religion

religion April 16, 2022

Hillsong after the Houstons

With founder Brian Houston resigning from Hillsong amid scandal and allegations, and his wife, Bobbie, being pushed out, the global megachurch is now facing its own day of reckoning.

religion January 29, 2022

Why Morrison refuses to drop the religious discrimination bill

Two parliamentary inquiries into Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s religious freedom legislation are under way, with many, including Liberal Party supporters, wondering why the divisive bill has not been scrapped.

religion December 11, 2021

The prison journals of Cardinal George Pell

Cardinal George Pell spent 13 months in prison before his conviction for child sexual abuse was overturned by the High Court. During his time in jail, he wrote diaries musing on faith, sport and life.

religion November 27, 2021

What the religious discrimination bill is really about

The Morrison government’s religious discrimination bill is being rushed into parliament ahead of the election, although it fails to clarify key aspects of discrimination, including the treatment of queer school students.

religion September 25, 2021

Exclusive: George Pell returned to Australia ahead of church reforms

Cardinal George Pell has spent the past several months in Sydney, as the Catholic Church prepares for its first reform conference in more than 80 years.

religion September 4, 2021

Family ties crucial to coping with the pandemic

In Western Sydney, multigenerational families living in migrant households are finding new ways to confront the pandemic.

religion August 28, 2021

Afghans in Australia: ‘I am human first of all’

In Sydney, a Hazara refugee wakes each morning and waits to hear from his mother in Kabul. He says he is drowning in fear.

religion August 21, 2021

Exit Afghanistan: fear and retribution as Taliban takes control

As the Taliban takes control of Afghanistan, people connected to the West and trapped in the country describe scenes of fear and violent retribution.

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.