by Greg Spearritt
Religion News Australia
September 11 - 18, 2016
Religion news stories from Australia
(Research: Greg Spearritt)
Bishop Bede Heather
'destroyed' documents: Royal Commission (Sydney Morning Herald)
Sept 15 - The former Catholic Bishop of Parramatta Bede Heather has told a royal commission he destroyed documents relating to potential legal action against a paedophile priest.
Child sex abuse royal
commission: Father John Farrell 'abused children to show affection' (ABC
Sept 16 - Former Moree Catholic priest Father John Joseph Farrell "only fondled genitals as it was his way of showing affection" a church official allegedly told the parent of an abused altar boy, a royal commission has heard.
Anglican Bishop of
Ballarat Garry Weatherill declares support for same-sex marriage (ABC
Sept 16 - Ballarat's Anglican Bishop Garry Weatherill has declared his support for same-sex marriage and said he opposed the Federal Government's proposed plebiscite on the issue.
Scientology and the
Kidman-Cruise split (Sydney Morning Herald)
Sept 14 - When David Miscavige, the leader of the Church of Scientology, heard that Tom Cruise had an unfulfilled fantasy of running through a field of wildflowers with Nicole Kidman, he decided to make it happen.
Hillsong Church launches
new movie, Let Hope Rise, in US (Sydney Morning Herald)
Sept 17 - The Australian pentecostal church Hillsong that has come to dominate the lucrative American christian youth music market has released a new movie based on the preparations of its band, Hillsong United, for a concert in 2014.
Hajj: Muslim pilgrims
return to scene of deadly stampede for 'stoning of the devil' at Jamarat Bridge (ABC News)
Sept 13 - Muslims from around the world have returned to the scene of last year's deadly stampede to perform a stoning ritual near Mecca that is the final major rite of the Hajj.
Apple ignored a request
for a hijab emoji, so a 15-year-old is making one (Sydney Morning Herald)
Sept 15 - When Rayouf Alhumedhi's friends wanted to identify themselves to one another in a WhatsApp group chat, they didn't rely on their names.
A gay man's
reconciliation with his family features in Israeli Film Festival (Sydney Morning Herald)
Sept 15 - Diza Maoz says it was a "terrible blow" when her son Saar revealed he was gay.
Facebook slammed over
anti-Semitic 'Jewish remains' photo (Sydney Morning Herald)
Sept 18 - Facebook has been accused of "enabling vicious Jewish hatred" after telling users an image depicting human remains on a shovel below the tag line "How to pick up Jewish chicks" did not breach its standards.
IS chief al-Adnani
killed in US air strike, leaving leadership up for grabs (news.com.au)
Sept 16 - WESTERN forces celebrated news of his death, while his able followers and recruits labelled him a martyr.
Islamic State: Choosing
between the devil and a dark place (news.com.au)
Sept 16 - AHMED rubs his stubbled chin where a heavy beard once grew wild and marvels about him at those who openly smoke cigarettes.
Turkish police detain
more than 20 Islamic State suspects: report (ABC News)
Sept 17 - Turkish police have detained more than 20 Islamic State suspects, including a Syrian man believed to be organising an attack in Istanbul, a local newspaper reported.
Police shoot dead man
who stabs eight in shopping centre at St Cloud in Minnesota (news.com.au)
Sept 18 - AT least eight people have been taken to hospital with injuries after a stabbing attack at a Minnesota shopping mall which ended with the suspected attacker dead inside the mall.
reportedly free Norwegian hostage in Philippines (The Guardian, Australia)
Sept 18 - A Norwegian held hostage by a notorious kidnapping-for-ransom gang in the strife-torn southern Philippines was released Saturday after a year in captivity and will soon be handed over to authorities, officials said.
Meet Father Rito, who
houses, feeds hundreds of those in need (ABC News)
Sept 16 - Father Rito Julio Alvarez is a hero of the downtrodden in two countries.
Hanson invited to Qld
mosque open day (The Mercury,
Sept 18 - A central Queensland Islamic community wants Pauline Hanson to share fish and chips and discuss her views on Islam at their open day.
promises funding for Yes and No camps of same sex marriage plebiscite (news.com.au)
Sept 13 - PRIME Minister Malcolm Turnbull faces accusations he has been rolled by opponents of same-sex marriage who forced him to fund a $170 million plebiscite on the issue. And one of those opponents, the Australian Christian Lobby, today said it would use the $7.5 million funding for the No case in the national ballot to also fight sex education in schools.
Pauline Hanson's 2016
maiden speech to the senate: Full transcript (Sydney Morning Herald)
Sept 15 – (Opinion: Pauline Hanson) First of all, I would like to welcome everyone in this house and thank you for your attendance.
Pauline Hanson’s claim
doesn’t add up (Adelaide Now)
Sept 15 – (Opinion: Charis Chang) PAULINE Hanson wants Australians to face a reality check about Muslim immigration but a closer look at her claims show they don’t quite add up.
Malcolm Turnbull warns
Hanson, Christensen demonising all Muslims is 'counter-productive' (ABC
Sept 16 - Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has warned One Nation and his own outspoken backbencher George Christensen that demonising all Muslims is playing into the hands of extremist groups.
New Dark Age descends as
Pauline Hanson and Co condemn children to the outside (Sydney Morning Herald)
Sept 16 – (Opinion: Tony Wright) Thursdays, a small bunch of us hunched our shoulders and shuffled down the corridor to an empty classroom that seemed a long way from everywhere.
Love and compassion must
fight Pauline Hanson's message of hate and fear (Sydney Morning Herald)
Sept 17 – (Opinion: Alpha Cheng and Mariam Veiszadeh ) Ours is a tale of how two people from different cultural and religious backgrounds forged an otherwise unlikely connection and friendship.
Illawarra Hawks reverend
Paul Bartlett brings pastoral care to professional basketball (ABC
Sept 11 - While the Illawarra Hawks team changes every year, reverend Paul Bartlett has been a constant for 12 seasons, providing pastoral care for players and helping the club through difficult times as club chaplain.
Airport baggage handler
unfairly sacked over 'sarcastic' Facebook post supporting ISIS (Sydney Morning Herald)
Sept 15 - An airport baggage handler was unfairly sacked for making a "sarcastic" Facebook post supporting Islamic State, the Fair Work Commission has found in a decision awarding compensation for lost earnings.
Sydney mother found
reading Bible next to crashed car after allegedly drowning child (Sydney Morning Herald)
Sept 16 - On the weekend a young mother walked out the front door of her Sydney home, allegedly leaving her lifeless little girl behind.
ACT Brumbies hooker
Robbie Abel reveals desire to not play Sundays for Mormon faith (Sydney Morning Herald)
Sept 17 - ACT Brumbies hooker Robbie Abel admits he has a desire to avoid playing rugby union matches on Sundays to align with his Mormon faith, but is happy to juggle sport and religion for the Canberra Vikings.
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