Religion News Selection

April 19 – 26, 2020

A selection of religion news stories from Australia

(Research: Greg Spearritt)



WA Labor minister hits out at handling of ‘terrifying’ alleged child sex abuser (The Age, Melbourne)
April 22 – WA Labor politician Dave Kelly has hit out at the Christian Brothers’ handling of child sex allegations against a now-deceased brother who taught at a number of Perth schools, including CBC Fremantle.


Stoicism in a time of pandemic: how Marcus Aurelius can help (The Guardian, Australia)
April 26  – The Roman emperor Marcus Aurelius Antoninus was the last famous Stoic philosopher of antiquity.


Ramadan during coronavirus may seem disheartening but it’s the ideal time for reflection (The Guardian, Australia)
April 24 – (Opinion: Heba Shaheed) It is going to be a very different Ramadan this year due to the Covid-19 global pandemic and the social isolation laws.


Photographer Ryan McGinley: ‘I was taught to believe in Satan. It scared me’ (The Guardian, Australia)
April 21 – Ryan McGinley has a childhood memory in which he’s sitting alongside his seven brothers and sisters during mass, listening to the priest preach about sin.


Tony Abbott’s anti-Muslim rhetoric while PM ‘profoundly dangerous’, Malcolm Turnbull says (The Guardian, Australia)
April 20  – Malcolm Turnbull has accused Tony Abbott of the “profoundly dangerous” decision to inflame animosity against Muslims while terrorism was the greatest security threat to Australia during his prime ministership.


How former nun Rebecca McCabe navigated her way through a major life decision (ABC News)
April 26  – Rebecca McCabe dedicated half her life to a vow of poverty, chastity and obedience.