Posts Tagged ‘religion’

Now, I agree that the fact that “as many as four former priests and brothers and one lay teacher at St Stanislaus’ College, Bathurst” have been accused of sexual abuse – over decades – is a scandal.

I do not agree that it is a “sex” scandal.


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Now I know they are.

The program, called Shine, was created by the Hillsong Church. It is being run in at least 20 NSW public schools, numerous small community organisations and within the juvenile justice system.

Hillsong describes Shine as a “practical, life-equipping, values-based course” and its website is awash with glowing testimonials from young women whose lives have been improved by learning about “being a good friend” and “learning about myself”.

“Through skin care, natural make-up, hair care, nail care girls discover their value and created uniqueness,” the material says.


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The post title refers to that little-known sect which is organising World Youth Day: Sydney’s sex workers are finding that Catholics are good for business.

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The Full Court of the Federal Court has struck down the World Youth Day Regulation 2008 (NSW) which proscribed the annoying of WYD participants. Note that only the part of the clause referring to “annoyance” has been struck down.

The relevant clause was this:

Clause 7
(1) An authorised person may direct a person within a World Youth Day declared area to cease engaging in conduct that: …
(b) causes annoyance or inconvenience to participants in a World Youth Day event …

(2) A person must not, without reasonable excuse, fail to comply with a direction given to the person under subclause (1).

The Full Court (Justices French, Branson and Stone) delivered a unanimous judgment striking down cl 7(1)(b) in part.


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