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Forget religious freedom; the church just wants power

Forget religious freedom; the church just wants power

Religious institutions already have enough freedom — what they want is a bill to help rebuild their dwindling congregation.

Are the rules of confession really not mentioned in the Bible?

Are the rules of confession really not mentioned in the Bible?

Catholic priest Father Kevin Dillon AM says the rules of confession aren't written in scripture. Is he correct?

How does the law define a religion?

How does the law define a religion?

If the government's proposed religious freedom bill passes then the question of what, exactly, constitutes a religion will once again be up for scrutiny.

When do Australian priests have to report child abuse?

When do Australian priests have to report child abuse?

The question of which states do and do not require ministers to report child abuse is a complicated one — and it goes all the way to the Vatican.

Scott Morrison’s Hillsong sermon was a deeply political moment

Scott Morrison’s Hillsong sermon was a deeply political moment

The Prime Minister insists he has no 'political agenda' when he speaks about his faith. But his recent appearance at church that's been accused of institutional homophobia is cause for concern.

The religious freedom debate isn’t a debate at all

The religious freedom debate isn’t a debate at all

The religious right are in full cry, but where are the opposing voices? The age-old taboo of not questioning religion has been reasserted.

Christian political parties now face a major choice

Christian political parties now face a major choice

In this changed political climate, the Christian Democratic Party can only hope to succeed by greatly expanding its appeal to non-Christians.

Labor’s religious problem isn’t going away any time soon

Labor’s religious problem isn’t going away any time soon

The number of religious Australians may be in decline, but it won't help Labor much in the short term.

Father Rod Bower feels the call for politics

Father Rod Bower feels the call for politics

Bower made Gosford Anglican Church famous for its provocative and insistent messages on refugees, LGBT rights and more. Can that radical voice now disrupt the political establishment?

Burning buildings and blind faith

Burning buildings and blind faith

A burning building is a chance for rebirth. A West entirely blind to its own insoluble faith is a chance only for death.