Religion News Selection

July 16 – 23, 2023

A selection of religion news stories from Australia

(Research: Greg Spearritt)



Church insurer’s insolvency battle amid abuse claims (The Australian)
July 20 – The Catholic Church insurer wants to enter into a scheme of arrangement amid concerns about the long-term impact of abuse and other claims to avoid formal insolvency.

Religious Violence

Swedish embassy in Baghdad stormed, set alight over Koran burning (Sydney Morning Herald)
July 20 – Baghdad/Stockholm: Hundreds of protesters stormed the Swedish embassy in central Baghdad in the early hours of Thursday morning, scaling its walls and setting it on fire in fury against the expected burning of a Koran in Sweden.


At school I was picked on for being Jewish. It’s no better today. (Brisbane Times)
July 23 – (Opinion: Nicole Precel) School grounds can feel like unsafe places.


Indigenous voice no campaign targets religious voters who opposed marriage equality (The Guardian, Australia)
July 17 – The no campaign in the referendum on an Indigenous voice to parliament is targeting migrant communities and parts of Sydney that voted strongly against marriage equality in the 2017 postal vote, Warren Mundine has said.

Cricket and religion: more than just a coincidence (The Australian)
July 20 – (Opinion: Phillip Adams) The following may come as a shock. Three stumps? The Holy Trinity. The red ball? Satan. The twelfth man? Who else but Judas Iscariot.

Civil celebrants oversee the majority of weddings in Australia, but 50 years ago they were illegal (ABC News)
July 23 – Until 1973, Australians had only two options for where and how they could get married — either in a church or a registry office.