by Greg Spearritt
Religion News Australia
November 22 - 29, 2015
Religion news stories from Australia
(Research: Greg Spearritt)
Catholic Church releases
new guidelines to deal with child sex abuse claims (ABC News)
Nov 23 - The Catholic Church has released new guidelines to deal with claims of child sexual abuse, which it says will promote a more compassionate approach towards victims.
Catholic Church does not
rule out statute of limitations in abuse claims (Brisbane Times)
Nov 24 - The Catholic Church has not ruled out blocking compensation claims for child sexual abuse if it occurred before certain time limits.
Angry victim reveals
details of Pell letter apologising for suffering at hands of 'creepy' priest (ABC News)
Nov 25 - A victim of notorious paedophile priest Peter Searson has revealed the contents of a letter of apology to her from former archbishop George Pell about her abuse.
George Pell named in
anti-Catholic graffiti on church and royal commission building (ABC News)
Nov 25 - Anti-Catholic graffiti relating to the church's handling of child sex abuse cases has been scrawled across a church building and a court in Melbourne.
George Pell asked for
payments for paedophile priest, commission heard (Brisbane Times)
Nov 25 - Cardinal George Pell lobbied for payments to be made to a paedophile priest days before he was charged with sex offences, documents tendered to the child abuse royal commission show.
'No one listened' to
hundreds of complaints about priest, says principal (The Guardian, Australia)
Nov 25 - A former principal of a school in Victoria has said he received and passed on “hundreds” of complaints from parents and staff about the inappropriate behaviour towards children of a parish priest, Peter Searson.
The litany of child
abuse by Catholic priests that no longer shocks the world (The Guardian, Australia)
Nov 25 – (Opinion: David Marr) Not long ago, Tuesday morning’s revelations at the royal commission into institutional responses to child abuse would have made headlines round the world.
Cardinal George Pell
calls Catholic Church's handling of child sex abuse complaints 'shameful' (ABC News)
Nov 26 - The Catholic Church's failure to deal with Melbourne paedophile priests is shameful, Cardinal George Pell has said in a statement from the Vatican.
UK cinemas ban Lord's
Prayer ad before Star Wars (Sydney Morning Herald)
Nov 23 - London: The Church of England said on Sunday it was "bewildered" by the refusal of some of Britain's biggest cinema chains to show an advert featuring the Lord's Prayer.
Religious freedom under
threat (The Australian)
Nov 28 – (Opinion: Paul Kelly) A test case is unfolding for the Catholic Church’s freedom of speech.
Psalm things are off
limits at schools, but not Christmas carols (Brisbane Times)
Nov 24 - State school students can sing Christmas carols in class time, but they can't sing hymns
Safe Schools Coalition
and Minus 18 launch GBLTI lessons for teachers (Brisbane Times)
Nov 26 - It was a crush on the singer Pink that made Jaimee realise she was different to other girls in her Year 8 class.
Pope Francis's first
trip to Africa will focus on plight of the poor (ABC News)
Nov 25 - Pope Francis, who has called for "a poor church for the poor", will visit some of the world's poorest people during his first visit to Africa this week.
Pope in Africa hopes to
bridge Christian-Muslim fault lines (ABC News)
Nov 26 - Pope Francis has called for ethnic and religious reconciliation at the start of his first tour of Africa, where he will address a fast-growing Catholic population and seek to heal Christian-Muslim divisions.
Pope Francis calls for
unity between Christians, Muslims as tour of Africa begins (Brisbane Times)
Nov 26 - Nairobi: Pope Francis said on Thursday in Kenya – a country that has seen a spate of attacks by Islamist militants – that dialogue between religions in Africa was essential to teach young people that violence in God's name was unjustified.
In Kenyan slum, Pope
Francis slams wealthy elite over 'dreadful injustice' to poor (ABC
Nov 28 - Pope Francis has lashed out at wealthy minorities who hoard resources at the expense of the poor during his visit to a crowded slum in Kenya's capital.
Pope Francis' corruption
warning in Kenya finds an audience in Africa (ABC News)
Nov 29 - Pope Francis celebrated his first mass on African soil this week and despite the cold — well, cold by Nairobi standards — and the driving rain, the faithful came.
Leading French Muslim
body to create 'licence to preach' for imams (The Guardian, Australia)
Nov 25 - France’s leading Muslim body said on Tuesday it would create a permit to preach for imams in a bid to root out extremists, as well as a new religious body to fight back against jihadist propaganda.
What it’s like to be a
Muslim woman living in the United States (Adelaide Now)
Nov 29 - I FIRST noticed things were changing after 9/11.
Paris aftermath: Why
resort to the flawed clash of civilisations narrative? (Brisbane Times)
Nov 24 – (Opinion: Sarah Gill) Our eagerness to cling to a simplistic narrative reflects our inability to deal with complexity in the terrorism debate and to confront our own prejudice.
Taliban captures Afghan
troops and foreigners (Sydney Morning Herald)
Nov 25 - Kabul: The Taliban captured at least 13 Afghan soldiers and two foreigners after their aircraft made an emergency landing in the northern Afghan province of Faryab on Tuesday, officials said.
Islamic State supporters
in London caught on camera by undercover reporter (news.com.au)
Nov 25 - IN A nondescript kitchen in a London suburb, a woman known as Umm L makes a very clear demand.
Teen Islamic State
pin-up girl changes her mind, is ‘beaten to death’ (Perth Now)
Nov 25 - A TEENAGE girl who ran away from her Austrian home to join IS has reportedly been killed after trying to flee the terrorist capital of Raqqa.
Pastor among seven
charged with murder of teen in New York church (The Guardian, Australia)
Nov 25 - The pastor of an insular New York church was one of seven people charged on Tuesday with the murder of a young man who wanted to leave the congregation and the assault of his brother.
Islamic State's real aim
is to topple Saudi Arabia
Nov 25 – (Opinion: Richard Bulliet) By playing the caliph card, IS is bidding for pre-eminence in the Muslim world.
Sex and drugs on the
road to jihad (Brisbane Times)
Nov 26 – (Opinion: Leonid Bershidsky) There is a paradox to the recent terrorist attacks in Paris.
At least 21 dead in
suicide bombing at Shiite Muslim procession in Nigeria (ABC News)
Nov 28 - At least 21 people have been killed when a suicide bomber blew himself up in the crowds at a Shia Muslim procession near the north Nigerian city of Kano, in the latest violence to hit the troubled region.
How Islamic State
recruits teenagers (news.com.au)
Nov 28 - SHE was the teenage poster girl for Islamic State.
Islamic State blamed for
mass booby-trapped grave containing remains of Yazidi minorities in Iraq (ABC News)
Nov 29 - A mass grave booby-trapped with bombs has been unearthed in northern Iraq, in what officials believe is the burial site of 120 Yazidis executed by Islamic State militants.
Islamic State heads
replaced by rubber ducks, courtesy of 4chan (The Age, Melbourne)
Nov 29 - As the hacker collective Anonymous continues its cyber war against the terrorist group Islamic State, other internet users have joined the fight.
Boko Haram’s female
suicide bombers stalk Cameroon (Adelaide
Nov 29 - FIVE people have been killed in a double suicide attack by two young women in the restive far north of Cameroon.
Baby found abandoned in
manger at New York church (The
Nov 25 - A newborn with his umbilical cord still attached was found lying in a manger at a New York church, police said on Tuesday.
Spalding leads campaign to fight anti-mosque 'hate' (ABC News)
Nov 23 - The businesswoman leading a fight against "intolerance and hate" in Bendigo says the city's anti-mosque demonstrations must be stopped before they spread across Australia.
A Brisbane Muslim woman
speaks out (Brisbane Times)
Nov 25 - A recent poll of Australians suggests that almost half of us believe the confronting scenes of terrorism from Paris are inevitable or highly likely to occur in Australia.
Instead of yelling at us, ask Muslim women
to join the discussion (Brisbane
Nov 25 – (Opinion: Mehreen Faruqi) Women across the world are disproportionately affected by wars, armed conflicts and terrorism.
Australian Muslim soldier 'labelled a
security risk', says he was told he would never be promoted (ABC News)
Nov 27 - A soldier who converted to Islam says he was branded a "security risk" and told he would never be promoted because of his religion.
Muslim mothers learn computer skills to
fight Islamic State online (Brisbane
Nov 27 - With bright headscarves and shy smiles, these Muslim mothers stand on the new frontline of Australia's online battle against the violent and ideological extremists of Islamic State.
How Australia plans to stop radicalisation
in its tracks (Brisbane Times)
Nov 28 - "Drug-dealers, wannabe gangsters, thugs and criminals. This is a common theme you see," Mubin Shaikh says.
The vexed power of Grand Mufti Ibrahim Abu
Mohamed (The Saturday Paper, Australia)
Nov 28 – (Opinion: Mike Seccombe) In the first major profile piece on Australia’s new Grand Mufti, Dr Ibrahim Abu Mohamed, in October 2011, the writer extolled his diplomacy, tact and political savvy.
Geoff Shaw considered re-entering politics
but opted for Christian rock (Brisbane
Nov 26 - Remember Geoff Shaw, the balance of power independent who wreaked havoc for the former Coalition government?
With God on his side, or to the side? (Brisbane Times)
Nov 28 - He is the Uniting Church minister hoping to switch the pulpit for a seat in Parliament as one of Labor's leading candidates in Ginninderra next year.
Minister Josh Frydenberg accuses Grand Mufti
of a failure of leadership (The
Nov 29 - Cabinet minister Josh Frydenberg has accused the Grand Mufti of Australia, Dr Ibrahim Abu Mohamed, of a failure of leadership and an inadequate response to the recent international terrorist attacks.
Terror ‘a problem within Islam’ (The Australian)
Nov 29 - Josh Frydenberg says “a problem within Islam” is to blame for recent terrorist attacks and extremist activity.
Orange church targeted in graffiti attack
spelling 'ISIS' (ABC News)
Nov 23 - Police say they are not treating a vandal attack in central west New South Wales as terror-related where the words 'ISIS' and 'Allah Akbar' have been sprayed onto a church.
The eight people you should concentrate on
hating instead of Muslims (news.com.au)
Nov 25 – (Opinion: Jo Thornely ) ISLAMOPHOBIA, essentially the irrational fear of a religion that many people confuse with the very rational fear of extreme violence, is peaking right now throughout the Western world.
WA couples abandoning church weddings,
getting married older (Brisbane
Nov 25 - Marriage statistics have revealed WA couples are marrying older and less likely to choose a religious wedding ceremony.
Blind Wiccan sex offender Robin Fletcher
loses bid to ease strict supervision order (Brisbane Times)
Nov 25 - Convicted paedophile Robin Fletcher, who has claimed his religion endorses sex between children and adults, has lost his bid to have a strict supervision order relaxed while living in a sex-offender facility.
Religious leaders push for release of
asylum seeker children before Christmas (Brisbane Times)
Nov 27 - A cross-section of Australia's most prominent Christian leaders is imploring the nation's politicians to "do the right thing" and release asylum seeker children from detention before Christmas.
'Pastafarian' gets Victorian driver's
licence photo wearing spaghetti strainer on head (Brisbane Times)
Nov 27 - A Melbourne man who identifies as a member of a parody religion has had his Victorian driver's licence photo taken with a spaghetti strainer on his head.
Salvation Army case to decide if gambling
addiction is a disability (Brisbane
Nov 28 - The Salvation Army told store manager Kathleen Hinder she was suspended from work because customers complained about her, she smoked too close to the entrance and did not vacuum enough.
If corporate culture was a faith, would it
have any followers? (Brisbane
Nov 28 – (Opinion: Claire Linton-Evans) Ladies are not really welcome in the highest ranks of corporate religion.
Schoolies 2015: Mother speaks of son's
remorse over schoolies attack (Brisbane
Nov 28 - A mother, who followed her daughter to the Gold Coast for Schoolies Week, is now supporting her son who is "filled with remorse" after a friend was allegedly assaulted over "religious words".
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