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‘Don’t trust in governments’: Scott Morrison delivers Pentecostal church sermon

‘Don’t trust in governments’: Scott Morrison delivers Pentecostal church sermon

In a sermon to former tennis champion Margaret Court’s Pentecostal congregation, the former prime minister told churchgoers to trust in God, not the government or the UN.

  • by Lisa Visentin

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Why do smart people join cults? And how do they get out of them?
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Why do smart people join cults? And how do they get out of them?

It’s not just doomsday bunkers and goat’s blood. Cults are all around the world, including in Australia. What are the red flags and how do cult leaders operate?

  • by Sherryn Groch
Australian Catholic Church ‘very open’ to elevating role of women

Australian Catholic Church ‘very open’ to elevating role of women

The new president of the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference would fully support a decision by Pope Francis to allow women to serve as ordained deacons.

  • by Matthew Knott
Reason, religion and tax: should churches still be considered charities?

Reason, religion and tax: should churches still be considered charities?

Politician Fiona Patten of the Reason Party, Reverend Michael Jensen and federal charities minister Andrew Leigh discuss whether religions should lose their tax-exempt status.

  • by Peter FitzSimons
The Catholic Church should find ways to empower women

The Catholic Church should find ways to empower women

No-one expects the Catholic Church to be at the foreground of a feminist revolution. But allowing women to serve as deacons would be an important step forward.

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Spotlight back on church whose members were once known as ‘Moonies’

Spotlight back on church whose members were once known as ‘Moonies’

The Unification Church was derided as a cult in the 70s. The assassination of Shinzo Abe has unexpectedly brought a new wave of scrutiny to the movement.

  • by Rosa Silverman
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Gail helps train men to do a job the Catholic Church won’t let her do

Gail helps train men to do a job the Catholic Church won’t let her do

For women like Gail Gill, the heated global debate about whether women should be allowed into the ordained ministry is deeply emotional.

  • by Matthew Knott
Christian college tells staff to sign ‘gender identity’ document

Christian college tells staff to sign ‘gender identity’ document

Staff at St Andrews have been required to affirm a statement of belief each year, including that intimacy and marriage must be heterosexual. Now the school has also introduced a specific reference to gender and biological sex.

  • by Madeleine Heffernan
Why the Catholic Church vote on women deacons feels personal

Why the Catholic Church vote on women deacons feels personal

From when I was seven years old, I longed to commit my life in ordained ministry. My whole employed life has been in the church, at the grassroots, on the margins.

  • by Elizabeth Young
Catholic bishops backflip on status of women in Church, giving hope to reformers

Catholic bishops backflip on status of women in Church, giving hope to reformers

Catholic leaders acknowledged the events of the past week were a “terrible look”, creating the impression the Church was indifferent to women’s concerns.

  • by Matthew Knott
I’m not religious, but my faith is beyond belief

I’m not religious, but my faith is beyond belief

I ticked the no-religion box on census night, but I believe in many things. Things like love, dignity, reason, respect and my fellow human beings.

  • by James Valentine