by Greg Spearritt
Religion News Australia
Mar 21 - 28, 2010
Religion news stories from Australia
(Research: Greg Spearritt)
Mar 21 - An Australian victims group says the Pope should apologise to abuse victims in Australia, as well as people who were abused by priests in Ireland.
Pope's critics must get their facts straight (The Australian)
Mar 25 – (Opinion: George Pell) THE evil of sexual abuse has no place in the Catholic Church and no one should doubt Benedict XVI's resolve to see it eradicated.
Parishioner 'left due to picky women' (Sydney Morning Herald)
Mar 23 - A parishioner who claims a Sydney pastor made him out to be a "sexual predator" says he left his previous church because the women were "picky", "cold" and "bitter about being unmarried".
If this is the Last Supper, pass me the last cheese straw (The Age, Melbourne)
Mar 26 – (Opinion: Michael Shmith) No one will ever really know if the Last Supper was a catered affair.
River offerings to ward off disaster (The Age, Melbourne)
Mar 23 - THE 18th incarnation of the Kadhampa Buddha moved yesterday to protect Melbourne from natural disasters and to increase compassion and happiness in the world by casting offerings into the Yarra River.
Catholic school teachers to strike over pay (The Courier-Mail, Brisbane)
Mar 22 - SCHOOLS have cancelled classes and some will close on Wednesday as Catholic teachers get ready to strike over pay.
Church prepares for Indian priests' arrival (ABC News)
Mar 25 - Central Queensland's Catholic Church is looking at ways to make Indian priests feel welcome in the region.
Cardinal Pell tipped to tackle Church's sexual abuse scandal (The Australian)
Mar 27 - IRISH and British media, and Catholic Church officials, are speculating that Australia's Cardinal George Pell will be sent to clean up the mess over church abuse in Ireland.
Greens push for counsellors, not chaplains (WAToday.com.au)
Mar 27 - THE Greens want to scrap the national school chaplaincy program and replace it with a scheme to help schools employ counsellors and community liaison officers.
School sues parent for bitter website (The Age, Melbourne)
Mar 28 - AN ELITE Melbourne private school is suing the mother of a former student it says set up a defamatory website disparaging the school and its principal after her son was expelled for bullying.
Abuse – Catholic Church
Pope 'must act' on sex abuse cover-up (The Age, Melbourne)
Mar 20 - THE POPE is the man most responsible for the Catholic Church's "cover-up" of clerical sexual abuse and must take responsibility, according to a leading Catholic theologian.
German church 'ignored abuse warnings' (The Age, Melbourne)
Mar 20 - THE German archdiocese led by the future Pope Benedict XVI ignored repeated warnings in the early 1980s by a psychiatrist treating a priest accused of sexually abusing boys that he should not be allowed to work with children, the psychiatrist has revealed.
Also: In the name of the Holy Father (The Australian)
Mar 22 - NOT long after a portly, jovial priest in the German industrial city of Essen was accused of sexually abusing three boys in 1979, he was offered a new home in Munich by Joseph Ratzinger, the future Pope Benedict XVI.
Church has lost moral authority (The Age, Melbourne)
Mar 22 – (Opinion: Madeleine Bunting) There is only one conceivable reaction to the fast-spreading crisis in the Catholic Church: horror.
Pope's words of remorse fall flat for abuse victims (The Age, Melbourne)
Mar 23 - POPE Benedict XVI's weekend apology to sufferers of sexual abuse at the hands of Catholic clergy in Ireland has drawn a deeply sceptical and angry response from many Catholics.
Papal apology is too little, too late (Sydney Morning Herald)
Mar 23 – (Opinion: Editorial) IN THE past two decades Catholic bishops in several countries have grown used to making public apologies for the sexual abuse of children by priests
German nuns investigated over sexual abuse claims (The Age, Melbourne)
Mar 24 - TWO German nuns are under investigation for the alleged sexual abuse of children.
Former bishop begs for victims' forgiveness (ABC News)
Mar 25 - Pope Benedict has accepted the resignation of Bishop John Magee of Cloyne, Ireland, who has been accused of mishandling reports of sexual abuse in his diocese.
Milwaukee priest abuse cover-up claims hit Pope Benedict XVI (The Australian)
Mar 25 - NEW pedophilia cover-up claims have hit Pope Benedict XVI, with the case of a US priest who allegedly molested up to 200 deaf boys, according to church files obtained by The New York Times.
Pope accused of covering up deaf kids' abuse (ABC News)
Mar 26 - Pope Benedict has been accused of failing to take action against an American priest suspected of molesting up to 200 deaf boys.
Pope's past role exposed as scandal grows (The Age, Melbourne)
Mar 26 - TOP Vatican officials - including the future Pope Benedict XVI - apparently failed to defrock a priest who molested as many as 200 deaf boys, even though American bishops repeatedly warned them that failure to act could embarrass the church.
Catholics leave in record numbers (The Age, Melbourne)
Mar 26 - BARELY one in six Germans say they have confidence in the Catholic Church in the wake of the child sex abuse scandal, and those in dioceses affected by paedophile priests are leaving in record numbers.
Scandal-plagued Catholic order apologises to victims (The West Australian, Perth)
Mar 26 - VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - An influential Catholic priestly order whose late founder was discovered to have been a sexual molester and to have fathered at least one child apologised on Friday to victims whose accusations were ignored.
Mar 27 - The Vatican has dismissed a fresh allegation by The New York Times that Pope Benedict XVI, as archbishop of Munich, failed to bar the transfer of a known paedophile priest.
Vatican decries 'ignoble' smear of Pope Benedict XVI (The Australian)
Mar 27 - ROME: The Vatican yesterday denounced what it called an "ignoble attempt" to smear the Pope over his handling of a sexual abuse case involving a priest who allegedly molested hundreds of students decades ago at a Milwaukee school for the deaf.
Vatican faces 'grave test' over sex abuse (The Age, Melbourne)
Mar 27 - THE escalating scandal over sexual abuse in the Catholic Church is heightening calls for greater transparency in the Vatican and a zero-tolerance policy towards abusive priests.
Media attacks Pope's handling of abuse (ABC News)
Mar 28 - The child abuse scandal rocking the Catholic Church homed in on Pope Benedict XVI, labelled the "biggest sinner" in one newspaper as the Vatican said his handling of the crisis would only strengthen his authority.
Secrecy on child abuse stalks Pope (Sydney Morning Herald)
Mar 28 - AS POPE Benedict XVI struggles to stay above the paedophilia priest scandals engulfing the Catholic Church, the Vatican is facing growing calls for an end to its ''culture of secrecy''.
Vatican defensive as pope targeted in child abuse scandal (The Age, Melbourne)
Mar 28 - Pope Benedict XVI will not be weakened by abuse scandals rocking the Roman Catholic Church, the Vatican said Saturday, amid mounting criticism of his handling of predator priests.
Anglican breakaways in rush to the Vatican (The Australian)
Mar 27 - MORE than 200 Traditional Anglican Church parishes from around the world have petitioned the Vatican to be received into the Catholic Church.
Akon disheartened by Sri Lankan ban (ABC News)
Mar 26 - Singer Akon says he is disheartened Sri Lanka plans to deny him a visa to perform there after Buddhists angered by a video he appeared in staged a violent protest.
Swami to breathe fresh air into Indian politics (The Age, Melbourne)
Mar 22 - YOGA master Baba Ramdev is on a mission to get India's body politic to assume a more healthy position.
Mar 23 - GAY men can at last be depicted in Malaysian films - so long as they repent or even go straight in the end.
Islamic court bans online chat on theft amputation (The Courier-Mail, Brisbane)
Mar 24 - A NIGERIAN court has banned Twitter and Facebook debates on the country's first wrist amputation for theft.
Not all tension in Turkey is West v Islam (The Australian)
Mar 25 – (Opinion: Whit Mason) A HISTORIC power struggle is afoot in a Muslim-majority country of the greatest importance to the future of the Islamic world and to the West's relationship with it: Turkey.
Rabbis warn against non-kosher bread (ABC News)
Mar 26 - Israel's top rabbis are warning Israelis to be on the alert for fake matzah bread in the lead-up to the Jewish Passover holiday.
Bewildered author vows he's not the messiah (WAToday.com.au)
Mar 21 - A religious group bizarrely believes a writer has come to save the world.
Mar 22 - Police in Cyprus have arrested a Romanian man on suspicion of desecrating the tombs of three archbishops and possibly taking remains from one of them.
Gay couple banned from staying in B&B (The Australian)
Mar 23 - A GAY couple were turned away from a British guesthouse after the owner said it was "against her convictions" to allow them to share a bed.
US man held in N.Korea deeply religious: colleagues (The West Australian, Perth)
Mar 23 - SEOUL (AFP) - A US citizen facing trial in communist North Korea for illegal entry is a deeply religious man who previously taught English in South Korea, former colleagues said Tuesday.
Last Supper growing by Biblical proportions (ABC News)
Mar 24 - The question of how the Last Supper would look if it were painted according to today's appetites has been answered by two academics in the US.
Also: My big fat last supper: the apostles' greed (Sydney Morning Herald)
Mar 24 - LOS ANGELES: Christianity holds several acts of ''super-sizing'' to be miracles accomplished by Jesus - a handful of fish and loaves of bread expanded to feed thousands; a wedding feast running low on wine suddenly awash with the stuff.
Limerick pubs allowed to open on Good Friday for rugby match (The Australian)
Mar 26 - NOT since the Irish Republic was founded has a pint of stout been allowed to emerge from behind a pub bar on Good Friday.
In the footsteps of Moses (The West Australian, Perth)
Mar 26 – (Travel) In the Bible, Moses climbs Mount Sinai to receive the Ten Commandments.
Hare Krishna LAX soliciting ban upheld (The Age, Melbourne)
Mar 26 - The California high court has ended a long-running legal battle by barring the Hare Krishnas from seeking public donations at Los Angeles International Airport.
Millionaire keeps vow to God and gives his empire to charity (Sydney Morning Herald)
Mar 27 - LONDON: The multimillionaire who founded the Kwik Save supermarket chain has given his business empire to charity to fulfil a ''pact with God''.
Rhythms of the shaman (The Age, Melbourne)
Mar 28 – (Travel) On a pilgrimage to Java, Maria Visconti discovers wild horses and ancient dances of lost kingdoms.
Sharia law would harm Aussie Muslim women (The Australian)
Mar 25 – (Opinion: Ida Lichter) SHARIA law for Australia is being mooted again.
Religious groups fear 'witch-hunt' (The Age, Melbourne)
Mar 25 - RELIGIOUS groups fear the Equal Opportunity Bill debated in State Parliament yesterday will launch a witch-hunt against them and schools, forcing some to secularise or disband.
Catholics vs. non-believers (The Australian)
Mar 25 - THE Catholics are coming. Or so it would seem with political leaders of both persuasions publicly discussing their faith.
Darwin could be new spiritual capital (ABC News)
Mar 25 - A business lecturer from Charles Darwin University says the Top End could become the spiritual tourism capital of south-east Asia.
Gullibility is written in the stars (Sydney Morning Herald)
Mar 26 – (Opinion: Sarah McKenzie) The utter stupidity of astrology was brought home to me when I was pregnant with my first child.
Out of the closet (The Australian)
Mar 27 – (Opinion: Phillip Adams) I'M told that "friends of Dorothy" introduce themselves at AA meetings by saying, "I'm John. I'm an alcoholic".
What kind of world do we want to live in? (Perth Now)
Mar 28 – (Opinion: Gary Ablett Snr) MODERN society has lost its moral compass and must return to its Christian origins.
Certainly it's probably better to lack conviction (The Australian)
Mar 27 – (Opinion: James Valentine) IN a world of competing certainties, what chance is there that the voice of uncertainty can be heard?
Fast road to piety (The Age, Melbourne)
Mar 28 – (Opinion: Charles Waterstreet) Each year for Lent, my mum would give up her five teaspoons of sugar in her cup of tea.
Church service at Irish Club Hotel (The Courier-Mail, Brisbane)
Mar 28 - HOTEL patrons will be able to get a taste of Jesus as well as Guinness when a Queensland church takes its service into the local Irish bar this Easter.
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