by Greg Spearritt
Religion News Australia
Mar 25 – Apr 1, 2012
Religion news stories from Australia
(Research: Greg Spearritt)
Sex abuse victims claim conflict in care process (The Age, Melbourne)
Mar 27 - AT LEAST seven victims of abuse by Catholic priests have lodged complaints with the Psychology Board of Australia against the Melbourne church's psychologist employed to co-ordinate their care.
Priests call for abuse inquiry (The Age, Melbourne)
Mar 29 - SENIOR Melbourne Catholic clergy, including the archbishop's adviser on sexual abuse issues, have broken ranks by backing a call for an independent inquiry into the handling of abuse complaints.
Also: Clergy call for inquiry into sexual abuse claims (ABC News)
Mar 29 - Senior clergy in Melbourne's Catholic Church say there is a groundswell of support in their ranks for an independent inquiry into the handling of sexual abuse complaints.
Also: Sex abuse victims angry over inquiry calls (ABC News)
Mar 30 - There is anger at comments made by a senior Melbourne Catholic priest who has joined calls for an inquiry into the handling of child sexual abuse complaints in the Melbourne diocese.
New Willochra bishop named (ABC News)
Mar 26 - The new Bishop for the Anglican Diocese of Willochra will be Reverend John Stead.
NSW's first female Anglican bishop appointed (ABC News)
Mar 31 - The first female Anglican bishop to be appointed in New South Wales and the ACT has been consecrated in front of a packed congregation at St Saviour's Cathedral in Goulburn.
A good, godless life (The Age, Melbourne)
Mar 10 - WHEN the so-called New Atheists started to heap particularly virulent scorn on the world's believers a few years ago, Alom Shaha - a London-based Bangladeshi-born former Muslim - was unimpressed.
In the Name of the Family (The West Australian)
Mar 29 - There is plenty of evidence that migrant families not only take their religious views with them, they exaggerate them.
Such is this profane life, so why the almighty fuss? (The Age, Melbourne)
Mar 31 – (Opinion: Robert Drewe) I'VE just been chastised in God's Name by an extremely serious man from Carson City, Nevada, who I presume has also wagged a disapproving finger at my old filmmaker colleagues Nelson Woss and John Michael McDonagh.
Mar 27 - The Catholic Church is keen to recruit priests from Asia to help overcome a shortage in regional Australia.
Heaven is a half-pipe for friar (The West Australian)
Mar 31 - Walking slowly in the Toodyay sun, hooded habit and rope belt swaying in time with his sandal-bound feet, Brother Gabriel Cortes conceded most of Perth had no idea his conservative Catholic order had set up shop in WA.
Pope draws massive crowd in Mexico (The Courier-Mail, Brisbane)
Mar 26 - POPE Benedict XVI has flown over a giant statue of Christ the King by helicopter before being greeted tens of thousands of faithful to give mass in Mexico.
Church subsidy reform signals Polish revolution (The West Australian)
Mar 30 - WARSAW (AFP) - A revolution is under way in Poland as the government moves to cut large subsidies for Poland's powerful Catholic Church and give taxpayers more choice in funding it.
Catholic Church – Papal visit to Cuba
Pope lands in Cuba for three-day visit (ABC News)
Mar 27 - Pope Benedict has landed in Cuba for a three-day visit to showcase improving church-state relations and push for a larger church role at a time of change on the communist island.
Pope faces hard questions from Cuba's faithful (The Age, Melbourne)
Mar 27 - POPE Benedict XVI has urged Mexicans to wield their faith against evils such as drug violence before hundreds of thousands of worshippers, saying they would find hope if they purified their hearts.
Pope's call for freedom oddly staged (Sydney Morning Herald)
Mar 28 - POPE Benedict XVI has urged Cuba to move towards greater openness, freedom and religious devotion.
Pope meets Castro in Cuba (ABC News)
Mar 28 - Pope Benedict has met with Cuban president Raul Castro after publicly calling for a more "open society" in the one-party communist state.
Pope ends Cuba trip, calls for 'basic freedoms' (The West Australian)
Mar 29 - HAVANA (AFP) - Pope Benedict XVI wrapped up a visit to Cuba with a call for respect of "basic freedoms," pursuing his persistent prodding of the island's Communist authorities to embrace change.
Mixed blessing as Pope, Castro meet (Sydney Morning Herald)
Mar 30 - POPE Benedict XVI met Cuba's former president Fidel Castro after the pontiff called for greater freedom for the Catholic Church and warned against fanatics during a three-day visit to the communist island.
Springtime in Cuba? (The West Australian)
Mar 30 – (Opinion: David Adams) HAVANA (Reuters) - This week's three-day visit to Cuba by Pope Benedict marked another milestone in the Roman Catholic Church's cautious efforts to expand its role in the communist-run island.
Cuba declares Good Friday a holiday at pope's request (The West Australian)
Apr 1 - HAVANA (Reuters) - Cuba has declared next week's Good Friday a holiday following a request from Pope Benedict during his visit to the island, state media said on Saturday.
Afghanistan's girls need an education - Hamid Karzai (The Australian)
Mar 25 - HAMID Karzai has called on tribal and religious leaders to encourage the education of girls in Afghanistan, a right which was denied to them under Taliban rule.
Hindu woman's disputed conversion to Islam goes on hold (Sydney Morning Herald)
Mar 28 - ISLAMABAD: Hopes for the rapid resolution of a controversy involving the conversion of a Hindu woman to Islam have been dashed after the Pakistan Supreme Court deferred the matter for at least three more weeks.
Islamists find foothold in Syria revolt (The West Australian)
Mar 29 - BEIRUT (Reuters) - Sheikh Abu Abdullah Zahed, a Lebanese Muslim cleric with influence amongst radical youth, is part of a growing effort to push the uprising in Syria towards militant Islam.
Indonesia women's group slams miniskirt comment (The West Australian)
Mar 29 - JAKARTA (AFP) - Indonesia's commission for women's rights condemned on Thursday a minister's suggestion that miniskirts be banned under the controversial anti-pornography law.
Also: Miniskirts X-rated, claims Indonesia's porn taskforce (Sydney Morning Herald)
Mar 30 - INDONESIA'S religious affairs minister believes miniskirts are pornographic and should be banned under the country's tough new anti-porn laws.
Student sent home for wearing 'too-long' skirt (Adelaide Now)
Mar 30 - PLENTY of girls have been hauled into the principal's office for wearing skirts that barely cover their thighs, but a high school student in France was recently sent home for donning a skirt that was too long.
France bars four more Islamic preachers from entry (The West Australian)
Mar 30 - PARIS (Reuters) - France barred four Islamic preachers from entering the country on Thursday after banning prominent preacher Sheikh Youssef al-Qaradawi and another Egyptian cleric who wanted to attend a Muslim conference in Paris.
Islamist draws crowds in Egypt election campaign (The West Australian)
Mar 30 - CAIRO (Reuters) - A sheikh who blends hardline Islamism with revolutionary zeal is emerging as a frontrunner in the race for the Egyptian presidency, buoyed by a popular touch which even his critics say is striking a chord with many voters.
Turkey passes school reform law critics view as Islamic (The West Australian)
Mar 31 - ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Turkey's ruling party pushed through a school reform act on Friday that provoked brawls among parliamentarians and mass protests by secular Turks and teachers, who said the law was pushing an Islamic agenda and would lower education standards.
Scholar challenged Jewish use of Holocaust 'crutch' for Israel (The Age, Melbourne)
Mar 30 – (Obituary) DR PETER Novick, a history professor at Chicago University who stirred controversy in 1999 with a book contending that the legacy of the Holocaust had come to unduly dominate American Jewish identity, has died of lung cancer at his home in Chicago.
Electorate confused by politics of religion (The Australian)
Mar 28 – (Opinion: Michael Gerson) RELIGION in the 2012 presidential election is the topic that will launch a thousand Ph.D theses.
Death no obstacle for the 'truly' devout (Sydney Morning Herald)
Apr 1 – (Opinion: Peter FitzSimons) We all know to get anywhere in American politics, particularly among the Republicans, the candidates have to constantly outdo each other in their declarations of fealty to the Christian God…
Taliban accused of using children to spy and bomb (Sydney Morning Herald)
Mar 27 - BOYS as young as 12 are being used by the Taliban as spies and suicide bombers as part of a campaign against the Kabul government, with two young Afghans picked up by an Oruzgan police command in recent days.
Also: Boy bomber in attack on high-profile Australian aid worker (Sydney Morning Herald)
Mar 28 - The suicide bomber behind the first Australian civilian casualty in Afghanistan was a boy of about 12, apparently drafted into a chilling new Taliban campaign to use children as weapons.
Aussie injured in Taliban revenge plot (Brisbane Times)
Mar 28 - The suicide attack that injured an Australian aid worker in Afghanistan was reportedly a Taliban revenge plot following a US soldier's murder spree of 17 Afghan civilians.
Boy beaten near Paris Jewish school (The Australian)
Mar 28 - A 12-year-old boy has been beaten outside his Jewish school in Paris by youths reciting anti-Semitic slogans, school officials say.
Tibet monk self-immolates in China (The West Australian)
Mar 29 - BEIJING (AFP) - A young Buddhist monk has self-immolated in southwest China, becoming the latest Tibetan to take his own life to protest Beijing's rule, a rights group and exiles said Thursday.
Drone attacks surge on terror targets in Yemen (Sydney Morning Herald)
Mar 30 - AMERICA has dramatically stepped up its ''secret war'' in Yemen, ordering dozens of drone attacks on al-Qaeda hot-spots, which have also killed up to 100 civilians.
French police speak of detained Islamists' kidnap plot (The West Australian)
Mar 31 - MARSEILLE (AFP) - Several of the 17 people detained by French police in a crackdown on suspected Islamist networks might have been plotting a kidnap, the head of the police intelligence's unit said Saturday.
Mar 29 - Four more women have been charged over bizarre beard and hair cutting incidents in an Ohio Amish community in the US.
Mar 29 - A BRITISH doctor claims he was fired after emailing a prayer to his coworkers to "motivate" the department.
Mar 30 - Pacquiao, 33, a Catholic who has talked increasingly of his religious beliefs, said he was already doing roadwork ahead of the start of his official training camp on April 16.
Malaysia in religious row over 'threat of Christianity' (The West Australian)
Mar 30 - KUALA LUMPUR (AFP) - Malaysian state religious and education officials have changed the title of a seminar on "the threat of Christianity" following outrage from non-Muslims in the multiethnic country.
Hungarian kids go to mass as churches take over schools (The West Australian)
Mar 30 - BUDAPEST (AFP) - Financially strapped Hungarian towns are handing over the running of their schools to churches, which means that the constitutional guarantee of a religious-free education is no longer possible.
Right-wing pilgrims upset the Hitler plot (Sydney Morning Herald)
Mar 31 - The grave of Adolf Hitler's parents has been dismantled because it had become a memorial site for neo-Nazis, a parish priest in the Austrian town of Leonding told the German news agency DPA, citing a statement by a relative of the dictator.
Lifting the veil on a court's injustice (The Age, Melbourne)
Mar 27 – (Opinion: Fergal Davis) The decision of some Muslim women to wear a full-face veil or similar covering has caused controversy for many Western states.
Stop skirting the rape issue (Perth Now)
Mar 29 – (Opinion: Tory Shepherd) MINISKIRTS will be declared pornography and Indonesia will ban them as a politician says "provocative clothing" made men "do things".
Vatican job goes to ALP's lawyer (Sydney Morning Herald)
Mar 28 - Leading Labor lawyer John McCarthy, QC, counsel for the New South Wales ALP and a friend of Foreign Minister Bob Carr, is to be appointed Australia's ambassador to the Vatican.
Messages of substance made a pope - and a premier (The Age, Melbourne)
Mar 31 – (Opinion: Mark Textor) If you work with politicians and want to add to the process, then it's best to read something outside of "Campaigns and Elections" for inspiration.
Bishops launch campaign against gay marriage (ABC News)
Mar 30 - Six Victorian Catholic Bishops are leading a campaign against gay marriage.
Also: Gay Catholic activist dismayed at church campaign (ABC News)
Mar 30 - A gay Catholic activist and author says the church should get its own house in order instead of throwing resources at an anti-gay marriage campaign.
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