by Greg Spearritt
Religion News Australia
Feb 12 - 19, 2012
Religion news stories from Australia
(Research: Greg Spearritt)
Catholic victims claim new betrayal (The Age, Melbourne)
Feb 19 - A SUPPORT group set up by the Catholic Church to counsel victims of clerical sexual abuse is being investigated over allegations of mistreatment and breaches of patient confidentiality.
Divine intervention (Sydney Morning Herald)
Feb 17 – (Review) IMAGINE a university where lecturers model themselves on black American preachers: ''Do you hear me, brothers and sisters? I say, do you hear me?''
Also: No cannibals in this defanging of religion (The Australian)
Feb 18 – (Review) ALAIN de Botton has made his name - and presumably a second fortune (the lucky man inherited wealth) - writing bestselling books of popular philosophy, such as How Proust Can Change Your Life and The Consolations of Philosophy.
One Eyed Girl a work in progress (Adelaide Now)
Feb 17 - The film, directed by Nick Matthews, who produced the Cannes Film Festival selection 2:37 directed by Murali Thuralli, says the psychological thriller follows Travis, a 30-something man who becomes embroiled in a religious cult after the death of his girlfriend.
Weighted down by things left unsaid (The Australian)
Feb 18 – (Review) JESS Huon's accomplished and often elegant debut collection of short fiction joins a spate of impressive recent publications of linked short stories or "novels in stories".
Dig resumes for MacKillop school artefacts (ABC News)
Feb 13 - An archaeological dig is resuming at what is believed to be the original site of a school established by Australia's first Catholic saint Mary MacKillop.
Also: Dig finds evidence of first MacKillop schoolroom (ABC News)
Feb 16 - Archaeologists at a dig in South Australia believe they have pinpointed the exact site of Mary MacKillop's first school.
Education report to tackle school money divide (The Age, Melbourne)
Feb 15 - LORETO Mandeville Hall is a prestigious Catholic girls' school in the leafy suburb of Toorak.
Private school backs education funds shake-up (The Australian)
Feb 16 - THE head of Sydney's exclusive St Andrew's Cathedral School has welcomed a major shake-up of education funding that would mean schools received a standard payment per student across the public and private sectors.
Funding debate obscures core issue (The Age, Melbourne)
Feb 18 – (Opinion: Editorial) STATE AID. It's an innocuous phrase that as far back as the 1950s could be guaranteed to trigger emotional debate.
'VatiLeaks' embarrass the Holy See (The Age, Melbourne)
Feb 19 - Leaked documents have exposed power battles within the church.
Vatican properties to be taxed (The Age, Melbourne)
Feb 19 - ROME: The Vatican, which previously enjoyed an exemption, must now pay taxes on its commercial properties, the Italian Prime Minister, Mario Monti, has announced.
Feb 15 - Saudi Arabia's religious police have arrested more than 140 people for celebrating Valentine's Day.
Islamist cleric out on bail (Sydney Morning Herald)
Feb 15 - Radical Islamist cleric Abu Qatada has been released from Long Lartin maximum security prison in Worcestershire, on some of the most stringent bail conditions under English law.
Saudi women dare Olympic dreams (Adelaide Now)
Feb 17 - BEHIND concrete walls and with no men in sight, Saudi women meet three times a week to play soccer.
Religious leaders unite against pill plan (ABC News)
Feb 17 - Religious leaders from multiple faiths have united in an unprecedented show of strength against US president Barack Obama's healthcare plan to ensure all women have access to birth control.
Al-Qaeda sides with protesters in Syria (Sydney Morning Herald)
Feb 14 - AL-QAEDA has proclaimed its solidarity with anti-government protesters in Syria in a video message urging the Muslim world to support efforts to overthrow President Bashar al-Assad.
Radical supporters missing at accused Bali bomb-maker's hearing (Sydney Morning Herald)
Feb 14 - UMAR Patek, the last of the accused Bali bombers to face trial, was ushered into a West Jakarta court amid tight security yesterday.
'Underwear bomber' gets life in US prison (ABC News)
Feb 17 - The Nigerian "underwear bomber" who tried to blow up a packed airliner over Detroit on Christmas Day 2009 has been jailed for life in the United States.
Military crackdown fans the flames of rebellion among Tibetan monks (The Age, Melbourne)
Feb 18 - SETTING foot on the main street in the small township of Aba, you cannot shake the feeling your every move is being watched.
Officer allegedly racially abused by Mel Gibson settles case (Herald-Sun, Melbourne)
Feb 15 - THE deputy who arrested Mel Gibson for drunken driving and later claimed he suffered religious discrimination at work has settled his lawsuit against the Sheriff's Department.
The Queen stands up for religion (The Courier-Mail, Brisbane)
Feb 16 - IN her first public address for 2012, the Queen has spoken in support of "under-appreciated" religion.
Churchgoers in frame after bloody vicarage slaying (The Age, Melbourne)
Feb 16 - A 43-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of murder after a clergyman was stabbed to death at his vicarage in the UK.
Library uploads Newton's religious texts (Daily Telegraph, Sydney)
Feb 17 - ISRAEL'S national library, an unlikely owner of Sir Isaac Newton's theological writings, has digitised his collection and put it online.
Fast track to salvation (The Age, Melbourne)
Feb 18 – (Travel) 'Like speed-dating a saint' — Andrew Bain cycles the Camino de Santiago in a fraction of the time invested by pilgrims on foot.
Kinky nuns, tattooed Christ, spark protests in Spain (Daily Telegraph, Sydney)
Feb 18 - CATHOLICS and conservatives have denounced as blasphemous two recent exhibitions in Madrid featuring kinky nuns in lingerie and tattooed and near-naked Christs, demonstrating outside one gallery.
Jeremy Lin, a Christian with Taiwanese roots, is wowing the NBA (The Australian)
Feb 18 - Jeremy Lin, the American-born son of Taiwanese immigrants, the out-of-the-box point guard… has become the NBA's newest sensation and a pin-up boy for the US Christian movement, due to his regular post game musings about God.
Rebellion leader's Bible to go to museum (Sydney Morning Herald)
Feb 18 - For a century, the descendants of one of Virginia's oldest families have kept a Bible that connected them to Nat Turner, the slave who led the bloodiest slave revolt in American history.
Big names and gospel at Whitney's funeral (The Age, Melbourne)
Feb 19 - The biggest names in entertainment clapped hands and swayed to gospel hymns along with the choir to remember Whitney Houston at her funeral, held in the pop star's hometown church.
Feb 13 - NEW migrants should get taxpayer subsidies to visit overseas relatives, an Islamic group has told the Federal Government.
ASIO tactics creating fear in community, say Muslims (The Age, Melbourne)
Feb 18 - HEAVY-HANDED ASIO attempts to recruit young Muslims from Preston Mosque, bullying and harassment are creating fear and disquiet among the community, according to a Muslim leader.
Church plays Cupid to help couples see light (Adelaide Now)
Feb 13 - CHURCHES should do more to support married couples in their relationships, church leaders say.
Church misses big picture on same-sex marriage (Sydney Morning Herald)
Feb 14 – (Opinion: Harry Herbert) Religious organisations are at the forefront of opposing same-sex marriage, and like King Canute, they will get their feet wet when the tide comes in.
History books will show the folly of being slaves to the pokie lobby (The Age, Melbourne)
Feb 15 – (Opinion: Tim Costello) William Wilberforce's fight to end slavery was morally unambiguous.
Should same-sex marriage be legalised in Australia, and why? (The Age, Melbourne)
Feb 17 – (Opinion) Kevin Andrews and Stephen Jones debate the push for same-sex marriage laws in Australia.
Judge shows sympathy to pedophile (Herald-Sun, Melbourne)
Feb 17 - ANTHONY Kurt Power betrayed his friends and church by indecently filming men and downloading child pornography.
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