by Greg Spearritt
Religion News Australia
September 4 - 11, 2016
Religion news stories from Australia
(Research: Greg Spearritt)
Man abused by three NSW
Marist Brothers, royal commission told (Brisbane Times)
Sept 5 - A man who told an inquiry how he was sexually abused by three Marist brothers over years at a Newcastle school says his principal put his hands up and said "there's nothing I can do" when he reported being touched.
Marist Brothers looked
for abuse evidence after teen's death, royal commission told (ABC News)
Sept 6 - The mother of a Newcastle teenager who killed himself more than 40 years ago has told the child abuse royal commission she believes a group of Marist Brothers were "looking for evidence" at her home after the death.
Brother asked mother if boy left suicide note, inquiry told (The Guardian, Australia)
Sept 6 - After 13-year-old Andrew Nash took his own life, a now-notorious paedophile Marist brother turned up to his house and asked his mother whether the boy had left a note.
Catholic church to use
late Ballarat bishop's estate to help victims of abuse (The Guardian, Australia)
Sept 6 - The multimillion-dollar estate of the former Ballarat bishop Ronald Mulkearns will be used to help victims of abuse, the Catholic diocese has said.
School principal says
paedophile teacher in Newcastle admitted abuse 40 years ago (ABC News)
Sept 7 - The former principal of a Marist Brothers high school in Newcastle has told the child abuse royal commission a notorious paedophile admitted to him he had abused children 40 years before he was charged.
Archbishop 'seeking counsel' over his future (The West Australian)
Sept 8 - In his first public statement since appearing before the royal commission into child abuse, Perth Anglican Archbishop Roger Herft said he would seek the counsel of colleagues “in coming weeks”.
'All I could think about
was ... killing Father Ryan. I didn't do it. I should have.' (Sydney Morning Herald)
Sept 11 - "During the service, all I could think about was running to my mate's parents' place and grabbing the biggest two knives he had and killing Father Ryan.
Religious shift on
same-sex marriage: Anglicans should vote 'according to conscience' (Brisbane Times)
Sept 10 - Christians should vote "according to their conscience" in a same-sex marriage plebiscite and the Church "must accept" the result, Australia's most senior Anglican has told followers.
Q&A: ‘replace Jew
with Muslim’ (The Australian)
Sept 6 - Shakespeare should be adapted to highlight modern day discrimination in Australia.
Saintly works admired by
most (The Australian)
Sept 6 – (Opinion: Editorial) Mother Teresa’s care for the poor has been an inspiration.
Mother Teresa: Faithful
flock to Vatican for canonisation (ABC News)
Sept 4 - Hundreds of thousands of people from across the globe are gathering in Rome to watch Mother Teresa be officially declared a Saint of the Catholic Church.
How Mother Teresa
officially became a saint (ABC News)
Sept 4 - Mother Teresa, the Catholic missionary who received a Nobel peace prize for her work with the poor, has officially been canonised.
Mother Teresa officially
becomes a saint at canonisation ceremony in Vatican City (ABC News)
Sept 5 - Mother Teresa has been made a saint of the Roman Catholic Church, 19 years after her death.
Mother Teresa: Do
miracles have a place in the modern-day Catholic Church? (ABC News)
Sept 6 - As Catholics around the world celebrate the canonisation of their newest saint Mother Teresa, debate is raging over whether miracles have a place in the modern-day Church.
Pope Francis culls
Pell’s powers (The Australian)
Sept 8 - Many of George Pell’s wideranging powers over Vatican finances have been taken away from him and handed to others.
Ex-pope fell in love as
student (The Australian)
Sept 10 - The ex-pope, whose resignation shocked the world in 2013, has revealed that he fell in love during his student days.
Hajj: Almost 1.5 million
Muslims launch pilgrimage undeterred by deadly 2015 stampede (ABC News)
Sept 10 - From Asia, Africa and points in between, nearly 1.5 million Muslims have launched the annual Hajj pilgrimage to Islam's holiest sites, undeterred by a stampede last year that cost around 2,300 lives.
Qurban: Ancient Islamic
tradition of animal sacrifice gets modern update in Jakarta (ABC News)
Sept 10 - In Indonesia's capital a 1,000-year-old Islamic ritual has been updated for the digital age — with iPad-touting cowgirls selling cattle online ahead of the animals' slaughter next week.
completely secured from Islamic State, Turkey's Prime Minister says (ABC
Sept 4 - Turkey's Prime Minister Binali Yildirim says his nation's forces and Syrian rebels have expelled the Islamic State (IS) group from the last areas of the Syrian-Turkish border under its control.
Islamic State pushed back from Syrian border
after three-year presence (Sydney Morning Herald)
Sept 5 - Cairo: Islamic State has lost its last link between its main territories and the outside world as Syrian rebels backed by Turkish tanks and airstrikes captured the last stretch of the Syrian-Turkish border held by the extremist group.
Islamic State group
claims six deadly Syria blasts, state media and monitor say (ABC News)
Sept 6 - Six explosions claimed by the Islamic State (IS) group have hit government-controlled areas and a province held by a Kurdish militia in Syria, killing dozens of people, state media and a monitor say.
Losing ground, fighters
and morale – is it all over for Isis? (The Guardian, Australia)
Sept 8 – (Opinion: Martin Chulov) It has been a bad few months for Islamic State (Isis).
Kofi Annan arrives in
Myanmar amid protest over treatement of Rohingya Muslims (Sydney Morning Herald)
Sept 7 - Sittwe, Myanmar: Former UN chief Kofi Annan has been confronted by hundreds of protesters as he arrived in Myanmar to lead a panel tasked with finding solutions to the conflict between the country's Buddhists and minority Rohingya Muslims.
Sunday blues: Growing up
in an ultra-strict church (The
Sept 10 – (Opinion: Joan McFadden) I didn’t know we were different until I started school.
Islamic State call for
attacks on specific locations in Australia 'propaganda', Victorian police say.
Sept 6 - Victoria Police and Premier Daniel Andrews have dismissed as propaganda a call in an Islamic State (IS) magazine for attacks to be carried out on specific locations in Melbourne and Sydney.
Islamic State issues
chilling new threats against Australian iconic sites after Syria death. (Sydney Morning
Sept 6 - The Islamic State has issued a vicious and detailed call to "lone wolf" followers to stab, shoot, poison and run over Australians at iconic attractions including Bondi Beach and the MCG.
There's real and present
danger in IS call for lone wolves to 'scorch with terror' (Sydney Morning Herald)
Sept 6 – (Opinion: Michael Bachelard) This is not the first time the so-called Islamic State has called for lone-wolf attacks in Australia.
Ezzit Raad funded,
fought and recruited for Islamic State (Brisbane Times)
Sept 6 - Melbourne terrorist Ezzit Raad has funded and fought for Islamic State, and after his recent death in Syria, now provides the inspiration for further terrorist attacks on Australian soil.
Dear Pauline: Is that a
Koran in your handbag? (Sydney Morning Herald)
Sept 6 – (Opinion: Maher Mughrabi ) Dear Pauline, It was a pleasant surprise to hear that you are currently carrying around a copy of the Koran.
Scientology opens huge
new Australasian headquarters in Sydney (news.com.au)
Sept 6 - IN A well-heeled suburb surrounded by bushland on Sydney’s north shore, a hulking concrete monolith designed as a “scientific wonderland” with soundproof rubber rooms peers out from its camouflaged position built into a hillside.
decline (The Australian)
Sept 10 - Sydney has become home to what Scientology calls its biggest “spiritual centre” outside of the United States.
Presbyterian Church sign
on same-sex marriage divides regional community of Taree (ABC News)
Sept 8 - Signs displayed outside a church in the New South Wales mid-north coast town of Taree are causing a stir, with some arguing they are offensive while others welcome them.
Religious harassment at
work: would you intervene? (Sydney Morning Herald)
Sept 9 – (Opinion: James Adonis ) Imagine this scenario.
Man charged with
committing terrorist attack, attempted murder after stabbing in Sydney (ABC
Sept 11 - A man has been charged with committing a terrorist attack and attempted murder after a stabbing left a man in a critical condition in Sydney's south-west.
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