by Greg Spearritt
Religion News Australia
December 6 - 13, 2015
Religion news stories from Australia
(Research: Greg Spearritt)
Cardinal George Pell
told priest that Gerald Ridsdale was 'rooting boys again', inquiry told (ABC News)
Dec 7 - Cardinal George Pell was overheard in the 1980s discussing the sexual abuse of boys at the hands of convicted paedophile Gerald Ridsdale, a royal commission has been told.
George Pell accused of
joking about Gerald Ridsdale's abuse of children (Sydney Morning Herald)
Dec 7 - A survivor has told a royal commission he overheard George Pell joking about paedophile priest Gerald Ridsdale "rooting boys again" more than a decade before Ridsdale was convicted of multiple counts of child sexual abuse.
George Pell 'very
concerned' for paedophile victim David Ridsdale, inquiry hears (The Guardian, Australia)
Dec 7 - Cardinal George Pell appeared very concerned for an abuse victim who claims the then bishop tried to bribe him to keep quiet, an inquiry has heard.
Abuse victim claims
Cardinal George Pell urged him to keep quiet in phone conversation (news.com.au)
Dec 8 - CARDINAL George Pell is alleged to have told a fellow cleric that notorious paedophile priest Gerald Ridsdale was “r--ting boys again”, according to contested evidence before the royal commission.
Diocese to automatically refund abuse victims (Brisbane Times)
Dec 7 - One of two organisations at the centre of a royal commission into horrific sexual abuse across two decades in two Brisbane schools has pledged to automatically refund fees to victims.
Centre establishes redress scheme for sexual abuse victims (ABC News)
Dec 7 - Melbourne's Yeshivah Centre has set up a redress scheme to help support victims of sexual abuse.
Police to apologise to
detective over cover-up of child abuse investigation (The Age, Melbourne)
Dec 8 - Victoria Police will apologise and pay compensation to a former detective more than 30 years after senior officers covered up his investigation into child abuse allegations against a Catholic priest.
Cardinal Pell told to
attend child abuse inquiry after video link request denied (The Guardian, Australia)
Dec 11 - The chair of the royal commission into institutional responses to child sex abuse has refused to allow Cardinal George Pell to appear by video link, instead deferring the hearing until February to ensure Pell can appear in person.
Victims angry as health
issues see Cardinal Pell delay giving evidence (ABC News)
Dec 12 - Victims of child sex abuse and their families are angry at Cardinal George Pell's delay in giving evidence to the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.
When the Sound of
Music's nuns met the real nuns of Jamberoo (The Age, Melbourne)
Dec 10 - It wouldn't be too hard, you'd imagine, to play a nun.
Anglican Diocese of
Bathurst liable for $40 million Commonwealth Bank loan: court (The Age, Melbourne)
Dec 10 - The Anglican Diocese of Bathurst is liable for a $40 million loan from the Commonwealth Bank and may have to sell property including schools, churches and other land and buildings to meet its outstanding debt.
Ravenswood responds to
school captain Sarah Haynes' memorable end-of-year speech (Sydney Morning Herald)
Dec 8 - Ravenswood School for Girls has responded to the controversial speech made by its outgoing school captain, telling parents the matter was related to an ongoing legal dispute.
Catholics should not
convert Jews, says Vatican, in push against anti-Semitism (The Age, Melbourne)
Dec 10 - Vatican City: Catholics should not try to convert Jews and should work with them to fight anti-Semitism, the Vatican said on Thursday in a major new document that drew the church further away from the strained relations of the past.
Donald Trump calls for
Muslims to be barred from entering US (Brisbane Times)
Dec 8 - Donald Trump has called for the United States to bar all Muslims from entering the country until the nation's leaders can "figure out what is going on," an extraordinary escalation of his harsh rhetoric aimed at members of the Islamic faith in the aftermath of the terrorist attacks in Paris and San Bernardino, California.
Islamic State has a new
recruiter in chief: Donald Trump (The
Dec 10 – (Opinion: Martin Schram) In their clandestine headquarters half a world away, Islamic State's terrorist leaders are surely celebrating.
Donald Trump raises
question, what are the limits of toleration in a democracy? (The Age, Melbourne)
Dec 11 – (Opinion: Crispin Hull) US Republican candidate Donald Trump's call to prevent all Muslims from entering the United States gives rise to the question: what are the limits of toleration in a liberal democracy?
Donald Trump: I'm still
winning despite 'incredible heat' of Muslim ban backlash (The Guardian, Australia)
Dec 12 - For a man who has been engulfed this week in the political equivalent of a category five hurricane, Donald Trump is in remarkably good shape.
Death toll from 2015
Islamic pilgrimage to Mecca reaches 2411, the most in the ritual’s history (news.com.au)
Dec 11 - IT is the largest gathering of people anywhere in the world and the swell of human bodies comes at a cost.
The Gambia now an
Islamic republic, says President Yahya Jammeh (The Guardian, Australia)
Dec 12 - The Gambia has been declared an Islamic republic by President Yahya Jammeh who said he wanted to further distance the west African state from its colonial past.
Saudi Arabia: Women vote
in elections for first time (ABC News)
Dec 13 - Saudi Arabian women have voted for the first time in local council elections and have also stood as candidates.
Barack Obama... vows to
'destroy' Islamic State (ABC News)
Dec 7 - United States president Barack Obama has vowed to "destroy" the Islamic State (IS) militant group, branding its fighters "thugs and killers" in a rare address to the nation in the wake of last week's terrorism attack in California.
London Tube stabbing:
#YouAintNoMuslimBruv hashtag trends after video goes viral (news.com.au)
Dec 7 - IT WAS a simple statement made in the face of a brutally violent encounter.
The Isis papers: leaked
documents show how Isis is building its state (The Guardian, Australia)
Dec 8 - A leaked internal Islamic State manual shows how the terrorist group has set about building a state in Iraq and Syria complete with government departments, a treasury and an economic programme for self-sufficiency, the Guardian can reveal.
Stepped-up Islamic State
terror campaign demands new strategies (The Age, Melbourne)
Dec 10 – (Opinion: Colin Rubenstein) Strategies somewhere between continuing air strikes and a full-scale ground war against the terror group deserve closer scrutiny.
Anonymous calls on the
world to join in on Islamic State trolling day (news.com.au)
Dec 11 - ACTIVIST hacking group Anonymous have declared today an official “trolling day” against Islamic State, and have called on people to mock the terrorist group.
Taliban claims attack on
guest house near Spanish embassy in Kabul (Sydney Morning Herald)
Dec 12 - Kabul: The Taliban claimed responsibility for a car bomb attack on the Spanish embassy in Kabul on Friday, further dimming hopes for peace talks with moderate elements of the Islamist insurgent movement touted just days ago by President Ashraf Ghani.
Aussie family hire
‘Jihadi Hunter’ to rescue their son from the clutches of ISIS in Syria (news.com.au)
Dec 12 - A DESPERATE Australian family has hired a former Belgian soldier and father dubbed the “Jihadi Hunter” to help rescue their son from Islamic State in Syria.
Islamic State in Syria aborted over fear of civilian deaths, RAAF pilot says (ABC News)
Dec 13 - A Northern Territory-based Royal Australian Air Force pilot who took part in the first airstrikes against Islamic State (IS) militants in Syria says missions have been called off due to the risk of civilian casualties.
US calls for more German
military power in the fight against Islamic State (Sydney Morning Herald)
Dec 13 - Berlin: The United States has asked Germany for more military help in the fight against Islamic State, a German magazine reported on Saturday, a week after parliament approved a plan to join the campaign in Syria.
Terrorist bride might
get un-Islamic burial. (news.com.au)
Dec 13 - THE mysterious jihadi bride who helped her husband kill 14 and wound 21 in last week’s terror attack in San Bernardino could get the unceremonious — and un-Islamic — funeral she deserves, as no Muslim leaders want anything to do with her, FoxNews.com learned.
Reverend Peter Miqueli
swiped $1m for S&M hunk Keith Crist (news.com.au)
Dec 12 - A CATHOLIC priest swiped collection-plate donations to pay for drug-fuelled sex romps with a heavily muscled S&M “master,” a new lawsuit charges.
Scientology faces ban in
Belgium amid fraud allegations (news.com.au)
Dec 12 - A COURTROOM in Belgium heard final arguments on Friday in the trial of the Belgian branch of the controversial Church of Scientology over fraud and extortion allegations it vehemently denies.
'Good without God':
Nebraska atheists take over nativity to promote tolerance (The Guardian, Australia)
Dec 13 - When Christmas comes to Lincoln, Nebraska this year, Mary, Joseph and the baby Jesus will find there is no room in the inner halls of the state capitol – and no manger either.
Muslim teen upset after
teacher asked if she had a bomb in her backpack (The Guardian, Australia)
Dec 13 - The father of a Muslim middle school student says a teacher asked his daughter if she was carrying a bomb in her backpack.
Pig's head dumped in
toilet near Muslim prayer room at Perth university (The Guardian, Australia)
Dec 7 - Police are investigating the dumping of a pig’s head near a Muslim prayer room at a Perth university.
Townsville police hunt
anti-Islamic vandals (ABC News)
Dec 11 - Townsville detectives say someone in the local community knows who carried out an act of racist vandalism on an Annandale home last week.
The moment that changed
terror suspect Sulayman Khalid (Sydney Morning Herald)
Dec 11 - The family of a western Sydney man allegedly at the centre of a disrupted terror plot have given an insight into the moment he allegedly turned his back on dreams of becoming a policeman and became disaffected.
Ali Najem breaks
barriers and saves lives as a world-class athlete at Cronulla (The Age, Melbourne)
Dec 11 - Ten years after the Cronulla riots Ali Najem - a Muslim Australian ranked among the world's top beach runners - has saved at least five lives as a member of the Shire's Wanda Surf Lifesaving Club, but he thanks the club for saving his life.
Muslim woman responds to
abuse after challenging demonstrators at Reclaim Australia rally (ABC
Dec 12 - A young Muslim woman is vowing to continue to speak out against anti-Islam protesters, despite an encounter at a Reclaim Australia rally last month that left her feeling "disappointed" and "heartbroken".
If you don’t like it
here, leave (The Australian)
Dec 12 - Ten years after Cronulla riots, the deputy mayor has a message for fellow Muslims — if you don’t like it in Australia, go.
Blood on the hands of
Islam’s apologists (Daily
Dec 12 – (Opinion: Piers Akerman) THE terrorist attacks on the US World Trade Centre and Pentagon of September 11, 2001, forced many Westerners to think about Islam for the first time in their lives.
Jewish leader condemns
Camille Paglia for calling Taylor Swift a "Nazi Barbie" (The Age, Melbourne)
Dec 12 - A leading Australian Jewish organisation has denounced American cultural critic Camille Paglia for calling Taylor Swift a "Nazi Barbie", calling on her to apologise for the "absurd and offensive comparison of Swift to the Nazis".
Tony Abbott: Societies
can't 'remain in denial about the massive problem within Islam' (The Age, Melbourne)
Dec 9 - Former prime minister Tony Abbott has said Islam must change and called for a "hearts and minds campaign against the versions of Islam that make excuses for terrorists".
Muslims don't need
Western cultural supremacists to tell them what Islam needs (The Age, Melbourne)
Dec 9 – (Opinion: Reem Sweid) It seems that Tony Abbott has taken a page out of Donald Trump's campaign booklet.
Malcolm Turnbull fires
back at Tony Abbott over calls for revolution within Islam (The Age, Melbourne)
Dec 9 - Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has fired back at calls by his predecessor Tony Abbott for a "religious revolution" within Islam by cautioning against blaming all Muslims for Islamic State terrorist attacks.
Indonesia labels former
prime minister Tony Abbott's critique of Islam 'unhelpful' and 'divisive' (ABC News)
Dec 10 - Former prime minister Tony Abbott has drawn criticism from regional neighbour Indonesia over his call for change within Islam.
Attacks by Tony Abbott,
Donald Trump: Arch conservatives offer nothing but guff (The Age, Melbourne)
Dec 10 – (Opinion: Waleed Aly) Sorry, but I just can't quite get over the irony.
Lessons that Tony Abbott
failed (The Age, Melbourne)
Dec 11 – (Opinion: Hal Wootten) How ironic and embarrassing that Tony Abbott, of all people, should present himself to the world as our champion in defence of the values of the Enlightenment, of the Reformation, and "Western civilisation" generally.
Islam must be open to
discussion (The Australian)
Dec 12 – (Opinion: Greg Sheridan) Tony Abbott is the anti-Trump and did not deserve a demented reaction.
Labor candidate Imran
Syed sacked over inflammatory comments, labels ALP racist (The Age, Melbourne)
Dec 11 - A federal ALP candidate and leading Muslim community figure has been sacked by Labor for sharing material online attacking the West's intervention in Syria and Iraq and criticising Israel.
Islam, and the credibility gap (The
Dec 11 – (Opinion: Mark Kenny) The secret to success is sincerity – once you can fake that, you've got it made, quipped the French diplomat and writer Jean Giraudoux .
Queensland MP accuses
politicians of 'Muspandering' over Islam (The Age, Melbourne)
Dec 11 - A Queensland state LNP MP has accused fellow politicians of "Muspandering" in their comments about Islam and has backed former prime minister Tony Abbott's recent comments
God's warriors are
locked in a barbaric, futile battle against marriage equality (The Guardian, Australia)
Dec 12 – (Opinion: David Marr) The power of the hard men of God is one of the great political puzzles of this country.
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