by Greg Spearritt
Religion News Australia
Nov 20 - 27, 2011
Religion news stories from Australia
(Research: Greg Spearritt)
Nov 23 - HUNDREDS of people devastated by the deadly Friday morning blaze at Quakers Hill have flocked to Quakers Hill Anglican Church for a special tribute service this morning.
Women flocking to the priesthood (Adelaide Now)
Nov 26 - WOMEN are flocking to the cloth as increasing numbers become ordained as Anglican priests.
Australian religious education '19th century' (The Age, Melbourne)
Nov 21 - RELIGION and ethics taught from a secular perspective might well be included in the new national curriculum, according to Professor Barry McGaw, head of the board responsible for the curriculum.
Also: And in fifth period, God created bible studies (news.com.au)
Nov 21 - RELIGION and ethics classes may be taught in a new national curriculum, aimed at bringing Australian schools up to speed with other developed nations.
Blocking the stream (The Age, Melbourne)
Nov 23 - An Education Department edict to end the Steiner program at an inner-west primary seems to contradict a state government push to make schools more autonomous.
China official blames Tibetan lama for immolations (The West Australian)
Nov 25 - BEIJING (AFP) - A Chinese religious official has accused a high-ranking Tibetan Buddhist close to the Dalai Lama of using extremist teachings to push monks to set fire to themselves, state media reported Friday.
Disciple's work-practice charges dismissed (Sydney Morning Herald)
Nov 26 - A Paris court has cleared two members of the powerful Roman Catholic organisation Opus Dei and an association close to it of subjecting a disciple to years of abusive working practices.
Pope names US archbishop as new envoy to Ireland (The West Australian)
Nov 26 - VATICAN CITY (AFP) - Pope Benedict XVI on Saturday named US archbishop Charles John Brown to be his new envoy to Ireland, after the previous ambassador was withdrawn during a row over child abuse scandals.
Vatican checked in laundering probe (news.com.au)
Nov 27 - COUNCIL of Europe inspectors have visited the Vatican to monitor its plans to tighten money laundering regulations.
Pakistan shelves 'obscene' SMS ban (ABC News)
Nov 23 - Pakistan has pulled back from demands that text messages containing nearly 1,700 "obscene" words should be blocked, following outrage from users and campaigners.
Deaths risk Brotherhood deal with military (Sydney Morning Herald)
Nov 25 - FRACTURES have begun to emerge between Egypt's ruling military council and the Muslim Brotherhood over the continued violence meted out by security forces against the thousands of protesters still in Tahrir Square and other Egyptian centres.
Nov 26 - SUNNI Islam's highest authority last night lent unprecedented support to the protesters on Cairo's Tahrir Square.
Religious party gains in Arab vote (news.com.au)
Nov 27 - MOROCCO'S moderate Islamists have won the most seats in a landmark parliamentary election.
Also: Morocco Islamists win parliamentary election for first time (The West Australian)
Nov 27 - RABAT (AFP) - Morocco's moderate Islamist party won a parliamentary election for the first time, the government said Saturday, the latest religious party to achieve huge gains on the back of the Arab Spring.
Jew or not Jew iPhone app lawsuit dropped (The Courier-Mail, Brisbane)
Nov 25 - FRENCH anti-racism groups have dropped a lawsuit against Apple over an iPhone app called Jew or not Jew? after it was removed from circulation worldwide.
Mormon ad campaign troubles GOP (The Australian)
Nov 21 - AN advertising campaign promoting the image of the Mormon religion on billboards and television screens across the US is raising difficult questions for the Republican Party as it selects a presidential candidate from a field that includes two members of the Church.
Lone wolf bomber tracked to lair (Sydney Morning Herald)
Nov 22 - A DOMINICAN-BORN US citizen and al-Qaeda ''sympathiser'' detained on terror charges in New York, appears to fit the profile of a so-called ''lone wolf'', identified by US authorities as the most pressing homeland threat.
Ethiopian tanks push into Somalia to attack Islamists (Sydney Morning Herald)
Nov 22 - WITNESSES on the drought-stricken Ethiopia-Somalia border have reported that hundreds of Ethiopian troops with armoured personnel carriers, heavy artillery and tanks have crossed into Somalia, opening a new front in an intensifying international offensive against the Islamist al-Shabab militant group.
Would-be Afghan suicide bomber tells of Taliban lure (The West Australian)
Nov 23 - KABUL (Reuters) - Islamuddin never imagined joining the Taliban to become a suicide bomber but things changed for the teenage Afghan farmer when he said his best friend was shot dead by U.S. troops in a night raid.
Several killed in central Nigeria religious violence (The West Australian)
Nov 25 - JOS, Nigeria (Reuters) - Several people were killed in religious violence in central Nigeria Thursday, prompting the military to impose a 24-hour curfew in one region at the border between the West African country's mostly Muslim north and largely Christian south.
Modern midwives learn ancient ways of village 'baby shamans' (The Age, Melbourne)
Nov 22 - Bringing midwifery techniques to villagers requires sensitivity.
Danish gays to be allowed to marry in church (The West Australian)
Nov 23 - COPENHAGEN (AFP) - Danish homosexuals will soon be allowed to marry in the state Evangelical Lutheran Church, Denmark's gender equality and ecclesiastical affairs ministry said Wednesday.
Amish men arrested over haircut attacks (ABC News)
Nov 24 - Seven members of Ohio's Amish community have been arrested on a criminal complaint charging them with cutting off hair and beards of fellow Amish over a religious dispute, officials said.
UK PM's gay view 'satanic', Mugabe (The Courier-Mail, Brisbane)
Nov 25 - ZIMBABWE'S President Robert Mugabe has called British Prime Minister David Cameron "satanic" for backing gay rights.
Seven deadly sins found in Welsh church (The Courier-Mail, Brisbane)
Nov 25 - A MURAL depicting the seven deadly sins - believed to date back to the 15th Century - has been uncovered on the walls of a tiny village church in south Wales.
Getting of 'crazy wisdom' (Sydney Morning Herald)
Nov 26 – (Travel) I have been hit on the head with a wooden penis. It appears I have been richly blessed.
South Korean pastor jailed for adultery (news.com.au)
Nov 26 - A SOUTH Korean Christian pastor has been jailed for 18 months for having a decade-long affair with a woman whose wedding he had officiated at, a court said.
HIV patients die on church advice (Herald-Sun, Melbourne)
Nov 26 - AT least six people have died in Britain after being told by evangelical churches they were healed of HIV.
Analysis: Catholics, Muslims pursue dialogue amid Mideast tension (The West Australian)
Nov 26 – (Opinion: Tom Heneghan) BETHANY BEYOND THE JORDAN, Jordan (Reuters) - Only five years ago, critical remarks by Pope Benedict about Islam sparked off violent protests in several Muslim countries.
Muslim handbook is divisive (Herald-Sun, Melbourne)
Nov 24 - MONASH University prides itself on its "multicultural learning environment" and yet it produces a handbook for one certain class of students, and not for others.
Muslim that bashed his wife fears he will now be bashed (Adelaide Now)
Nov 25 - A DEVOUT Muslim fears violent retribution for getting drunk and bashing his wife, a court heard yesterday.
Cable loop lets Melbourne's Orthodox Jews feel at home (The Age, Melbourne)
Nov 22 - SEVERAL kilometres of Melbourne electricity wire and fibre-optic cable have been employed to help fulfil a 3000-year-old religious requirement.
Australia's Jews urged to take more critical line (The Age, Melbourne)
Nov 24 - AUSTRALIA'S Jewish community must stop slavishly following the Israeli government line, which is compromising the most essential values of democracy, influential Israeli journalist David Landau said yesterday.
Independent MP Andrew Wilkie's move to protect churches on gay marriage (The Courier-Mail, Brisbane)
Nov 22 - GIVING churches the choice not to conduct same-sex wedding ceremonies could be the best compromise in the heated debate on gay marriage, independent MP Andrew Wilkie says.
When a conscience vote is a political cop-out (Sydney Morning Herald)
Nov 27 – (Opinion: Editorial) AT THE ALP national conference in Sydney later this week, gay marriage will be a hot topic.
Spirituality's fine by us but there's little faith in religion (The Age, Melbourne)
Nov 22 - AUSTRALIANS see spirituality as quite separate from religion, with the former much more widely accepted, according to the results of a national survey to be released in Melbourne today.
Australia is not ready to say 'we do' to gay marriage (Sydney Morning Herald)
Nov 25 – (Opinion: Chris Meney) There are many voices striving to be heard in the public space on same-sex marriage.
Classic songs spark joy of Christmas (The Courier-Mail, Brisbane)
Nov 26 - CHRISTMAS without carols is like turkey without stuffing.
Reprieve for pro-gay marriage pastor (The Age, Melbourne)
Nov 27 - A BAPTIST minister who faced the sack over his support for same-sex marriage has won a reprieve after a meeting that was to be held today to decide his future was cancelled.
Cold shoulder for Hare Krishna priest who felt like 'a slave' (Sydney Morning Herald)
Nov 24 - A COMPLAINT from a priest who says he was forced to live in a shed prompted a swift response from Australia's Hare Krishna movement - they sacked him and sought to have him deported.
Also: Hare Krishnas aren't feeling the love (Adelaide Now)
Nov 25 - UNIVERSAL love and understanding has its limits, even for the Hare Krishna movement.
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