Religion News Selection

October 16 – 23, 2022

A selection of religion news stories from Australia

(Research: Greg Spearritt)



Let there be light: England’s Anglican cathedrals at dawn (The Guardian, Australia)
Oct 30 – There are few experiences more uplifting and humbling than standing in the nave of a cathedral.


A ‘permanent acknowledgement of country’ installed at Melbourne’s St Paul’s Cathedral (ABC News)
Oct 30 – Growing up, Glenn Loughrey didn’t understand why he and his relatives were sometimes treated differently.


University unlawfully sacked lecturer over Nazi swastika incident, court finds (Brisbane Times)
Oct 28 – The higher education union is calling for Sydney University to reinstate controversial lecturer Tim Anderson after a court found he was unlawfully sacked over comments about Israel and other matters – including superimposing the Nazi swastika on the Israeli flag in a lecture slide.


Get-rich-quick schemes drained my town’s wealth. At a Christian conference, their legacy lives on (The Guardian, Australia)
Oct 28 – Life Surge, where speakers include Tim Tebow and a Duck Dynasty star, ties together faith and financial planning

Church of Scientology plays down links with high-profile #MeToo cases (The Guardian, Australia)
Oct 30 – The components are familiar: a powerful celebrity man in the dock, women bringing accusations of rape, jurors, lawyers and a judge attempting to apply the law by overseeing the legal process.


Return of Islamic State brides to Australia causes fear for those who escaped the brutality (ABC News)
Oct 28 – Mohamed Ibrahim can barely bring himself to recall his run-in with so-called Islamic State fighters.


NSW, Victorian premiers offer differing views on repatriation of IS families (Sydney Morning Herald)
Oct 30 – NSW Premier Dominic Perrottet has distanced himself from a federal government move to repatriate family members of Islamic State fighters, saying the decision was “difficult” and his priority was the safety of the people of his state.


Also: Mother of Elizabeth Struhs previously jailed for failing get child medical assistance, court hears (ABC News)
Oct 28 – The mother of an eight-year-old girl who died after her insulin was withheld had previously served time in prison for failing to get medical assistance for her child, a court has been told.