by Greg Spearritt
Religion News Australia
Apr 22 - 29, 2012
Religion news stories from Australia
(Research: Greg Spearritt)
Push to widen sex abuse inquiry (The Age, Melbourne)
Apr 23 - THE state government has been urged to widen the inquiry into sex abuse by priests to consider how to make it easier for victims to sue the Catholic Church.
Dear Archbishop: more contrition, please, less deflection (Brisbane Times)
Apr 23 – (Opinion: Bill Farr) ON THIS page on Friday, the Archbishop of Melbourne, Denis Hart, defended the Catholic Church's record in dealing with the ever-increasing fallout from decades of sexual abuse by clergy.
Rice is right for paranormal activity (Herald-Sun, Melbourne)
Apr 27 - After a stint writing Christian novels, Anne Rice reclaims her paranormal crown with a werewolf story.
Roads back from despair (Sydney Morning Herald)
Apr 28 – (Review) IN RECENT years, there has been an explosion in the genre of Holocaust memoirs published in Australia.
Cardinal crisis exposed in We Have a Pope (The Australian)
Apr 28 – (Review) NANNI Moretti makes wonderful movies.
China shows off its own Panchen Lama on trip outside mainland (The West Australian)
Apr 26 - HONG KONG (Reuters) - A Tibetan youth named by Beijing as the 11th Panchen Lama but reviled by many Tibetans as a fake made his first trip outside mainland China on Thursday as he is groomed to become the spiritual leader of Tibetan Buddhism after the Dalai Lama dies.
Dalai Lama sanguine (Sydney Morning Herald)
Apr 27 - CHICAGO. The Dalai Lama has said a decision about his successor won't be made for at least a decade.
Nuns left stunned by Vatican rebuke for 'radical feminist' tendencies (Sydney Morning Herald)
Apr 24 - WASHINGTON: While the US priesthood is battered by controversies over paedophilia and cover-ups, the Vatican has disciplined the country's largest organisation of nuns, prompting fierce debate within the faith.
Inquisition unleashed to weed out Vatican leakers (Sydney Morning Herald)
Apr 28 - VATICAN employees who have been leaking embarrassing letters about corruption and nepotism in the tiny city state are to be hunted down by a crack squad of cardinals led by a senior member of the religious group Opus Dei.
Outrage as Egypt plans 'farewell intercourse law' so husbands can have sex with DEAD wives (Daily Telegraph, Sydney)
Apr 27 - EGYPTIAN husbands will soon be legally allowed to have sex with their dead wives - for up to six hours after their death.
Speculation grows Iranian cleric may lead Iraq's Shiites (Sydney Morning Herald)
Apr 28 - A PUBLIC relations stumble between Tehran and Baghdad has intensified speculation that one of Iran's most senior clerics is about to extend his power - and Iran's theocratic system - into Iraq.
Christian right has faith in Romney (The Australian)
Apr 24 – (Opinion: Ed Kilgore) WHEN Dallas First Baptist Church pastor Robert Jeffress endorsed Mitt Romney this week, it raised some eyebrows.
Britain and Gaddafi ran al-Qaeda trap in Europe (Sydney Morning Herald)
Apr 23 - MI6 and Muammar Gaddafi's Libyan intelligence service set up a radical mosque in a western European city to lure al-Qaeda terrorists, London's Sunday Telegraph has revealed.
Israel declares West Bank settlement outposts legal (Sydney Morning Herald)
Apr 26 - THE Israeli government has declared three Jewish settlement outposts in the West Bank to be legal, and moved to delay the scheduled evacuation of a fourth, in a provocative move that some critics said marked the first establishment of new settlements in two decades.
Seven killed in newspaper office bombs (The West Australian)
Apr 27 - A suicide bomber and a man armed with explosives have attacked two Nigerian newspaper offices, killing seven people and wounding at least 26, with the radical Islamic sect Boko Haram claiming responsibility.
Also: Nigerian blasts blamed on al-Qa'ida offshoot (The Australian)
Apr 28 - THE blame for co-ordinated attacks against a Nigerian newspaper on Thursday night that left at least seven people dead fell swiftly on Boko Haram, the al-Qa'ida offshoot that introduced suicide bombs to Nigeria and has killed hundreds this year.
Apr 22 - Tens of thousands of Orthodox faithful have gathered at Russia's main cathedral to pray for the "correction" of feminist punks who face jail for singing before its altar.
Apr 22 - PHILLIPPINE boxing icon Manny Pacquiao has combined his new-found religious fervour with his training for an upcoming fight, holding bible-reading sessions after daily workouts.
Saint's heart stolen (Sydney Morning Herald)
Apr 24 - DUBLIN. A gang trading in stolen rhinoceros horns has been linked to the theft of a saint's preserved heart from Christ Church Cathedral in Dublin.
Mythical mermaids big business in Zimbabwe (ABC News)
Apr 29 - In landlocked Zimbabwe, folklore has it that mermaids not only exist, but they have supernatural powers.
Apr 25 - The head of the Australian Anglican Catholic Church says Speaker Peter Slipper is a "complex" man who has taken a "strong" stand on "conservative moral issues" but has another side to his character.
Also: 'Shattered' Peter Slipper asked to stand aside as priest (Adelaide Now)
Apr 25 - A CHURCH leader says controversial MP Peter Slipper is shattered by the allegations of fraud and sexual harassment against him, which have been followed by calls for him to step down from his religious roles.
Majority support same-sex marriages (Adelaide Now)
Apr 22 - MOST people support same-sex marriages, data suggests, but even more say celebrants should not be compelled to perform such ceremonies.
Also: Aussies edge closer to a gay old time at the altar (Perth Now)
Apr 27 – (Opinion: Jacob Holman) IT hasn?t been a very good week for the anti-gay marriage people in this country.
Five generations carry Bible to war (The Courier-Mail, Brisbane)
Apr 25 - MORE than 110 years after a soldier's Bible first went to war, a young army officer in Afghanistan is the fifth generation of his family to carry the sacred heirloom to an Australian conflict.
Man on a mission (The Age, Melbourne)
Apr 29 - With his league career on ice, William Hopoate is happy to do the Lord's work…
Charges of trying to intimidate sex assault victim, 11, dropped against Scientologist (Sydney Morning Herald)
Apr 25 - A LEADING Australian-born member of the Church of Scientology who was accused of trying to intimidate an 11-year-old sexual assault victim has had the criminal charges laid against her dropped by prosecutors.
Also: Prosecutors drop charges against Scientologist (ABC News)
Apr 25 - The NSW Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) has withdrawn charges of perverting the course of justice against a senior member of the Church of Scientology.
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