Religion News Selection

September 4 – 11, 2022

A selection of religion news stories from Australia

(Research: Greg Spearritt)



Young and old reflect on life as Catholic priests in 2022 (ABC News)
Sept 11 – Becoming a Catholic priest would not rate as a palatable career choice for most young men these days.


Catholic bishops urge schools to resist gender affirmation ‘rhetoric’ (The Age, Melbourne)
Sept 6 – Catholic schools have been urged to resist rushing to affirm students who are going through gender transition and instead offer them psychological and family care and counselling, in the hope that a child’s feelings of gender variance will “pass safely”.

‘I’ll stop your bloodline’: Anti-Semitism reports grow across Sydney schools (The Age, Melbourne)
Sept 11 – A Jewish student at a Sydney high school was told by another student that he would go back in time and become Hitler to “hunt down his family and stop the bloodline”.


Labor approves removal of sacred rock art on the Burrup Peninsula (The Saturday Paper)
Sept 10 – Jesse Noakes As Tanya Plibersek grants final approval for a fertiliser plant on the Burrup Peninsula, Woodside has quietly begun expansion of its enormous Pluto gas project.


‘Religiously motivated’: Family kidnapped women at knifepoint, police allege (The Age, Melbourne)
Sept 9 – Two young women were kidnapped at knifepoint by relatives in a bid to rid the family of “shame” after they had fled their Sydney home to live in Melbourne, police allege.

Broadcaster Tom Tilley on questioning religion – and the ‘fornication risk zone’ (Sydney Morning Herald)
Sept 11 – (Interview) The journalist and broadcaster, 41, was a long-time host of Triple J’s Hack and currently hosts news podcast The Briefing.