by Greg Spearritt
Religion News Australia
April 3 - 10, 2016
Religion news stories from Australia
(Research: Greg Spearritt)
Retired Ballarat Bishop
Ronald Mulkearns, who appeared at child sex abuse inquiry, dies (ABC
Apr 6 - Retired Bishop Ronald Mulkearns, who oversaw the Ballarat diocese during a notorious period of sexual abuse by clergy, has left a "catastrophic legacy", an abuse survivor has said.
Elite Sydney private
schools face sexual abuse suits (Sydney Morning Herald)
Apr 6 - The royal commission into child sexual abuse has triggered a fresh wave of litigation against Sydney private and Catholic schools.
paedophile priest (The Australian)
Apr 8 - The Catholic Church protected paedophile priest John Joseph Farrell, his victims have told a court.
Church backs Scots
College principal despite judge's advice (Sydney Morning Herald)
Apr 7 - The Presbyterian Church has stood behind Scots College principal Ian Lambert, after an emergency meeting to decide the future of the Bellevue Hill school.
St Catherine's gets
approval for $63 million renovation despite local anger (Sydney Morning Herald)
Apr 8 - Local residents are outraged that a Sydney private school has been granted approval to build a $63 million complex despite concerns from NSW police, the local council and more than 200 submissions condemning the development.
Justin Welby discovers
biological father was Churchill's private secretary (The Guardian, Australia)
Apr 8 - Justin Welby, the archbishop of Canterbury, has described his “complete surprise” at discovering that his biological father is not Gavin Welby – as he had always believed – but the former private secretary to Winston Churchill, Sir Anthony Montague Browne.
Pope Francis to visit
Greek island of Lesbos in show of support for asylum-seekers, Vatican says (ABC News)
Apr 8 - Pope Francis will make a brief trip to the Greek island of Lesbos on April 16, in a visit aimed at supporting asylum seekers and drawing attention to the front line of Europe's migrant crisis, the Vatican says.
Pope Francis to dismay
reformists with 'modern families' document (The Guardian, Australia)
Apr 8 - Pope Francis is likely to disappoint Catholic reformists on Friday with the publication of his views on family life, which observers predict will not change church doctrine on divorcees and gay people, despite presenting a more open approach.
Amoris Laetitia: Pope
Francis and the 'erotic dimension of love' (Sydney Morning Herald)
Apr 8 - London: A tiny footnote near the end of the Pope's 264-page 'Joy of Love' treatise is the 'money quote' that demonstrates a breakthrough in compassion for the Catholic Church, a leading Vatican expert says.
Pope Francis manifesto
urges tolerance for unmarried couples ‘living in sin’ but not gay unions (news.com.au)
Apr 8 - POPE Francis on Friday opted for no change in the Catholic approach to homosexuality but signalled a more open stance on cohabiting and divorced believers under new Church guidelines on family life.
Pope Francis urges
compassion for all in landmark statement on family values (The Guardian, Australia)
Apr 8 - Pope Francis has called for the Catholic church to revamp its response to modern family life, urging greater acceptance for divorced people and those in same-sex relationships while adhering to traditional church teachings.
Female Air France crew
can opt out of Iran flights over headscarf, official says (ABC News)
Apr 5 - Women employees of Air France will be allowed to opt out of working on the resumed flights to Iran so that they can avoid having to wear a headscarf, a company official says.
Outcry as Muslim
students exempt from shaking female teachers' hands at Swiss school (ABC
Apr 5 - Male Muslim students at a school in northern Switzerland will no longer have to shake hands with their female teachers, following a ruling that has caused an uproar across the country.
Ban on outdoor music
concerts in West Aceh due to Sharia law (Sydney Morning Herald)
Apr 6 - Jakarta: Outdoor music concerts have been banned from a regency in Indonesia's conservative Aceh province on the grounds they violate Sharia law.
Islamic fashion houses,
including Hijab House, targeted by racist hackers (ABC News)
Apr 8 - Three weeks ago Tarik Houchar opened the Instagram account for his fashion outlet Hijab House to find it had been hacked.
The slaughter of the
Christians (Brisbane Times)
Apr 4 – (Opinion: Jonathan Sacks ) I have been in New York these past few days to give a talk at the 9/11 Museum that has been erected on the site where once the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center stood.
Indian court sentences
47 police to life over Sikh pilgrim killings (ABC News)
Apr 5 - A special court in India has sentenced 47 policemen to life in prison for killing a group of Sikh pilgrims in 1991 whom they had claimed were militants.
ISIS mobilises fighters
in Syria (The Australian)
Apr 7 - Reeling from heavy defeats in Iraq and Syria, Islamic State has ordered an emergency mobilisation of its forces.
blogger killed by machete-wielding attackers (ABC News)
Apr 8 - Attackers wielding machetes have killed a liberal blogger in Bangladesh — the latest in a series of murders of secular activists by suspected Islamist militants.
Secular activist who
criticised Islamism killed in Dhaka (The Guardian, Australia)
Apr 8 - Hundreds of protesters have taken to the streets of Dhaka to demand the capture and punishment of those responsible for the murder of a law student who criticised Islamism on his Facebook page.
Islamic State nets
millions selling plundered antiquities online (Sydney Morning Herald)
Apr 8 - New York: Islamic State is more often associated with images of antiquities being destroyed in Palmyra and Nimrud, than with cultural heritage preservation.
They were freed from
Boko Haram's rape camps. But their nightmare isn't over (Sydney Morning Herald)
Apr 8 - Maiduguri, Nigeria: For months, they were kept in tiny thatched huts in the middle of the forest, waiting with dread each evening for their rapists to return.
Islamic State lose
Turkey supply route to Syrian rebels (news.com.au)
Apr 8 - SYRIAN rebels have seized control of the Islamic State group’s main supply route to Turkey, a monitor said.
Bomb suspect caught on
camera (The Australian)
Apr 8 - Belgian prosecutors have released new video of the ‘man in the hat’ fleeing after the Brussels airport blasts.
'Man in the hat'
confession as four charged with being part of a terrorist organisation (ABC
Apr 10 - Paris attacks suspect Mohamed Abrini has confessed to being "the man in the hat" caught on video with suicide bombers at Brussels airport last month, after images of him pushing a luggage trolley on the morning of the attacks sparked a massive manhunt.
Isis militants abduct
300 cement workers in Syria, according to reports (The Guardian, Australia)
Apr 8 - Syrian state television has reported the abduction by Islamic State militants of about 300 cement workers and contractors in an area north-east of Damascus, as fighting elsewhere in the country worsens.
Abu Sayaf militants
release former Italian priest Rolando Del Torchio from captivity in Philippines (ABC News)
Apr 9 - A retired Italian priest held hostage for six months by Islamist militants has left a Philippines hospital a day after his release, looking frail although officials say he is in good health.
US warns of 'credible
threats' to citizens in Turkey as it launches strikes on Isis (The Guardian, Australia)
Apr 10 - The United States warned its citizens about “credible threats” to tourist areas in Turkey, on the same day that Turkish police exploded a bag and the US announced new strikes on the Islamic State in Syria and Iraq.
The 'darker link'
between ancient human sacrifice and our modern world (Brisbane Times)
Apr 5 - In Japan, it was said that sacrificing a woman at a rushing river would placate the spirit who lived there, allowing for the construction of bridges and the safe passage of boats.
Stigmata case divides
Samoans, expert attributes to religious stress, rapid social change (ABC
Apr 6 - Rapid social change and the challenge of new religious movements to mainstream Christianity in Samoa may have played a role in a case where a young woman has developed wounds on her body similar to those portrayed in Christian scripture, an expert says.
how I recovered from my terrifying evangelical childhood (The Guardian, Australia)
Apr 6 – (Opinion: Josiah Hesse) One stormy night in the summer of 1992, I walked down the basement steps of my parents’ house to await the apocalypse.
Louis Theroux stalked by
Scientologists while making documentary (news.com.au)
Apr 7 - TV PERSONALITY Louis Theroux has revealed he was stalked by Scientologists while making a documentary about the controversial church.
Bernie Sanders to preach
against 'the idolatry of money' during Vatican visit (The Guardian, Australia)
Apr 8 - Bernie Sanders plans to warn against “the idolatry of money” in a speech at the Vatican next week which the Democratic candidate hopes will align his insurgent presidential campaign with the moral preaching of Pope Francis.
anti-racism protesters 'intensely' clash outside Melbourne's Halal Expo (ABC News)
Apr 4 - Victorian police are investigating a violent clash between anti-Muslim and anti-racism protesters near a Halal Expo in Melbourne.
Masks could be banned
from protests as police blast anti-fascist and anti-Islamic groups (Brisbane Times)
Apr 4 - One of Victoria's highest-ranking police officers has blasted the leadership of anti-fascist and anti-Islamic groups for harbouring violent members, and flagged tougher measures including the banning of masks from protests because they promote a "mob mentality".
Police should have seen
signs of Man Haron Monis' radicalisation, expert says (ABC News)
Apr 7 - Police should have picked up on signs that Sydney siege gunman Man Haron Monis was becoming more radicalised before he took 18 people hostage at the Lindt Cafe, an inquest hears.
Monis a ‘terrible mix’
of disorders and violent beliefs (The
Apr 7 - Man Haron Monis behaved “atypically” inside the Lindt cafe compared with other terrorists because of his “terrible mix” of personality disorders and extreme, violent beliefs, an inquest has heard.
Father of jihadi fighter
wants her life insurance paid out (news.com.au)
Apr 8 - THE father of Gold Coast jihadist Amira Karroum has launched a legal battle to claim her $300,000 life insurance policy.
United Patriots Front
evicted from West Coast vs Fremantle game for anti-mosque banner (ABC
Apr 10 - Four people have been evicted from the Western derby AFL match in Perth after displaying an anti-Muslim banner during Saturday night's game at Subiaco Oval.
Love Australia or Leave
Party founder Kim Vuga blocked from Queensland pub (Brisbane Times)
Apr 8 - The founder of an anti-Islam and anti-immigration political party has hit out at a Queensland pub for discrimination because it wouldn't let her meet there.
victim' loses fight to stay in Australia (Brisbane Times)
Apr 7 - A Nigerian man who told authorities he had been the victim of witchcraft in his home country has lost his bid to stay in Australia.
Gay families deserve our
blessing (The Australian)
Apr 7 – (Opinion: Greg Sheridan) The church should not oppose same-sex marriages
All Saints: From Sydney
mortuary station to Canberra Anglican church (ABC News)
Apr 8 - This is a story of how a doomed Sydney mortuary railway station became a Canberra church.
Shattered dreams: the
women tormented by dowry abuse (Sydney Morning Herald)
Apr 8 - The wedding album is the perfect advertisement of a big, fat Indian wedding. Colourful, traditional and opulent.
Hillary Clinton is
wrong: You cannot be a feminist and 'pro-life' (Brisbane Times)
Apr 8 – (Opinion: Ruby Hamad) Deep into the business end of the Democratic primary elections and presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton has dropped a doozy.
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