Religious decline continues in Australia, as our most recent census shows.

While some of that decline is to be welcomed, there is also the question of what there is of value that we are losing. Both sides of this debate are neatly represented in the story of Sister Angela Mary Doyle and her compassionate (and devious) fight for AIDS sufferers in the 1980s, at a time when the State Government was led by lay-preacher Joh Bjelke-Peterson who saw AIDS as a punishment from God.