by Greg Spearritt
Religion News Australia
March 6 - 13, 2016
Religion news stories from Australia
(Research: Greg Spearritt)
After Pell, the
questions we all need to answer (The
Mar 7 – (Opinion: Phil Cleary) Was anyone not moved to despair, or maybe even outrage, watching Cardinal George Pell's evidence at the royal commission on child sexual abuse?
'He was only 28': Alan
Jones defends Cardinal George Pell on Q&A (Sydney Morning Herald)
Mar 8 - What is the minimum age of moral culpability?
Can Cardinal Pell be
judged by 21st century standards? (Brisbane
Mar 9 – (Opinion: Chris Davis ) Autres temps, autres moeurs. French for "other times, other customs".
The faithful reflect at
St Mary's after a week of Cardinal Pell's testimony (Sydney Morning Herald)
Mar 7 - As Monsignor William Mullins led Sunday mass at St Mary's Cathedral, some flapped the order of service booklets before their faces to keep cool; others absorbed the words on the pages in their hands.
Vincent's hospital run by Catholic ministry 'not subject to government control' (Brisbane Times)
Mar 9 - Publicly-funded St Vincent's Hospital will not be forced to hand over documentation to state Parliament over the under-dosing of up to 70 chemotherapy patients because the hospital is privately run by a Catholic ministry.
Children need us to
support the Safe Schools program for their sakes (The Age, Melbourne)
Mar 7 – (Opinion: Chloe Shorten) On Saturday night, among the glitter, feathers and characters, we walked with our kids and some of their friends – young teenagers amazed by the conviction and happiness on show.
Most private schools
can't prove they spend government funds appropriately: watchdog (The Age, Melbourne)
Mar 9 - Hundreds of millions of dollars in education department grants are being given to private schools with no measures to track how the money is being spent, an auditor-general's report has found.
Malek Fahd: Students on
edge after police called to tense meeting to decide school's future (Sydney Morning Herald)
Mar 10 - NSW police have had to restore order at an extraordinary general meeting for the organisation responsible for the embattled Malek Fahd, one of the largest schools in NSW.
Principal of Reddam
'appalled' by students chanting anti-Semitic slurs at football match (Sydney Morning Herald)
Mar 11 - The head of a Sydney private school has apologised to the students of a nearby Jewish school after his students chanted anti-Semitic slurs during a football game.
Pope Francis' cardinal
problem: an exit strategy for George Pell (The Age, Melbourne)
Mar 7 - For years he has been one of the big beasts of the Catholic Church.
Democracy fades in
Malaysia and Turkey as leaders crack down (Sydney Morning Herald)
Mar 8 – (Opinion: Peter Hartcher) It's an unfortunate fact that there are very few successful, secular democracies among Muslim-majority nations.
Indonesian Islam good
for peace (The Australian)
Mar 10 – (Opinion: Greg Sheridan) No preconception of our neighbour can survive exposure to the place’s complexity.
Pakistani lawyers' group
behind spike in blasphemy death penalty cases (The Age, Melbourne)
Mar 11 - Islamabad: A little-known alliance of hundreds of lawyers in Pakistan is behind the rise in prosecutions for blasphemy, a crime punishable by death that goes to the heart of an ideological clash between reformers and religious conservatives.
Muslim leader warns of
Islamic State stronghold in Philippines (Sydney Morning Herald)
Mar 7 - Kuala Lumpur: The head of the Philippines' largest rebel Muslim organisation has warned that Islamic State has moved to establish a stronghold in the country's violence-racked southern islands.
ISIS have ‘studied Nazi
methods’ to train children to be killers from birth (news.com.au)
Mar 7 - A STUDY has claimed Islamic State is indoctrinating children from birth using an extremism-based education system similar to that taught by the Nazis, to create a generation “more lethal than themselves”.
Children forced into
jihadist training in compulsory schooling under Islamic State (news.com.au)
Mar 9 - THERE are an estimated 31,000 pregnant women within the Islamic State as the group increasingly focuses on indoctrinating women and children in order to build the next generation of fighters.
US strikes al Shabaab
training camp in Somalia, more than 150 killed (Sydney Morning Herald)
Mar 8 - Washington: The United States has carried out an air strike in Somalia, killing more than 150 fighters with the al Qaeda-linked Islamist group al Shabaab, following US intelligence on preparations for a large-scale militant attack, the Pentagon said on Monday.
Islamists storm Tunisian
border town, dozens dead (Sydney Morning Herald)
Mar 8 - Tunis: Dozens of Islamist fighters have stormed through the Tunisian town of Ben Guerdan near the Libyan border, attacking army and police posts in a raid that killed at least 53 people, including civilians, the government and residents say.
engineer identified on list of volunteer suicide bombers (ABC News)
Mar 11 - The personnel file of a would-be suicide bomber who identifies as Australian is among tens of thousands of documents about Islamic State fighters leaked to Britain's Sky News.
capture of key Islamic State weapons expert, uses information to target air
strikes (ABC News)
Mar 11 - American special forces captured a chemical weapons expert with the Islamic State group and used his information to direct multiple air strikes, the United States has confirmed.
Defectors tell of their disillusionment with Islamic State (Sydney Morning Herald)
Mar 11 - New York: Syrian defectors from Islamic State – including top commanders and a child groomed to be a suicide bomber – have described their experience inside the cult terror group including little known details of slave markets, drugged soldiers and how promises of sex and money have replaced paradise virgins as recruitment incentives.
Paris attackers named in
leaked Islamic State documents, reports say (ABC News)
Mar 12 - Three of the Paris attackers are among the thousands of names in documents apparently leaked from the Islamic State group, according to German reports.
Islamic State uses birth
control to maintain supply of sex slaves (Sydney Morning Herald)
Mar 13 - Dohuk, Iraq: Locked inside a room where the only furniture was a bed, the 16-year-old learned to fear the sunset, because nightfall started the countdown to her next rape.
The jihadi and me (The Australian)
Mar 13 – (Opinion: Paul Maley) When Paul Maley contacted Australia’s most-feared terrorist he didn’t expect an answer.
Two teenage girls
charged in France for allegedly planning terror attack at Paris concert venue (Adelaide Now)
Mar 13 - TWO teenage girls have been charged in France for allegedly planning a terror attack at a Paris concert venue like the November Bataclan attack that killed 90 people.
Idaho pastor shot in the
head after praying with Ted Cruz: manhunt under way for ex-Marine (Sydney Morning Herald)
Mar 8 - On Saturday, pastor Tim Remington put his arm around Ted Cruz and delivered a rousing invocation at a campaign rally in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho.
court acquits church of organised crime charges (ABC News)
Mar 12 - A Belgian court has acquitted the Church of Scientology of charges of forming a criminal organisation, and dismissed demands that it should close its Belgian branch and European headquarters.
Catholic school condemns
chants of 'You killed Jesus' at Jewish opponents (The Guardian, Australia)
Mar 13 - A Catholic high school in Boston has condemned the “unacceptable behaviour” of some of its supporters after fans chanted “You killed Jesus” during a basketball game against a rival school with a large number of Jewish students.
Numan Haider inquest:
Anzac Day terror accused Sevdet Besim called to give evidence (ABC
Mar 7 - A group of Melbourne men arrested or charged in relation to last year's alleged Anzac Day terrorism plot have been called to give evidence at the inquest into the death of Numan Haider.
Teen’s terror descent
revealed (The Australian)
Mar 7 - A teenager shot dead by police had been considered a threat to national security and politicians, inquest told.
Numan Haider's father
tells inquest his family was horrified by extreme views (The Guardian, Australia)
Mar 7 - The father of 18-year-old Numan Haider, who was shot dead after stabbing two police officers in 2014, has told a coroner his family were horrified to learn of his extreme views and that they frequently told him to “stay away from bad people”.
Islamic council praises
Malcolm Turnbull after first prime ministerial visit in decades (The Guardian, Australia)
Mar 7 - The prime minister, Malcolm Turnbull, has praised the Muslim community as “respected and valued” in Australian society, in a speech community leaders have said will go some way towards mending fences with the government after strained relations with Turnbull’s predecessor, Tony Abbott.
No place here for
Islamist bias (The Australian)
Mar 9 – (Opinion: Jennifer Oriel) We can’t allow Hizb ut-Tahrir to denigrate women on the basis of multiculturalism.
Son of prominent
Australian Islamic leader Sheikh Mohammed Omran dies in Syria (ABC
Mar 9 - The son of one of Australia's most prominent Islamic leaders has died in the Middle East in mysterious circumstances.
Numan Haider had been
radicalised before he stabbed police, inquest hears (The Age, Melbourne)
Mar 11 - Melbourne teenager Numan Haider had undergone a degree of radicalisation in the days before he stabbed two police officers, a leading counter-terrorism researcher has told an inquest.
Jewish leader Jeremy
Jones honoured for interfaith work (ABC News)
Mar 11 - A senior Australian Jewish leader has been recognised with New South Wales's highest community award for his work building relationships with other religions.
Australian Liberty Alliance says members vilified, labelled bigots (ABC
Mar 13 - The head of a new anti-Islamic Australian political party says members are vilified as bigots and shut down in mainstream channels if they speak out against the religion.
Silvana Nero loses
Senate ticket top spot for husband Fred Nile's Christian Democratic Party (Sydney Morning
Mar 13 - The wife of Christian Democratic Party founder Reverend Fred Nile has failed to win the top spot on the party's NSW Senate ticket.
Man kills elderly father
on 'God's orders', court told (The
Mar 7 - A man believed he was acting on God's orders when he killed his elderly father, who was hanging out washing, a court has heard.
Christians clash (The Australian)
Mar 9 - Christians are at loggerheads over a plan to a build a 20m-high, LED-lit cross atop a remote hill in Central Australia.
It's time: why
Victoria's Deputy Premier changed his mind on marriage equality (The Age, Melbourne)
Mar 13 - He's a staunchly Catholic government minister linked to Labor's most conservative union – and a long-time opponent of same-sex marriage.
Churches hold 'sanctuary
training' for those wanting to shelter asylum seekers (The Guardian, Australia)
Mar 13 - Hundreds of people were expected to attend “sanctuary training” around the country on Sunday, learning how to resist any attempts by Australian government officials to forcibly remove asylum seekers.
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