by Greg Spearritt
Religion News Australia
November 29 – December 6, 2015
Religion news stories from Australia
(Research: Greg Spearritt)
defends George Pell, but admits bishops 'did not do enough' (ABC News)
Nov 30 - The Catholic Archbishop of Melbourne has defended his predecessor, Cardinal George Pell, against allegations he did not properly follow up child sexual abuse complaints against priests.
Sex abuse commission:
Melbourne Archdiocese failed to respond to paedophile priests (Brisbane Times)
Nov 30 - Vulnerable children were in danger of being targeted by paedophile priests because a "paralysis" plagued the Catholic Church's response to abuse allegations for decades, the royal commission has heard.
Sex abuse commission:
School warned about predator priest (Brisbane Times)
Nov 30 - Senior Catholic education officials warned a Melbourne principal that children were not safe to be left alone with the school's new priest, the child abuse royal commission has heard.
Testifying against child
sexual abuse at royal commission (The
Saturday Paper, Australia)
Dec 5 – (Opinion: Martin McKenzie-Murray) There is a sound you’ll hear often in these hearings.
Catholic Church saves
$62 million on sexual abuse claims (Sydney Morning Herald)
Dec 6 - The Catholic Church avoided paying up to $62 million in compensation to sexual abuse victims by creating the controversial Melbourne Response program, which capped payments at $50,000 for each victim.
John Safran, Father Bob
quit Triple J (Sydney Morning
Nov 30 - Radio oddest of odd couples, John Safran and Father Bob Maguire, are quitting their quirky Triple J show after 10 years.
Reg Mombassa's Jesus a
three-eyed man of the people for the Blake Prize (Sydney Morning Herald)
Dec 1 - He's been painting Jesus for around 20 years but he's still an unlikely religious artist.
Auslan choir translates
Handel's Messiah into sign language (Sydney Morning Herald)
Dec 3 - Billed as a world-first, the Sydney Philharmonia Choir's presentation of Handel's Messiah will feature a deaf community "signing" choir on stage alongside a full orchestra and the 400 massed voices of the Symphony and Christmas choirs.
Obituary: Father Frank,
the Catholic priest who had his own cheer squad (Sydney Morning Herald)
Dec 1 - In 1940, 11-year-old Frank Martin began secondary school at Christian Brothers' College in Victoria Parade, East Melbourne, where he discovered that several of his classmates spoke English with a strong German accent.
Islamic College of South
Australia suffers student enrolment drop after a year of controversy (ABC
Dec 3 - An Islamic school embroiled in controversy over its alleged hardline approach with students has suffered a significant drop in enrolments for 2016.
School students in
Australia could soon be taught about Islam to combat radicalisation and
jihadists (Perth Now)
Dec 6 - SCHOOLS would teach kids about moderate Islam and Middle Eastern politics, under a plan to counter the messages of radical Muslim preachers who are inspiring a generation of homegrown jihadists.
‘Muslim-Free’ gun shop
owner claims legal victory (Sydney Morning Herald)
Dec 2 - Washington: A US federal judge has quashed a lawsuit filed by a Muslim advocacy organisation against a Florida gun shop owner who made headlines this year by declaring his business a "Muslim-Free Zone".
Third phase of Islamic
reassertion (The Australian)
Dec 5 – (Opinion: Clive Kessler) Islamism is the logical progression of a civilisation that had to fight to survive.
Mediterranean stronghold in Libya (The
Nov 30 - Misrata, Libya: Iraqi commanders have been arriving from Syria, and the first public beheadings have started.
David Cameron urges UK
parliament to back bombing of Islamic State in Syria (ABC News)
Dec 3 - British prime minister David Cameron has urged parliament to vote to approve air strikes against Islamic State (IS) militants in Syria, saying Britain should join the US-led campaign to destroy militants who are plotting attacks on the West.
French Muslim Mohammed
Chirani stares down Islamic State to declare jihad (ABC News)
Dec 3 - A French Muslim who created headlines when he went on national television in France to declare jihad on Islamic State (IS) extremists says he is not deterred by the death threats he has received since.
Cameroon army frees 900
Boko Haram hostages in military operation: defence ministry (Sydney Morning Herald)
Dec 3 - Yaounde: Cameroon's army, backed up by a regional task force, has killed at least 100 members of the militant Islamist Boko Haram group and freed 900 people it had held hostage, the west African country's army and defence ministry said on Wednesday.
Islamic State plotting
attacks in Thailand: reports (Sydney Morning Herald)
Dec 4 - Bangkok: Islamic State is believed to have deployed 10 terrorists plotting attacks across Thailand, including at two tourist centres popular with Australians, according to Thai media citing a leaked police memo.
Inside the surreal world
of Islamic State's propaganda machine (Sydney Morning Herald)
Dec 4 - Rabat, Morocco: The assignments arrive on slips of paper, each bearing the black flag of the Islamic State, the seal of the terrorist group's media emir, or commander, and the site of that day's shoot.
FBI investigating San
Bernardino shooting as an act of terrorism (The Guardian, Australia)
Dec 4 - The FBI is investigating the San Bernardino shooting as an act of terrorism, it confirmed on Friday, giving the atrocity a national security dimension and renewed political urgency.
UK Maoist cult leader
Aravindan Balakrishnan raped followers, kept daughter a prisoner for 30 years (Sydney Morning
Dec 5 - London: A Maoist cult leader was found guilty on Friday of raping and beating his brainwashed female followers, while keeping his own daughter a fearful prisoner for more than 30 years in homes across south London.
San Bernardino shooter
Tashfeen Malik pledged allegiance to Islamic State: sources (Sydney Morning Herald)
Dec 5 - San Bernardino, California: The FBI has confirmed it is now treating a mass shooting in San Bernardino as terrorism after reports surfaced that one of the suspects had pledged her allegiance to Islamic State before the attack.
What we know about
Tashfeen Malik, the female shooter in San Bernardino (Sydney Morning Herald)
Dec 5 - A picture has slowly emerged of the role and possible motivations of 29-year-old Malik in this week's killing of 14 people in California, including her apparent pledge of allegiance to the leader of the Islamic State militant group, according to US officials.
US Muslims feel backlash
after Paris and California attacks (Sydney Morning Herald)
Dec 5 - Washington: Rabia Chaudry kept her seven-year-old daughter home from her private Islamic school in Maryland on Thursday, fearing an anti-Muslim backlash from Wednesday's massacre nearly 4800 kilometres away in San Bernardino, California.
Paris militant group
'links to Britain' (news.com.au)
Dec 5 - The militant network behind last month's attacks in Paris had links to people in Britain, the Wall Street Journal says, citing Western officials.
ISIS invades Afghanistan (The Australian)
Dec 5 - Anthony Loyd Jihadists have captured swathes of eastern Afghanistan in a drive to establish a new province of the “caliphate’’.
The rise of Jihad denialism (The Australian)
Dec 5 – (Opinion: Chris Kenny ) The Islamist idea is to impose Muslim faith, Sharia law and the rule of a caliphate over all of us - no ifs, no buts.
Dream of killing for
Allah (The Australian)
Dec 5 - Terror funder Hassan El Sabsabi was detected by the AFP discussing a dream of killing “kaffir’’ in Syria.
Isis wants an insane,
medieval race war – and we’ve decided to give them one (The Guardian, Australia)
Dec 5 – (Opinion: Frankie Boyle) So we decided to stop children drowning on the beaches by killing them in their beds.
political solution or crushing occupation can defeat IS (Sydney Morning Herald)
Dec 6 – (Opinion: Thomas Friedman) When President Vladimir Putin of Russia announced he was setting up an airbase in the middle of Syria to take on Islamic State and bolster President Bashar al-Assad, more than a few analysts and politicians praised his forceful, game-changing, strategic brilliance, suggesting that Putin was crazy like a fox.
San Bernardino shooting
victim 'had argued with killer about Islam' (The Guardian, Australia)
Dec 6 - Friends and family have described Nicholas Thalasinos, one of the 14 people slaughtered in San Bernardino, as a devoted father, husband and colleague, a dedicated health inspector, colourful
Russian priests pose
with pet cats in hit 2016 calendar (ABC News)
Dec 6 - In a rare venture into popular culture, bearded Russian Orthodox priests have posed as models for a glossy 2016 calendar — cuddling their pet cats.
Community leaders unite
to open Orange's mosque (ABC News)
Dec 3 - Orange's Muslim community has been joined by religious and council leaders to open its first mosque.
finds no link between halal certification and terrorism and food prices
Dec 5 - TAKE a wander down any supermarket isle and you will find a range of products featuring those official-looking paid-for ticks of approval.
Call for Turnbull
government to consider halal labelling overhaul (Sydney Morning Herald)
Nov 30 - The Turnbull government will be asked to consider overhauling halal certification in Australia, including clearer labelling for food sold in the domestic market.
Fred Nile welcomes
Anglican Diocese paedophile probe (ABC News)
Nov 30 - Christian Democrat MP Fred Nile has applauded probes into Newcastle's Anglican Diocese, amid allegations of several paedophile networks.
Attacks on Grand Mufti
are 'work of Hansonites', says Muslim moderate (Sydney Morning Herald)
Nov 30 - A Sydney GP praised by Turnbull cabinet minister Josh Frydenberg as a key moderate Muslim voice has slammed attacks such as those by the minister on Australia's Grand Mufti as "doing the dirty work of the Hansonites".
Grand Mufti thanks MP
Tony Burke for support amid heavy criticism over Paris attacks response (ABC News)
Dec 1 - Australia's Grand Mufti has personally thanked Labor MP Tony Burke for defending him during a speech to Federal Parliament, showing how closely the Islamic cleric is following the political debate in Canberra.
Politicians should have
taken on the Grand Mufti with intelligent argument (The Age, Melbourne)
Dec 3 – (Opinion: Julie Szego) Australian politicians are ill-equipped for the high-stakes battle of ideas that is needed if we are to When the Grand Mufti of Australia invited us to debate the "causative factors" behind the Paris terror attacks our political leaders should have risen to the challenge.
Comedy is a weapon and
the joke is on Islamic State (Sydney Morning Herald)
Nov 30 – (Opinion: Clare Murphy) There was a change to your Christmas television programming you may have missed last year - SBS pulled a scheduled screening of Four Lions, a black comedy about four dim-witted, wannabe jihadists whose attempts to wage violent extremism are held back by their own ineptitude.
Ipsos Perils of Perception
survey finds Australians out of touch with reality (Sydney Morning Herald)
Dec 2 - The Australian myth of the sunburnt country - where many people still live on those sweeping plains - persists, as a new study finds that we get many things wrong about our society and country.
Mount Isa residents to
pray for drought-breaking rain (ABC News)
Dec 3 - Despite recent rainfall across parts of western Queensland, residents will gather in the north-west today to pray for drenching rain.
Christmas lobbying may
fall on deaf ears (Sydney Morning Herald)
Dec 3 – (Opinion: John Warhurst) Religious groups seeking the release of asylum-seeker children and families in detention are realistic about their chances of success.
Academic and iconoclast
Barbara Thiering exemplified tumultuous 1960's ethos (Sydney Morning Herald)
Dec 4 – Historian, feminist and iconoclast Barbara Thiering once observed that, for a woman of her temperament, she had been born at a fortunate time in Australia.
Fate of Australian
doomsday internet cult family from Nannup, Western Australia remains mystery (news.com.au)
Dec 5 - THE second last time Bruce Blackburn set eyes on Simon Kadwill before he disappeared with his young family and their male lodger in 2007, he was surprised at Kadwill’s “calm and relaxed” mood.
another significantly damaged in suspected arson attacks in Geelong (ABC
Dec 6 - A church has been destroyed and another significantly damaged in suspicious fires in the Victorian city of Geelong early this morning.
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