by Greg Spearritt
Religion News Australia
Aug 21 - 28, 2011
Religion news stories from Australia
(Research: Greg Spearritt)
Former priest jailed for sexual assault (ABC News)
Aug 25 - A former Port Pirie priest who was stood down as principal of Saint Mark's College has been jailed for two years in Victoria for indecent assault.
Defrocking prompts legal action (ABC News)
Aug 26 - A former Central Coast priest is pursuing legal action in two separate courts after he was defrocked by the Anglican Bishop of Newcastle last year.
Priest (The Age, Melbourne)
Aug 25 – (Review) A SUPERNATURAL action movie based on a Korean comic, Priest imagines a world dominated by the conflict between human beings and vampires.
Also: Slayer of vampires (The West Australian)
Aug 25 - No stranger to religious-themed movies, Paul Bettany has played a monk in The Da Vinci Code, an angel in Legion and today he's a vampire-slaying priest in the action thriller Priest.
The shock of the old (Sydney Morning Herald)
Aug 28 - WHY can't artists leave Jesus alone? Especially when he's in agony and about to die from being nailed to a cross.
No ceiling on inspiration (Daily Telegraph, Sydney)
Aug 28 - WHEN Kon Parris decided to take on the task of painting a ceiling 10 years ago, he never thought it would end up inspiring thousands.
Bishops divided over questioning Vatican (The Age, Melbourne)
Aug 24 - AUSTRALIA'S Catholic bishops have responded to popular fury over the Pope's sacking of Toowoomba Bishop Bill Morris earlier this year by agreeing to send questions about it to the Vatican.
Students who pass on religion win fight (The Age, Melbourne)
Aug 26 - PARENTS have claimed a victory in the dispute over teaching religion in schools, with the Education Department changing controversial guidelines so that students who opt out of the classes must now be given meaningful activities.
Private school funding boosting profits (Herald-Sun, Melbourne)
Aug 27 - VICTORIA'S richest private schools have posted seven-figure profits while reaping millions in government grants.
Bolivia sect members jailed for raping 100 (The West Australian)
Aug 27 - Seven members of a Protestant sect in Bolivia have been sentenced to 25 years each in prison for raping some 100 women in an agrarian commune, the judge and prosecutors told the press.
Pope warns against 'counterfeit Jesus' (news.com.au)
Aug 21 - POPE Benedict XVI has told 1.5 million pilgrims in Madrid not to seek faith without the Church, warning they risked following a "counterfeit Jesus".
Pain in Spain (Sydney Morning Herald)
Aug 22 – (Opinion: Dick Gross) The accident-prone Papacy finds itself in trouble again.
Pope tells pilgrims to spread faith (The West Australian)
Aug 22 - Pope Benedict XVI has urged more than 1.5 million young people to become missionaries for the faith, giving them words of encouragement as he concluded a glitch-marred church youth festival and said the next edition will be in Rio de Janeiro in 2013.
British campaigner battles media's cone of silence on sharia law (The Australian)
Aug 23 - IN Britain, Maryam Namazie's campaign against sharia law has earned her plenty of hate mail.
American Muslims on guard after 9/11 (The West Australian)
Aug 25 - STERLING, Virginia (AFP) - Muslims in Sterling, Virginia have marked every anniversary of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 with a solemn prayer service for the victims and heightened vigilance against potential hate crimes.
'Jewish Indiana Jones' more of a Walter Mitty (Sydney Morning Herald)
Aug 26 - HE DESCRIBED himself as a risk-taking rabbi who had been ''beaten up, thrown in jail and gone $US175,000 into debt'' on ''expeditions'' to Eastern Europe and Russia.
Also: Jewish Indiana Jones arrested over false lost Torah charity fraud charges (news.com.au)
Aug 28 - A SELF-STYLED "Jewish Indiana Jones" has been arrested for the unholy business of cheating Jews through a charity purporting to recover Torah scrolls lost in the Holocaust, US law enforcement said.
Al-Qaeda number two killed in Pakistan: US (Sydney Morning Herald)
Aug 28 - Al-Qaeda's number two Atiyah abd al-Rahman has been killed in Pakistan, the United States said on Saturday, claiming another "tremendous" blow to the group following the death of Osama bin Laden.
Brazil's Catholics drop by 6% according to new study (The West Australian)
Aug 25 - RIO DE JANEIRO (AFP) - Catholic numbers in Brazil strongly declined among all classes in recent years, according to a study released as Rio de Janeiro is slated to host the Catholic World Youth Day in July 2013.
PNG 'Repentance Day' a bolt from the blue (ABC News)
Aug 26 - Many Papua New Guinea residents are scratching their heads today as they mark the country's newest public holiday - Repentance Day - just 11 days after it was first announced.
Fiji church leaders banned from travel (The West Australian)
Aug 26 - Fiji's military regime has banned church leaders from travelling overseas just days after a crackdown that forced the cancellation of one of the country's biggest religious meetings.
Council rejects Jewish boundary plan (Sydney Morning Herald)
Aug 24 - TEMPERS flared as Ku-ring-gai Council voted last night to reject a plan by its Orthodox Jewish community to erect a symbolic spiritual boundary within its borders.
Also: Jewish 'enclosure' in Sydney's St Ives rejected (The Australian)
Aug 24 - ORTHODOX Jewish residents were outraged last night after their council rejected an application to construct a religious enclosure around their northern Sydney suburb.
Greens' Israel ban bid 'is anti-Semitic' (The Australian)
Aug 24 - NSW Attorney-General Greg Smith has accused the Greens of echoing the worst aspects of historical anti-Semitism in Europe in their bid to ban economic, sporting and cultural contacts with Israel.
Songs of prayer for three generations lost (The West Australian)
Aug 24 - They came to mourn in the traditional islander way, with songful prayer and a bounty of food.
Church of Scientology faces backpay bill to former members (Herald-Sun, Melbourne)
Aug 28 - IN a move that could send its Australian arm bankrupt, the controversial Church of Scientology may be forced to pay millions in backpay to former members.
A whole lot of saints need somewhere to go (The Age, Melbourne)
Aug 22 - IN HIS solitary Preston workshop, Joseph Giansiracusa is nevertheless surrounded by ''a cloud of witnesses'', as the biblical writer of the letter to the Hebrews put it.
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