by Greg Spearritt
Religion News Australia
February 7 - 14, 2015
Religion news stories from Australia
(Research: Greg Spearritt)
George Pell excused from
giving evidence at child sexual abuse royal commission in person (ABC
Feb 8 - Cardinal George Pell has been excused from giving evidence in person to the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.
Church left in the dark
over paedophile priest Peter Grasby's Asian relocation (Brisbane Times)
Feb 10 - The Archdiocese of Melbourne did not know a paedophile priest, who the church had put on paid leave, had left Australia.
Mass protest over parish
priest Father John Walshe spreads to second school (The Age, Melbourne)
Feb 10 - More than 40 parents pulled their children out of mass at a Melbourne Catholic school on Wednesday in protest over an allegedly abusive priest.
Brian Houston speaks out
on dealing with Hillsong’s nasty secret (news.com.au)
Feb 10 - HILLSONG Church founder and leader Brian Houston has relived the day he discovered Hillsong’s nasty secret — that his father was a paedophile — and has again defended his decision not to tell police about it.
Catholic Bishop Max
Davis responds to 'horrifying' child sexual abuse allegations in video (ABC
Feb 11 - A Perth court has heard a Catholic Bishop tell police he found it "distressing" and "horrifying" to have been accused of child sexual abuse dating back more than 45 years.
Catholic Bishop of
Australian Defence Force Max Davis tells Perth court he did not abuse boys (ABC News)
Feb 11 - The Catholic Bishop of the Australian Defence Force has taken the stand and denied, under oath, that he ever sexually abused teenage boys 45 years ago.
Students 'angry and
confused' over Archbishop Glenn Davies' comments on gender equality (ABC
Feb 12 - Students and teachers from some of Sydney's Anglican high schools say they are shocked and angered by remarks made by one of the church's most senior clerics.
Funding to Malek Fahd
Islamic School axed over concerns about financial management (ABC News)
Feb 8 - The Federal Government has axed funding to an Islamic school in Sydney's south-west, saying it failed to address concerns about how the money was being spent.
Cut puts Islamic school
on brink (The Australian)
Feb 8 - The nation’s largest Muslim school is likely to close after the federal government announced it would cut its funding.
Islamic College of
Brisbane forced to overhaul financial management (ABC News)
Feb 11 - The Islamic College of Brisbane has been forced to overhaul its financial management and governance after it was warned about potential misuse of federal funds.
Vatican advises bishops
it's 'not necessarily' their duty to always report abuse to authorities (ABC News)
Feb 12 - Newly appointed bishops have been advised by the Vatican that it's "not necessarily" their duty to report suspects of clerical child abuse to authorities.
Pope Francis arrives in
Mexico to tune of Mariachi music, cheers from faithful ahead of tour (ABC
Feb 12 - Pope Francis has begun his tour of Mexico, arriving to a welcome of Mariachi music and masses of Catholic faithful lining the streets.
Pope Francis urges
Mexico leaders to deliver true justice, peaceful environment for citizens (ABC News)
Feb 13 - Pope Francis has urged Mexico's leaders to provide "true justice" to citizens hit by drug violence and called on bishops to courageously fight the scourge plaguing the country.
Pope questions Mexican
President about corruption and drugs (Sydney Morning Herald)
Feb 14 - Mexico City: Pope Francis called on Mexico's government on Saturday to fight endemic corruption and drug trafficking and then prayed with thousands before the icon that unites the country – the Virgin of Guadalupe.
Pope Francis and Russian
Orthodox Patriarch Kirill urge Christian unity at historic first meeting (ABC News)
Feb 13 - Pope Francis and Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill have held a historic first meeting, calling for restored Christian unity and urgent action to help Christians threatened by violence in the Middle East.
Jihadi John's sidekick
in 'Beatles gang' identified as Briton Alexa Kotey (Sydney Morning Herald)
Feb 8 - London: A West London Muslim extremist who travelled to the Middle East on an aid convoy organised by a British MP has been named as a member of Jihadi John's gang of four masked executioners with self-assigned Beatles nicknames.
freed in Africa, doctor still captive (The Australian)
Feb 8 - The Australian and West African governments are continuing to push to have Perth-born doctor Ken Elliott freed by his al-Qa’ida captors, having been encouraged by the release of his wife Jocelyn at the weekend.
Tara Nettleton, widow of
Australian Islamic State terrorist, dies in Syria (Sydney Morning Herald)
Feb 10 - Tara Nettleton, the widow of Australian Islamic State terrorist Khaled Sharrouf, has died in Syria from complications associated with appendicitis.
Poland to join fight v
Islamic State in return for NATO help in east (Sydney Morning Herald)
Feb 11 - Warsaw: Poland will join the fight against Islamic State, its defence minister said on Wednesday, though he signalled that the scale of its involvement would depend on NATO's response to Russia's renewed assertiveness on the alliance's eastern flank.
US professor who said
Christians and Muslims 'worship the same God' to leave school (ABC
Feb 8 - A professor at an evangelical university near Chicago who got in trouble for saying Muslims and Christians worship the same God will leave the school, according to a joint statement released by Wheaton College.
'shoulder to shoulder' with Christians to help asylum seekers (Brisbane Times)
Feb 8 - Queensland's Islamic community has vowed to stand "shoulder to shoulder" with "Christian brothers and sisters" to protect asylum seekers from being returned to offshore detention centres, "even if it means our arrest".
'Speed-dating' with a
twist: got questions for Muslim women? Here's where to go (The Guardian, Australia)
Feb 8 - Hana Assafiri knows how to harness the power of women.
Man arrested over
Islamophobic graffiti attack on car in Bass Hill (Sydney Morning Herald)
Feb 10 - A man has been charged after a car was vandalised with Islamophobic messages in Sydney's south-west.
Fear of vengeful
omniscient gods may have helped human societies expand (ABC News)
Feb 11 - Belief in an all-seeing punitive god motivates people to be more charitable towards strangers outside their own family and community, particularly to those of similar beliefs, researchers have found.
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