religion

religion July 10, 2021

Rush to fix ‘unlawful’ list

EXCLUSIVE: For 20 years, Australia has listed terrorists whose assets can be frozen – although it appears to have done so unlawfully. The error was discovered as the scheme was being expanded to cover cyber attacks.

religion June 26, 2021

How the religious right is trying to take over the Liberal Party

The South Australian Liberal Party has frozen new memberships after an apparent Pentecostal takeover, but the move speaks to a vulnerability both feared and exploited in conservative politics.

religion March 6, 2021

Santiniketan Lodge and The Family

Melbourne’s notorious cult The Family – the subject of a Supreme Court class action by survivors – has bequeathed the site of its former headquarters to Victoria’s Tibetans.

religion December 5, 2020

The Vatican’s financial scandals

As the Vatican reckons with scandals involving hundreds of millions of euros, the Holy See’s former treasurer George Pell has given his first interview since returning to Rome.

asia pacific August 29, 2020

Lessons of the NZ mosque attacks

As the Australian-born terrorist who killed 51 worshippers at two Christchurch mosques was sentenced to life without parole this week, questions are being raised about the Australian government’s ability and willingness to monitor far-right extremism.

religion December 14, 2019

Sexual abuse survivor rebukes Hillsong head

While Brian Houston celebrates Hillsong’s new multimillion-dollar church in New York, a victim of his father’s sexual abuse crowdfunds to pay for cancer treatment.

religion September 7, 2019

Divisions over the religious discrimination bills

The religious anti-discrimination legislation is being closely examined by interested groups.

religion August 24, 2019

The power and hypocrisy of George Pell’s supporters

As the Victorian Court of Appeal affirms the cardinal’s guilt, he retains dogged support from many in the conservative establishment.

religion August 24, 2019

‘Strategic communication’ and Muslim communities

After last year’s revelations that the Home Affairs Department was behind a clandestine scheme to influence Muslim communities, the British Home Office appears to be using similar tactics.

religion July 6, 2019

‘She’s with Lucifer now – her master’

Since the death of cult leader Anne Hamilton-Byrne, survivors of The Family are reckoning with loss and meaning.

religion June 8, 2019

George Pell’s days of reckoning

The two-day hearing of Cardinal George Pell’s appeal against child sexual assault convictions ended on Thursday. The most senior Catholic to be found guilty of child abuse now waits to see if he will be freed.