Religion News Selection

March 27 – April 3, 2022

A selection of religion news stories from Australia

(Research: Greg Spearritt)



Citipointe Christian college withdrew student counselling on sexuality and gender issues (The Guardian, Australia)
Mar 30 – Brisbane religious school Citipointe Christian college restricted its school counsellors from providing any support to students on matters of sexuality or gender identity last month, amid uproar about new “discriminatory” enrolment contracts.


Pope apologises to indigenous Canadians for abuse at schools (Sydney Morning Herald)
Apr 2 – Vatican City: Pope Francis has issued a historic apology to Canadian indigenous peoples for the Roman Catholic Church’s role in residential schools that sought to erase their cultures and where many children suffered abuse and were buried in unmarked graves.

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Pope Francis indirectly criticises Vladimir Putin over Ukraine (ABC News)
Apr 3 – Pope Francis has come the closest yet to implicitly criticising President Vladimir Putin over Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, saying a “potentate” — an autocratic ruler — was fomenting conflicts for nationalist interests.


What’s behind Putin’s popularity in the West? Family values, nationalism and a strongman persona (ABC News)
Apr 2 – Russian President Vladimir Putin became an international pariah when his nation invaded Ukraine on February 24.

As a lesbian woman, I was subjected to conversion practices. We must protect trans people  (The Guardian, Australia)
Apr 2 – (Opinion: Jayne Ozanne) Last night, No 10 backed down on its plans to scrap its long-promised ban on “conversion practice” for lesbian, gay and bisexual people, but crucially it has chosen to leave trans people unprotected.


Tom Tate’s spiritual adviser says Mayor supported ‘kingdom of God’ template for Gold Coast (ABC News)
Apr 1 – Mayor Tom Tate’s spiritual adviser once told followers at a religious function that he supported a template to transform the Gold Coast “to look like the Kingdom of God”.

Scott Morrison denies falsely claiming 2007 preselection rival Michael Towke was a Muslim (The Guardian, Australia)
Apr 2 – The prime minister, Scott Morrison, has flatly denied allegations he said his competitor for preselection in 2007 was a Muslim who was “being investigated”.


‘The Lord is calling us to move’: Hillsong US pastors cut church ties (Sydney Morning Herald)
Mar 30 – Dallas: Terry Crist, a fifth-generation pastor in Phoenix, joined the global megachurch Hillsong in part because of what he describes as its distinctly joyful approach to church life – Hillsong was an institution where leaders seemed “light and free”, offering an experience that attracted tens of thousands of people around the world.

Mormons Inc: Church accused of multinational tax rort (Sydney Morning Herald)
Apr 3 – The Mormon Church has been accused of engaging in significant tax evasion in Australia, allowing its adherents to collect hundreds of millions of dollars in tax exemptions that are not lawfully available to followers of other religions.

‘Second Christmas’: the rise of Easter as a commercial holiday (Sydney Morning Herald)
Apr 3 – Easter is beginning to look a lot like Christmas, only with more pastels and ceramic bunnies.