by Greg Spearritt
Religion News Australia
May 1 - 8, 2016
Religion news stories from Australia
(Research: Greg Spearritt)
boundaries': Church loses track of abusive priests (Sydney Morning Herald)
May 8 - The Catholic Church is allowing paedophile priests to live anonymously in the community with limited supervision and has ignored warnings about their misconduct.
Max-Augustine Eggert gored to death by bull in Putty (Sydney Morning Herald)
May 4 - It was more than three years ago that Anglican priest and leading psychologist Fr Max-Augustine Eggert and his wife, Jane Robinson, made the decision to pack up from Bondi for a tree-change.
Anglican bishop urges
leaders to talk (The Courier-Mail,
May 4 - A Victorian Anglican bishop wants the governor-general to broker a meeting between Malcolm Turnbull and Bill Shorten to work out a humane solution to the offshore detention of asylum seekers.
Finding yourself inside
the labyrinth (ABC News)
May 6 - The first Saturday of every May is traditionally marked as World Labyrinth Day, when people walk on labyrinths at 1pm in various time zones.
Catholic Church report
describes situation in West Papua as a 'slow motion genocide' (ABC
May 4 - A report based on a secret fact-finding mission to West Papua by the Catholic church says the Indonesian province is enduring slow-motion genocide, amid fresh allegations of torture and murder being committed by the police and the military.
activist Martine Delaney drops complaint over Catholic Church’s marriage
booklet (The Mercury, Hobart)
May 5 - THE Catholic Church is free to continue distributing a booklet opposing same-sex marriage after an anti-discrimination case collapsed, with a complainant citing the church’s refusal to modify offensive and insulting messages in the brochure.
New Bishop of
Parramatta, a former refugee, vows to tackle radicalism, perception of asylum
seekers (ABC News)
May 6 - A former Vietnamese refugee who has been appointed the new Bishop of Parramatta has vowed to use his role to tackle radicalism in western Sydney, and the public's perception of people fleeing to Australia by boat.
backflips on threat to deregister evangelical Christian group over faith
declaration (Daily Telegraph, Sydney)
May 3 - The University of Sydney union has backflipped on its controversial threat to deregister the Sydney University Evangelical Union over its requirement that members declare a faith in Jesus Christ.
Right-wing German party
Alternative for Germany adopts anti-Islam policy (Sydney Morning Herald)
May 2 - Stuttgart, Germany: The right-wing Alternative for Germany party declared that "Islam does not belong in Germany" as it passed its new party manifesto Sunday.
Female MPs’ edge on
mullahs (The Australian)
May 2 - Iran’s new parliament will have more women than clerics when its members are sworn in.
Algeria builds giant
mosque with world's tallest minaret (The Guardian, Australia)
May 6 - Algeria is building one of the world’s largest mosques which officials say will serve as a buffer against radical Islam and crown the legacy of President Abdelaziz Bouteflika.
Sadiq Khan becomes first
Muslim mayor of London after bitter campaign (ABC News)
May 7 - Sadiq Khan has been elected as London's first Muslim mayor, with the UK Labour Party candidate securing victory over Conservative challenger Zac Goldsmith.
The politics of fear and
division isn't dead quite yet in Sadiq Khan's London (The Guardian, Australia)
May 7 – (Opinion: Esther Addley) The streets of Londonistan were mercifully calm on Friday night as the capital waited, and then waited some more, to confirm Sadiq Khan’s election as its new mayor.
'This is our moment':
Tooting Muslims laud Sadiq Khan victory (The Guardian, Australia)
May 7 - Surrounded by heavily embroidered and sequinned dresses and shalwar kameez in Saiqa, an upmarket boutique in Tooting, south London, Aisha critically eyed her reflection in a full-length mirror.
Indonesian summit to
promote 'renovated' Islam in challenge to global jihadism (Sydney Morning Herald)
May 8 - Cirebon: It's hard to know for certain what a Muslim saint who was born in 1448 might have looked like, but for a reasonable price you can wear his portrait on a T-shirt.
All-female combat unit
sacrifices hope to seek revenge on Islamic State (Sydney Morning Herald)
May 6 - Nawaran, Iraq: The killing and enslaving of thousands of women from Iraq's minority Yazidi community focused international attention on the group's violent campaign to impose its radical ideology and prompted the West to launch an air offensive against the militants in 2014.
ISIS documentary reveals
secrets from inside a terror cell (news.com.au)
May 6 - UNDERCOVER footage has revealed how a group of disaffected petty criminals transformed into a terror network, determined to carry out jihad on home soil.
‘Tom and Jerry’ to blame
for the rise of ISIS (news.com.au)
May 7 - AN Egyptian government official has blamed the animated Tom and Jerry series for allegedly spreading a culture of violence.
Al-Qaeda about to
establish an emirate in Northern Syria (Sydney Morning Herald)
May 8 - Al-Qaeda has big ambitions in Syria.
Shadi Jabar: The Islamic
State’s Australian recruiter of jihadi brides (news.com.au)
May 8 - AN AUSTRALIAN woman killed in a Coalition air strike in Syria has been revealed as a chief ISIS recruiter, who, along with her husband, planned attacks against the West and recruited to the murderous ranks of the Caliphate.
Shadi Jabar: how
Australian ISIS recruiter lured other brides to Syria (The Australian)
May 8 - From holy war to hijab fashion tips, the bizarre life of top Australian ISIS recruiter Shadi Jabar has been revealed after she was killed in a coalition air strike in Syria.
Gaziantep: home to Isis
killers, sex traders… and a quest to rebuild Syria (The Guardian, Australia)
May 8 - Dragging on his American-brand cigarette, Rami al-Khatib leans back and looks away.
Afghan civilian death
toll ‘much higher than the official estimate’ (The Guardian, Australia)
May 8 - The civilian toll of Afghanistan’s war has been underestimated, revised figures from an Afghan government official and details of UK military investigations into the deaths of two children suggest.
Manhattan fire: Serbian
Orthodox Cathedral gutted, firefighters on scene (ABC News)
May 2 - A huge fire has ripped through a Serbian Orthodox Cathedral in Manhattan on Orthodox Easter Sunday.
photographing America's drab new cathedrals (The Guardian, Australia)
May 2 - “I started photographing megachurches as an oppositional idea,” explains Lisa Anne Auerbach, a California photographer and artist.
New theory warns Mercury
passing in front of the sun could signal the end of the world (news.com.au)
May 8 - A NEW theory has emerged to suggest the upcoming May 9 transit of Mercury is linked to the Bible’s prophecy of destruction.
Muslims on what it's
like to live in Australia (Sydney Morning Herald)
May 2 - A Muslim mother in Sydney fears her grandchildren will end up in a concentration camp.
Islamic Council scoping
sites for grand mosque in central Melbourne (ABC News)
May 6 - The Islamic Council of Victoria is searching for a site for a grand mosque in central Melbourne to cater for growing demand.
Melbourne Lord Mayor
Robert Doyle welcomes plan for mosque in the CBD (The Age, Melbourne)
May 6 - Melbourne Lord Mayor Robert Doyle has welcomed the prospect of a large mosque being built in the CBD, following claims demand for prayer space is outstripping supply.
Unassuming piece of Holocaust history almost thrown away (ABC News)
May 4 - Louis Gross nearly threw away a box of apparent "knick knacks" his father left him, until he discovered one of the items inside was a famous piece of Holocaust history.
Australian Jew’s fight
against the Catholic Church in Poland (The Saturday Paper, Australia)
May 7 – (Opinion: Jill Singer) For many years a Melbourne Jewish doctor has been fighting assiduously to prove the Catholic Church in Poland willingly participated in a scam to steal her forebears’ land. Finally, justice has been served.
Rockdale church destroyed
by fire, four people taken to hospital (ABC News)
May 2 - Several firefighters were injured by falling bricks and two retirement home residents were taken to hospital as a fire destroyed a church at Rockdale, in Sydney's south.
Pro-life activists slam
government in letterbox-drop (Sydney Morning Herald)
May 8 - Anti-abortion activists have letterbox-dropped residents around an East Melbourne fertility control clinic, slamming new laws that stop them from harassing women on the street as "contrary to human rights".
Mother's Day explained:
The cards, the flowers - the myths, the motivations (Sydney Morning Herald)
May 8 - Flowers, perfume, chocolates and lunch.
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