religion

south and central asia May 13, 2017

Deradicalising Indonesian terrorists

Amir Abdillah turns his head away. He doesn’t want to look at the photograph of himself. “I was proud of what I had done back when that photo was taken,” says the 41-year-old. In the picture, Abdillah is a 35-year-old prisoner, liable to be put to...

religion March 18, 2017

Exclusive: How the church forced me to relive my abuse

I’ve suffered from complex post-traumatic stress disorder, depression and anxiety for most of my life. I’ve worked in community mental health for almost two decades. Professionally, I have written programs that have assisted...

religion August 13, 2016

Who audits the Big Four auditors?

The international accounting giant PricewaterhouseCoopers had won its most illustrious mandate to date, the first external audit of the finances of the Vatican. That was until nearly four months ago, when its work was suddenly...

religion November 5, 2016

George Pell evidence rejected in royal commission counsel submissions

In popular renderings the devil appears sly and cultured, artfully subtle in his manipulations. Man must ward against his guileful incursions, made through the windows of lust and vanity. But there was nothing subtle about...

religion July 2, 2016

The Australian Christian Lobby's bid for influence

In 2013, the Australian Christian Lobby’s longest-serving managing director stepped down. Jim Wallace was a retired SAS brigadier, an assured man who became one of the country’s most vocal opponents of same-sex marriage. On...

religion May 7, 2016

Australian Jew’s fight against the Catholic Church in Poland

Dr Ann Drillich calls it the “Churchill Room” – a home office in Melbourne devoted to her fight for justice. There are books on the Holocaust, memorialisation and Polish–Jewish relations. And files – stack upon stack of files...

religion March 26, 2016

Love Makes a Way members sit down and speak up

Matt Anslow looks a little like Jesus. A historically inaccurate European Jesus, that is. Impossibly shiny waves of treacle-tone hair tumble across his shoulders. His jeans are rolled at the ankle. His beard is a little bit...

religion March 5, 2016

Cardinal George Pell’s royal commission testimony

Cardinal George Pell asked us to believe some extraordinary things this week. Through 18 hours of royal commission evidence, he asked us to believe that he knew nothing of the country’s worst paedophile, despite sitting in the...

religion December 5, 2015

Testifying against child sexual abuse at royal commission

There is a sound you’ll hear often in these hearings. It follows a victim’s swearing in – a secular affirmation, never on a Bible – and precedes their reading of a prepared statement on their abuse. The sound is a quick...

religion November 28, 2015

The vexed power of Grand Mufti Ibrahim Abu Mohamed

In the first major profile piece on Australia’s new Grand Mufti, Dr Ibrahim Abu Mohamed, in October 2011, the writer extolled his diplomacy, tact and political savvy. The freshly minted mufti spoke expansively about improving...

religion November 14, 2015

The many trials of Cardinal George Pell

The coincidence could hardly be more unfortunate, but it could not have been foreseen. Back in March, on the second anniversary of his pontificate, Pope Francis announced a year to be dedicated to the major theme of his papacy...