the first step on the road to success.
Child abuse royal
commission: Grammar teacher accused of ignoring complaint (Brisbane Times)
Nov 5 - He still remembers the click of the lock that came before the minutes that scarred him for life.
Child abuse royal
commission: Paedophile Kevin Lynch wasn't monitored (Brisbane Times)
Nov 5 - "What good is an apology?" Those were the words of a former deputy headmaster at Brisbane Grammar School who admitted it was "clearly the case" school counsellor Kevin Lynch was abusing boys under the school's nose.
Brisbane Grammar insurer
threatened not to cover sexual abuse payouts, inquiry told (The Guardian, Australia)
Nov 6 - The chairman of Brisbane Grammar has broken down after saying the prestigious school could not admit legal responsibility for allegations of sexual abuse of more than 70 students because its insurer threatened not to pay for settlements, the royal commission heard.
Child abuse royal
commission: The paedophile whose victims loved him (Brisbane Times)
Nov 7 - He was a father figure, a mentor, someone who made the troubled boys in his care feel special.
Paedophile pastor David
Volmer jailed over sexual abuse of 13-year-old girl (WAToday.com.au)
Nov 6 - A pastor and father-of-two who raped a girl as she lay naked and blindfolded on a bed has been jailed for more than 10 years in what a Perth judge has described as depraved and degrading offending.
Brisbane priest deposed
from Holy Orders (Brisbane Times)
Nov 7 - An elderly Brisbane priest has been deposed from his Holy Orders for possessing child exploitation material.
Stephen Fry talks sex,
love and God: 'I can bore you and disgust you' (ABC News)
Nov 4 - Actor and writer Stephen Fry has spoken candidly about sex, love and God, revealing married life is wonderful and that it was insane for him to go without sex for almost two decades.
Premier Mike Baird's $47
million package to fight violent extremism (Sydney Morning Herald)
Nov 3 - Specialist teams and trained counsellors will identify students at risk of radicalisation and help to counter violent extremism in schools as part of a $47 million package developed by the Baird government.
US academic Dr Paul
Ehrlich compares religious education to child abuse (The Age, Melbourne)
Nov 3 - "I don't want to be outrageous," said US academic Dr Paul Ehrlich before - and after - he said something incontrovertibly outrageous.
Lobby slams Safe Schools anti-bullying program (The Age, Melbourne)
Nov 4 - "Homosexuality is not natural".
Vatican arrests senior
priest, laywoman suspected of leaking confidential documents (ABC News)
Nov 3 - The Vatican says two members of a commission that Pope Francis set up to study Church reforms have been arrested on suspicion of leaking confidential documents to the media.
Vatican arrests two over alleged leaks (The Guardian, Australia)
Nov 3 - An Italian PR expert who made headlines posting racy pictures of herself online and a high-ranking Spanish clergyman associated with Opus Dei were at the centre of a new scandal at the Vatican on Monday, following accusations the pair leaked damaging documents about Pope Francis’s attempts to reform the church.
Juicy Vatican secrets
are getting harder to keep, even under Pope Francis (Sydney Morning Herald)
Nov 7 - Washington: Even for a place accustomed to leaks, this week produced a torrent, including surreptitiously made recordings of Pope Francis - a barrier Vatican-watchers said had never been crossed before.
The truth of the
Vatileaks scandal is that there is no scandal (The Guardian, Australia)
Nov 7 – (Opinion: Paul Vallely) Corrupt and secretive Vatican locks up whistleblower. First scandal of Pope Francis era. Good story, but the narrative is wrong.
UAE told UK: crack down
on Muslim Brotherhood or lose arms deals (The Guardian, Australia)
Nov 7 - The United Arab Emirates threatened to block billion-pound arms deals with the UK, stop inward investment and cut intelligence cooperation if David Cameron did not act against the Muslim Brotherhood, the Guardian has learned.
Is Islamic State trying
to one-up al-Qaeda? (news.com.au)
Nov 3 - CLAIMS an Islamic State-linked group shot down a Russian aircraft killing 224 tourists and crew are “inconceivable”, but an act of sabotage or copycat “al-Qaeda style” attack could be more in line with the group’s behaviour, experts say.
Sinai plane crash: no
direct evidence of terrorism, says US intelligence chief (The Guardian, Australia)
Nov 3 - A top American intelligence official has said that “no direct evidence” has yet emerged pointing to terrorism being involved in Saturday’s crash of a Russian Metrojet airliner in Egypt’s Sinai desert that killed all 224 people on board.
‘IS bomb brought down
plane’ (The Australian)
Nov 5 - A US official says the Russian jet was most likely downed by terrorists, as the UK government halts flights from Egypt.
Russian plane crash:
Secret cells of Egypt's Islamic State suspected (Sydney Morning Herald)
Nov 6 - Cairo: The Islamic State branch suspected of bringing down a Russian airliner in Egypt has eluded a security dragnet by operating in secretive cells inspired by a leader who used to import clothes for a living, Egyptian intelligence officials say.
Islamic State leaders
'celebrated' downing, communications indicate (ABC News)
Nov 7 - Islamic State (IS) leaders celebrated the downing of the Russian airliner that crashed in Egypt, according to communications intercepted by US intelligence, NBC has reported.
Egypt plane crash:
intelligence has not been shared with us, Cairo says (The Guardian, Australia)
Nov 7 - The UK, US and others failed to respond to Egypt’s calls for greater coordination to fight terrorism and have not shared intelligence with Cairo about the crash of a Russian passenger plane last week, the country’s foreign minister has claimed.
ISIS claim in video why
the Russian commercial plane was brought down in Egypt (news.com.au)
Nov 8 - ISLAMIC State in Aleppo released a new propaganda video on November 7 in which the jihadist group repeated claims of responsibility for downing of the Russian aeroplane over Sinai in retaliation for “Russian atrocities” in Syria.
Russia's air force bombs
Isis base near ancient city of Palmyra (The Guardian, Australia)
Nov 3 - Russia’s air force has struck the area around the Islamic State-held (Isis) ancient city of Palmyra, the defence ministry has said, as Moscow continued its bombing campaign in Syria.
Turkish police swoop on
IS suspects in Antalya ahead of G20 summit (news.com.au)
Nov 7 - SUSPECTED Islamic State terrorists had set up in the Turkish resort town where next weekend world leaders are to meet under one of the biggest security nets ever thrown over a G20 summit.
Ancient Greek citadel'
discovered under Jerusalem car park, say Israeli archeologists (ABC
Nov 4 - Israel's antiquities body is claiming to have solved "one of Jerusalem's greatest archaeological mysteries" by unearthing an ancient Greek citadel, the Acra, buried under a car park.
True fate of Scientology
leader David Miscavige’s wife Shelly could bring down church for good (news.com.au)
Nov 5 - THE last people to see the Scientology’s first lady Michele “Shelly” Miscavige all agree that she vanished in disturbing circumstances.
Mormon church bars same-sex
couples and their children (Brisbane
Nov 7 - Children of same-sex couples will not be able to join the Mormon church until they turn 18 and only if they move out of their parents' homes, disavow all same-sex relationships and receive approval from the church's top leadership as part of a new policy adopted by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
God has become a
political football in the presidential game (The Guardian, Australia)
Nov 8 – (Opinion: Michael Cohen) There have been so many memorable moments in the race for the Republican presidential nomination so far, but one really sticks out.
Swoop baffles model
Muslims (The Australian)
Nov 3 - JENNINE KHALIK The owner of a Muslim women’s fashion label says he did not expect their photo shoot to be ‘swarmed’ by police.
Signing on to Australian
values (The Australian)
Nov 3 – (Opinion: Editorial) Hizb ut-Tahrir is wrong to complain of forced assimilation.
Hundred in frame for
terror financing (The Australian)
Nov 4 - PAUL MALEY Australia’s financial intelligence agency is monitoring more than 100 people suspected of funding terrorism.
Human Rights Commission
finds Muslims have 'limited protection' under Racial Discrimination Act (ABC News)
Nov 5 - Legal and ethnic affairs experts are calling on the Federal Government to investigate how to better protect Australia's Muslim community from discrimination.
objections 'an attack on freedom of religion' (The Age, Melbourne)
Nov 6 - Objections to a proposed mosque in Bendigo amount to "an attack on freedom of religion", the Victorian Court of Appeal was told on Friday.
Bendigo mosque opponents
told to prove funds for court fight (ABC News)
Nov 7 - Two women trying to stop Bendigo's first mosque from being built have until next week to prove they can pay for a Victorian Court of Appeal case, as the local council accuses them of dressing up anti-Islamic sentiment.
'crusader' at lead of United Patriots Front (Brisbane Times)
Nov 7 - A central figure in the anti-Islam street movement the United Patriots Front is a self-described "biblical crusader" with a long history of posting videos to social media in which he poses with semi-automatic weapons and threatens to take up arms against the Government and Muslims.
Australian Jews could be
eligible for compensation from France (Brisbane Times)
Nov 6 - Jewish-Australians could be among thousands of Holocaust victims and their families who are eligible for a share in $US60 million compensation from the French government.
Tony Abbott was subject
of 'bigotry at its most shameful' over Christian beliefs, George Brandis says (ABC News)
Nov 5 - Former prime minister Tony Abbott was the subject of "bigotry at its most shameful" over his Catholic beliefs, Attorney-General George Brandis claims.
Myanmar needs more than
just democracy (Brisbane Times)
Nov 8 – (Opinion: Jamie Parker) As the sun rises today across Myanmar, hundreds of thousands of monks and nuns walk in single file, the eldest in the lead, carrying their alms bowls to receive food from lay-people.
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